Monthly Archives: August 2014

Wally Broecker, 2013, “The CO2 emergency”

Postscript, 19:03 EDT, 1st September 2014 See Wally Broecker’s article in Science where he proposed and coined both the terms “climatic change” and “global warming”. That was in August of 1975.

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Emission reductions since 1990

It is popular to gage progress towards greenhouse gas emissions reductions by how much they have been reduced since 1990. This is done by the federal government, and it is done by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It is the wrong … Continue reading

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“The joy and martyrdom of trying to be a Bayesian”

Bayesians have all been there. Some of us don’t depend upon producing publications to assure our pay, so we less have the pressure of pleasing peer reviewers. Nonetheless, it’s all reacting to “What the hell are you doing? I don’t … Continue reading

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“Rising seas will be unstoppable”

Carl Safina, author of the exquisite The View From Lazy Point, writes, in part: Well. Who. Cares. This is news you can snooze. So go ahead and hit that snooze button. Could we plan for what will happen centuries from … Continue reading

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The Sun as Borexino Sees It in Real Time: “the energy released today at the centre of the Sun is exactly the same as that produced 100,000 years ago”

The neutrino experiment in the INFN Gran Sasso Laboratories has managed to measure the energy of our star in real time: the energy released today at the centre of the Sun is exactly the same as that produced 100,000 years … Continue reading

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How fast is JAGS?

How fast is JAGS?.

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The Coriolis Effect and Geostrophic Motion

Originally posted on The Science of Doom:
The coriolis effect isn’t the easiest thing to get your head around, but it is an essential element in understanding the large scale motions of the atmosphere and the oceans. If you roll…

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“Fossil fuels’ future”

Science 15 August 2014: Vol. 345 no. 6198 pp. 739-740 DOI: 10.1126/science.345.6198.739-d LETTERS Fossil fuels’ future The 27 June special section on The Great Gas Boom (“The gas surge,” D. Malakoff, p. 1464) about natural gas from hydraulic fracturing provided … Continue reading

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Hope. This is why, in part, I am an atheist.

Carl Sagan’s last interview on Charlie Rose: The point is, how can any world view which is based upon either ignorance of, apathy towards, or misconception about the physical universe offer any realistic promise or hope or optimism, any more … Continue reading

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Woo hoo! OCO-2 on station!

See the story, from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Added 12th August 2014. More from NASA JPL.

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Dan Satterfield on Why and How Weather and Climate Models Work

See http://blogs.agu.org/wildwildscience/2014/08/10/weather-climate-models-work-meteorologists-learn-calculus/. 50 minute summary lecture there, by Professor Margot Gerritsen, embedded below, if you really want to know why and how. You, of course, don’t need to know. But, then, don’t criticize climate models, because you’ll be doing it … Continue reading

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This bitter Earth

This bitter earth What fruit it bears What good is love That no one shares And if my life is like the dust That hides the glow of a rose What good am I Heaven only knows This bitter earth … Continue reading

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Beauty of Earth

For the beauty of the earth, for the splendor of the skies, for the love which from our birth over and around us lies; Source of all Life here we raise this our hymn of grateful praise. For the joy … Continue reading

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