RP Siegel

RP Siegel
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RP Siegel, author and inventor, shines a powerful light on numerous environmental and technological topics. He has been published in business and technical journals and has written three books. His third, co-authored with Roger Saillant, is Vapor Trails, an eco-thriller that is being adapted for the big screen. RP is a professional engineer – and a prolific inventor, with 50 patents, numerous awards, and several commercial products. He is president of Rain Mountain LLC and is an active environmental advocate in his hometown of Rochester, N.Y. In addition to Justmeans, he writes for Triple Pundit, ThomasNet News, and Energy Viewpoints, occasionally contributing to Mechanical Engineering, Strategy + Business, and Huffington Post. You can follow RP on Twitter, @RPSiegel.
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Posts by This Writer

1 day 20 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) — We have seen impressive growth in renewables over the past several years, but much of that growth is based on the somewhat shaky foundation of continuing subsidies. So argues Eduardo Porter in the New York Times. Porter points out that while wind power added 13 GW of new capacity in 2012, only one additional GW was added in 2013. The reason why: expiration of the Production Tax Credit (PTC).

Referring to the rapid expansion in the market, Letha Tawney of World Resources...


4 days 18 hours ago

(3Bl Media/Justmerans) - We’ve heard a lot about how the ubiquitous and free flow of information is going to improve our quality of life, through smart phones, smart grids, smart cities and smart cars. That’s all well and good, but what about basic questions like can I get enough to eat?

Well it turns out, big data has some good news for us there, too.

Ramez Naam, in his book The Infinite Resource, described some cutting edge agricultural projects with yields anywhere from ten to a hundred times the norm. Using this as a benchmark, Naam surmises that we will...


1 week 2 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Denmark has just one-upped its status as the most cutting edge sustainable country in the world. They have committed to a goal of 100% renewable energy by the year 2050. That goal is not just limited to electric generation as other countries have done. They are including transportation as well. No burning of fossil fuels by 2050.

If that seems like an unrealistically lofty goal, keep in mind that these are the Danes we are talking about, who already get over 40% of their electricity from over 5,...


1 week 4 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - One of the challenges we can expect to face in a climate-changed world is a dramatic redistribution of water resources. Some areas will experience drought, as California and all of the Southwest is currently facing, while others will be forced to deal with flooding, either from massive storms or snowmelt in the spring. These are enormous challenges which could threaten our economy and in some cases our...


2 weeks 2 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Over the past few weeks, I’ve had some great opportunities to travel, meet new people and learn a lot. I went to Kenya and followed the folks at Vestergaard, makers of long-lasting insecticidal bed nets for malaria prevention as they rolled out a new campaign to address waterborne illness.

Then I went to Cleveland to attend the ...


2 weeks 4 days ago

Change is an interesting thing. New ideas are often viewed with suspicion and distrust. Our reptilian brain generally asks three basic questions: Will it eat me? Can I eat it? Or can I mate with it? If the answer to all three is no, then the reptilian brain moves on.

Most people have, by now, seen solar panels atop buildings and windmills on ridge-tops along the highway, and most have, with a few exceptions, decided that the answer to question one is "no." That brings us to question two, which is where the investors come in. Any big change represents a big opportunity. Of course, the big-time professional investors have already made their...


3 weeks 2 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - The US Department of Defense (DOD) has issued their 2014 Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap.  The report designates climate change as a “threat multiplier.” It says that, “Rising global temperatures, changing precipitation patterns, climbing sea levels, and more extreme weather events will intensify the challenges of global instability, hunger, poverty, and conflict. They will likely lead to food and water shortages, pandemic disease, disputes over refugees and resources, and destruction by natural disasters in regions across the globe.”

The report’s...


3 weeks 3 days ago

(3BL/Justmeans Media) - The explosion of domestically produced oil and gas through fracking has produced tremors both in the ground surrounding a number of wells as well as in the economy. Suddenly, the whole energy picture has been turned on its head. Instead of an energy importer, we’ve became an energy exporter.

Oil and gas production are both up by double-digits compared to a decade ago. Fears of running out of oil have been replaced by fears of a production glut. We may soon have more oil than we need. This will do little to encourage developers to slow down, despite the numerous concerns that have been raised about the safety and...


4 weeks 1 day ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Chris Laszlo is  an Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Fowler Center at Case Western Reserve University. He is also the Faculty Director for Research and Outreach there. He authored several books including Embedded Sustainability: The Next Big Competitive Advantage (2011), and Sustainable Value (2013). Chris also a contributed to Flourishing Enterprise(2014) along with John Ehrenfeld, Judy Brown, Roger Saillant and others from the...


1 month 1 day ago

The concept of sustainability has been a tough sell in certain quarters for a variety of reasons. Some say it’s because the idea of simply holding on to what we have now is not inspiring enough. If someone said that their marriage was sustainable, would you envy them? These were some of the thoughts that filled the air at the Flourish and Prosper Conference held at Case Western Reserve University last week. This was the third such gathering, going back to 2006, conducted under the auspices of the...


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