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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 · No Comments

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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Mind blowing: watching trains wash by like fishing floats

April 3rd, 2015 · No Comments

CBC Video: Trains Bobbing Like BoatsAs (some) Americans pay attention to Califonia’s worsening drought (with the occasional media reporting (correctly) linking the worsening conditions (at least in part) to climate change impacts), climate change influenced impacts are felt elsewhere in the world.  Few Americans have ever heard of Atacama, Chile. And, many would have a hard […]

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California pleads with Senator @JimInhofe (R-@ExxonMobil): “Throw some snowballs in our direction”

March 31st, 2015 · No Comments

A simple fact: California is drying up.  The snowpack is at record lows (which means less spring runoff). Farmers’ fields are brown, rather than green, even as  irrigation wells are going deeper and deeper (and some farmers game system for big profits).  Reservoirs are retreating even faster than glaciers.  The situation is so serious that […]

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“Where’s the Global Warming?” thought Buffalonian; then they looked at a map

November 21st, 2014 · 1 Comment

The continental United States has been slammed by cold temperatures and it is difficult to escape images of Buffalo’s massive snowfall. When there is a big snowstorm, climate science deniers gleefully crow “Where’s Global Warming” and otherwise in a way that resonates with (sadly, too large) a segment of the population and is gleefully played […]

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Tags: catastrophic climate change · climate change · climate delayers · climate zombies · Global Warming · global warming deniers

Energy Bookshelf: Even though we must think about Climate, “Don’t Even Think About It”

September 29th, 2014 · No Comments

George Marshall’s Don’t Even Think About It: Why our brains are wired to ignore climate change (first chapter in pdf) should be on the must read list for anyone concerned about communicating climate change (and — as importantly — who is open to reconsidering much of their thinking about what works and doesn’t work). In […]

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Tags: climate change · energy bookshelf

When it comes to Climate: Inaction costs, Action benefits

June 24th, 2014 · No Comments

Simply put, the economic analysis related to climate change issues in public debates has systematically gotten things wrong.  The very nature of the analytical process fosters an exaggerated projection of costs and an understatement of benefits from climate mitigation and adaptation investments.  This fosters a discussion of the “costs” of action, rather than a more […]

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Tags: climate change · economics · world bank

Reasons to apply a skeptical mindset to claims of disaster due to @EPA regulation …

June 2nd, 2014 · 2 Comments

With today’s roll-out of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidance for reducing coal-fired electricity plants carbon emissions, industry interests have been pressuring hard with efforts to undermine public support for EPA action. Before heading further and in line with the Debunking Handbook, let us start with some basic truths about investing in climate mitigation. Climate mitigation investments […]

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Tags: analysis · carbon dioxide · climate change · coal · Energy · environmental · Global Warming · government energy policy · Obama Administration