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About ecoquant

See Retired data scientist and statistician. Now working projects in quantitative ecology and, specifically, phenology of Bryophyta and technical methods for their study.

We Are Here

This is written from the perspective of New England, particularly southern New England, but the argument made by these charts is a bounding one. Namely, as CleanTechnica the original source of the story noted, “Germany has solar resources comparable to … Continue reading

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Discordant harmonies in views of natural systems by The Sierra Club and others

This essay was first publish at the blog of the Green Congregation Committee, First Parish in Needham, on the Parish Realm Web site and communications board. The views obviously are those only of its author, not of First Parish or … Continue reading

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2019, and big fossil fuel companies and their utility companies learn to encourage suburban friends

Can we send the bills for additional weather and flood insurance to people who oppose zero Carbon energy facilities? Any environmental organization whose policy inhibits or prohibits solar development wherever it can be … Continue reading

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Cladonia coniocraea in a field of Polytrichum juniperinum

Cladonia coniocraea is a lichen. Polytrichum juniperinum is an acrocarp moss. In any case they are beautiful. Full size is available by right-clicking the image and electing “open image in new tab.” Try it. It’s worth it.

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These are not “climate activists” …

… They are not even “environmentalists.” (Updated 2nd August 2021.) Case 1. Case 2. Case 3. Case 4. The claim that in our present place of climate disruption we have the luxury of choosing how we eliminate emissions of greenhouse … Continue reading

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Net Zero: Nature doesn’t count?

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Jeff wins the Adams Prize

My son, Jeff, is Professor of Mathematics, University College London. The Adams Prize is described here, and here on Wikipedia. It’s a Big Deal. To quote the description of it from the University of Cambridge: The Adams Prize is one … Continue reading

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Video Evidence

“Telling the truth shouldn’t be hard.” And yet, in my experience as an engineer in corporate America, for many people it is. For many people, they are willing to bend, gloss, distort, confuse, obfuscate, and lie if their income and … Continue reading

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But there IS a Carbon price already imposed

The New York Times Magazine has a good article on the difficulty of imposing what most economists see as the best way to fix emissions and climate disruption: Putting a price on them. They go back and forth between the … Continue reading

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Moss Evolution

A lecture by Professor Ralf Reski.

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“Humanity’s final exam” : Professors Pierrehumbert and Moomaw

So, two uplifting videos for today. These are ones I watched some time ago, but I never made a semi-permanent place for them. They are important. There most certainly is a climate emergency. But it really is not that hard … Continue reading

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Temperate zone floods in China

(Updated 21st July 2021) Main link. h/t to Peter Sinclair’s Climate Denial Crock of the Week. Long Term Persistence, eh? Uh, huh. Update 21st July 2021 Somini Sengupta at The New York Times updates her weekend piece “‘No One Is … Continue reading

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CBAM, Carbon Tariffs, and Waste Reduction (Paul Krugman)

Professor Paul Krugman of The New York Times has what in my opinon is a great economics op-ed in today’s paper, one called “Wonking Out: Two Cheers for Carbon Tariffs.” He explains how Carbon Tariffs and Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanisms … Continue reading

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Why I Retired

Today’s New York Times contains an article “For Some People, Working from Home Sped Up their Decision to Retire“, by Paul Sullivan. I also retired in 2020. But my motivation was quite different. Unlike many people, I had the option … Continue reading

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Yeah but …

(Due to broad interest in this subject and my post, I have extensively expanded it on Monday, 12th July 2021. Also, Canary Media carried a story from #EnergyTwitter about the New York Times article which is worth looking at. I’ve … Continue reading

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People opposing wind, solar, and battery placement deserve the climate disruption they will reap, without my sympathies

That was 2011. And note the opposition to putting PV on roofs, let alone putting panels on already cleared agricultural fields. Yeah, all well and good, but we’re on a clock. Whether or not the climate system will wait for … Continue reading

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(About the Greta Thunberg address posted here a day ago)

I had linked what I thought was a YouTube recording of Greta Thunberg addressing the Austrian World Summit in this blog post. Well, apparently either someone substituted a different video for the talk or edited or cracked it so Ms … Continue reading

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Statistics taught by posing it in terms of specific problems. Excellent.

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Larkin Poe. New York State. Syracuse. 2021. The Fair. And others elsewhere. Music, like Physics, is universal.

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Greta Thunberg, in July 2021

(The above was changed from the YouTube video on 3rd July 2021 because the YouTube video was cracked or altered to switch to an Austrian leader or politician speaking nonsense instead of the last part of Ms Thunberg’s address.) (And … Continue reading

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CFTC and Climate: “We have to slam on the brakes”

To that end, in 2019 the U. S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) formed the Climate-Related Market Risk Subcommittee, and tasked it with producing a report to consider what climate-related risks might be; examine whether adequate information about climate risks … Continue reading

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Codium fragile for 27 June 2021, or 2021J178

Dr Rob Young, Center for the Study of Developed Shorelines: Mr Elon Musk in three presentations and two interviews:

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No better investment

There are many posts here featuring Professor Tony Seba of Stanford University. Professor Seba’s latest update has a definition which permits the rollout of zero Carbon electrical energy in the next ten years to be understood better than his accurate … Continue reading

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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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