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Greenhouse gases, climate change and the transition from coal to low-carbon electricity

March 5, 2012 • Climate Change & Mitigation, Daily Email Recap

Grist.org recently published the article below, which reports on a study conducted by former Microsoft executive Nathan Myhrvold. His research was on what effects the deployment of clean energy will have on global temperature.

To read the Grist article, click here: http://grist.org/climate-change/climate-safety-requires-massive-clean-energy-transition-with-no-natural-gas-myhrvold-finds/

To review the study itself, click here: http://iopscience.iop.org/1748-9326/7/1/014019

To watch an short video describing the research, click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=a9LaYCbYCxo#!

Myhrvold finds we need clean energy yesterday (and no natural gas) to avoid being cooked

By David Roberts

28 Feb 2012 1:52 PM

Several years ago, Nathan Myhrvold – former Microsoft exec, kajillionaire, inventor, founder of Intellectual Ventures, author of the world’s most high-tech cookbook, and all-around polymath genius type – was quoted in the book SuperFreakonomics saying dismissive things about climate activists. He was worried they might get “a real head of steam” behind their “immediate and precipitous anti-carbon initiatives.” (In retrospect, he needn’t have worried.) Instead, Myhrvold said, we should be … researching geoengineering.

He took some heat for it at the time and the experience apparently convinced him that he needs to get a better handle on things climate- and energy-related. For a guy like Myhrvold, that doesn’t just mean reading Wikipedia articles. Instead, he built a specialized set of models to capture the global temperature effects of transitions to low-carbon energy of varying speeds, using varying technologies. You know, like people do.

Flash forward a few years: Myhrvold is out with a paper on his results, co-authored with respected climate scientist Ken Caldeira, published in Environmental Research Letters.

The results are … grim.

To read the full article, please click here: http://grist.org/climate-change/climate-safety-requires-massive-clean-energy-transition-with-no-natural-gas-myhrvold-finds/


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