Sunday, December 3, 2023

EV v ICE, What's the Price?

 Every couple months something pops into my news feed or email about how bad or expensive Electric Vehicles (EVs) are compared to the olde Internal Combustion Engine (ICE machines).  (See cartoon from Yale Climate Connection Don't be fooled: Electric vehicles really are better for the climate.)

One that popped up was from a very biased web site (can't call it a magazine or journal). The cost for EVs to operate were $17 per gallon, equivalent. It relied on an actual study, and then changed out all the facts.

Sunday, April 23, 2023

The BARD on Earth Day. Shakespeare in Love (with AI)

I've been soliciting the sage advise and wise words of the BARD recently... 

I got my new best buddy Bard (AI from Google) to help with two blogs: World Water Day 2023: Accelerating Change on March 22 and Earth Day 2023: Invest in our Planet on April 22. 

But, William Shakespeare would be 459 years olde today (~23 April 1564 -- 23 April 1616), so I wondered what "The Bard" would have to say? On the comings and goings of Earth Day?  The question asked:

What would Shakespeare say about Earth Day?

Sunday, April 2, 2023

Earth Day 2023: Invest in Our Planet

I got my new best buddy Bard (AI from Google) to help with two blogs: World Water Day 2023: Accelerating Change in March and Earth Day 2023: Invest in our Planet in April (this blog post).

The world's population is growing rapidly -- blasting through the 8 billion humans on the planet last year -- and the demands on the resources of Earth are likewise increasing. So, I got together (via the Internet) with my buddy Bard to see what he/she/it had to say related to a few questions I had related to Earth Day 2023.

Q: Earth Day 2023

Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First held on April 22, 1970, it now includes a wide range of events coordinated globally by EARTHDAY.ORG (formerly Earth Day Network) including 1 billion people in more than 193 countries. The official theme for 2023 is Invest In Our Planet.

Thursday, March 23, 2023

World Water Day 2023 – Accelerating Change

 [With AI contribution from Bard.]

World Water Day 2023: A Call to Action ( Act like the humming bird, be the change you want to see in the world.

Approximately 750m people worldwide do not have ready access to clean water. Double that for people without clean septic/sanitation. The health and wellness of these 2b people can be improved dramatically with clean water and safe septic.

World Water Day is observed on March 22 each year to raise awareness of the importance of water and to advocate for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. This year's theme is "Accelerating change." This means that we need to take action to address the water crisis. We need to find ways to use water more efficiently, and we need to protect our water resources.

Wednesday, February 15, 2023

Oil & Gas Spills in North America Since 2010

A question I sometimes ask of people who think that fossil fuels are here forever more and that electrification of everything will never happen... 

Has there ever been an oil spill in Yellowstone National Park? If so, how many?

Thursday, January 19, 2023

Innovative Countries -- Global Innovation Index

This is a great summary of innovation by country from Visual Capitalist. See the Global Innovation Index (GII) map here:

First Published on Note the sustainability implications from innovation, and the lack of innovation.

We, at Strategic Business Planning Company,, are always interesting in all aspects of innovation. Sometimes we hear from a layperson or an executive that the most innovative country in the work is ...  

Israel and Ireland were mentioned in recent years.  One executive said that "all innovation comes from Israel". All right, admittedly, Israel is a great source of innovation and invention, but it is a very small country (population, GDP). In absolute terms, Israel is not even close, but in relative terms (adjusted for size of country), Israel is a very respectable #16 in the world (GII score of 50.2).