Monthly Archives: May 2013

Where greenhouse gases come from

Hat tip to Grist and @SuzanneWaldman. Click image for a close-up.

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Silence Since March 2009

No wonder former Energy Secretary Steven Chu left the Obama administration. This story was recently re-confirmed. (Hat tip to Climate Progress.)

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Totally awesome history of climate modeling by Steve Easterbrook, University of Utah

Professor Steve Easterbrook of the University of Utah produced a totally awesome history of climate modeling at Prezi. This takes the viewer through the history of climate models, seeing its roots in the 19th century, and showing how the United … Continue reading

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John Carlos Baez on “Energy and the Environment — What Physicists Can Do”

I hadn’t had a chance to listen to Professor Baez’s talk until now, having learned about it from his blog which is really excellent. (I don’t know how he manages to write so much good stuff per week.) In addition … Continue reading

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Martin Wolf and John Authers on the Very Long View: The Financial Times I am amazed and heartened that a publication which is devoted to financial, economic, and investment matters has devoted so much copy to climate disruption.

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‘The Human Role in Climate Change’

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Richard Feynman on Trusting Models to Go Where No One Has Gone Before

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RAVAN to constrain solar reflection contributions of aerosols and clouds

Dr Dyrud’s team at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory has won a space on CubeSat for a radiometer that will provide direct measurements of the amount of solar energy reflected to space, and the amount of infrared radiation getting through … Continue reading

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Fossil fuel divestment and the moral imperative for religious communities

Mr and Ms member of religious communities: Tell us how, in the face of the climate emergency, you are responding to this fundamental moral and religious challenge.

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Slamming the climate system

This is from a lecture in San Francisco by Dr Emily Shuckburgh earlier this year.

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Prof Mark Berliner on ‘Climate Change, Uncertainty & Communication’

Professor Mark Berliner addresses how to communicate climate change in the context of risk and uncertainty. I wish I could hot link the video here, but there is no “share” at the site, so I can only provide the link.

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A sermon on climate disruption

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My favorite definitions from Professor Andrew Gelman

Professor Gelman has a nice list of statistical definitions, educational like nearly everything he does or writes: The Folk Theorem: When you have computational problems, often there’s a problem with your model. Second-Order Availability Bias: Generalizing from correlations you see … Continue reading

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“… Guns, Murders, Life, Death, and Ignorance in Contemporary America”

Whatsoever therefore is consequent to a time of Warre, where every man is Enemy to every man; the same is consequent to the time, wherein men live without other security, than what their own strength, and their own invention shall … Continue reading

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Extreme weather is already expensive

The Center for American Progress released a report this week documenting the already high burden on the federal till of recent extreme weather. (Hat tip to The Washington Post for the pointer.) This is already working out to an average … Continue reading

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