Category Archives: Unitarian Universalism

A comment on RealClimate’s review of Part 3 of the AR5 IPCC Report, regarding “Mitigation of Climate Change”

(Corrected text below thanks to Jim Stuttard. Also added a postscript.) The review at RealClimate is quite good, and I recommend it. Nothing to add here. But I simply must quote from and underscore my agreement with the sentiment of … Continue reading

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The Stone Giant speaks to the Hobbit …

That inestimable corporate institution, Exxon-Mobil, announced today, on the heels of the IPCC WG2 report, that: … it was “highly unlikely” that the world would cut greenhouse gas emissions sufficiently to keep global warming within the internationally agreed limit of … Continue reading

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Professor Katharine Hayhoe, Climate Scientist

You may not know it, but I am an atheist.  I am a very solid atheist and, moreover, an ontological materialist.  But I am also a fond and strong member of the Universalist Unitarian Area Church in Sherborn, MA, with … Continue reading

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Climate Change: Evidence and Causes

The National Academy of Sciences.  The Royal Society. Together. They have compiled a compelling and perspicacious report on the evidence and causes for global climate change, perhaps better described, climate disruption. There’s an overview available. There’s an important section on … Continue reading

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Yet another reason to be really proud of WHOI

As readers may know, Claire and I are really strong supporters of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). Whether it is about a continuing and fierce passion for world class science contributing to understanding climate change and the workings of climate, for … Continue reading

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“Honestly, to a first approximation, this rock really is a black body.”

I gave a talk entitled “Long Choices: On Climate Change and Carbon Dioxide” yesterday afternoon at the Unitarian Universalist Area Church, First Parish, Sherborn, MA. My darling wife, Claire, snapped a number of, uh, entertaining photos. This is one I’ll … Continue reading

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“LONG CHOICES: On Climate and Being Carbon Dioxide”, a lecture

LONG CHOICES: On Climate and Being Carbon Dioxide How does the Earth surface stay warm at night?  How much carbon have people added to our atmosphere? How long does it remain there? What is this doing to Earth’s climate? Why? … Continue reading

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An exclusive interview with Bill Gates, at FT

The internet is not going to save the world, says the Microsoft co-founder, whatever Mark Zuckerberg and Silicon Valley’s tech billionaires believe. But eradicating disease just might. The story is here. It’s probably behind a paywall. Can’t be helped. FT … Continue reading

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A pox on all your Houses: Posing environmental concerns and science as a modern religion of convenience

In what can only be described as a rush for the rationalist high ground, there’s a sentiment afoot that environmental concerns and concerns regarding climate disruption constitute “a new religion”, one that is, in part, co-opting Christianity. See the references: … Continue reading

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“Soon you will be one of us.”

I think the most entertaining introduction to Bayesian thought is provided by Eliezer Yudkowsky in his “An intuitive explanation of Bayes’ Theorem“. The new text, Doing Bayesian Data Analysis, by Professor John Kruschke comes close. But it’s a textbook and … Continue reading

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United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change: Ratified by United States in 1992

The United States ratified this. See the Congressional Record. Matter is discussed in the post mortem on the Copenhagen Climate Summit on Charlie Rose: This treaty includes contributions from developed nations to a fund (“Green Climate Fund”) which is intended … Continue reading

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Fossil fuel divestment and the moral imperative for religious communities

Mr and Ms member of religious communities: Tell us how, in the face of the climate emergency, you are responding to this fundamental moral and religious challenge.

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A sermon on climate disruption

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“… Guns, Murders, Life, Death, and Ignorance in Contemporary America”

Whatsoever therefore is consequent to a time of Warre, where every man is Enemy to every man; the same is consequent to the time, wherein men live without other security, than what their own strength, and their own invention shall … Continue reading

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Unburnable Carbon

From the Foreward of the report, Unburnable Carbon 2013: Wasted capital and stranded assets: This report shows very clearly the gross inconsistency between current valuations of fossil fuel assets and the path governments have committed to take in order to … Continue reading

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Forward on the Climate

So I’m on a red-eye train, Amtrak 67, heading from Boston to D.C. to participate in the Forward on the Climate rally later today. I’m technically representing the Unitarian Universalist Area Church in Sherborn, MA and all the wonderful people … Continue reading

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On the Second Amendment, by the Founder of the Republican Party

Our popular government has often been called an experiment. Two points in it, our people have already settled,–the successful establishing and the successful administering of it. One still remains,–its successful maintenance against a formidable internal attempt to overthrow it. It … Continue reading

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