An article that spells out the many weaknesses of industrial agriculture, which are increasingly self-destructive, and why it should be replaced by an organic approach that is given the name of “agroecology.” The author has written 19 books related to this subject matter. His arguments are powerful, and include references to how climate stabilization would be one of the benefits. Industrial agriculture, like fossil fuel production, is supported by huge subsidies that somehow need to be switched toward a whole new direction. That is a problem not easily solved without a strong push from the public.
The problem of biodiversity destruction, or the “sixth extinction,” is discussed at length in the Guardian. There are different viewpoints on things like what it means for humanity’s future, what kind of tipping points might come into play, and how extreme the consequences might be. Regardless of the final outcome the direction we are heading in with ecosystems that have everywhere been weakened is likely to be unfavorable to a degree that moves progressively downward.
Concentrated solar power with molten salt storage is rapidly becoming competitive (Inside Climate News). All of the kinks seem to have been worked out, and bid prices for production from new plants are now coming in at around five or six cents per kWh. That is considerably cheaper than a solar PV farm with lithium-ion batteries can quote and it could go lower. One company is making plans to build ten of these facilities in Nevada to serve the needs of California.
Auto makers are rushing to produce electric cars. Ford now says it will have 40 models in showrooms by 2022. GM, Toyota and VW are likewise moving aggressively, with Toyota focused on a cheaper battery development. Tesla’s success has helped to inspire much of this activity.
Panasonic has a new type of black-backed solar panel ready for market, promising a number of competitive advantages. It even has a 25-year warranty.
Part 2 in the Carbon Brief series about climate modelling. This one has a slide show featuring fifty key events in the historical development of this activity, starting in 1922. Many of the basic theories of weather and climate science are elaborated along with coverage of vital new sources of data, and much more.