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-fired electricity production is bad on so many levels. You'd think humans could learn from history, but sadly, no, and no.Â The childhood asthma statistics alone should be enough.Â Coal burning power plants are a leading producer of asthma causing pollution.Â And then there's the mercury...and the mountain-top removal, and the waste products..and, well, when … Continue reading Coal is Bad
Headline of the week from NPR.Â It is worth noting that even if the Republican representative has now apologized for his remarks and admitted they were stupid either because he realizes it or because he has to, he has not changed his position on a special tax on bicycles. (h/t willard)
NASA's JPL division has an interesting article on thawing dry ice (frozen CO2) near the polar regions of Mars. Aside from its being interesting, I only bring it up as it reminds me of the faux skeptic talking point about Mars warming, ergo the sun drives warming here on earth.Â It is about as far … Continue reading Martian melting
I first saw this video at Planet 3.0 a fair while ago and have seen it posted again since.Â I find it very uplifting despite being a jaded climate blogger of many years.Â 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?" 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 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
Over on the history of CO2 thread, that old chestnut of an issue has been raised, namely that there's this one paper in one journal, notorious for publishing anti-science papers on climate (a field well outside its focus), that has shown wild flucuations in CO2 to levels well above today's in times as recent as … Continue reading The other Beck
I have always like this graphic from Global Warming Art: It puts the current CO2 rise into sharp perspective in terms of historical flucuations, both in its magnitude and rapidity. Well, even better for impact is the video below from Youtube user CarbonTracker: Especially intriguing is watching the seasonal rise and fall, the collective breathing … Continue reading History of atmospheric CO2
Another good video from greenman: It is very discouragin to hear a 60 year old science program explaning exactly the same basics of climate change that Inhofe and half the new republican congress claim today is an IPCC hoax.