Monthly Archives: December 2018

Gov Jerry Brown on Meet the Press, a parting comment on 2018 at Bill Gates’ Notes, and the best climate blog post of 2018

Segment One Outgoing Governor Jerry Brown of California on NBC’s Meet the Press this morning: I’ll miss him there, but I don’t think Gov Jerry is going anywhere soon. Segment Two Bill Gates Notes offered an end of year summary … Continue reading

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Mark Carney is aligned with the geo-biological-physical everything

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney might not be popular on all his pronouncements, but he’s the most comprehensively educated on the matter of climate risk of any in the international discussion groups of the OECD. Some people will be … Continue reading

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administrative note

Two users — actually one masquerading as two — have been banned from commenting, both because, for the most part, they/he/it have contributed very little to the discussion here, have of late been both arrogant and personally insulting, both here … Continue reading

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Why Americans and Britons work such long hours

Why Americans and Britons work such long hours.

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Negative Nuclear Power

This post was originally a little too concise. (I posted it from my Google Pixel 2.) The referenced papers are Grubler (2010), Boccard (2014), and Escobar-Rangel and Lévêque, as well as a slide presentation by them. In addition, there is … Continue reading

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“Electric Dreams”, from BBC Radio 4’s “Costing the Earth”

I just listened to the podcast from Peter Gibbs of BBC Radio 4‘s program, “Costing the Earth”. He recounts the experience of owning and driving a nominally 200 mile range EV: Is the time finally right to buy an electric … Continue reading

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Towards the end of 2018, Newtonmas, and on commenting standards that have excelled

I have published 1,036 posts at my blog, and the very first was published on 29th November 2012. It concerned dangers of indiscriminately using clustering algorithms, such as K-means. For example, K-means cannot successfully recognize many clusters which are not … Continue reading

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Earth’s energy imbalance: Rise in ocean heat content is accelerating

L. Cheng, K. E. Trenberth, J. Fasullo, T. Boyer, J. Abraham, J. Zhu, “Improved estimates of ocean heat content from 1960 to 2015“, Science Advances, 10 March 2017, 3(3), e1601545. Abstract Earth’s energy imbalance (EEI) drives the ongoing global warming … Continue reading

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People ask me, When you want to feel optimistic, or be optimistic, what do you do?

Updated, 1st January 2019 Simple. I bring up the latest, and listen to Professor Tony Seba of Stanford University. I am also a devoted enthusiast for the energy programs of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, per John Farrell’s excellent work. … Continue reading

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“You say you love your children above all else, and yet you are stealing their future in front of their very eyes.”

Not much else needs to be said here. Hat tip to WaPo. Thunberg accused leaders of speaking only about “green eternal economic growth because you are too scared of being unpopular.” “You only talk about moving forward with the same … Continue reading

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Plastics in the oceans!

From Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution: (Click on image to see a larger figure, and use browser Back Button to return to blog.) “Tracking a snow globe of microplastics“ “WHOI Marine Microplastics Initiative“ “Sweat the small stuff“ “A hitchhiker’s guide to … Continue reading

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Cold Massachusetts Thanksgiving powered by Massachusetts solar

Update, 2018-12-15 (Click on image to see larger figure, and use your browser Back Button to return to reading blog.) Thanksgiving in 2018 was cold, but it was also sunny. That means the 150,000 solar installations in Massachusetts could delivery … Continue reading

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Remember …

Updated, 2018-12-51, 14:10 ET Remember who it was that told you it would okay, just fine to continue to emit CO2 as we have been, despite over 50 years of science, scientists, from physicists, to chemists, to engineers, and biologists … Continue reading

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Codium fragile, for 5th December 2018

Less frequent than I originally intended, but here’s today’s: C. Wienberg, “Shipping Giant Maersk Aims for Zero Net Carbon Emissions by 2050“, today J. Pyper, “Xcel Energy Commits to 100% Carbon-Free Electricity by 2050>“, today J. A. Dlouhy, “The Trump … Continue reading

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Edward Gorey, mischievous artist, droll mirror of Life

Updated, 2018-12-05 I’m a fan of Edward Gorey’s work and life story. There is, today, a profile of Edward Gorey and his life by Joan Acocella at and of The New Yorker. I’m a member of the House, and just … Continue reading

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