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

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Für alle ohne maske

h/t Professor Christian Robert.

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House Speaker Pelosi

Update, 2019-10-20, 00:37 EDT And it’s not only Speaker Pelosi, but Admiral William McRaven, and then General Joseph Votel.

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two kinds of resilient solar-powered machines

Posted in American Solar Energy Society, bridge to somewhere, Buckminster Fuller, photosynthesis, photovoltaics, resiliency, RevoluSun, solar democracy, solar domination, solar energy, solar power, solar revolution | Leave a comment

Where we be : 2019 is hot

Posted in AMETSOC, an ignorant American public, an uncaring American public, Anthropocene, atmosphere, bridge to nowhere, bridge to somewhere, carbon dioxide, Carbon Worshipers, climate disruption, climate economics, climate justice, climate mitigation, climate policy, coastal communities, coastal investment risks, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, corporate citizenship, corporate responsibility, corporate supply chains, corporations, Cult of Carbon, destructive economic development, development as anti-ecology, ecological disruption, ecological services, ecology, ecomodernism, ecopragmatism, emissions, environment, fossil fuel divestment, fragmentation of ecosystems, global blinding, global warming, greenhouse gases, Humans have a lot to answer for, Hyper Anthropocene | Leave a comment

And HOW long do you think we’ve known fossil fuels were going to be a problem?

Posted in Anthropocene, carbon dioxide, Carbon Worshipers, climate disruption, emissions, fossil fuels, global warming, Humans have a lot to answer for, Hyper Anthropocene, Svante Arrhenius, zero carbon | Leave a comment

Negative Nuclear Power

This post was originally a little too concise. (I posted it from my Google Pixel 2.) The referenced papers are Grubler (2010), Boccard (2014), and Escobar-Rangel and Lévêque, as well as a slide presentation by them. In addition, there is … Continue reading

Posted in large scale procurement, nuclear power, science | 3 Comments

`significance testing`

Posted in American Statistical Association, attribution, Bayes, probability, statistics | Leave a comment

The global vegetative biosphere

(Click on figure to see a larger image, and use browser Back Button to return to blog) Data derived in part from SeaWIFS and image is from the NASA Earth Observatory here. Related links: Global Biosphere Global Biosphere over time … Continue reading

Posted in argoecology, biology, Charles Darwin, complex systems, ecological services, Ecological Society of America, ecology, environment, Nature, nonlinear systems, oceanography, phytoplankton, population biology, quantitative biology, quantitative ecology, science | Leave a comment

Unitarians, Dublin, IE

Posted in Boston Ethical Society, Buckminster Fuller, IE, life purpose, philosophy, reason, reasonableness, science, tolerance, Unitarian Universalism, UU, UU Humanists | Leave a comment

Harvey, Category 4, 850 mb, EarthWinds

It’s actually rather beautiful:

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Responsibility

From China’s emissions glimpsing the peak: (Click graph for a larger figure. Use your browser Back Button to return to blog.) (Click graph for a larger figure. Use your browser Back Button to return to blog.)

Posted in Anthropocene, bridge to nowhere, carbon dioxide, Carbon Worshipers, climate change, climate disruption, climate justice, Eaarth, ecology, economics, energy, environment, environmental law, fossil fuels, games of chance, global warming, greenhouse gases, Hyper Anthropocene, ISO-NE, moral leadership, resiliency, science, sustainability, T'kun Olam, temporal myopia, the right to be and act stupid, the tragedy of our present civilization, the value of financial assets | Leave a comment

Solar production at Westwood Statistical Studios

Posted in AMETSOC, Anthropocene, citizenship, clean disruption, climate, climate change, decentralized electric power generation, decentralized energy, demand-side solutions, economics, efficiency, electricity, electricity markets, Hyper Anthropocene, investment in wind and solar energy, meteorology, microgrids, rationality, reasonableness, Sankey diagram, solar energy, solar power, SolarPV.tv, Tony Seba, zero carbon | Leave a comment

Why decentralized electrical power has to win, no matter what Elon Musk says, and utilities are doomed

Posted in bridge to nowhere, carbon dioxide, Carbon Tax, citizenship, clean disruption, climate, climate change, climate disruption, climate education, compassion, conservation, consumption, decentralized electric power generation, decentralized energy, demand-side solutions, diffusion processes, dynamical systems, ecology, economics, efficiency, energy, energy reduction, engineering, environment, ethics, exponential growth, forecasting, fossil fuel divestment, geophysics, global warming, investing, investment in wind and solar energy, living shorelines, mass transit, mathematics education, maths, meteorology, microgrids, natural gas, NCAR, NOAA, nor'easters, obfuscating data, oceanography, open data, optimization, physics, politics, population biology, Principles of Planetary Climate, rationality, Ray Pierrehumbert, reasonableness, reproducible research, risk, science, science education, scientific publishing, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, solar power, state-space models, statistics, temporal myopia, testing, the right to know, time series, wind power, zero carbon | 3 Comments

coastal damage: when will they be abandoned?

(Click image for a larger figure.) The graphic is from a story today, on this subject, in the Boston Globe. About the recent model, and that almost unspoken risk.

Posted in carbon dioxide, climate, climate change, games of chance, oceanography, rationality, reasonableness, sea level rise, sociology, statistics | 1 Comment

Nor’easter

Posted in environment, forecasting, geophysics, meteorology, NOAA, oceanography, risk, statistics | Leave a comment

carbon dioxide

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double plus ungood

(NOAA urges caution regarding over interpretation of the right edge of this series. They note an abrupt jump in CO2 concentration which they emphasize may be due to an unknown measurement problem. I’m sure they are investigating.)

Posted in carbon dioxide, Carbon Tax, civilization, climate, climate education, ecology, environment, geoengineering, geophysics, meteorology, oceanography, physics, science | Leave a comment

November 2013 climate anomalies

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Trenberth, Fasullo, Kiehl, 2009: Earth’s global energy budget

Reference: K. E. Trenberth, J. T. Fasullo, J. Kiehl, “Earth’s global energy budget”, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 90, 311–323, http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/2008BAMS2634.1

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