Few progressives have turned around to face the future; and one can see why, for the progressive who turns around can no longer be in the traditional sense progressive. In the Anthropocene, in addition to the past we seek to escape, now we have a future we want to avoid. We find ourselves squeezed from both ends. The future will at best be about trying to preserve the gains we have already made, not about progress. [more]
“Our greatest responsibility is to be good ancestors.”
Here are three arguments in support of the proposition that renewables are not enough to solve our problem, and that nuclear power is necessary. [more]
We’re sad to note that Andy Skuce has passed away. Planet3.0 is republishing his farewell blog posting in eulogy. [more]
The moon has no atmosphere so it is scorching hot (+100C) during the day and bitterly cold (-150C) at night. The Earth has an atmosphere made up of oxygen, nitrogen, carbon dioxide (CO2) and other gases. Over 150 years ago scientists proved that CO2 traps heat from the sun. We also know without any doubt that burning fossil fuels like oil, gas and coal emits CO2. [more]
It may well be interesting to study scientists as a group, but it can tell you very little (if anything) about science itself. If you want to understand the systems being studied, you study those systems, you don’t study those who are doing the research. here
If you don’t know what the poster session is like, you don’t know what AGU is like. I’m here to help. [more]
The key to advancing your scientific conclusion is to be your own harshest critic. As a beginner, you will find yourself wrong far more often than right. But you will be wrong in ever more interesting ways. [more]
Science has a problem. But science doesn’t have a strategy. [more]
There’s new modeling evidence that suggests the world is going to warm more slowly than the global climate models have heretofore suggested.
Today I Learned, on good authority, that it remains impossible to exclude 3 meters of sea level rise within a single human lifetime from West Antarctica alone.
If it is possible, it’s further impossible to exclude it in the lifetimes of people now living.
The time scales of the collapse of calving ice sheets depend sensitively on temperature and on the height of the cliff. [more]