John Erik Meyer's scientific contributions

Publications (13)

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Failure to be able to measure progress toward a clear goal is a sure sign of inevitable failure. When goals are so ill-defined that a crude ancillary measure, over time, becomes the goal, then progressive management becomes impossible. For the most part, through history, elites rose to power on the waves of economic dominance of particular sectors....
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The hallmark of good business sense is the ability to recognize the inevitable structural decline in a particular business model and to move resources into models which have better potential. In resource models such as mining or fishing, it is relatively easy to see the writing on the wall for resource depletion as the effort to maintain production...
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The ability of society as a whole to identify its own best interests, as distinct from the interests of smaller groups with influence, based on either power or their ability to be heard, will determine its ability to absorb and process the information it needs to be successful. Using real physical measurements to expand society’s view of the planet...
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Times of stability in human history are merely grace periods in between different resource and climatic regimes. Adaptation to these underpinnings of human existence is a necessary survival skill. Now, as the human footprint extends over more of the planet, our ability to quantify, monitor, and assess our own impact will play a critical part in imp...
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Governments have laid down the commercial boundaries and facilitated the fortunes of the industries which built the successive foundations of Canada’s development from fur to fossil fuel. Industries which have ascended to prominence and leadership cling to their positions of power and privilege tenaciously. But the conditions which produced the nee...
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The human energy network began with the shipment of coal from northern Europe to England during Roman times. It expanded during the Industrial Revolution as purpose built transportation began to deliver stored energy by railroad car and shipload to an expanding array of destinations. When oil came into use, both the extent and the depth of this net...
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The psychological and social ability to cope with different challenges and to adapt to changing conditions is a function of leadership, imbedded interests, culture, and perhaps the events that have taken place within the national living memory. There are many examples of governments rising to the challenge of both imminent and long-term threats and...
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Canada is a well-endowed country that serves as an ideal model to lead the reader through the development of energy, resources, and society historically and into a post-carbon future. The book provides an historical perspective and describes the physical resource limitations, energy budgets, and climate realities that will determine the potential f...
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Direct comparisons among nations to determine their relative success or failure in transitioning to renewables are fraught with difficulty yet given world standards now in place clearly identifiable targets can serve as a baseline to focus the conversation. Renewable energy is diffuse and more energy is required to support life the further north on...
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Most countries have recognized the need to increase their production of renewable energy. The acknowledgement that renewables will one day replace fossil fuels may not have been made across the board but broad initiatives are underway to change consumption habits and reduce reliance on stored energy. Now that energy is becoming less easily availabl...
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Sophisticated lifestyles require large amounts of energy in northern regions. Indigenous peoples clung to survival through the consumption of energy embedded in the food they ate and the wood they were able to gather. This, and the rudimentary tools they were able to use to build shelter and fashion clothing enabled them to live for thousands of ye...
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Transition means a change from one state to another over time. We are currently in a state of high fossil fuel dependency but will arrive at or be forced into a state of low fossil fuel dependency by the end of the century. How we arrive at the final state of renewable energy dominance is a matter of determination and time. If we choose to start no...
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The energy required to prosper in northern regions is vastly higher than the amount necessary to merely survive. When the Europeans arrived in North America, they brought their sophisticated and energy-intensive tools and lifestyles, developed over centuries in an environment which had been heavily exploited and, in many instances, depleted. The en...

Citations

... Rather, a small decrease is seen in recent times [51]. Although its contribution is not big enough, biofuel is the second most important source of renewable energy in Canada [52]. ...
... In parallel, internal conflict in a country will also hinder the implementation of an effective energy policy (Boute, 2020). On the other hand, political problems between countries complicate the work of the energy companies (Meyer, 2020). Therefore, navies belonging to those countries generally protect these energy companies in the region. ...
... Rather, it incorporated a blended view of both physical and human geographical perspectives, exploring not only the physical climate change impacts and changes, but also social, political and economic considerations as well. This wide lens offers a broad perspective into the exploration of energy efficiency in the context of climate change (see also Besir and Cuce, 2018;Boran, 2017;Cifci and Oliver, 2018;Energy Future Coalition, 2017;Environment and Climate Change Canada, 2017;Hope et al., 2016;Howlett, 2009;Jagoda et al., 2011;Kochi et al., 2006;Liming et al., 2008;Meyer, 2020;Renneboog, 2016;Simandan, 2002Simandan, , 2010aSimandan, -b, 2011aSimandan, -b, 2016Simandan, , 2017Simandan, , 2018aSimandan, -c, 2019aStirling, 2014;Tellier, 2005;Tu, 2018;Van Gool, 1997;Voss et al., 2006;Bullock, 2018, 2020). ...