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Our Articles on Energy & Climate Change

Report, “A Solar Transition is Possible,” Institute for Policy Research & Development (3/2011)

Article, “A Rapid Solar Transition is Not Only Possible, it is Imperative!,” in Carwell et al., Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Appropriate Technology (2012)*

“A rapid solar transition is not only possible, it is imperative!” African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development 5(4): 297-302. (2013)*
PDF available on request, email: dschwartzman@gmail.com.

2015 Critique

Article, “Restoring Ecosystems to Reverse Global Warming”?: A Critique of Biodiversity for a Livable Climate’ claims”

PDF can be obtained here link

Efforts to boost sustainable agriculture, specifically with agroecologies and permaculture, are imperative to replace industrial/GMO agriculture, both to confront the challenge of climate change and to eliminate big negatives of the present system of unsustainable agriculture. And yes, these alternatives will be very useful in sequestering carbon from the atmosphere, burying it in the soil. But some even claim that a transition to sustainable agriculture alone can “reverse global warming” without the elimination of greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel sources. See this critique of Biodiversity for a Livable Climate. Regeneration International (“Cool the Planet. Feed the World”) does recognize the imperative need of coupling rapid elimination of greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels with the replacement of dominant agriculture practices with alternatives such as organic agriculture but their messaging includes the same exaggerated and problematic claims coming from Biodiversity for a Livable Climate (e.g., see
Regenerative Agriculture)

2016 Article

At this link you can download our article entitled, “Climatic implications of a rapid wind/solar transition.” This collaborative work presents the results of a modeling effort which determines an optimal scenario with respect to minimizing global warming for transition to a fully operational global solar energy infrastructure using the current global energy infrastructure and existing wind/solar technologies. This approach draws on our previous modeling (“A Solar Transition is Possible”) which computed how much fossil fuel was required to make this transition beginning with existing wind/solar technologies, a subject not addressed in previous studies (e.g., Jacobson and Delucchi, 2011). Our global warming simulations include the highest estimated methane emission factor.
We demonstrate that the following outcomes are technically achievable using current wind/solar power technologies in the next 25 years, if this transition commences in the near future: (1) the virtually complete elimination of anthropogenic carbon emissions to the atmosphere (derived from energy consumption); (2) the capacity for maximizing the probability achieving a less than 2 deg C, with a potential 1.5 deg C limit to global temperature increase over the pre-industrial level by 2100.

*Correction to Schwartzman & Schwartzman (2013) and Schwartzman & Schwartzman (2012)
Note: All articles and reports are authored by Dr. David Schwartzman (Howard University) and Dr. Peter Schwartzman (Knox College)

 

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