It’s been a while — well over 4 years, in fact… Time for an update?
Brave New Climate is is a blog with its roots in the climate and energy problem. It was started in 2008, flourished for about 5 years, and then reached what seemed to be the end of its natural life. I lost motivation to continue. I paid my dues to WordPress each year to keep the site ‘up’, such that people could access its archive of posts, but otherwise, it was left neglected. Today it reminds me a little of the Ferris Wheel in Pripyat.
The metaphorical forest has grown up around the deserted remnant of BNC, and debates have moved on. As for today:
…the world has gone mad today
And good’s bad today
And black’s white today
And day’s night today…
Cole Porter (in 1934) summarised 2020 in a nutshell!
Anyway, as I said, I last posted anything of substance here in 2015. However, I’ve continued to work, on and off, in the area of sustainable energy. FYI, below are some recent papers I’ve published on the topic:
Blomqvist, L., Yates, L. & Brook, B. W. Drivers of increasing global crop production: a decompositional analysis. Environmental Research Letters 15, 0940b0946, doi:10.1088/1748-9326/ab9e9c (2020).
Brook, B. W., Blees, T., Wigley, T. M. L. & Hong, S. Silver buckshot or bullet: is a future ‘energy mix’ necessary? Sustainability 10, 302, doi:10.3390/su10020302 (2018).
Brook, B. W., Ellis, E. C. & Buettel, J. C. What is the evidence for planetary tipping points? In Effective Conservation Science: Data Not Dogma (eds P. Kareiva, M. Marvier, & B. Silliman) (Oxford University Press, 2018).
Hong, S. & Brook, B. W. At the crossroads: an uncertain future facing the electricity-generation sector in South Korea. Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies 5, 522-532, doi:10.1002/app5.245 (2018).
Hong, S. & Brook, B. W. A nuclear-to-gas transition in South Korea: Is it environmentally friendly or economically viable? . Energy Policy 112, 67-73, doi:10.1016/j.enpol.2017.10.012 (2018).
Hong, S. & Brook, B. W. Economic feasibility of energy supply by small modular nuclear reactors on small islands: case studies of Jeju, Tasmania and Tenerife. Energies 11, 2587, doi:10.3390/en11102587 (2018).
Hong, S., Qvist, S. & Brook, B. W. Economic and environmental costs of replacing nuclear fission with solar and wind energy in Sweden. Energy Policy 112, 56-66, doi:10.1016/j.enpol.2017.10.013 (2018).
Berger, A. et al. How much can nuclear energy do about global warming? International Journal of Global Energy Issues 40, 43-78, doi:10.1504/IJGEI.2017.080766 (2017).
Berger, A. et al. Nuclear energy and bio energy carbon capture and storage, keys for obtaining 1.5°C mean surface temperature limit. International Journal of Global Energy Issues 40, doi:10.1504/IJGEI.2017.086622 (2017).
Heard, B. P., Brook, B. W., Wigley, T. M. L. & Bradshaw, C. J. A. Burden of proof: A comprehensive review of the feasibility of 100% renewable-electricity systems. Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews 76, 1122-1133, doi:10.1016/j.rser.2017.03.114 (2017).
Heard, B. P. & Brook, B. W. Closing the cycle: How South Australia and Asia can benefit from re-inventing used nuclear fuel management. Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies 4, 166-175, doi:10.1002/app5.164 (2017).
Bradshaw, C. J. A. & Brook, B. W. Implications of Australia’s population policy for future greenhouse-gas emissions targets. Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies 3, 249-265, doi:10.1002/app5.135 (2016).
Brook, B. W. & Blomqvist, L. Innovations and limits in methods of forecasting global environmental change. Basic and Applied Ecology 17, 565-575, doi:10.1016/j.baae.2016.06.002 (2016).
Brook, B. W., Edney, K., Hillerbrand, R., Karlsson, R. & Symons, J. Energy research within the UNFCCC: A proposal to guard against ongoing climate-deadlock. Climate Policy 16, 803-813, doi:10.1080/14693062.2015.1037820 (2016).
There’s been relatively few in 2019-2020, but my co-authors and I have a few more energy-climate related papers currently under submission. (Note: I mostly research the impact of global change on biodiversity, wildlife population dynamics, and the causes and consequences of extinction.)
Other than my academic work, I’ve been watching the world go by, thinking about the problems I used to talk about regularly, and pondering—philosophically, as I walk through my bush block—what it is that makes arguments persuasive, and how to most effectively achieve cooperation.
In that spirit, I thought it might be time to re-enliven (resurrect?) BNC. The trouble is, I’m not sure in what people might be interested these days. In times past, a vast ocean of content was traversed herein, by myself and the many commenters who contributed greatly to its value as a forum. That material is still available in the archives for reference and perusal.
So, I’m inviting you, the reader (whomever remains), to ‘ask me anything’ (Sam Harris does this well, I am just mimicking.) You may ask literally anything, because I’ll then cherry pick the questions I find interesting, and try to address them succinctly, as I see it. That’s the plan, anyway.