Utopias in the Anthropocene

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]

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]

First Night at AGU – TIL

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]