Monthly Archives: June 2016

Climate Lamentation: Call & Response

(At the site of the West Roxbury, MA, Spectra/Algonquin explosive pipeline) Cry out! Cry out! Wail in lamentation for all that climate change has wrought … And will wreak upon the children and grandchildren, upon the poor and the disenfranchised, … Continue reading

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Massachusetts Bill S.2372 (“An Act to promote energy diversity”), Amendment 1

Ms. Jehlen, Messrs. Keenan, Montigny, Timilty and Joyce, Ms. Creem, Mr. Brady, Ms. L’Italien, Ms. Gobi, Ms. O’Connor Ives, Ms. Chang-Diaz, Messrs. Lewis, Pacheco, Moore and Ross moved that the bill be amended by inserting the following section:- SECTION X. … Continue reading

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“The climate talks [in Paris] were a fraud”

Dr James Hansen on The Open Mind. “Signatures won’t save the climate”, writes Danielle Ola at PVTech. And, despite the good news below, Bloomberg New Energy Finance warns: The 2⁰C scenario would require much more money. On top of the … Continue reading

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Still think exponential growth in global Solar adoption is mere extrapolation?

Story here. Graphic: (Click on image to see a larger figure, and use browser Back Button to return to blog.) Update, 2016-06-28 Bloomberg: “Solar Power to Grow Sixfold as Sun Becoming Cheapest Resource”. Excerpt: The amount of electricity generated using … Continue reading

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“I need to wake up”

Now, more than ever. (The above was published in September 2015.)

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Elegy for the Arctic

And for the Antarctic … Hat tip to Climate Denial Crock of the Week.

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SolarIMPULSE: The Atlantic crossing

Controls panel monitoring. Best of luck to pilot Bertrand Piccard and the entire SolarIMPULSE team! http://www.solarimpulse.com/widgets/rtw_wrapup/1 http://www.solarimpulse.com/widgets/energy http://www.solarimpulse.com/widgets/aircraft http://www.solarimpulse.com/widgets/instruments/1 Update, 1253 EDT, 20th June 2016 (Click on image for a larger figure, and use browser Back Button to return to … Continue reading

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Plunging costs for Solar PV

Offered without comment. Hat tip to Bloomberg and to the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. (Click on image to see a larger figure. Use your browser Back Button to return to blog.)

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Stephen Chu: `Put a global price on Carbon’

In the Spring 2016 edition of Catalyst, a periodical of the Union of Concerned Scientists, Nobel laureate and former U.S. DOE head Professor Stephen Chu offers a suggestion on what the world should do after the COP21 meeting in Paris. … Continue reading

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China as a zero Carbon energy powerhouse

(Click on image for a larger figure, and use your browser Back Button to return to blog.) Figure courtesy of the International Energy Agency. (Click on image for a larger figure, and use your browser Back Button to return to … Continue reading

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data.table

R provides a helpful data structure called the “data frame” that gives the user an intuitive way to organize, view, and access data.  Many of the functions that you would us… Source: Intro to The data.table Package

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France, and Mathematics

Cédric Villani, does Mathematics. “Problems worthy of attack, prove their worth by hitting back.” — Piet Hein

Posted in abstraction, Google, mathematics, mathematics education, maths, networks, Pagerank, percolation theory, point pattern analysis, probability, rationality, reasonableness, stochastic algorithms | Leave a comment

On Smart Data

One of the things I find surprising, if not astonishing, is that in the rush to embrace Big Data, a lot of learning and statistical technique has been left apparently discarded along the way. I’m hardly the first to point … Continue reading

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“Catching long tail distribution” (Ted Dunning)

One of the best presentations on what can happen if someone takes a naive approach to network data. It also highlights what is, to my mind, the greatly underappreciated t-distribution, which is typically only used in connection with frequentist Student … Continue reading

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Frum on Trump

Great interview, on On Point.

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Why Not US

It’s a disgrace that the country which once led the world in science-based technology innovation has fallen so far: (Click image to see a larger figure, and use your browser Back Button to return to blog.) Buckminster Fuller mused in … Continue reading

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Six cases of models

The previous post included an attempt to explain land surface temperatures as estimated by the BEST project using a dynamic linear model including regressions on both quarterly CO2 concentrations and ocean heat content. The idea was to check the explanatory … Continue reading

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On Munshi mush

(Slightly updated on 2016-06-11.) Professor Emeritus Jamal Munshi of Sonoma State University has papers recently cited in science denier circles as evidence that the conventional associations between mean global surface temperature and cumulative carbon emissions are, well, bunk, due to … Continue reading

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UnScientific Americans: Congress Aims to Cut Climate Science

Originally posted on Climate Denial Crock of the Week:
These guys are not joking. You wonder how great civilizations turn their back on enlightenment? Here’s how. Scientific American: Congress is considering spending bills that would significantly cut funding for key…

Posted in American Association for the Advancement of Science, atmosphere, carbon dioxide, citizen science, citizenship, climate data, denial, ecology, Ecology Action, environment, ignorance, rationality, reasonableness, science, science denier, the problem of evil, the right to be and act stupid, the right to know, the tragedy of our present civilization, zero carbon | Leave a comment