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I assume you noticed the quiet demise of the Climate Bill, consented to by most of the people who claimed they gave a damn about the climate. It was a lousy, weak, inadequate bill, but that’s still no excuse for giving up the ghost. This makes the 1 bazillionth time in my lifetime I’ve been…

“How did you get there, Roo?” asked Piglet. “On Tigger’s back! And Tiggers can’t climb downwards, because their tails get in the way, only upwards, and Tigger forgot about that when we started, and he’s only just remembered. So we’ve got to stay here for ever and ever – unless we go higher. What did…

Who or What Got the Glyptodons?

Ok, part of this is just that I really like the word “Glyptodon” and am trying to find more uses for it ;-). But there is a point here, I’m pretty sure. A while back I was teaching a class, and the gentleman teaching before me, an Algonquin Native Descendent, who was talking about the…

How Do You Like Those Odds?

Again, Stuart Staniford runs the numbers and clarifies the analysis, and comes up with some really hideously bad possibilities. In his “Odds of Cooking the Grandchildren” Staniford shows us the implications of a PNAS paper that I’d missed: There is a horrible paper in this week’s Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (hat-tip Desdemona…

A reader of mine named Aaron emailed me to ask if I’d respond to Alex Steffen’s latest piece at Worldchanging. Aaron writes: I’d be interested to hear what you have to say about Alex Steffen’s recent post over at worldchanging.com. I think that it is a well considered and well informed post that addresses many…

To make up for yesterday’s frivolity, today I am going to be very, very serious, and deal with weighty serious things. There will be no levity – not from me, and certainly not from my very serious readers. In fact, if I detect signs of levity from any of you, especially those of you with…

Staniford On Sea Level Rise

What I like about Stuart Staniford’s work is that he does such a lovely job of offering useful and clear visual descriptors of things that are often otherwise made less clear. The design of a good graph or visual is worth a lot. So I thought this bit about the way sea level rise plays…

Passover is a holiday deeply concerned with inclusion – at one point during each seder night, we open our doors and leave them open wide, and call out “let all who are hungry come and eat.” One year, teaching Hebrew School to 10 year olds, I asked them what would happen if they called out…

Charles Greene and colleagues confirm what the evidence has added up to – that we’re probably already too late to avoid crossing major tipping points, and that the scientific consensus has been in error – but not like the right wing wants you to believe. Instead, the compelling evidence for climate change is that even…

A new Gallup poll suggests that Americans are less worried about most environmental issues than they have been since Gallup began polling 20 years ago. “Americans are less worried about each of eight specific environmental problems than they were a year ago, and on all but global warming and maintenance of the nation’s fresh water…