Japan as a template for how societies might reconfigure with economic stagnation and declining net-energy

Japan has enormous debt, falling population, and faces a demographic ‘time bomb’. But my current visit to Japan reveals a vibrant, friendly, and civilised society. So how to make sense of these observations? My sense is that Japan may become a model for societies adjusting to the new reality of stagnant economic growth. Japan certainly …

The rigour of the Jacobson et al. RE plan

UPDATE: 26 August 2017 - A response to Jacobson et al.'s response has been published with further detail here. Completely decarbonising energy systems is a difficult and complex problem. Wind and solar have the benefit of modularity, falling costs, and scalability. They are contributing to lowering the emission intensity of legacy electricity systems. But at high …