Less, Smaller, Lighter: Dematerialization of Products

Less is more when it comes to the climate. We've all seen it: cars got bigger and more, per capita living space grew, eating up all the advances in efficiency, thermal protection &c. In short: demands grew along with possibilities. Now Prof Edgar Hertwich from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and Prof Stefan … Continue reading Less, Smaller, Lighter: Dematerialization of Products

About the decision to avoid corona protection measures.

Hefty, albeit brief, argument with a friend. "I want nothing to do with the corona circus! No vaccination, no tests, at most distance, ventilation, masks where needed." I see two mechanisms at work here: The triumph of self-assertion against demands by "the others". A "No!" usually makes us feel better than a reasoned, semi-annoying "Yes." … Continue reading About the decision to avoid corona protection measures.

Reliable Geothermal Power Everywhere?

image: eavor.com On Twitter and elsewhere, some of our politicians like to ridicule decarbonisation by pointing to solutions yet to be developed. The most important technologies are available, they say, and those caveats are just a way of delaying their imminent application and thus stealing more valuable time from us. I agree with this in … Continue reading Reliable Geothermal Power Everywhere?

Global Stilling – and then the Wind Stopped Blowing

Interesting findings about the mean wind speed on our beloved blue marble.

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Science magazine Nature confirms global stilling between 1980-2010, but also a sharp uptick after 2010.

The British DailyMail is not the most active proponent of renewable energy. Yet they have to be taken serious, if they report that over the past 4 decades, there has been a notable decline in average wind speeds, which is bad news for the wind energy industry. And societies that intend to rely heavily on wind energy in the future.

Reason behind the declining wind speeds: climate change. The poles are heating up faster than the territories in temperate zones, reducing the temperature difference, which reduces the wind speeds. It is like with electricity: if the voltage is lower, the current is lower and the power even more so (P=V*I).

[dailymail.co.uk] – Where has the wind gone? ‘Global stilling’ is blamed as wind speeds drop across Europe cutting green energy production – threatening…

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Economic growth without resource depletion is possible

In the contributions to the discussion, I often see the problem that the term “growth” is not dismantled. In economic terms, the national product, to which the term refers, is the sum of people's value perception expressed in money. First of all, it does not contain any information about resource consumption. This information, this connection, … Continue reading Economic growth without resource depletion is possible

The past is the building material for a completely open future.

This is a quickening view that we can apply at any moment, with even the last ten seconds counting to the past. In this way we can observe the ever-ongoing transformation of the present, i.e. the immediate future, i.e. the momentary intention, in experience, i.e. in action knowledge, from which we can freely choose our … Continue reading The past is the building material for a completely open future.

The State of Democracy in the World

Source: Democracy Report 2020, V-Dem Institut, Universität Gothenburg In this diligent work of the V-Dem Institute of the University of Gothenburg, in collaboration with around 3000 country experts, over 28 million pieces of information were compiled, which allow the state of the political systems in the world to be characterized according to 429 indicators. For … Continue reading The State of Democracy in the World

We won’t give up our discourse for the sake of the market

Socialists want to reduce or eliminate the differences in the stratification of society.Conservatives want to keep it.Neoliberals do not know any strata of society, but only responsible, fully informed "market participants" capable of acting and making decisions.The result of this artificial blindness, this crowding-out of common sense with oversimplified market mantras that we can see … Continue reading We won’t give up our discourse for the sake of the market