Monthly Archives: February 2019

Procrustes tangent distance is better than SNCD

I’ve written two posts here on using a Symmetrized Normalized Compression Divergence or SNCD for comparing time series. One introduced the SNCD and described its relationship to compression distance, and the other applied the SNCD to clustering days at a … Continue reading

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“Unpleasant surprises in the greenhouse” (in memorium, Professor Wallace Broecker)

These are excerpts from a 1987 paper by Professor Wallace Broecker, widely acknowledged to be one of the greatest climate scientists and oceanographers in the last century. . . .

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One possible way to do small, modular nuclear power

Featured in Science Magazine today, NuScale Power, a spinout from Oregon State University, is planning simpler, smaller, safer gang-lashable nuclear reactors, with a trial in the early 2020s. A schematic is shown below. As I’ve noted here elsewhere, the reason … Continue reading

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Legacy

It should be noted that, exponential growth is a plank in the theoretical framework of modern Ecology. See L. Pásztor, Z. Botta-Dukát, G. Magyar, T. Gzárán, G. Meszéna, Theory-Based Ecology: A Darwinian approach, 2016. Dr Suzuki points out that, objectively, … Continue reading

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Professor Kevin Anderson: “Climate’s holy trinity”

24th January 2019, Oxford, England, UK Appalling failure: Who is responsible: Yeah, it’s us.

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On bag bans and sampling plans

Plastic bag bans are all the rage. It’s not the purpose of this post to take a position on the matter. Before you do, however, I’d recommend checking out this: and especially this: and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution has … Continue reading

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A lagomorph has an idea which might save the world

Eli, who offers a clever and consistent consumption-based accounting scheme. Consumption-based Carbon accounting: Does it have a future? Consumption-based accounting of CO2 emissions

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“Renewables are set to penetrate the global energy system more quickly than any fuel in history” (BP, 2019 Energy Outlook)

Selections from BP Energy Outlook: 2019 edition: In the ET scenario, the costs of wind and solar power continue to decline significantly, broadly in line with their past learning curves. To give a sense of the importance of technology gains … Continue reading

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Tit-For-Tat in Repeated Prisoner’s Dilemma: President Donald Trump creates the Green New Deal

Jonathan Zasloff at Legal Planet offers “Donald Trump creates the Green New Deal”. The closing excerpt: But what goes around comes around. A President Harris, or Warren, or Booker, etc. etc. can just as easily declare a National Emergency on … Continue reading

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“What’s new with recycling”

South Shore Recycling Cooperative Director Claire Galkowski, spoke in Norwell, at the South Shore Natural Science Center, a couple of weeks ago:

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“Is the Green New Deal’s ambition smart policy?”

Ann Carlson is the Shirley Shapiro Professor of Environmental Law and the co-Faculty Director of the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at UCLA School of Law. Writing at Legal Planet, she takes on assessing the Green New … Continue reading

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From the YEARS Project: How Climate Impacts Mental Health (#climatefacts)

Dr Kate Marvel: “We need courage, not hope, to face Climate Change“. Also the magnificent “We should never have called it Earth“, also from Dr Marvel. In “Hope, despair and transformation: Climate change and the promotion of mental health and … Continue reading

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Alright! I’m tired of all this serious shtuff … It’s time for some CLIMATE ADAM!

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Status of Solar PV in Massachusetts

From PV Magazine‘s John Weaver: At Solar Power Northeast, the DOER of Massachusetts noted that with the mandated 400 MW of qualified projects program review upcoming, and heavy volume deployed in National Grid territory, there is strong consideration to expand … Continue reading

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“Applications of Deep Learning to ocean data inference and subgrid parameterization”

This is another nail in the coffin of the claim I heard at last year’s Lorenz-Charney Symposium at MIT that machine learning methods would not make a serious contribution to advancements in the geophysical sciences. T. Bolton, L. Zanna, “Applications … Continue reading

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The shelf-break front, fisheries, climate change, and finding things out

From Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Support them. Claire and I do.

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Wake up, Massachusetts! Especially, Green Massachusetts!

I’ve been looking over the set of bills proposed for the current Massachusetts legislative session. There are more of them, all dealing with aspects of greening energy supply and transport. And Governor Baker’s S.10 is very welcome. (By the way, … Continue reading

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Repeating Bullshit

Originally posted on Open Mind:
Question: How does a dumb claim go from just a dumb claim, to accepted canon by the climate change denialati? Answer: Repetition. Yes, keep repeating it. If it’s contradicted by evidence, ignore that or insult…

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