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Whiplashed by weather?

April 16th, 2014 · Comments Off on Whiplashed by weather?

Drastic shifts in weather (from beautiful sunny skies to dark menacing ones, from t-shirt frisbee temperatures to parka-wearing cold, from …) are natural. Humanity, however, has been putting its figures on the scales of “natural”. As Bill McKibben so eloquently discussed 25 years ago in The End of Nature, due to fossil fuel emissions, humanity’s […]

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Tags: climate change · Global Warming · science

Weather, climate, patterns, how our lying eyes deceive us. Soccer dad version …

September 9th, 2013 · Comments Off on Weather, climate, patterns, how our lying eyes deceive us. Soccer dad version …

It is all too easy for our lying eyes to deceive us as large-scale patterns, trends, and otherwise are difficult to recognize in the face of the immediate.  And, individual memory can be such a difficult thing. The Washington, DC, area has had an unusually cool past several months.  As a ‘native’, I refer to […]

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Tags: Energy

Is Mother Nature revving up an October Surprise (w/human thumbs on the scale)?

October 25th, 2012 · 6 Comments

Speculating about an “October Surprise” has long been part-and-parcel of presidential elections. International crises, domestic economic troubles, and unearthed scandalous events/behavior have all had their moments in the month before election day. In 2012, we have a serious potential that the October Surprise will come from an unusual direction and a seemingly non-partisan actor: Mother […]

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Tags: 2012 Presidential Election · Energy

Focused on Olympic Record-Breaking? What about your backyard’s Olympian Climate Chaos records?

August 8th, 2012 · 4 Comments

Millions (perhaps billions) around the world hold their breath during Olympic events, watching the seconds fly with their eyes on the “OR” (Olympic Record) and “WR” (World Record) numbers in the corner of the screen. And, moving past the nationalism of “our” (whichever nation’s) athletes, it is a hold the breath amazing moment when a […]

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Tags: climate change · Global Warming

Global Warming did not cause the tornados! Did it? (revisited)

April 26th, 2011 · 1 Comment

First, let me express my sympathy for all those caught in the devastating path of tornadoes. To be caught in such devastating power of nature, recourse totally beyond one’s ability for action, is beyond my emotional imagination. I can only begin to imagine the pain for the families of the dead and for those whose […]

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Tags: climate change · Global Warming · weather

George Will’s next column won’t deal with a simple reality: Washington is wilting while the Arctic is melting

June 25th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Simply put, Washington, DC, weather is miserable at this time.  It feels like the middle of August, at the moment, with temperatures nearing 100 degree with very high humidity. Life for many: air conditioned house to air conditioned car to air conditioned office, with too much sweat in the seconds moving from one air-conditioned space […]

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Tags: climate change · environmental · George Will · Global Warming · Washington Post

Cold Weather … the glaring need for context

January 10th, 2010 · 2 Comments

It is cold in my backyard, therefore global warming isn’t real. It is that sort of quite natural human (ego-centric) perspective that contributes to the difficulty that many face in comprehending climate change / Global Warming. Of course, this difficulty is exacerbated by those who actively distort, seeking to emphasize “cold” records while failing to […]

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Tags: Energy

Dark, Cold, Wet Copenhagen and Global Warming

November 23rd, 2009 · Comments Off on Dark, Cold, Wet Copenhagen and Global Warming

There are people who are expert at framing. Put Ronald Reagan (or Barack Obama or any politician) before the flag with an impressive backdrop and the scene amplifies the message. Global Warming … Global Climate Change … The key December meeting is to be held where? Dark, cold, wet, dreary Copenhagen. DARK Copenhagen: We’re talking […]

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Tags: climate change · climate delayers · Global Warming

500? Perhaps in Dog Years?

June 14th, 2008 · 5 Comments

Have you noticed? Right now, much of Iowa and the Midwest is suffering through a 500 year flooding event. Does it seem like 100 and 500 year events are becoming ever more frequent? If your answer is yes, your impression fits with the scientific analysis. Now, we have to be careful (extremely careful) in the […]

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Tags: climate change · Global Warming · global warming deniers · journalism · politics

Deniers Descend to Outright Deceit

May 10th, 2008 · Comments Off on Deniers Descend to Outright Deceit

Global Warming Deniers (and their extreme right-wing enablers) are showing their desperation. Rather than continue with simply confusing people with distortion of data (lies, damn lies, statistics, and statistics from Global Warming deniers), we have before us a case of deliberate doctoring of evidence to distort events. For too many in the American right wing, […]

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