What did temperatures do as the last glacial minimum ended 120K years ago?

A commenter on the most recent edition of het's AWOGWN asks an interesting set of questions: How would temperature data have been seen during the last 10,000 years prior to the peak of each of the previous Milankovich cycles? What caused the temperature to reverse course in those cycles and why would we not expect … Continue reading What did temperatures do as the last glacial minimum ended 120K years ago?

Coal is Bad

Coal-fired electricity production is bad on so many levels. You'd think humans could learn from history, but sadly, no, and no.  The childhood asthma statistics alone should be enough.  Coal burning power plants are a leading producer of asthma causing pollution.  And then there's the mercury...and the mountain-top removal, and the waste products..and, well, when … Continue reading Coal is Bad

“Our Greatest Challenge” – Symphony of Science

I first saw this video at Planet 3.0 a fair while ago and have seen it posted again since.  I find it very uplifting despite being a jaded climate blogger of many years.  There are many other science-based music videos at http://www.symphonyofscience.com and I have listened/watch most (all?) of them, but this is the best … Continue reading “Our Greatest Challenge” – Symphony of Science

Coolest billboard ever? Not so much…

"Coolest Billboard Ever?" asks a HuffPost article posted a couple of days ago. The billboard certainly seems "greenie". I mean come on, it is not just made out of renewable resources, it is one! It's alive. It breathes. It photosythesizes. Photosynthesis is the essence of "Green". So what's the problem? The problem is that this … Continue reading Coolest billboard ever? Not so much…

The Greenhouse Effect in a Water World

The natural world is complicated. Therefore, so is the science that tries to understand it. Complexity, uncertainty, ambiguity are all a part of the story that describes processes that are as extraordinary as they are mundane. While these are the very characteristics of scientific study that motivate professional and amateur alike, they are also the … Continue reading The Greenhouse Effect in a Water World