Tag: Policy

Why Stable Governments are Good for Renewable Energy

Why Stable Governments are Good for Renewable Energy

Why Stable Governments are Good for Renewable Energy

07/13/19

“Why are stable governments important for renewable energy development?”

Renewable energy is one of the fastest if not the fastest growing energy source in the world. However, one of the most important things for its growth is to have a strong, unified government support behind it, which is most readily accomplished by a stable government. This is Why Stable Governments are Good for Renewable Energy.

Nature-Based Adaptation

Nature-Based Adaptation

Nature-Based Adaptation

07/11/19

“How can we make climate-change adaptation in accordance with nature?”

With the rising temperatures, humans will have to adapt drastically to climate change. Part of this will be utilizing nature such as rain gardens to make Nature-Based Adaptation.

Sea Level Rise Resilience

Sea Level Rise Resilience

Sea Level Rise Resilience

07/10/19

“Why do we need to protect against sea level rise?”

As the climate changes, sea levels will also rise. This will cause great devastation to coastal communities that were not designed with such high levels in mind. To solve this, institutions, municipalities must implement Sea Level Rise Resilience through walled barriers or managed retreat. Although the upfront cost may seem like a large investment, it will protect against much costlier long-term consequences.  

Rail Freight Transportation

Rail Freight Transportation

Rail Freight Transportation

07/06/19

“How is cargo moved by rail?”

Most cargo is traded by sea. However, many communities live inland and far away from any port. So how do they receive cargo? Well, quite simply, their items are loaded onto a train and moved around via Rail Freight Transportation. Rail freight transport can be extremely cost effective, costing only 2.5 US cents to move one ton a kilometer.

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How Carbon Capture Should be Split Between the Western and Eastern United States

How Carbon Capture Should be Split Between the Western and Eastern United States

How Carbon Capture Should be Split Between the Western and Eastern United States

06/25/19

“Why should we deploy carbon capture devices in the Western US and plant trees instead in the Eastern US?”

As of right now, there is a fierce debate in the negative emissions technology space. Some believe that mechanical negative emissions technologies are too expensive and electricity dependent and that we should plant trees instead Others believe that trees take up too much water and land resources as well as provide fuel for fires. However, these solutions are not mutually exclusive, and should be deployed according to an area’s needs. In the Western US, water is scarce and is being more so while there is plenty of sunlight for cheap solar energy, making mechanical carbon capture devices quite practical. In the Eastern US, rain and water is plentiful and floods are happening more frequently, so planting a large amount of trees would be logical. This is How Carbon Capture Should be Split Between the Western and Eastern United States.

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Negative Carbon Emission Technologies

Negative Carbon Emission Technologies

Negative Carbon Emission Technologies

06/20/19

“How can we use technology to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere?”

Humanity is reaching a crisis point. We are adding so much carbon dioxide to the atmosphere each second that we will soon reach irreversible climate damage. To solve this, we’re going to need to use every technology we have at our arsenal, whether it be wide arrays of solar panels or intense energy efficiency measures. But the true kingmaker of solutions comes from a group of technology that is still quite ominous and undeveloped. These Negative Carbon Emission Technologies work by using a series of processes to store more carbon dioxide than they produce. This can be done in a multitude of ways, whether it be through planting more trees or capturing carbon from the atmosphere and shoving it down into the ground. With these solutions, we can tip the odds in our favor in our fight for decarbonization.

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Logical Interdependence

Logical Interdependence

Logical Interdependence

06/05/19

“How can different infrastructures be interdependent without any direct connection?”

Infrastructures can be interdependent in numerous ways. However, one of the most subtle forms is through cause and effect, in which the consequences of one infrastructure failure will carry over into another one. Take for example the 2018 Northern California Wildfires. When the fallen transmission line caused a fire, the smoke that swept into the Bay Area caused the air pollution levels to skyrocket. This made people rush to the hardware stores to purchase protective masks, emptying stocks within hours. Through Logical Interdependence, the supply of gas masks was contingent on the fire resilience in Northern California.