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The Pope at Congress: too subtle on climate change?

September 24th, 2015 · No Comments

Pope Francis has finished his speech to Congress.  Within his comments, there are elements to please virtually all segments of U.S. society. From ‘sanctity of life’ to ‘sanctity of planet’ from the value of business to the importance to seeking greater equity, from … One of the Pope’s major efforts relates to climate change. His […]

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Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics re #Climate financing in @WashTimes

August 12th, 2015 · No Comments

When it comes to the use (and, more appropriately, misuse) of analysis, perhaps the most powerful phrase is “There are three kinds of lies: Lies, damn lies, and statistics“. a phrase describing the persuasive power of numbers, particularly the use of statistics to bolster weak arguments Today’s Washington Times provides an excellent example of this (ab)use of […]

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Tags: business practice · climate change · global warming deniers · journalism · media


August 3rd, 2015 · 1 Comment

A Holy Grail for many for of climate-mitigation efforts is “carbon capture and sequestration” or CCS.  This offers a ‘have your cake and eat it too’ vision related to fossil fuel use. In short, rather than eliminating the burning of fossil fuels (mainly coal here), lets figure out how to capture carbon dioxide (in the […]

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Tags: carbon dioxide · climate change

What could possibly be causing the massive breaking of hot temperature records in Europe? “It’s a (#climate) mystery.”

July 7th, 2015 · No Comments

Decade to decade, the world is experiencing ever hotter temperatures. In a ‘normal’ world, humanity’s vast array of weather monitoring and recording devices would be seeing fluctuation between warmer and cooler. Across the calendar, there are far more hot temperature records being broken than cold temperature records. In a ‘normal’ world, there should be (a) a […]

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Marie (@JudithCurry) Antoinette’s solution to #Climate #heatwaves + #EnergyPoverty: “Let them buy air conditioners”

July 2nd, 2015 · 3 Comments

Sometimes comedians come too close to the truth. There are people who, it seems, truly thinks that the “solution” for climate change is something like Futurama’s ice cubes into the sea … Absurd, no? Well aligned with what climate science tells us will be happening with increasing frequency, there are a number of regions that […]

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Tags: catastrophic climate change · climate change · climate delayers · Energy · environmental · Global Warming

Pontiff going #UFC on #Climate Change

June 14th, 2015 · No Comments

This Thursday, the Vatican will release the Papal Encyclical “Laudato si’, on the care of our common home”. Pope Francis’ decision to take such a serious stance on climate change (on the need to take action seriously to protect our common heritage, to protect the poorest among us, and to protect our common future) could […]

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Tags: climate change · climate delayers

The power of translation: @BarackObama’s #climate anger emerging

April 26th, 2015 · No Comments

As part of President Barak Obama’s speech at the White House Correspondent’s dinner, as part of his speech (full video), the President introduced his anger translator who expressed — forcefully — perspectives that many in the reality-based community feel (and believe are pent up in many) and wish were part of the general and open dialogue […]

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Tags: barack obama · catastrophic climate change · climate change · Global Warming · global warming deniers · Obama Administration · political symbols · politics · President Barack Obama

Requiem for Canadian glaciers (and #climate #science)

April 9th, 2015 · 1 Comment

Wonder what your favourite glacier to ski or hike will look like in 20 or 40 years? A new study makes detailed predictions about how the glaciers in B.C. and Alberta will melt and shrink between now and 2100. Nature Geoscience just published a sobering look at likely deglaciation in Western Canada during the 21st century with […]

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Tags: climate change · environmental · science

Yes, we are significant enough to impact the Earth …

April 8th, 2015 · No Comments

There are multiple factors fostering climate denial/skepticism and a raft of truthiness laden arguments and shaky assertions (repeated time and time again, no matter the evidence proving them wrong) leveraged by science denialists against climate science.  Amid them is one that, in some ways, reflects humanity’s basic wonder at the immensity, scope, and wonder of […]

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On a 35th anniversary, revisiting why we trusted the “most trusted man in American”

April 3rd, 2015 · No Comments

Many Americans recognize that the introduction of the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards was a key tools to reduce US oil demand in face of OPEC’s emergence and the various oil embargoes.  While today liquid fuel (oil) and electricity have minimal overlap in most of the developed world, few recall that oil once provided a […]

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