RP Siegel

RP Siegel
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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2 days 19 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Earlier this week, Hillary Clinton laid out her long-awaited climate change plan. Not surprisingly, she focused on growing green energy rather than reining in fossil fuels. Specifically, she announced two “bold national goals.” The first goal is to power every home in America...

3 days 19 min ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Hillary Clinton has just rolled out her climate change plan, which would rapidly expand our use of renewables, tripling the number of installed solar panels to half a billion by the end of her first term. That’s certain an ambitious goal. In her statement she indicated her intention to rely heavily on tax credits to accomplish this. Whether or not that will be sufficient remains to be seen, but another announcement made yesterday by ...

1 week 2 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Back in April, James Hansen described some newly discovered causes for concern about global warming impacts including the rapid disintegration of Antarctic ice sheets, and an ocean circulation pattern around the poles. Now, after further analysis, he and a team of 16 other scientists have issued a draft of a new report that ratchets up the level of concern and the need for urgent action. (It should be noted that the report has not yet been peer-reviewed.)


2 weeks 1 day ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Usually when we talk about climate change and what we can do to mitigate its impacts, we talk about ways to cut back carbon emissions through alternatives, or policy actions, or efficiency measures. We usually don’t think about the role that forests play in this equation. The fact is, forests absorb much of the carbon that our cars, and homes, and power plants emit—about a third of it, actually. That means that if we had three times as much forest as we do today, which, of course we did, not that long ago, we wouldn’t have that big of a problem keeping our...

2 weeks 3 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Recently we ran a story about a very high-tech response to the water scarcity issue that plagues so many people around the world, especially in developing countries. It seems to be a topic that attracts a lot of both serious attention and good intention. Considering the fact that close to a billion people in the world do not have access to safe drinking water, that’s not a surprise.

Yet for all the attention it has received...

3 weeks 20 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - For several years now, all eyes have been on China as the elephant in the room when it comes to carbon emissions and climate change. China’s soaring economy and voracious appetite for energy still represent a genuine threat to worldwide efforts to curb emissions in a timely manner. But given China’s recent commitments and vigorous pursuit of renewables, perhaps we should be looking elsewhere for the potential spoiler.

According to an item in...

3 weeks 2 days ago

(3BL Media-Justmeans) - Generally speaking, electronic circuits and water don’t get along too well, though, in fact, they enjoy a complex and somewhat interdependent relationship. A somewhat novel example of that relationship became apparent recently as scientists at China’s Tsinghua University and Israel’s Tel-Aviv University used a virtual supercomputer to discover some unexpected and useful properties of nanotubes for highly effective water filtration systems.

The virtual supercomputer was the result of a kind of...

4 weeks 23 hours ago

 (3BL Media/Justmeans) - Back in January, I was in Abu Dhabi, where I had the opportunity to see the Solar Impulse airplane and meet the pilots as they prepared to begin their historic round-the-world flight, the first of its kind.

On July 3rd, I watched on my computer, courtesy of the Solar Impulse website as the plane landed in Hawaii, completing a 5-day Pacific crossing from Nagoya, Japan. Andre Borschberg’s four day and 22 hour flight was the longest solo...

1 month 3 days ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - There was big news coming out of Europe last week, other than the ongoing Greek banking crisis. A district court in The Hague made a ruling in a climate change lawsuit that could have far-reaching consequences. A group called the Urgenda Foundation, along with some 900 co-plaintiffs, filed suit against the Dutch government for not taking sufficient action against climate change. The case was filed in November 2013, after a letter written a year earlier, asking for more action received a response that acknowledged that the Dutch government's action were insufficient. The lawsuit...

1 month 1 week ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Late last year, a dozen states that rely on coal-fired power plants for a substantial portion of their electricity sued the EPA over the Clean Power Plan, a rule that hasn’t even been finalized yet. These states are, essentially, freaking out over what they anticipate will be huge economic impacts associated with either cleaning up the coal plants or switching over to cleaner sources.

Just this week, Congressional Republicans have...