Saul Griffith is an Aussie engineer living and working in California. He’s written a clear-eyed book about a possible way through the climate emergency, keeping things to +2 degrees C, and it goes like this:
electrify everything with solar and wind
keep a little nuclear for evening things out, although we probably won’t use it
a bit of R&D into blue-sky solutions like fusion, because the payoff will be big, but don’t rely on it
remove regulatory impediments, fossil-fuel subsidies, buy the stranded assets for (average profit + a small margin), … non-technical tweaks to law, finance
Unlike most of this literature, he backs it up with numbers. It’s like talking to Paul Mathews; arguments based on data, with charts to make it comprehensible.
Went down the rabbit hole this evening, starting from a post on CDM
My friend Martin turned me onto this David Sylvian album when we were young, and listening to some of the raw stuff triggered bits of memory. I didn’t know he came out of the band Japan, and the Bryan Ferry/Eno/”My Life in the Bush of Ghosts”… connections. When I did music, I used to listen to Jon Hassell and Holger Czukay, both in this video (I didn’t remember that they were part of this album!) so off I go to find them. Czukay died, I find, in 2017, and there’s pointers to things like this
which I’d never heard, nor that he was a student of Stockhausen (I think everyone ended up being related to Stockhausen, eventually). Memories of Can, and Sylvian, and Roedelius and all. Nice way to spend a couple of hours.
Just went to Delta airlines to change some details on the tickets I booked for Julie and Terry. I’m told by the automated phone system that the wait time is on the order of “one hour and fifty minutes”, and I should use the website. The website has no mechanism for the changes I wish to make.
update: their “message us” option reports “Sorry, the app is having technical difficulties”. So they can’t handle text messages, either.
update: their messaging came up! and 15m later, I got someone on the other end named An-May who without fuss changed the details. So this bit worked well.