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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.

The New Republic claims climate change mitigation measures are doomed without Brazil

See the article. And then realize it is completely untrue. A lot of progress can be made whether or not Brazil plays along. This is yet another example of a claim which sounds plausible, but which is quantitatively wrong. Now, … Continue reading

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​”California Defies Doom With No. 1 U.S. Economy” (Bloomberg)

How do you like them apples, ersatz Republicans? Some emphasis added in the excerpt below. By Matthew A. Winkler. The Golden State has no peers when it comes to expanding GDP, raising household income, investing in innovation and a host … Continue reading

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Carbon Dioxide reaches levels not recorded in 4 million years. Connecticut Republicans are guilty of child abuse.

And Connecticut Republican Senate Major Leader Kevin Kelly, anytime anyone emits any greenhouse gas, they land a punch in the face of some grandchild alive today. They do that by burning those gallons of gasoline whose price you so want … Continue reading

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Baseload is an intellectual crutch for engineers and utility managers who cannot think dynamically

This is an awesome presentation by Professor Joshua Pearce of Michigan Technological University. (h/t Peter Sinclair’s Climate Denial Crock of the Week) The same idea, that “baseload is a shortcut for engineers who can’t think dynamically”, was similar in the … Continue reading

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Discordant Harmonies: Goals for a Holiday in Retirement

Claire and I are lucky enough to have won “Escape to the Cape” at the annual auction of our congregation, First Parish in Needham, courtesy of Muriel and Tom Gehman. We’ll be Tesla-ing down to Hyannisport this week to indulge. … Continue reading

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Mosses of the Week, 4 June 2021

All photographs by Jan Galkowski, 2021.

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‘Could batteries replace a proposed peaker plant in Massachusetts?’

by Sarah Shemkus, Energy News Network June 2, 2021 Environmental activists and local residents in Massachusetts are urging the group behind a planned natural gas power plant to consider whether battery storage could do the job with fewer climate concerns.  … Continue reading

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doing wind and solar properly

(A larger version of the above can be seen by right-clicking the above and choosing to open it in a new browser tab.) Kempton, Willett, Felipe M. Pimenta, Dana E. Veron, and Brian A. Colle. “Electric power from offshore wind … Continue reading

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Moss of the Week, 2021-05-31: Bryum cf. lisae

All photographs by Jan Galkowski, 2021.

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‘It begins with attitude’, and about an understated victory

Bill Nye’s Climate Meltdown, introducing Professor Mark Z Jacobson of Stanford University. And Climate Adam reviews a climate action breakthrough:

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Spread the Sun

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Plans for an Explosive Methane Peaker Plant in Peabody

A collection of articles, including … Doctors cite health risks from new plant. Peabody power plant plans caught city off guard. Residents, officials speak out against plant. And the usual bupkis about wind and solar being unreliable.

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“Our pathetic herd immunity failure” (David Brooks)

I would say, too, that the United States is reaping the results of failing to have a sufficiently numerate population, because Mathematics skills at all levels of education are poorly taught.

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My favorite tech and photo shop

It’s B&H Photo Video, of course. I have bought computers, electronics, cameras, accessories, and all kinds of nifty things there. I was an engineer for 44 years. I’m now “retired” and learning to be a scientist and digital macro photographer. … Continue reading

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A guide to the Task force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures

From Bloomberg media … https://spotlight.bloomberg.com/story/tcfd-/page/1 Investors in stocks and owners of companies cannot know to which risks they are exposed in their investments unless companies transparently report these risks. Until the TCFD, the very idea of reporting risks to equities … Continue reading

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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

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Bryophyta and the Importance of Sphagnum for the Carbon Cycle

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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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