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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

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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

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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

“Environmentalists’climate change myths”

From Climate Adam. And don’t forget to check out the excellent notes at the YouTube under “More“.

Posted in American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Meteorological Association, atmosphere, being carbon dioxide, Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature project, Carbon Cycle, carbon dioxide, climate, Climate Adam, climate change, climate disruption, climate education, climate science, ClimateAdam, environment, Global Carbon Project, global warming, greenhouse gases, On being Carbon Dioxide, zero carbon | Leave a comment

“The U.S. should lead the world on climate change”

This excerpt is from Bloomberg Opinion, written by its Editorial Board. I recommend the entire op-ed. Climate change is a global threat requiring global action, so it’s essential that the U.S. join, and preferably guide, worldwide cooperative efforts. Among Biden’s … Continue reading

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Consumer, Employment, and Environmental Benefits of Electricity Transmission Expansion in the Eastern United States

If local towns and neighborhoods continue to oppose decentralized zero Carbon energy, whether solar ground mounts or utility scale solar farms or wind turbines, we’re going to need more transmission, much more transmission. Opponents to decentralized solar generation are either … Continue reading

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banks aren’t interested …

From The Hill: The Trump administration auctioned off oil and gas rights in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) for the first time ever Wednesday, selling off 1.6 million acres along the coast to primarily one major buyer: the state … Continue reading

Posted in American Petroleum Institute, Arctic, being carbon dioxide, Bloomberg New Energy Finance, Carbon Worshipers, climate change, climate denial, climate disruption, climate economics, finance, fossil fuel divestment, global warming, investments, keep fossil fuels in ground | Leave a comment

“What comes next?”

Jonathan Groff as George III, from Hamilton From Jay Timmons of the National Association of Manufacturers: “Armed violent protestors who support the baseless claim by outgoing President Trump that he somehow won an election that he overwhelmingly lost have stormed … Continue reading

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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 2020: Looking forward to 2021 and well beyond

Posted in American Association for the Advancement of Science, Antarctica, Arctic, marine biology, oceanography, oceans, science, science education, WHOI, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution | Leave a comment

Introducing a long term longitudinal survey of some bryophytes, lichens, and Lycopodium individuals

Longitudinal Survey of Mosses and a Couple of Friends (LoSoMaaCoF) (Updated 2021-04-15) Updates after 26th February 2021 notifying new data availability will be each made in separate blog posts. These will all link back here. I will keep this page … Continue reading

Posted in Botany, bryophytes, climate change, climate disruption, global warming, longitudinal study of mosses, longitudinal survey of mosses, LoSoMaaCoF, Lycopodium, macrophotography, microphotography, National Phenology Network, Olympus Tough TG-6, phenology | 9 Comments

A harmful visitor who thrives because of climate change: Adelges tsugae

Adelges tsugae or Woolly adelgid is a Hemlock-destroying insect which infests New England forests because New England winters are getting warmer. Here’s what it looks like on one of our Hemlock trees. Of note is that Finzi, et al (2020) … Continue reading

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Hints on a second edition of Principles of Planetary Climate

Professor Ray Pierrehumbert is working on a second edition of his great Principles of Planetary Climate. There is a Web site for the current book, and a preview of changes.

Posted in American Association for the Advancement of Science, carbon dioxide, climate change, climate science, David Archer, geophysics, Mathematics and Climate Research Network, Principles of Planetary Climate, Ray Pierrehumbert | Leave a comment

Wind turbines don’t kill (many) birds, but people do

Posted in Ørsted, bird mortality, wind energy, wind power, zero carbon | Leave a comment

Physicists Doing Blues

Everybody’s Got the Blues ATLAS Boogie From The Canettes Blues Band at The LHC. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JD0VslrILuQ And let’s not forget climate scientists in Chicago:

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The engagement with SARS-CoV-2: Where we stand in the United States, in curated numbers

From the COVID Tracking Project at The Atlantic Monthly, a 23rd December 2020 report: California is out of control. As I’ve noted elsewhere and the COVID Tracking Project reminds, sourcing cases, deaths, positive test rate, and hospitalization data is tricky. … Continue reading

Posted in actuarial statistics, American Statistical Association, coronavirus, COVID-19, pandemic, Rebekah Jones, risk, SARS-CoV-2 | Leave a comment

Happy Newtonmas, 2020

Among other projects I support this year, post-retirement is Einstein@Home Why? Because with all the emphasis upon SARS-CoV-2, biopharmaceuticals, and mitigating climate disruption, which are all important, observational astronomy doesn’t get enough love. And this is an astronomy which isn’t … Continue reading

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Fossil fuels have no future

Posted in afforestation, alternatives to the Green New Deal, American Solar Energy Society, an ignorant American public, being carbon dioxide, Bloomberg Green, Bloomberg New Energy Finance, bridge to somewhere, climate activism, climate disruption, climate mitigation, climate policy, decentralized electric power generation, decentralized energy, global warming, Mark Jacobson, photovoltaics, solar domination, solar energy, solar power, wind energy, wind power, zero carbon | Leave a comment

Much ado about explosive methane

Sunday’s Boston Globe had a lead article about the demise of opposition to the Weymouth natural gas compressor station, defeated by Commonwealth and federal support for its operation. Many people I know protested that scourge of Weymouth and the Commonwealth, … Continue reading

Posted in Cape Cod, Cape Wind, carbon dioxide, Carbon Worshipers, CleanTechnica, climate change, climate disruption, Cult of Carbon, decentralized electric power generation, electricity, electricity markets, explosive methane, fossil fuel divestment, fossil fuels, fracking, gas pipeline leaks, global warming, Governor Charlie Baker, greenhouse gases, investment in wind and solar energy, leaving fossil fuels in the ground, methane, natural gas, solar democracy, solar domination, solar energy, solar power, solar revolution, the green century, Walpole Preservation Alliance, West Roxbury Lateral, Weymouth compressor station, wind energy, wind power, zero carbon | Leave a comment

a song in praise of data scientist Rebekah Jones

I linked to Rebekah Jones‘ keynote address at the August 2020 Data Science Conference on COVID-19 sponsored by the National Institute for Statistical Science. Below is a song in tribute to her, wishing her well. (h/t Bill McKibben) We’re doing … Continue reading

Posted in American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Mathematical Society, American Statistical Association, Boston Ethical Society, children as political casualties, Data for Good, data science, geographic, geographic information systems, International Society for Bayesian Statistics, journalism, mathematics, New England Statistical Society, pandemic, Rebekah Jones, Risky Talk, science, Significance, statistical ecology, statistics, the problem of evil, whistleblowing, ``The tide is risin'/And so are we'' | Leave a comment

… [T]oo detached from my natural origins to see the problem …

The proprietor of the false progress blog which I mentioned in an earlier blog post made a comment about another one of my posts. Actually, that’s not quite right in three respects. I don’t really know if it’s really the … Continue reading

Posted in afforestation, Amory Lovins, being carbon dioxide, bridge to nowhere, bridge to somewhere, carbon dioxide, clean disruption, climate change, climate disruption, climate economics, climate policy, Cult of Carbon, decentralized electric power generation, degrowth, development as anti-ecology, ecocapitalism, ecological disruption, ecological services, ecology, ecomodernism, ecopragmatism, extended producer responsibility, extended supply chains, fossil fuel divestment, global warming, Green New Deal, greenhouse gases, Hermann Scheer, investment in wind and solar energy, Joseph Schumpeter, lichens, luckwarmers, luckwarmism, Mark Jacobson, Mary C Wood, mosses, Nature's Trust, nuclear power, NuScale, ocean warming, On being Carbon Dioxide, solar domination, solar energy, solar power, supply chains, technology, the green century, the tragedy of our present civilization, Tony Seba, tragedy of the horizon, wind energy, wind power, zero carbon | 1 Comment

From False Progress

(This is a recap of a comment made at a commenter’s blog, one who, claiming to defend the natural world and a human relation to it, argues in favor of nuclear power over what they consider to be the obscene … Continue reading

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On living with wind turbines

Posted in alternatives to the Green New Deal, Ørsted, bridge to somewhere, Buckminster Fuller, Cape Wind, climate disruption, climate economics, decentralized electric power generation, decentralized energy, distributed generation, ecomodernism, ecopragmatism, electricity markets, energy utilities, fossil fuel divestment, global warming, Green Tech Media, Hermann Scheer, investment in wind and solar energy, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, LBNL, leaving fossil fuels in the ground, local generation, local self reliance, Mark Jacobson, Michael Bloomberg, Michael Osborne, microgrids, mitigating climate disruption, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, solar democracy, solar domination, solar energy, solar power, solar revolution, the energy of the people, the green century, Tony Seba, tragedy of the horizon, utility company death spiral, wind energy, wind power, zero carbon | Leave a comment