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New Meetup: Massachusetts Mosses and Lichens

I have started a new Meetup group: Massachusetts Mosses and Lichens. I am inviting anyone with an interest in mosses and lichens to join in, particularly if you live in the “greater Massachusetts area”. Because of pandemic, there’ll be no … Continue reading

Posted in ABLS, American Bryological and Lichenological Society, American Statistical Association, biology, Botany, Brent Mishler, bryology, bryophytes, citizen data, citizen science, ecology, field biology, field research, field science, Hale Reservation, Janice Glime, Jerry Jenkins, lichenology, lichens, longitudinal survey of mosses, macrophotography, maths, mesh models, mosses, Nancy G Slack, National Phenology Network, population biology, population dynamics, Ralph Pope, science, spatial statistics, statistical ecology, Sue Williams, the right to know, Westwood | Leave a comment

Texas. Wonderment.

h/t ClimateAdam. See also: Cohen, Judah, Xiangdong Zhang, J. Francis, T. Jung, R. Kwok, J. Overland, T. J. Ballinger et al. “Divergent consensuses on Arctic amplification influence on midlatitude severe winter weather.” Nature Climate Change, 10(1), 2020: 20-29. Ayarzagüena, Blanca, … Continue reading

Posted in American Association for the Advancement of Science, Amory Lovins, Bloomberg Green, carbon dioxide, Carbon Worshipers, climate denial, climate disruption, climate economics, ClimateAdam, decentralized electric power generation, distributed generation, electrical energy engineering, electricity markets, energy utilities, fossil fuels, global warming, photovoltaics, solar democracy, solar domination, solar energy, solar power, wind energy, wind power, zero carbon | 1 Comment

Field survey update for 2021-02-24: Bryophytes, lichens, and Lycopodia in winter (LoSoMaaCoF)

Online data from principally bryological the longitudinal field survey described here has been updated in its: Online data from principally bryological the longitudinal field survey described here has been updated in its: spreadsheet Photos for Site 1 Photos for Site … Continue reading

Posted in bryology, bryophytes, lichenology, lichens, longitudinal field survey, longitudinal study of mosses, longitudinal survey, longitudinal survey of mosses, phenology | Leave a comment

Why I care about and study mosses

For a guy who has spent most of his professional career developing, studying, and improving engineered systems, software, and applying mathematics to them, the idea of devoting a substantial part of the rest of his life to the study of … Continue reading

Posted in American Association for the Advancement of Science, astrophysics, bryology, bryophytes, carbon dioxide, climate, Cosmos, Ecological Society of America, icesheets, longitudinal study of mosses, longitudinal survey of mosses, National Phenology Network, Neill deGrasse Tyson, science | 1 Comment

Moss of the Week, 2021-02-19

Actually, mosses of the week. This pair of communities are part of my longitudinal study of mosses, some Cladonia chlorophaea lichens, and a few Lycopodium obscurum individuals. This is Site 3, community instances A and B. Instance A is Platylomella … Continue reading

Posted in Botany, bryology, bryophytes, citizen science, field biology, field research, field science, longitudinal field survey, mosses, National Phenological Network, phenology | 1 Comment

Wind turbines in winter

Drone footage in first from Peter Sinclair of Climate Denial Crock of the Week. (Skip to time step 80 in the next if you just want to see wind turbines.) Five GE Halide 6MW turbines, near Block Island, RI.

Posted in Bloomberg Green, climate economics, ecopragmatism, engineering, Orsted, wind energy, wind power, zero carbon | Leave a comment

Field survey update for 2021-02-17: Bryophytes, lichens, and Lycopodia in winter (LoSoMaaCoF)

(Updated, 2021-02-23) Online data from principally bryological the longitudinal field survey described here has been updated in its: spreadsheet. This post is simply a matter of record, as are the additional rows in the spreadsheet.  There were no observations on … Continue reading

Posted in bryology, bryophytes, lichenology, lichens, longitudinal field survey, longitudinal study of mosses, longitudinal survey, longitudinal survey of mosses, phenology | Leave a comment

unsustainable

Bitcoin needs its own dedicated four dozen nuclear reactors with dedicated water supply. It doesn’t have that at present. Whatever its financial benefits, surely this is unsustainable: The current greenhouse gas emissions to support this rival that of many small … Continue reading

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You want to know where we really are?

This is Professor William Moomaw, Tufts, really telling you like it is. Professor Moomaw also spoke on “Food & Climate” on 11th January 2021 at the Dedham-Walpole-Westwood League of Women Voters meeting of that day.

Posted in argoecology, being carbon dioxide, Botany, bridge to somewhere, Carbon Cycle, carbon dioxide, carbon dioxide sequestration, clear air capture of carbon dioxide, climate mitigation, ecocapitalism, ecology, Ecology Action, extended producer responsibility, fossil fuel infrastructure, global warming, greenhouse gases, zero carbon | Leave a comment

GM owes (us)

To quote, Are we supposed to congratulate GM for embracing the electric car literally two months after they were suing California so they could make worse gas-powered cars?

Posted in corporate citizenship, corporate responsibility, ecocapitalism, electric vehicles, emissions, zero carbon | Leave a comment

Meet your sparring partner

(Credits: Professor Wendy Barclay of Imperial College London and Professor Tom Burgoyne of University College London)

Posted in COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2 | Leave a comment

ICL’s Gast, Openshaw, Riley, Barclay on COVID-19 by SARS-CoV-2 : Disease, transmission, variants, and all that

Posted in COVID-19, epidemiology, ICL, SARS-CoV-2 | Leave a comment

Field survey update for 2021-02-03 and 2021-02-10: Bryophytes, lichens, and Lycopodia in winter (LoSoMaaCoF)

(Updated, 2021-02-23) Online data from principally bryological the longitudinal field survey described here has been updated in its: spreadsheet This post is simply a matter of record, as are the additional rows in the spreadsheet.  There were no observations on … Continue reading

Posted in bryology, bryophytes, lichenology, lichens, longitudinal field survey, longitudinal study of mosses, longitudinal survey, longitudinal survey of mosses, phenology | Leave a comment

It’s all because we didn’t listen to Ted Nelson

Back in 2018 I wrote about people lamenting the state of the Web and Internet. A major visionary and luminary in that was Theodor Holm Nelson, a name which, while some might know, not enough people know. Given all we’ve … Continue reading

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Good news: +2.1 degrees Celsius … It shows what we can do

Posted in being carbon dioxide, Bill McKibben, Bloomberg Green, carbon dioxide, Climate Adam, climate disruption, climate education, climate sensitivity, ClimateAdam, global warming, zero carbon | 1 Comment

“Trump supporters go to Washington”

People don’t only have to worry about a government tracking them by their smartphones. In this case, the social effects of this capability were beneficial, because “some very bad dudes” were able to be found and identified. But most people … Continue reading

Posted in cell phone network, goverance, Internet, Internet measurement, price of anarchy, privacy, spatial statistics, statistical series, technology, telecommunications | Leave a comment

Posidonia oceanica

Reportedly, Posidonia oceanica has a tremendous capability to produce Oxygen by photosynthesis. Confirmed. Someone ought to have a look at it. Some references: Inversion of acoustic waveguide propagation features to measure oxygen synthesis by Posidonia oceanica High Net Primary Production … Continue reading

Posted in agroecology, ecological services, ecology, oceanography, Oxygen, photosynthesis, WHOI, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution | Leave a comment

“…. [T]here’s something wonderful about … shooting for 200% renewable generation [over what’s needed] rather than struggling to get to 90% or net zero”

Professor Saul Griffith, MIT I think our failure on fixing climate change is just a rhetorical failure of imagination. We haven’t been able to convince ourselves that it’s going to be great. It’s going to be great.

Posted in American Solar Energy Society, Australia, Bloomberg Green, bridge to somewhere, Buckminster Fuller, clean disruption, climate economics, decentralized electric power generation, distributed generation, ecocapitalism, ecomodernism, ecopragmatism, electricity, engineering, green tech, leaving fossil fuels in the ground, photovoltaics, Saul Griffith, solar democracy, solar domination, solar energy, solar power, the energy of the people, wind energy, wind power, zero carbon | Leave a comment

Another reason air source heat pumps are a win

We have had air source heat pumps for house heating and cooling since 2014. For the most part, they’ve performed well, or, at least, there’s nothing inherent in the technology which has made the experience sound and enjoyable. If you … Continue reading

Posted in air source heat pump, bridge to somewhere, climate disruption, climate economics, heat pump, Mitsubishi, zero carbon | Leave a comment

Where We Be

From David E Rovella, Managing Editor, Bloomberg News: The past year has witnessed millions die in a pandemic, a global economic downturn and political ferment fueled by extremists. But none of those things mean the biggest antagonist of the planet’s … Continue reading

Posted in #climatestrike, #youthvgov, an ignorant American public, an uncaring American public, Bill McKibben, Bloomberg Green, bridge to somewhere, carbon dioxide, Carbon Worshipers, climate disruption, Cult of Carbon, decentralized electric power generation, ecomodernism, ecopragmatism, geophysics, global warming, zero carbon | Leave a comment

no words

View this post on Instagram A post shared by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@aoc) Whatever you think of AOC, this kind of attempted intimidation is unacceptable. And, while I support AOC’s views more than I don’t, to those who oppose them wholeheartedly, … Continue reading

Posted in American democracy, Congress, uncivilization, violence | Leave a comment

Field survey update for 2021-01-26: Bryophytes, lichens, and Lycopodia in winter (LoSoMaaCoF)

(Updated, 2021-02-23) Online data from principally bryological the longitudinal field survey described here has been updated in its: spreadsheet Photos for Site 1 Photos for Site 2 Photos for Site 3 Photos for Site 4 with the photos and remarks … Continue reading

Posted in bryology, bryophytes, lichenology, lichens, longitudinal field survey, longitudinal study of mosses, longitudinal survey, longitudinal survey of mosses, phenology | Leave a comment

On storing and logging moss specimens

(Updated 2021-02-21) The standard way of storing moss specimens — at least that’s taught — is to press them, like most botanical specimens, or to store them, dessicated, in folders like these: That’s from Ralph Pope’s (2016) Guide, Pope, Ralph. … Continue reading

Posted in biology, bryology, bryophytes, data collection, field biology, field science | Leave a comment

Rebekah Jones, update: epitome of courage

Data scientist Rebekah Jones gave the keynote address at the annual Data Science Conference on COVID-19 and represents through her choices and consistent practice, in my personal opinion, the thorough realization of the Ethical Guidelines for Statistical Practice of the … Continue reading

Posted in actuarial statistics, American Statistical Association, an ignorant American public, ethical ideals, ethics, whistleblowing | Leave a comment

The recipe for success of green energy in the Massachusetts suburbs

This is Dr Saul Griffith entrepreneur and inventor at Otherlab, addressing impediments to putting solar on rooftops in the United States. Eventually, it will be ridiculous to people not to put solar on their roofs. And any bylaws or other … Continue reading

Posted in bridge to somewhere, clean disruption, climate economics, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, decentralized electric power generation, decentralized energy, distributed generation, ecocapitalism, ecopragmatist, electric vehicles, fossil fuel divestment, investment in wind and solar energy, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, photovoltaics, solar democracy, solar domination, solar energy, solar power, solar revolution, wind energy, wind power, zero carbon | Leave a comment

What is to be done? Personal ideological purity not only doesn’t help, it can be counterproductive

From “Warmer, Warmer” by John Lanchester in the London Review of Books, 2007: What is to be done? The first thing to do is to admit that Dick Cheney is right. ‘Conservation may be a personal virtue,’ he said in … Continue reading

Posted in climate disruption, climate economics, global warming, Jevons Paradox, liberal climate deniers, personal purity, wishful environmentalism, zero carbon | Leave a comment

Construction of Solar Arrays, Oxford, MA, by BlueWave Solar

Blue Wave Solar: Built on 100 acres of a 300 acre farm, this site was once home to the largest commercial piggery in the Northeast. Located in Oxford, MA this solar project consists of 9 individual arrays adding to a … Continue reading

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Simple: Stop burning things

Bill McKibben, at The New Yorker. And, to go with that, stop burning things down.

Posted in Amory Lovins, Ørsted, being carbon dioxide, Bill McKibben, Bloomberg Green, bridge to somewhere, carbon dioxide, Carbon Worshipers, climate disruption, climate economics, decentralized energy, ecocapitalism, ecomodernism, ecopragmatism, global warming, solar energy, solar power, Spaceship Earth, the green century, the value of financial assets, wind energy, wind power, zero carbon | Leave a comment

The next time you hear someone sayin’ how dirty wind turbines and solar panels are to manufacture …

Bloomberg reports that the cancelled Keystone XL pipeline may yield 48,000 tons of scrap metal. That’s for its 107 mile length. That’s not all the pipeline in the world. And that doesn’t count the drilling equipment, the pumps, the compressors, … Continue reading

Posted in bridge to nowhere, bridge to somewhere, Carbon Worshipers, Cult of Carbon, fossil fuel divestment, fossil fuel infrastructure, leaving fossil fuels in the ground, photovoltaics, solar democracy, solar domination, solar energy, solar power, solar revolution, tar sands, wind energy, wind power, zero carbon | Leave a comment

Field survey update for 2021-01-20: Bryophytes, lichens, and Lycopodia in winter (LoSoMaaCoF)

(Updated, 2021-02-23) Online data from principally bryological the longitudinal field survey described here has been updated in its: spreadsheet Photos for Site 1 Photos for Site 2 Photos for Site 3 Photos for Site 4 with the photos and remarks … Continue reading

Posted in bryology, bryophytes, lichenology, lichens, longitudinal field survey, longitudinal study of mosses, longitudinal survey, longitudinal survey of mosses, phenology | Leave a comment