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About Michael Barnard

Michael Barnard Mike works with startups, existing businesses and investors to identify opportunities for significant bottom line growth in the transforming low-carbon economy. He regularly publishes analyses of low-carbon technology and policy in sites including Newsweek, Slate, Forbes, Huffington Post, Quartz, CleanTechnica and RenewEconomy, with some of his work included in textbooks. Third-party articles on his analyses and interviews have been published in dozens of news sites globally and have reached #1 on Reddit Science. Much of his work originates on Quora.com, where Mike has been a Top Writer annually since 2012. He's available for consultation, speaking engagements and Board positions.



Author Archives: Michael Barnard

Ocean Plastic Cleanup Project Is Better News Than You Might Think

September 18th, 2018 | by Michael Barnard

Boyan's vision could have fallen apart at multiple points over the past five years. Reisser's study or someone else's could have shown a much more even distribution of plastics through dozens of meters of water column. Plastics could have degraded more quickly in ocean water and sunlight. He could have failed to capture many people's imaginations


Miami’s Existence Is Threatened With As Little As 18″ Of Sea Level Rise

September 18th, 2018 | by Michael Barnard

The cost of maintaining Miami as a modern, well-serviced city with great beaches will skyrocket while the economy of the state and the city will be massively challenged and possibly collapsing. More major hurricanes of greater severity will likely hit it, causing damage that owners and insurers decide not to repair. More people, mostly poorer, will leave never to return


Collectible Car Craziness: Which Electrics Will Inspire It?

September 16th, 2018 | by Michael Barnard

In the electric car category, there is one that stands out, if anyone can actually ever get it. The low VIN, original Tesla Roadster that was shot into space. If anyone ever snags that and brings it back, only billionaires need show up at the auction


Hurricane Florence Is Part Of What Al Gore Got Right In An Inconvenient Truth

September 14th, 2018 | by Michael Barnard

As Hurricane Florence surges ashore in the Carolinas, it's worth casting our minds back a dozen years to An Inconvenient Truth. Al Gore and his documentary crew attempted to mobilize the world around the imminent and pressing challenge of global warming then and since. His messages included the threat of increased severity and frequency of Atlantic hurricanes, something which is looking more and more prescient over the past few years of unusual storms


Post-Modernism Helps Explain The Post-Factual World Of Conservatives

August 28th, 2018 | by Michael Barnard

Post-modernism is just art criticism, but conservative intellectuals are constantly attacking it these days. And conservatives are saying remarkably post-modernist things from Giuliani's "Truth isn't truth" to Donald Trump's constant stream of post-factual Tweets, including those on global warming and coal


Capturing CO2 From Exhaust Pipes Is A Bad Idea That Won’t Die

August 27th, 2018 | by Michael Barnard

Saudi Aramco is full of STEM types and I'm sure that they realize capturing carbon from car emissions is actually nonsense, but they keep trotting their prototypes out to conferences and journalists, and people keep reporting on it as if it's a real thing


Lidar Not Necessary For Autonomy, But Let’s At Least Spell It Correctly

August 26th, 2018 | by Michael Barnard

Lidar is a sensor that's used for a variety of purposes. Almost every autonomous vehicle program in the world except for Tesla's uses lidar sensors. This article isn't about the uses or qualities of the sensors, however, it's about how to spell the word. I’ve been struggling with it for years, personally, but had never looked it up in a style book


Ryan Zinke Is Blaming Eco-Terrorists Who Don’t Exist For Wildfires

August 18th, 2018 | by Michael Barnard

In recent days, Ryan Zinke, US Secretary of the Interior, has been making headlines with his remarkably wrong-headed remarks about the US West's horrific season of wildfires, blaming them on eco-terrorists. As with President Trump's tweets of two days earlier in which he made the baffling statement that California was pumping fresh water into the Pacific instead of using it to fight fires, Zinke is so wrong that it is literally incredible that he could believe what he is saying


BMW Now Means Boring Motoren Werke

August 15th, 2018 | by Michael Barnard

BMW has become the Boring Motoren Werke company. Instead of being the ultimate driving machine it's going to deliver the maximum compromise machine


Climate Change ‘Skepticism’: 6 Overlapping Drivers

August 15th, 2018 | by Michael Barnard

Climate change 'skeptics' have pre-existing biases which tend to make them skeptical. They’ve been supported in that skepticism by decades of misinformation, and psychologically and socially it’s easier to continue to deny rather than accept reality. But there’s hope


Saving Private Tesla: 7 Questions

August 8th, 2018 | by Michael Barnard

Is Elon Musk serious? Is it a good idea? Is announcing it on Twitter legal? Who wins and loses? How will individuals invest in Tesla after this? What could stop it? What's next


Harley-Davidson Won’t Be Saved By Its Electric Motorcycle Plans

August 7th, 2018 | by Michael Barnard

Recently, Harley-Davidson announced plans for multiple different electric vehicles: three motorcycles, three scooter-category bikes and even an electric-assist bicycle. Most of these are supposed to be on the road by 2022. It won't help the company. It has serious brand issues that it must overcome, and it's hard to see how it will


Green Ontario Turns An Ugly Shade Of Brown

July 23rd, 2018 | by Michael Barnard

Doug Ford has taken Ontario's reasonable set of environmental policies and a transformation that was positive overall and is regressing it rapidly, ignorantly and with likely much more expensive overall results


Energy Web Foundation: 7 Questions

April 23rd, 2018 | by Michael Barnard

We want to see adoption of the Energy Web chain as the standard blockchain foundation—the digital DNA—of the many applications in development by utilities, energy companies, startups, and others


NORI: Fighting Global Warming With blockchain

April 19th, 2018 | by Michael Barnard

Nori, a company which recently emerged from stealth, is creating the NORI token. It’s a cryptocurrency token that represents a ton of CO2 removed from the atmosphere and sequestered in one of a number of potential ways. This isn’t a cap-and-trade or carbon-tax system, but a market mechanism which values removed tons of


Cleantech X Blockchain — Survey

April 15th, 2018 | by Michael Barnard

CleanTechnica would like to engage the brain trust of our readership to get your opinion on blockchain and cryptocurrencies. For those of you who have not been following along with our Cleantech Blockchain series, or those of you who have been considering upgrading your Nokia cell phone to a Motorola flip phone, here's the difference



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