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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…

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…

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…

I knew I could count on my fellow Science Blogger Dr. Klemetti for a good take on the physical reality of the Chilean Earthquake, so I checked in this morning, only to see him, quite property, take the MSM to task for inane rhetoric, notably an MSNBC headline that reads “Is Nature Out of Control?”…

Mother Jones notes that in private interviews, Glenn Beck, fiery loon of the right, privately seems to believe in anthropogenic climate change. Last week he mocked climate scientists for being “alarmists” who believe that “we’re all going to die in a fiery flood.” Not long ago he touted the global warming chapter of his An…

Totally Awesome!

Once upon a time, before I descended into parenthood and dull stability, I was out with a group of friends who had, let’s just say, been drinking quite a bit. One of the young men in this group proposed to two others that they do something that was, to put it bluntly, totally moronic and…

Weather vs. Climate…Again

A lot of big snowstorms get people who do not grasp the difference between weather and climate all excited. Consider the VA Republican party who claimed in an ad last week that if it snows, we can’t have global warming. But it isn’t just the skeptics and denialists here – among the believers we routinely…

Dr. Steven Koonin of the DOE recently spoke about the future of energy and its implications for the goals of the New York State University system. Given that my husband is employed by said system, and in fact teaches Environmental Physics (aka “Here’s how to do the math to prove we’re doomed ;-)”), this was…

An unsurprising but still deeply depressing article from the Guardian observes that not only was Copenhagen, billed as “the last, best hope for change” a dismal failure (duh) but that Mexico City is already a dismal failure. Dozens of politicians, diplomats, economists, scientists and campaigners contacted by the Guardian agreed that while a global, legally…