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“We must become a multi-planet species.” “We do have a long term plan for even rocket flights.” “There is a long term plan for sustainable production of rocket fuel.”
Originally posted on Statistical Odds & Ends:
The Tukey loss function The Tukey loss function, also known as Tukey’s biweight function, is a loss function that is used in robust statistics. Tukey’s loss is similar to Huber loss in that…
“Dear President Biden, “We, the undersigned businesses and investors with a major presence in the U.S., applaud your administration’s demonstrated commitment to address climate change head-on, and we stand in support of your efforts. “Millions of Americans are already feeling … Continue reading
(Update, 19th April 2021.) We lost Samwise earlier this month, to lymphoma, probably by everybody’s assessment, including veterinarians, due to exposure to herbicides, insecticides, and pesticides earlier in his life. He was a noble, and wonderful cat. He was smart. … Continue reading
Watching out for those investments: A bubble in companies reliant upon fossil fuels for their business
From the ever clever and entertaining Ben Orlin. And the drawings really aren’t bad.
(Deb Haaland atop a wind turbine. Credit: Representative Deb Haaland, via Twitter.) Representative Deb Haaland, member of the Laguna Pueblo Nation, was confirmed as Secretary of Interior. The feelings of happiness which washed over me are too much to describe. … Continue reading
Field survey update for 2021-03-03 and 2021-03-10: Bryophytes, lichens, and Lycopodia in winter (LoSoMaaCoF)
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 from 2021-03-03 … Continue reading
When Professor Seba says New England has the poorest set of solar and wind resources compared to California and Texas, he primarily means wind, and that’s all land-based. Offshore wind in New England is an amazing resource.
From Bloomberg, and Jacqueline Davalos, 27th February 2021: (h/t to the South Shore Recycling Cooperative and its fabulous newsletters. This is from their March 2021 issue.)
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
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
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 from 2021-02-24. … Continue reading
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
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
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.
(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
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
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.
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?
(Credits: Professor Wendy Barclay of Imperial College London and Professor Tom Burgoyne of University College London)