Monthly Archives: July 2014

Sharks at Play

Posted in oceanography, WHOI

Wind, 2014-07-30

I’ve mentioned before, in passing, that I feel many wind turbines look beautiful. Today, I’m starting a series of photos of turbines.

Posted in energy, engineering, wind power

“Laughin’ Fool Blues”

It’s midsummer, and time to hear from Doc Snow, and some “Laughin’ Fool Blues”.

Posted in atheism, carbon dioxide, citizenship, climate, climate education, conservation, economics, education, geophysics, notes, obfuscating data, politics, rationality, reasonableness, science | 1 Comment

Steven Colbert: Splashin’ alkanes, cycloalkanes, asphaltenes, and aromatic hydrocarbons at “Nature ‘Nuffies”

My only improvement is to suggest all practitioners be required to remain behind the belching tailpipes for at least an hour. It would be good for the gene pool.

Posted in Carbon Tax, civilization, politics

Sea Level Rise, after Church and White (2006)

Modeling done with a Bayesian Rauch-Tung-Striebel algorithm, estimating priors of variance for observations and state by using a stationary bootstrap for the series using Politis and Romano algorithm.

Posted in Bayesian, carbon dioxide, civilization, climate, climate education, conservation, consumption, ecology, economics, education, efficiency, energy, energy reduction, engineering, environment, forecasting, geoengineering, geophysics, humanism, MCMC, meteorology, oceanography, optimization, physics, politics, rationality, reasonableness, science, statistics | 3 Comments

The FT’s Martin Wolf: “Climate sceptics are losing their grip”

Nicely done editorial from Professor (of Economics) Martin Wolf, of the Financial Times. (There’s a possible paywall there, at FT, but, IMO, it’s worth it.)

Posted in citizenship, civilization, climate, climate education, conservation, consumption, demand-side solutions, ecology, economics, education, efficiency, energy reduction, engineering, environment, forecasting, geophysics, history, investing, meteorology, physics, politics, rationality, reasonableness, risk, science

President Obama speaking to the League of Conservation Voters: He’s tryin’, but …

… I don’t know if we can get to where we need to go without significant, economy-impacting demand side reductions, as mentioned in the speech. And President Obama’s administration seems to be choosing economy over danger. And natural gas is … Continue reading

Posted in carbon dioxide, Carbon Tax, civilization, climate, climate education, conservation, economics, environment, meteorology, politics, rationality, reasonableness, risk, science, wind power | Tagged

Why small effects can make BIG changes. Science rules, as Bill Nye says.

This is why small effects in the climate system can have BIG consequences. Even if the percentage change of CO2 due to human effects as a proportion of total atmospheric mass is very small, the consequences can, be, well, of … Continue reading

Posted in climate, differential equations, education, engineering, environment, geophysics, mathematics, meteorology, physics, rationality, reasonableness, risk, science

Celebrate Aphelion!

This happened about a half hour ago. It’s all downhill from here! Well, until periheilion any way. We are at the farthest point from the Sun we’ll be for about a year.

Posted in astronomy, astrophysics, Neill deGrasse Tyson, physics, rationality, science