Monthly Archives: December 2020

Introducing a long term longitudinal survey of some bryophytes, lichens, and Lycopodium individuals

(Update 2021-01-15.) Future updates will be made in separate blog posts. These will all link back here. On 29th November 2020, I began and committed to a long term longitudinal survey of four botanical sites near my home, a survey … Continue reading

Posted in Botany, bryophytes, climate change, climate disruption, global warming, Lycopodium, macrophotography, microphotography, National Phenology Network, phenology | Leave a comment

A harmful visitor who thrives because of climate change: Adelges tsugae

Adelges tsugae or Woolly adelgid is a Hemlock-destroying insect which infests New England forests because New England winters are getting warmer. Here’s what it looks like on one of our Hemlock trees. Of note is that Finzi, et al (2020) … Continue reading

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Hints on a second edition of Principles of Planetary Climate

Professor Ray Pierrehumbert is working on a second edition of his great Principles of Planetary Climate. There is a Web site for the current book, and a preview of changes.

Posted in American Association for the Advancement of Science, carbon dioxide, climate change, climate science, David Archer, geophysics, Mathematics and Climate Research Network, Principles of Planetary Climate, Ray Pierrehumbert | Leave a comment

Wind turbines don’t kill (many) birds, but people do

Posted in Ørsted, bird mortality, wind energy, wind power, zero carbon | Leave a comment

Physicists Doing Blues

Everybody’s Got the Blues ATLAS Boogie From The Canettes Blues Band at The LHC. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JD0VslrILuQ And let’s not forget climate scientists in Chicago:

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The engagement with SARS-CoV-2: Where we stand in the United States, in curated numbers

From the COVID Tracking Project at The Atlantic Monthly, a 23rd December 2020 report: California is out of control. As I’ve noted elsewhere and the COVID Tracking Project reminds, sourcing cases, deaths, positive test rate, and hospitalization data is tricky. … Continue reading

Posted in actuarial statistics, American Statistical Association, coronavirus, COVID-19, pandemic, Rebekah Jones, risk, SARS-CoV-2 | Leave a comment

Happy Newtonmas, 2020

Among other projects I support this year, post-retirement is Einstein@Home Why? Because with all the emphasis upon SARS-CoV-2, biopharmaceuticals, and mitigating climate disruption, which are all important, observational astronomy doesn’t get enough love. And this is an astronomy which isn’t … Continue reading

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Fossil fuels have no future

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Much ado about explosive methane

Sunday’s Boston Globe had a lead article about the demise of opposition to the Weymouth natural gas compressor station, defeated by Commonwealth and federal support for its operation. Many people I know protested that scourge of Weymouth and the Commonwealth, … Continue reading

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a song in praise of data scientist Rebekah Jones

I linked to Rebekah Jones‘ keynote address at the August 2020 Data Science Conference on COVID-19 sponsored by the National Institute for Statistical Science. Below is a song in tribute to her, wishing her well. (h/t Bill McKibben) We’re doing … Continue reading

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… [T]oo detached from my natural origins to see the problem …

The proprietor of the false progress blog which I mentioned in an earlier blog post made a comment about another one of my posts. Actually, that’s not quite right in three respects. I don’t really know if it’s really the … Continue reading

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From False Progress

(This is a recap of a comment made at a commenter’s blog, one who, claiming to defend the natural world and a human relation to it, argues in favor of nuclear power over what they consider to be the obscene … Continue reading

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On living with wind turbines

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What’s wrong with Massachusetts? Land wind turbines!

For groups of people who seriously embrace land wind turbines, there is no downside.

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Congratulations China!

No practice runs. Designed. Built. Worked first time out. That’s impressive.

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Net Zero Emissions

Note Massachusetts has a “net zero” plan in mind. 2050. So do lots of companies, municipalities, and countries. Let’s hope they act like it means something. That’s Climate Adam in the above, by the way. Support him.

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On the Nuclear option

Where does a state government turn when they have a strong mandate to remove fossil fuels from electricity generation, heating, cooling, and transportation? Suppose they proposed a cross-border hydropower purchase from Quebec? Suppose they planned to roll out land-based wind, … Continue reading

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