Environment

As an anthropologist, I find the interface between technology and the larger culture in which it is embedded fascinating. You all know the old story of the family cook who habitually cuts the ends off the roast before slipping it in the oven. One day her child, hoping some day to be the family cook,…

Kudos to Sarah Maslin Nir for shedding light on the working conditions faced by nail salon workers in her recent two-part New York Times exposé “Perfect Nails, Poisoned Workers.”

Ana is coming up the Atlantic

I remember joking with my friend Ana about how her name would be attached to the first named storm in the 2015 Atlantic Hurricane season. It turns out Ana is an exceptional individual. Both of them. Ana, my friend, is an actor and is currently engaged in a project I’ll be telling you more about…

Over the last several weeks we’ve seen the University of Western Australia accept a $4 million dollar Federal grant to develop a “Consensus Centre” in the mold of Bjorn Lomborg’s non profit, with Lomborg as a key player. Lomborg has been heavily criticized for his lack of scholarship and seemingly biased policy related to climate…

“His boss never told OSHA”

A powerful storm last week in eastern Texas illustrate why a new OSHA injury reporting requirement can stimulate prevention.

The #FauxPause is Faux

The Earth’s climate is warming. The upper oceans are warming, the sea surface temperatures are elevated, the air in the lower Troposphere, where we live, is warming. This warming is caused almost entirely by the increase in human generated greenhouse gasses and the positive (not positive in a good way) feedbacks caused by that. The…

It is reported that ten cars exploded or burned when a BNSF oil train derailed near a small town in North Dakota. Look at the picture above. Huxley’s day care is very close to these tracks, close enough that the day care home would be totally within that zone of buring fiery debris. There are…

I’m auditing the EdEx course “Denial101x: Making Sense of Climate Science Denial.” This is Week 2: Global Warming ins Happening. The course is covering indicators of warming, what is happening in the Cryosphere, and related matters. Here is an example lecture segment: A central theme of this week is the relationship between climate and weather,…

The long slow wiki edit war over exactly what sort of denier AW is continues – RationalWiki is more informative – but the issue of surfacestations.org remains untouched. Is it alive? Dead? Undead? Having browsed around a bit I can’t find anyone saying – or, indeed, caring – but being a caring sharing sort of…

Global Warming: Getting worse

I recently noted that there are reasons to think that the effects of human caused climate change are coming on faster than previously expected. Since I wrote that (in late January) even more evidence has come along, so I thought it was time for an update. First a bit of perspective. Scientists have known for…