A Few Things Ill Considered

R.I.P. H.E.Taylor

I have a sad announcement to make, further to my previous posting about a missing edition of A Week of GW News.

Harvey E. Taylor, aka het, died Monday, July 14, 2014 at his home in Portage la Prairie, a small town in Manitoba, Canada.  All I know of it is from one brief online obituary and one more detailed one at the website of a funeral home. It says he died peacefully and in his home.

I have appreciated the hard work and dedication it must have taken to provide his amazingly comprehensive weekly survey of climate change related news and science over the years, and I am sure many others have as well.  He did not miss a week in the 7 years I have been reblogging it, nor in the 2 or so years I spent following sci.environment before that.

Rest in Peace, het.


  1. #1 Nick
    July 22, 2014

    Sad news..thanks for the work, H.E.!

  2. #2 Fergus Brown
    July 22, 2014

    This is very sad news. HET was a credit to us all, gentle, funny, dedicated. He will be sorely missed, more than many people might think. Condolences to the family, but I feel the loss is to us all, the wider online community.

  3. #3 Ben
    Toronto, Canada
    July 22, 2014

    Sad news indeed! He was dedicated beyond any reasonable expectation and was a great resource for those following the climate debate. He will be missed.

  4. #4 G.R.L. Cowan
    July 23, 2014

    I remember him from usenet days. He was a good man.

  5. #5 Hank Roberts
    July 23, 2014

    Should a history of these times come to be written, historians will find his work most helpful in understanding who we were.

  6. #6 Wesley Dodson
    July 23, 2014

    Did he complete The Bottleneck Years?

    • #7 coby
      July 23, 2014

      Yes, the book is finished but I don’t have the last three chapters. I am going to see if I can get a hold of them via his family. I think he would’ve wanted it to be finished, we were so close

  7. #8 Bryan Killett
    Pasadena, CA
    July 23, 2014

    I really enjoyed The Bottleneck years, and now wish that I’d tried harder to pay for it. H.E. Taylor made a difference in my life, and obviously on many others. A noble legacy.

  8. #9 hinschelwood
    July 23, 2014

    This is sad to hear. I’ve been using his weekly summary to keep up to date on climate matters for several years. He made a small but very useful contribution to the climate issue, and I shall certainly miss him for that.

  9. #10 Will Watson
    Mississippi Gulf Coast
    July 24, 2014

    HE Taylor did his part and more. He’ll be greatly missed. I agree w/an earlier comment, his AGW roundup changed my life, too. I used to recommend it to my students and friends all the time

  10. #11 William T
    July 26, 2014

    Sad to hear this. Condolences to his family. I’m sure many will be missing the weekly roundup.

  11. #12 Phil Scadden
    New Zealand
    July 29, 2014

    Very sad news. The job he did was amazing and I will really miss the service.

  12. #13 adelady
    city of wine and roses
    August 3, 2014

    How sad. He lived a good life and did good things and his absence will be our loss.

    It would be nice to see the book completed. I hope his family is fully aware of how much his service to the rest of us was appreciated. They should be proud.

  13. #14 Eli Rabett
    August 10, 2014

    Condolences the HET’s family, friends and those who have appreciated his contributions.

  14. #15 Tenney Naumer
    August 11, 2014

    Very sad to hear of his passing — his work was much appreciated.

  15. #16 Ed Darrell
    August 11, 2014

    There’s a hole in the knowledgesphere. So long, het.

  16. #17 Sou
    August 12, 2014

    That is very sad news indeed. His work was remarkable not just for it’s breadth and depth, also for his tireless efforts and the fact that he didn’t miss a beat.

    (I owe a great deal to HE Taylor and his weekly updates, which I won’t ever be able to repay now.)

  17. […] Bottleneck Years, HE Taylor’s speculative fiction novel (also posted on Science Blogs), the recently deceased author predicts that the fishermen will sink their boats complaining that the sea had become […]

  18. #19 Roxanne Hooker
    Saskatchewan, Canada
    September 1, 2014

    Harvey (HET) was my sister’s husband and my friend for over 40 years. Thank you for your tributes and for recognizing the contributions he made to our understanding of the world.

    They say that nothing ever disappears from the net. In this case, that’s good. I always want to find Harvey’s writings somewhere. Humankind could use them.

  19. #20 Marion Taylor
    Manitoba, Canada
    November 30, 2014

    Hello, I am Harvey’ sister. Thank for your kind comments. Harvey had a heart condition, but was on medication and we thought things were stable. Apparently not. He was found sitting in his computer chair, so it seems to have been sudden.
    We really don’t know how to work the on-line sales. I’m a high school English teacher and our brother, David, is a registered nurse. We hope to get things figured out in time. For now don’t worry about payments.

  20. #21 Bruce Hogben
    Adelaide, Australia
    February 20, 2015

    Condolences to the family and friends of this remarkable man. Having accessed and appreciated his global warming news efforts over many years, I was intrigued when it stopped on June 29 last year, and increasingly became concerned when it did not reappear. I had read one of his books, and felt like I knew him. I was a fan. Recently I sent an email to him, and my concern grew when I received no reply. Today I discovered the obituaries/funeral notices on the web, and felt terribly sad. Even from this distance, on the other side of the world, I could tell he was a very good man, who used his fine intelligence for the best purposes. A real loss.

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