Environment

Graduation was this morning, and it just so happens that I was the speaker. That I am posting the speech below should tell you that I thought it went pretty well. I'll do a separate post describing some of the reactions, and commenting on a few of the other graduation-speech related stories that have been in the news lately, but this post is going to be long enough without that. As a teaser, I'll just mention that several people in the audience praised me afterwards for giving such a courageous speech. That made me nervous, actually, since I am not really very courageous. I do need to…
The weatherologists have more or less stopped saying there might be an El Niño this year. Now they are saying there will be an El Niño, and they are starting to consider how strong it will be. Well, actually, they've stopped doing that too and are now talking about whether it will be a mondo-El Niño or a mondo-mondo-El Niño. Here is a newly released video by Peter Sinclair and the Yale Climate Forum about the coming El Niño: I have a prediction to make. First a bit of background. You know about the so-called "hiatus" in global warming, because every Tea Partier with a mouth is yammering…
This weekly posting is brought to you courtesy of H. E. Taylor. Happy reading, I hope you enjoy this week's Global Warming news roundup skip to bottom Another Week of Climate Disruption News Information is not Knowledge...Knowledge is not Wisdom May 4, 2014 Chuckles, COP20+, Post WGx, EGU, Landslide, Energiewende Bottom Line, Subsidies, Economics, EcoCrime, Cook Fukushima: Note, News Melting Arctic, Methane, Geopolitics Food: Crisis, Fisheries, Prices, Land Grabs, GMOs, GMO Labelling, Production Hurricanes, Monsoon, Notable Weather, Extreme Weather, New Weather GHGs…
(featured image taken from here) This weekly posting is brought to you courtesy of H. E. Taylor. Happy reading, I hope you enjoy this week's Global Warming news roundup skip to bottom Information Overload is Pattern Recognition April 27, 2014 Chuckles, COP20+, Post WG3, Earth Day, Earth Year, Energiewende Bottom Line, Pricing Nature, Crap Detector, Cook Fukushima: Note, News, Policies Melting Arctic, Geopolitics, Antarctica Food: Crisis, Fisheries, Prices, Food Riots, Agro Corps, GMO Labelling, Production Hurricanes, Monsoon, Notable Weather, Forecasts, GHGs,…
Guest Blog By Lek KadeliActing Assistant Administrator in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Office of Research and Development (ORD) Each spring around the same time that so much of the country is swept up in the “madness” of amateur basketball tournaments, a dedicated team of employees at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are finishing up preparations to host student teams for another hard-fought college challenge: EPA’s P3 student design competition for sustainability. While participants may not grab national headlines, the long-term benefits of their efforts have the…
This weekly posting is brought to you courtesy of H. E. Taylor. Happy reading, I hope you enjoy this week's Global Warming news roundup skip to bottom Sipping from the Internet Firehose... April 20, 2014 Chuckles, Invective, Pix, COP20+, Post WG3, Wang et al., Murder, Energiewende Bottom Line, Subsidies, World Bank, EcoCrime, Cook Fukushima: Note, News, Policies Melting Arctic, Methane, Geopolitics, Antarctica Food: Crisis, Fisheries, Prices, OSSI, Land Grabs, GMOs, GMO Labelling, Production Hurricanes, Notable Weather, GHGs, C Cycle, N Cycle, Aerosols,…
It is possible that this is the most important Earth Day. Earth Day is part of the process of broadening environmental awareness and causing positive change in how we treat our planet. We are at a juncture where we must make major changes in what we do or our Grandchildren, to the extent that they can take time away from the daunting task of survival in a post-Civilization world, will curse us. I wrote a massive multpart blog post about Earth Day a four years ago, and here I'm giving you a slightly modified version of it, covering just a few aspects of the thing, and telling a couple of…
You know what is really impressing me about Neil deGrasse Tyson's Cosmos? That he doesn't hesitate to draw connections between science and how we live our lives — there is an implicit understanding that science has become fundamental to how we see the universe. Last night's episode was no exception. What started as an explanation for how we know the age of the earth (4.55 billion years), as established by the rigorous measurement of the ratio of lead to uranium in meteorites by Claire Patterson, became an exploration of health and the misuse of science, as personified by Robert Kehoe.…
John Stossel, writing at Real Annoying Clear Politics, (which is not a terrible place except for John Stossel) quotes some guy named Bjorn Lomborg about electric cars, thusly: Do environmentalists even care about measuring costs instead of just assuming benefits? We spend $7 billion to subsidize electric cars. Even if America reached the president's absurd 2015 goal of "a million electric cars on the road" (we won't get close), how much would it delay warming of the Earth? "One hour," says Lomborg. "This is a symbolic act." There are a lot of reasons that this is wrong. First, cars are not…
This weekly posting is brought to you courtesy of H. E. Taylor. Happy reading, I hope you enjoy this week's Global Warming news roundupskip to bottom Confronting a New Age of ConsequencesApril 13, 2014 Chuckles, COP20+, COP15, WG3 Report, WG3 Comments, WG3 Leaks, WG2 Carbon Limit, Statistics, Energiewende Bottom Line, Subsidies, World Bank, CookFukushima: Note, News, Policies Melting Arctic, Polar Bears, Methane, Geopolitics, AntarcticaFood: Crisis, Fisheries, Prices, GMOs, GMO Labelling, Production Hurricanes, Notable Weather, GHGs, Carbon Cycle, Aerosols,…
The National Science Foundation returns to sponsor the USA Science & Engineering Festival and will showcase an incredible group of exhibits at the NSF and Friends Pavilion! Visit the National Science Foundation's exhibit area to explore tsunami waves, mind control, robots, spiders, cranberry acids, crazy physics experiments and more! Stage performances, a wearable tech fashion show and interactive activities will entertain and engage visitors of all ages. Listed below is a sampling of the fun and excitement you can expect at the NSF & Friends Pavilion:     Wild Lives in Your Own Back…
The photos rolled across the screen. Photos of  construction workers tuck-pointing the cement grout on a building, sawing brick, jack hammering a sidewalk, sanding drywall. Each photo, showing workers in clouds of dust, illustrated the multitude of ways they are exposed, and why they are at risk of silica-related diseases.   The scrolling photo exhibit was the backdrop for testimony provided by representatives of the Laborers’ Health and Safety Fund of North America (LHSFNA) on the final day of OSHA’s public hearing on its proposed silica regulation. The LHSFNA is a joint labor-management…
This weekly posting is brought to you courtesy of H. E. Taylor. Happy reading, I hope you enjoy this week's Global Warming news roundup skip to bottom Logging the Onset of The Bottleneck Years April 6, 2014 Chuckles, COP20+, GCF, WG2 Report, WG2 Implications, WG2 Reactions WG3, Energiewende, Bottom Line, World Bank, Cook, Shrinkology Fukushima: Note, News, Policies Melting Arctic, Methane, Geopolitics, Antarctica Food: Crisis, Fisheries, Prices, GMO Labelling, Production Hurricanes, Notable Weather, Extreme Weather, New Weather GHGs, Aerosols, Volcanoes. Weather…
An Open Letter on the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline from Scientists and Economists April 7 , 2014 President Barack Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20500 Secretary John Kerry U. S . Department of State 2201 C Street NW Washington, DC 20520 Dear President Obama and Secretary Kerry, As scientists and economists, we are concerned about climate change and its impacts. We urge you to reject the Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline as a project that will contribute to climate change at a time when we should be doing all we can to put clean energy alternatives in…
This weekly posting is brought to you courtesy of H. E. Taylor. Happy reading, I hope you enjoy this week's Global Warming news roundup skip to bottom Information is not Knowledge...Knowledge is not Wisdom March 30, 2014 Chuckles, COP20+, WG2, Earth Hour, WMO, Ponder CSLDF, Change?, Energiewende, Bottom Line, Cook Fukushima: Note, News, Policies Melting Arctic, Methane, Geopolitics, Antarctica Food: Crisis, Fisheries, Prices, GMOs, Production Hurricanes, Notable Weather, Forecasts, Extreme Weather, New Weather GHGs, Aerosols, Weather Machine, Climate Sensitivity…
This weekly posting is brought to you courtesy of H. E. Taylor. Happy reading, I hope you enjoy this week's Global Warming news roundupskip to bottom Information Overload is Pattern RecognitionEquinox EditionMarch 23, 2014 Chuckles, COP20+, WWD, WWK, WG2 Leak, Triage, Warnings, CSLDF, Energiewende, CookFukushima: Note, News Melting Arctic, Methane, Geopolitics, AntarcticaFood: Crisis, Fisheries, Svalbard, Land Grabs, GMOs, Production Hurricanes, Notable Weather, Forecasts, New Weather GHGs, Aerosols, Feedbacks, ENSO, Temperatures Paleoclimate, Attribution, Oceans…
This weekly posting is brought to you courtesy of H. E. Taylor. Happy reading, I hope you enjoy this week's Global Warming news roundup skip to bottom Sipping from the Internet Firehose... March 16, 2014 Chuckles, COP20+, GCF, Tactics, RS/NAS, Warnings, Ides of March, Energiewende World Bank, Global Legal Framework, Cook Fukushima: Note, News, Anniversary, Policies, Related Papers Melting Arctic, Methane, Antarctica Food: Crisis, Fisheries, Svalbard, GMOs, Production Hurricanes, Notable Weather, New Weather, GHGs, Carbon Cycle, Aerosols Climate Sensitivity, Ozone…
Featured image is one of 19 illustrated haiku laying out the IPCC Summary for Policy Makers, posted with permission, see them all here. This weekly posting is brought to you courtesy of H. E. Taylor. Happy reading, I hope you enjoy this week's Global Warming news roundup skip to bottom Logging the Onset of The Bottleneck Years March 9, 2014 Chuckles, COP20+, Flood Prediction, Warnings, RS/NAS, Energiewende Bottom Line, Thermodynamics, Cook Fukushima: Note, News, Policies, Related Papers Melting Arctic, Geopolitics, Antarctica Food: Crisis, Prices, GMOs, Production…
Featured image is one of 19 illustrated haiku laying out the IPCC Summary for Policy Makers, posted with permission, see them all here. This weekly posting is brought to you courtesy of H. E. Taylor. Happy reading, I hope you enjoy this week's Global Warming news roundup skip to bottom Information is not Knowledge...Knowledge is not Wisdom March 2, 2014 Chuckles, COP20+, WG2 Leak, WOS, RS/NAS, Jacobson, Energiewende, Bottom Line, Cook Fukushima: Note, News, Policies Melting Arctic, Methane, Geopolitics, Antarctica Food: Crisis, Fisheries, GMOs, Production Hurricanes,…
This weekly posting is brought to you courtesy of H. E. Taylor. Happy reading, I hope you enjoy this week's Global Warming news roundupskip to bottom Information Overload is Pattern RecognitionFebruary 23, 2014 Chuckles, COP20+, G20, NAFTA, England et al., Energiewende Bottom Line, Subsidies, Crap Detector, CookFukushima: Note, News, Related Papers Melting Arctic, Methane, AntarcticaFood: Crisis, Fisheries, Prices, Revolt, Land Grabs, GMOs, Production Hurricanes, Weather: Notable, Wacky, Forecasts, Extreme, New GHGs, Carbon Cycle, Aerosols, Volcanoes, Feedbacks,…