Seen on Austin EcoNetwork:
The world has had a couple of generations of stability and a global economic system has emerged that has many benefits. Meanwhile, global sustainability problems like climate change have emerged which are technically solvable but which the current world finds very difficult to cope with. This talk will outline the scope of the problem, examine why the usual solutions we have developed to our problems are so ineffective against it, and discuss how we can move forward both locally here in Texas and globally as citizens of the world. [more]
An article by Tim Radford in the Guardian reports that since 2009, ice volume loss in Greenland has increased by a factor of about two, and in the West Antarctic ice sheet by a factor of three. [more]
A powerful essay by Dawn Stover in Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists explains how the expression “the new normal” contributes to the problem of shifting baselines. [more]
Data hoarding is real enough, but the idea that data hoarding is some special postnormal flaw in climate science is either uninformed or vicious. Forbes has a brief article that may offer some clues. [more]
A report on Gizmodo describes what appears to be a huge imminent breakthrough in desalinization. But it seems reminiscent of an implementation of Maxwell’s demon. Is this for real? [more]
Dietz Vollrath: “Imagine if, having invented Diet Coke, you could make copies for free. That would lower GDP, as Coca-Cola would drop to essentially zero revenue from here forward. But it’s demonstrably better, right? Free Diet Coke?” [more]
There’s an excellent and thoughtful piece on Medium by David Wolman on the prosecution of geophysicists in the aftermath of the disastrous d’Aquila earthquake in Italy. [more]
mt tries to paint a picture of a future where Texas helps the transition to the post-carbon world rather than hindering it. Far-fetched? Maybe not as much as it might at first appear.
That’s mt speaking
(mt is sorry about all the grinning at his own jokes, which doesn’t come off well. Now he understands about deadpan.)
The point is entirely serious., though. The world very much needs Texas onboard the transition to the future, and the way to get Texas on board is to appeal to honor and courage, not to guilt.
Two “comic book”-style books are in print now on the subject of climate change, and they form an interesting contrast [more]
Someone has asked a few climate scientists what they are feeling, and has collected their answers. It’s worth your time.