Wednesday, November 20, 2013
From the folks at the Center for Climate and Security
"The Vermont Journal of Environmental Law hosted a symposium on October, 25th titled ”Rising Temps and Emerging Threats: The Intersection of Climate Change and National Security in the 21st Century.” The symposium included an outstanding group of speakers and covered some very pertinent topics. All of the panels have also been uploaded to their YouTube station."
Videos of panels and presentations:
Food Security, Food Prices and Climate Change
Center for Food Security & the Environment
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Monday, November 11, 2013
Jelly Fish Numbers Rising:
A bit more humor:
Q: How many climate sceptics does it take to change a lightbulb?
A: None. It's too early to say if the lightbulb needs changing
Thursday, November 07, 2013
A cool tool about a hot topic. Thanks to Dave Liebl & Bill Klase, for the heads up on this one.
"Scientists tell us that the global average temperatures over land have warmed 1.4 degrees F since 1880. But how have temperatures changed here in the US, in my state, in my congressional district? This site compares the global warming with temperature trends at local levels. Find your state …"
Who does this site?
For my local peeps, here is the 8th Congressional District:
A good addition for this post, on what is "variability and trend":
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
Region 5: http://epa.gov/climatechange/Downloads/impacts-adaptation/region-5-plan.pdf
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Monday, October 28, 2013
It is amusing how people use low to moderate emission models when trying to gauge future impacts of rapid climate change, or adaptation strategies. They are based on something never yet observed; human efforts globally on mitigation. I suggest being conservative, or better, being prudent. Base your planning and strategies of high emission scenarios. They actually are based on past and current, observable human behavior. That is no global effort on mitigation.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
BTW: his latest book is:
Networks of Outrage and Hope: Social Movements in the Internet Age
Monday, October 21, 2013
The projected timing of climate departure from recent variability
Camilo Mora1, Abby G. Frazier1, Ryan J. Longman1, Rachel S. Dacks2, Maya M.Walton2,3, Eric J. Tong3,4, Joseph J. Sanchez1, Lauren R. Kaiser1, Yuko O. Stender1,3, James M. Anderson2,3, Christine M. Ambrosino2,3, Iria Fernandez-Silva3,5, Louise M. Giuseffi1 & Thomas W. Giambelluca1
"Ecological and societal disruptions by modern climate change are critically determined by the time frame over which climates shift beyond historical analogues. Here we present a new index of the year when the projected mean climate of a given locationmoves to a state continuously outside the bounds of historical variability under alternative greenhouse gas emissions scenarios. Using 1860 to 2005 as the historical period, this index has a global mean of 2069 (618 years s.d.) for near-surface air temperatureunderanemissions stabilizationscenario and2047 (614 years s.d.)undera ‘business-as-usual’scenario. Unprecedented climates will occur earliest in the tropics and among low-income countries, highlighting the vulnerability of global biodiversity and the limited governmental capacity to respond to the impacts of climate change. Our findings shed light on the urgency of mitigating greenhouse gas emissions if climates potentially harmful to biodiversity
and society are to be prevented."
1Department of Geography, University of Hawai‘i at Ma¯noa, Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96822, USA. 2Department of Biology, University of Hawai‘i at Ma¯noa, Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96822, USA. 3Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology, University of Hawai‘i at Ma¯noa, Ka¯ne‘ohe, Hawai‘i 96744, USA. 4Department of Oceanography, University of Hawai‘i at Ma¯noa, Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96822, USA. 5Trans-disciplinary Organization for Subtropical Island Studies (TRO-SIS), University of the Ryukyus, Senbaru, Nishihara, Okinawa 903-0213, Japan.
A website re the paper with good interpretive material.
Note: I got the heads up on this on the CLN listserv. Discussion there is;
"... the timing question is"In essence, when will the extreme coolest January/etc. be warmer than the historical extreme hottest January/etc." or, to put it another way, "In essence, when will the extreme coolest [Insert month here] be warmer than the historical extreme hottest [insert same month here]."
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
" Global Warming: The Science of Climate Change within the far slicker Coursera platform. Beginning on October 21, the class is free and runs for 8 weeks..."
Monday, October 14, 2013
Solar City is the hot stock of the moment.
They have turnkeyed solar energy
And, the new Citibank report on utilities as dinosaurs:
ENERGY DARWINISM The Evolution of the Energy Industry
Wednesday, October 02, 2013
Final Draft (accepted) WGI AR5 Final Draft (version 7 June 2013)
Summary for Policy Makers
RealClimate post on the same:
Tuesday, October 01, 2013
An "off point" post. I am posting this comment because i think it describes something worth study, and that illustrates a change that may affect many areas.
This is a fundamental change from when I was a sprout, both as to national politics, and the attention span of the electorate.
Lets look back to when i was a sprout, the different political climate.
Lets say, 1966. A hypothetical.
President Johnson (D) proposes a health care reform law, modelled after the law that has been in force for a couple years in Michigan, that was championed by its governor, Geoge Romney (R) (yes mitt's dad).
There would have been debate, changes, etc., but it probably would pass with bipartisan support.
The political characterisation of that by the Republicans? It would have been something like, " the President and his party are so lacking in their own ideas, they have to take Republican ones."
Ladies and gentlemen, fasten your seat belts, and return your trays to a full, upright position. The traditional boundaries of subject and reasoning in the U.S. political system have been blown out.
THE SECOND COMING
Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: a waste of desert sand;
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Wind shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?
Friday, September 27, 2013
IPCC Asessment Report 5 Workgroup 1 Report (Science),
summary for policy makers:
Full report of Workgroup 1 of AR5, when released:
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Some of the folk in the climate sceptic business have been pointing to what they see as a slowing in the average atmospheric temperature. Here is a good piece on the subject of warming, the carbon cycle and the oceans.
What ocean heating reveals about global warming
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
"The aftermath of Colorado’s devastating mountain flooding, and the towering cost of extreme weather."
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Monday, September 23, 2013
"Recently a group of researchers from Harvard and Oregon State University has published the first global temperature reconstruction for the last 11,000 years – that’s the whole Holocene (Marcott et al. 2013). The results are striking and worthy of further discussion, ..."
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
"And they really think that they're camouflaged," Kumar says. "They act like we can't see them. And it's pretty embarrassing for the hare."
Thursday, September 05, 2013
Wednesday, September 04, 2013
Friday, August 30, 2013
Friday, August 23, 2013
* According to Tainter, societies become more complex as they try to solve problems. Social complexity can be recognized by numerous differentiated and specialised social and economic roles and many mechanisms through which they are coordinated, and by reliance on symbolic and abstract communication, and the existence of a class of information producers and analysts who are not involved in primary resource production. Such complexity requires a substantial "energy" subsidy (meaning the consumption of resources, or other forms of wealth). …When a society confronts a "problem," such as a shortage of energy, or difficulty in gaining access to it, it tends to create new layers of bureaucracy, infrastructure, or social class to address the challenge. … Tainter argues that sustainability or collapse of societies follow from the success or failure of problem-solving institutions and that societies collapse when their investments in social complexity and their "energy subsidies" reach a point of diminishing marginal returns. He recognizes collapse when a society rapidly sheds a significant portion of its complexity.” Wikipedia summary
The Collapse of Complex Societies
Thursday, August 22, 2013
"This is not a world the scientists I trained with would recognize. Many of them served on the Manhattan Project. Afterward, they helped create the technologies that drove America’s postwar prosperity. In that era of the mid-20th century, politicians were expected to support science financially but otherwise leave it alone. The disaster of Lysenkoism, in which Communist ideology distorted scientific truth and all but destroyed Russian biological science, was still a fresh memory. "
The title is from this poem
How Americans Communicate About Global Warming, April 2013
Monday, August 19, 2013
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Blog page: http://www.teslamotors.com/blog/hyperloop
Concept paper: http://www.teslamotors.com/sites/default/files/blog_images/hyperloop-alpha.pdf
Tuesday, August 06, 2013
"Recent studies have shown that producing cultured meat in factories could greatly reduce water, land and energy use, and emissions of methane and other greenhouse gases, compared with conventional meat production using livestock. Depending on how the stem cells were obtained, no animals might need to be killed to make the meat. "
Can i get a side of vertically farmed faux fries with this?
*Riker: We no longer enslave animals for food purposes.
Badar N'D'D: But we have seen humans eat meat.
Riker: You've seen something as fresh and tasty as meat but inorganically materialized out of patterns used by our transporters.
Badar N'D'D: Sickening! It's barbaric!
SNG, "Lonely Among Us".
Monday, August 05, 2013
This was originally a local newspaper column (Ashland Daily Press column on sustainability), I did when I lived up north, called “A Wider View”. Wrote it in early 1990's.
How much does the environment matter? Maybe more important, how much does it matter to you? Can you gauge it in any way that approaches objectivity? Probably not.
There lives a species of Aztec Ant in Central America that creates its colony in one specie of tree. The tree has no defense mechanisms. The ant lives in its bark. The ant's sole food is tiny balls of plant proteins and sugars that cover the bottom of the tree's leaves. The ant attacks any vine, insect, or fungus that touches the tree. No bird will nest here. When the colony is firmly established, its member fan out from the base of the tree.
If Disney did a movie about this ant what would we see? Would executive ants give PowerPoint presentations on square yards cleared? Would activist ants destroy the pheromone scent trails the workers had laid and argue that monoculture is an adaptive dead end? Would they form stakeholder committees to try to reach consensus?
We are natural. What else can we be? All we do is natural. What else can it be? To say otherwise is to deny that we are of the world. To be animal is to seek short term advantage. Animals do not plan for the long term. No, but we can. Will we?
Our vision of the world and ourselves is far more complex than that of the ant. We are, as the ancient Maya called humans, "those who bear the burden of time". Our basic needs and behaviors are the same as other animals. But the prodigious nervous system we each carry creates a whole universe in each head. The environmental science graduate may go to work for the power company and end up attending endless meetings with stakeholders and community groups. Would he be there if he was not paid to? Another environmental science graduate derives great pleasure from spending time in the wilderness when she can, and when back home serves tirelessly in grass roots groups. She opposes any logging activities.
Friday, August 02, 2013
"One of the most powerful ways to figure out how the Earth will respond to all the carbon dioxide we're putting into the atmosphere is to look back into the planet's history."
Bob Browne, of Superior Wisconsin passed away yesterday. When I lived up North, I had the honor of knowing Bob, and learning from him. He was a peaceful warrior, protecting his beloved watershed. "Bob was always involved in trying to make the lives of others better. Whenever he got an idea about a way he could help, he went for it. He knocked on doors and made calls until, most of the time, he got what he wanted." Superior Telegram .
"Bob Browne was a champion for water, youth, community, conservation, good government, involvement, and most of all, always a champion for clean water. He rarely spoke without reminding us that “Water is life; and the quality of water determines the quality of life.” His life Advanced the Vision for Lake Superior." Bruce Lindgren.