Pouring the Foundations of Modernity

Written by Ryan McGuine // The modern age has been characterized by the skyrocketing use of a number of materials, including concrete, the most widely-used construction material in the world. It is so ubiquitous today that it is both hard to imagine a world without it, and easy to take it for granted. Rapid urbanization and rising incomes in developing countries will ensure the continued use of concrete for decades to come, but unfortunately concrete production is associated with a number of environmental consequences

Coronavirus & Climate: Silver Linings & Red Herrings

Written by Ryan McGuine // The COVID-19 outbreak has dramatically changed daily life around the world. The global economy has ground to a halt as governments and individuals take unprecedented social distancing measures to "flatten the curve." Everything humans do affects the natural environment in some way, and coronavirus-related changes to daily life present an … Continue reading Coronavirus & Climate: Silver Linings & Red Herrings

How We Use Energy in 2018

Written by Ryan McGuine // In June, oil supermajor British Petroleum (BP) released its 2018 Statistical Review of World Energy, a summary of the trends observed in the energy industry during the prior year and the economic factors driving those trends. BP's Statistical Review is published annually and is considered a benchmark for the energy … Continue reading How We Use Energy in 2018