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About ecoquant

See https://667-per-cm.net/about. Retired data scientist and statistician. Now working projects in quantitative ecology and, specifically, phenology of Bryophyta and technical methods for their study.

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As some readers may know, now I’m retired, I am deeply invested in a multiyear longitudinal study of (primarily) mosses (Bryophyta) at 25 plots near my home. This has been running since end of November 2020, with the first month … Continue reading

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Stranded Assets Nightmare

https://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/The-Oil-And-Gas-Industry-Is-Facing-A-33-Trillion-Stranded-Asset-Nightmare.html Yeah, a lot of people are going to be hurt. Should they have known better? Very probably. Were they led to their conclusion by misrepresentation on the part of companies they invested in? Definitely. (Will that lead to class … Continue reading

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Botkin’s Discordant Harmonies, a comment

The 1990 book Discordant Harmonies by Daniel B Botkin, professor of Biology and Environmental Studies, is a wonderful treatment of Ecology, the subject, and Ecology, the policy, as it should be seen. Professor Botkin is first and foremost a teacher, … Continue reading

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‘Keystone Pipeline Developers Seek $15 Billion From U.S. for Cancellation’

TC Energy Corporation is seeking to recover costs and damages from “regulatory roller coaster” and ultimate shutdown of the Keystone XL pipeline construction project. “We’re not doing this for symbolic or political purposes. This is a business decision,” Prior said … Continue reading

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My favorite presentation on climate disruption these days

Corinne Le Quéré | TEDxWarwick Speaking of showing oscillations …

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Photo of the week: Repeatedly distressed Mnium hornum

This Mnium hornum community is located near a brook which occasionally overflows its banks and at a relative elevation lower than the brook floor. Because of unusual big rains in Dover, Massachusetts in 2021, this hornum community has been inundated … Continue reading

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Gee, if all maths classes were like this, they’d be exhausting …

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“Aggregating the harms of fossil fuels”

From Dan Farber at Legal Planet, the post.

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Awesome.

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Price the Roads

You can have a Carbon Tax, or a Carbon Dividend scheme. Or, instead, you can price entry into a zone of a city, sometimes called a congestion tax, or an emissions tax. Or you can price travel on the roads. … Continue reading

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Fecklessness

(A post inspired by Professor Christian Robert at his blog.) This is from The New Yorker‘s 7th November 2021 issue. It features an article by staff writer Elizabeth Kolbert titled “Running out of time at the U.N. climate conference” which … Continue reading

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COP26, rest in agony

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David Wallace Wells …The Uninhabitable Earth and its implications

Think of this in the context of whatever investments you have.

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Climate Music Break : Signs of Life

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Don’t like high or volatile petrol prices? Get an EV to replace your gas-guzzling thang

Volatility in prices is inherent in fossil fuels, and fuels for internal combustion vehicles. This variation can be detrimental or even nasty to households. One solution is to switch to EVs, which do not have this volatility in their price … Continue reading

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Clearly not consumption based … but, well …

To see a clearer more detailed ersion of the above image, right-click and choose “open in new tab.”

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We are living through the closing door of climate targets

Where we are now, and what we have to do to limit to +2C: And, as far as +1.5C goes, it’s gone. Or at least that target can no longer met without invoking the fantasyland of negative emissions. There isn’t … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Storms Made Gas More Expensive, Thanks To Yet More East Bay Refinery Flare-Ups

Petrol too expensive? Replace your cars with EVs! There are plenty of choices. And, better still, replace your heating/cooling with electric heat pumps, and your appliances. Install PV solar on your roof and property. Get batteries, and almost leave your … Continue reading

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All about net ZERO

It’s more about the zero than the net. From Climate Adam. I support Climate Adam through Patreon. You should, too. At least see, listen to, and like his vids. They’re great. I like the part about making a definitive plan, … Continue reading

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Words from Mother Jones

Mother Jones is rich this Autumn. Tom Philpott’s “The UN’s Big Climate Summit Is Ignoring a Giant Red Flag“, namely, emissions from global agriculture. These produce a quarter of global annual emissions. Clive Thompson’s “Is Sucking Carbon Out of the … Continue reading

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Well, brevity in argument is not something to be expected from training at new, Palantir-supported University of Austin

Or maybe it’s just Niall Ferguson. I’m sure the educational institution will succeed, if only because of student sifting, being located in Texas. I’m surprised they call themselves a “university.” They had choices. MIT doesn’t.

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‘Will Ford do away with the dealer model?’

Now there’s a question of the moment! Ford’s CEO Says Tesla Needs To Be Taken Seriously As The Dominant Player In The EV Market That’s an article by Johnna Crider at CleanTechnica.

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Hydrogen production from curtailed generation

Originally posted on @KenCaldeira:
HOW MUCH HYDROGEN COULD WE PRODUCE WITHOUT ADDING ADDITIONAL GENERATION CAPACITY? There has been a lot of talk about making electrolytic “Green Hydrogen” using electricity from wind and solar power that would otherwise be curtailed. Less…

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Losing sight of the big picture

When chasing political solutions to mitigating climate disruption, it’s long been tempting to go after relatively easy quick wins in the short term rather than facing up to the real problem: Emissions of Carbon Dioxide. So, in a world where … Continue reading

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Stuart Stevens: Covid a Stress Test, and So Far We’re Failing

Originally posted on Climate Denial Crock of the Week:
https://youtu.be/RKES-fyk5Ak

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The Truth about Sea Level Rise

Originally posted on Open Mind:
It’s easy to see that sea level rise has not been steady. It has accelerated. In fact it has accelerated a lot, especially recently. For most of the 20th century, it rose sometimes faster, sometimes…

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Climate Music Break: Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Comfortably Numb

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Welcome to your future

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“They are liars … You can have the best capitalism in the world, but if people are dead, they’re dead. It’s over.”

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“I have given up. I am here to talk about the science.”

Corinne Le Quéré, Royal Society Research Professor of Climate Change Science at the University of East Anglia (UEA).

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