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Archives for March, 2010

Getting it Right In the Pi-Hole

I’m not going to be beating PZ Myers any time soon on readership, Dr. Isis in hot shoes or Comrade Physioprof in elegantly phrased obscenity, but I think I’ve found something that this blog can kick fellow-science blogger patootie at – the baking of awesome pies. After all, how many of those other blogistes actually…

More on Methane

Real Climate has an analysis of the methane release paper up, which is at least partly reassuring – partly. CO2 is plenty to be frightened of, while methane is frosting on the cake. Imagine you are in a Toyota on the highway at 60 miles per hour approaching stopped traffic, and you find that the…

This Can’t be Good…

I haven’t had a chance to read the original paper – I’m getting ready to head out of town and probably won’t get to it until next week, but I just got a press release from U Alaska Fairbanks about a recent paper in this month’s issue of Science that suggests that we’ve got bigger…

Well, I’m headed off for my weekend away – I’ll be at NOFA NH on Saturday giving the keynote and at the NESEA Building Energy Public Forum Panel on Tuesday night. Posting will be intermittent while I’m gone, but I figure I’d leave you all with a laugh at my expense. Eric had a horrible…

Note: This is another lightly revised version a piece I wrote some years ago at the oldest incarnation of this blog. It answers a question I get a lot – if people have been saying that the oil is going to run out for years, and if 30 years ago people thought we were going…

Over at Dot.Earth, Andy Revkin points out that basic preparedness is important – and that he’d have benefitted from some. If I’d followed my colleague Tom Zeller’s advice and invested in a wood-stove-style insert for my fireplace — as I’ve muttered about for years — my family wouldn’t have had to sleep in a 45-degree…

Quack, Mehhhhh, Quack

It has been an exciting morning – and it isn’t even 10 o clock. Today was the day to pick up our new buck goat, Ring Bearer (again, not responsible for his name). For those of you who have never had the pleasure of having a buck goat, or do have buck goats, but own…

One of the pleasures of blogging here has been the focus that this community has on issues of public health. Doing everything we can to maintain the health and well-being of populations through a shift into a different model of life is an issue that is deeply important to me – I don’t always agree…

You Must Read This!

I have an enormous amount of respect for Stuart Staniford, who I think is one of the best minds working on our collective ecological crisis. That said, we’ve had some serious debates, because I’ve tended to think that our situation, particularly our longer term food situation, is more serious than Staniford has – but those…

Independence Days Challenge

Note: Most of the Independence Days material will run at ye olde blogge , but I wanted to post the year three start up over here too, since my readership isn’t entirely overlapping. If you want to post status updates, the weekly thread for that will be at my other blog, but you can sign…