Long Term Prosperity is an an Ozymandian Dream Without Technology

The recent news about the debt problems in Dubai contrast with the glitzy no expense spared hotels and conference centres where I spent last weekend with the World Economic Forum, but probably do more to highlight the importance of a diverse technology enabled economy than any amount of lobbying we could do. While Dubai has led the way for the …

Hopping Mad of Halifax

Convincing the sceptical public of anything seems a daunting task – the Sunday Times article on geoengineering prompted a number of comments, some just downright odd, but my favourite has to be I’ll be writing to The Royal Society asking if they’ll exclude Halifax in this business as I’ve hardly been warm all summer and I’ve filled my hot water …

Climate Change – Optimists vs Pessimists

It is interesting to see former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair extolling the virtues of technology as a solution to climate change at the weekend, and I had my own Damascene conversion to this earlier in the year. The argument really comes down to two choices. Choice one is a politically driven green future that winds the clock back  few hundred …

Geoengineering: More Political and Moral Than Scientific?

I spent yesterday evening at a rather interesting, and slightly peculiar, debate on geoengineering between David Keith of the University of Calgary and Paul Johnston on Greenpeace. The debate revolved around whether geoengineering could be useful as an approach to addressing climate change, and whether it is just too radical an idea to be even considered. Geoengineering isn’t anything new, …

How To Save The Planet And Get Rich

There’s probably no better way to enrage the proponents of precautionary principals than proposing using geoengineering to make obscene amounts of money by working the carbon credits system. One one hand John Holdren, the chief scientific adviser to US president Barack Obama, said about geoengineering: “It’s got to be looked at . . . We don’t have the luxury of …

The Future Will Be Battery Powered

An interesting battle is brewing over the hydrogen economy with the Obama administration doubting that fuel cells will make much of a difference over the next ten years to be worth funding and describing the decision as a reduction of “less effective programs so we can invest in our economic future.” Honda, Toyota & General Motors have grumbled bitterly about …

Cleantech Investors Desperately Seeking The Exit

In my predictions over the last year I mentioned that Clean Tech would have a rocky time in 2009 for four reasons Renewable energy interest tends to lag oil prices by 6-12 months and with oil almost back to 2006 levels a lot of transient interest will evaporate Lot’s of clean tech companies based their business models on sustained high …