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“I know rockets produce CO2”. Here’s why that’s a win.

“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.”

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“Replace a lot of our motion with forethought”

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(Larkin Poe) “Mississippi”

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Reblog: “Reporting on the Outlaw Ocean”

A podcast from Follow the Data reporting on The Outlaw Ocean Project, combining deep ocean issues with social concerns. These are include and are related to protecting internationally designated marine protected areas from poaching, as well as protecting reefs. Above … Continue reading

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What is the Tukey loss function?

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…

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“… [W]e need to address the climate crisis at the pace and scale it demands.”

“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

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To Samwise, a noble, incredibly smart cat, Pink Floyd performed by the exquisite Larkin Poe

(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

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Watching out for those investments: A bubble in companies reliant upon fossil fuels for their business

Posted in American Petroleum Institute, American Solar Energy Society, an ignorant American public, an uncaring American public, Bloomberg New Energy Finance, bridge to somewhere, Carbon Tax, Carbon Worshipers, climate activism, climate business, Climate Interactive | Leave a comment

Bryophyta and the Importance of Sphagnum for the Carbon Cycle

Posted in American Bryological and Lichenological Society, biology, bryology, bryophytes, Carbon Cycle, carbon dioxide, climate disruption, climate emergency, ecological disruption, ecology, global warming, mosses | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Emily Atkins: “It’s whacked.” “It’s crappy.”

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Climate Resilience

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Humble Alternatives to Daylight Savings Time — Math with Bad Drawings

From the ever clever and entertaining Ben Orlin. And the drawings really aren’t bad.

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Representative Deb Haaland, confirmed as Secretary of Interior

(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

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Cladonia chlorophaea

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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

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Professor Tony Seba, update

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.

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“Local hazards grow as Americans trash more”

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.)

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Sir David Attenborough : “… a value on Nature … and through global cooperation”

Posted in American Association for the Advancement of Science, an ignorant American public, an uncaring American public, carbon dioxide, climate change, climate disruption, decentralized energy, Ecology Action, ecomodernism, ecopragmatism, global warming, global weirding, Humans have a lot to answer for, solar energy, wind energy, zero carbon | Leave a comment

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

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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: 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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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?

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Meet your sparring partner

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

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

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