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rappin’ the truth

(Hat tip to the Yale Climate Connections project.)

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Science Deniers

A good term, science denier, by Dan Satterfield. And assuredly the WUWT crowd is part of them.

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federal energy subsidies: your tax dollars at work

Don’t even begin to talk about how “favored” renewables are, or how much people need taxes cut until something is done to address this: (Hat tip to Paul Lauenstein of the Sustainable Sharon Coalition for the graphic.)

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Climate Justice

December 2015 will see the definitive meeting of the UNFCCC COP 21 intended to set targets and commitments under the UN treaty establishing UNFCCC and the IPCC, one approved and ratified by the United States (*). Before then, a good … Continue reading

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Destroying the Most Persistent Scientific Myth In America – Dan’s Wild Wild Science Journal – AGU Blogosphere

Destroying the Most Persistent Scientific Myth In America – Dan's Wild Wild Science Journal – AGU Blogosphere.

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“Laudato Si”

Those who possess more resources and economic or political power seem mostly to be concerned with masking the problems or concealing their symptoms … Clearly, the Bible has no place for a tyrannical anthropocentrism unconcerned for other creatures … The … Continue reading

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“Time to take out the trash”

Originally posted on Open Mind:
Pope Francis is taking man-made climate change seriously. With a papal encyclical due soon, the trailer is Epic

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On the Climate Club

But if the other advanced nations had a stick — a tariff of 4 percent on the imports from countries not in the “climate club” — the cost-benefit calculation for the United States would flip. Not participating in the club … Continue reading

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“Clean burnin’ natural gas …”

The carbon dioxide emissions of the United States are increasing again, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration in their Monthly Energy Review. Guess what fuel is heavily contributing to the rise: Of course, clean burnin’ natural gas: A bridge … Continue reading

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“Response” (to “…I would be interested to see how one can prove from such varying data that the warming has accelerated over time”), by Tamino

Originally posted on Open Mind:
Some comment replies require more than just a few brief lines. Richard Mallett | May 19, 2015 at 4:28 pm | I see that somebody has been posting replies in italics and within square brackets…

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Oklahoma: Not OK

Originally posted on Open Mind:
Oklahoma is not OK. Over five years ago, at the end of 2009, we already had the data to show a dramatic increase in Oklahoma earthquake activity. We would soon know why. Having recently been…

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“I’m sorry.”

“It is up to us to take care of this planet.”

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Earth Day, my hope

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Climate week at Harvard, 6th-10th April 2015

See the Gazette for a summary, and their Web page for more. Events are open to the public. Some highlights: April 7th, 1630, “Reinventing Fire: Profitable Low-Carbon Futures for the U.S. and China” with Amory Lovins, Chairman/Chief Scientist of the … Continue reading

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Scary Stuff; a Potential Nasty Surprise

If it were to come true, Wally Broecker would earn yet another, deserved scientific accolade: The Great Ocean Conveyor. More from WHOI here. “The climate system is an angry beast and we are poking it with sticks,” said Dr. Wallace … Continue reading

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“Gray matters [not much, truly]” (Christian Robert)

Gray matters [not much, truly].

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“Merchants of Doubt: What Climate Deniers Learned from Big Tobacco”

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“I don’t want Earth to look like Venus”

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Christian Robert on Alan Turing

Alan Turing Institute. See Professor Robert’s earlier post on Turing, too.

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The New School puts climate change front, center … and acts

All in the New York Times And I’ve written about this elsewhere.

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Models don’t over-estimate warming?

Originally posted on …and Then There's Physics:
I thought I might write about the new paper by Jochem Marotzke and Piers Forster called Forcing, feedback and internal variability in global temperature trends. It’s already been discussed in a Carbon…

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Hestia: A glimpse at greenhouse gas emissions enforcement

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On the dispensibility of causes

John D Norton wrote “Causation as folk science” in 2003, a piece which highlights the limited role of Aristotlean and Kantian causation in modern science, something which I’ve felt for many years. My perspective is that there’s nothing cause-and-effect in … Continue reading

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“Atmospheric lifetime of fossil fuel carbon dioxide” (2009)

These basic facts do not appear to be widely known, so it’s a good thing this classic paper is now available in a new, easily accessible form. David Archer, Michael Eby, Victor Brovkin, Andy Ridgwell, Long Cao, Uwe Mikolajewicz, Ken … Continue reading

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Bayesian inference works even in a chaotic or deterministic world

Professor John Geweke, in a Comment on an article by Professor Mark Berliner a bit back (1992), shows how Bayesian inference continues to be a means for expressing subjective uncertainty even in a scheme where there are no stochastics but … Continue reading

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probabilistic discussions of climate policy

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Methane leaks around Boston

This is Figure 1 from N. G. Phillips, R. Ackley, E. R. Crosson, A. Down, L. R. Hutyra, M. Brondfield, J. D. Karr, K. Zhao, R. B. Jackson, “Mapping urban pipeline leaks: Methane leaks across Boston“. See also D.Wunch, P.O.Wennberg, … Continue reading

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Climate Science: What You Need To Know

From Phil Plait’s Bad Astronomy blog.

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Abbot’s “Direct Action” in Aussieland under assault

See the story. Subsidies for coal and oil companies. Corruption at the Sydney Water Corporation.

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“Bank of England to examine financial risks linked to fossil fuels”

See http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/189f21d8-7737-11e4-a082-00144feabdc0.html

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