Archives for August, 2011

Yet another sea ice update

Every now and again I remember to look at this year’s sea ice, and it is as depressing as looking at the share prices :-( 2011 is already #3, and will almost inevitably make #2, though probably not #1. Refs * Betting on sea ice: $10,000 * This year’s sea ice * Around Bee Rescue,…

Comment policy

This is my site, and one of the facilities I provide is a signal to noise ratio. You want unmoderated discussion? Go and drown in usenet, which I abandoned years ago. In other words, I reserve the right to trim or delete junk [*]. Naturally, since they are your words, you will not see them…

Clearly, everyone wants to have a long discussion about GW etc etc, and maybe I haven’t provided a venue for this for a while. But I’ve now found an excuse, prompted by (or perhaps more accurately, simply ripping off) mt, who has looked at The Truth About Greenhouse Gases by William Happer. mt says various…

Steve [*] Schneier (security expert and tee-shirt provider to the cognoscenti) has a post in which he pokes at the massive costs of counter-terrorism, apparently out of all proportion to the threat. However, he has a bizarrely wrong calculation: I quote: The death toll of all these is… sixteen deaths in the U.S. to terrorism…

Comparing radiation doses

This post is more an appeal for info than anything useful in itself. But I’ll probably update it if I get anything. Fukushima refers. My question, in the context of the area around Fukushima that is contaminated by radioactivity, is how much is actually contaminated, in the sense of now having radioactivity levels higher than…

Good fortune to Libya

Time to be nice about something. I was quite cynical in February, but to my surprise we did do something useful, the rebels were brave enough to overcome their lack of organistaion, and after much chaos and death it has worked; the “rebels” are now the government, Gaddafi is a fugitive from justice. The fighting…

The Fukushima stuff was all very exciting, and doubtless still is if you live nearby (James?). But it does seem to lead to high levels of drivel from the more soppy-hand-wringing Guardianista types: We had a pretty good warning earlier this year, when the tragic earthquake and tsunami in Japan caused an even bigger tragedy…

Spot the location

Where are we? There is an interesting story to it. Note that you can trivially find the answer by clicking on the pic for its name, so don’t do that if you want to play the game. [Update: your questions answered at Holiday in Spain: Chemin de la Mature] Refs * Where am I now?

Note the double question mark. That is because I’m quoting Can we Grow the Economy Any More? I’ll let you go off and read that post now, if you like. Done so? Good. Now for my ignorant rant: What strikes me particularly is point 6, or a variant thereof: effectively, that we’re too fat, as…

ABSTRACT: Despite the existence of a clear scientific consensus about global warming, opinion surveys find confusion among the American public, regarding both scientific issues and the strength of the scientific consensus. Evidence increasingly points to misinformation as a contributing factor. This situation is both a challenge and an opportunity for science educators, including geographers. The…