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.
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]
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.
Projections of climate change by the IPCC are deeply skeptical, and there is no attempt to hide the large uncertainty of climate forecasts. … Ironically, those labeled “skeptics” by the media are not in fact skeptical; they are, on the contrary, quite sure that there is no risk going forward. Meanwhile, those interested in treating the issue as an objective problem in risk assessment and management are labeled “alarmists”, a particularly infantile smear considering what is at stake. [more]
Nobody knows how dangerous the floating plastic garbage in the ocean is. But somebody knows how to pad that up to a long form article anyway. The gist of the article is in three scary sentences, quoted here to save you time.
A flash flood enters a newly renovated hospital lobby in Kearney NE; this video was released by the hospital and has been posted to YouTube a bunch of times. The Good Samaritan Hospital Facebook post says:
While our recovery efforts from the flash flooding early Saturday morning continue on a nearly round-the-clock basis, our services for patients have all been been restored. We’re overwhelmingly grateful to each person and entity who has assisted us in this effort.
It’s hard to put into words exactly what Saturday’s conditions were like and just how seriously our facility was impacted. And to say that we’re emotional about the whole situation is a bit of an understatement. This security camera footage is just a glimpse into the series of events that unfolded Saturday. Again, we’re so relieved that no patients, staff or physicians were injured in this incident.
Enormous rain events have been widespread across the quadrant of the US north and east of Nebraska in the subsequent recent few days, including expensive disasters in Detroit, Baltimore and Long Island. This fits the pattern of increased extreme rainfall in the north central and northeastern states and central Canada.
UPDATE: Islip New York has set a single-day site precipitation record for the state of 13.27 inches, comfortably eclipsing the previous record of 11.6 inches set two years ago at Tannersville during TS Irene. Records have to be set sometime, but this is the same system that caused spectacular floods across numerous states, and that has to be unusual.
Morano is in full denial, leading with some crufty old Roger Pielke stuff from 2011.
This site is about sustainability in the large, that is, the possibility that the Earth, including both human civilization and rich ecosystems, will sustain for a very long time into the future. Sustainability means avoiding foreclosing on the options available to future generations. This site is intended for honest discussions as to how we can do this.
Improvements in characterizing global interannual variation and trend in global heat flux.
Yes there probably is an upward trend. There is substantial uncertainty in the vertical axis offset, though it probably is warming.
And yes, El Nino years are cooling years. Does this surprise you?
Allan, R. P., C. Liu, N. G. Loeb, M. D. Palmer, M. Roberts, D. Smith, and P.-L. Vidale (2014), Changes in global net radiative imbalance 1985–2012, Geophys. Res. Lett., 41