I am pessimistic about the political prospects for a straightforward tax and dividend plan in America. [more]
Original advice is appearing for people burned out on environmental degradation. [more]
Ensia reports that Daniel Nocera … at Harvard University, as well as scores of other researchers around the world, are on the verge of turning the promise of artificial photosynthesis into reality. This could be a gigantic win. But it still needs a regulatory push. [more]
When Naomi Klein says things like “Any attempt to rise to the climate challenge will be fruitless unless it is understood as part of a much broader battle of world views. Our economic system and our planetary system are now at war,” I am sympathetic. So I expected and wanted to like her magnum opus on climate, “This Changes Everything”. But I don’t. In fact I’m sorely disappointed. I find the book naively optimistic, agonizingly politically correct, and technically uninsightful. Not only is there nothing new here, but the old stuff this book is made of is, I’m afraid, tired and weak. [more]
People always ask me one question all the time: ‘How do I know that I won’t be found out as a supporter of what you’re doing?’ We run all of this stuff through nonprofit organizations that are insulated from having to disclose donors. There is total anonymity. People don’t know who supports us. [more]
An hour, and very much worth your time.
A common question is “doesn’t chaos theory mean you can’t predict the climate”? Or sometimes, just “isn’t climate chaotic”? Here I have to get very careful with language, because a few things are getting confused. There is a way of thinking about these questions that makes sense, but not everybody who talks about them knows it.
nullius in verba
omnis in litigia
(proposed modification to Royal Society motto)
New research suggests that the sub-glacial surface in much of Greenland is more muddy than rocky in structure, which would imply that he Greenland ice sheet may fail more quickly than heretofore expected. [more]
If it once became general, wealth would confer no distinction. It was possible, no doubt, to imagine a society in which wealth, in the sense of personal possessions and luxuries, should be evenly distributed, while power remained in the hands of a small privileged caste. But in practice such a society could not long remain stable. [more]
“well-funded companies would love to disprove climate change to the satisfaction of the scientific community at large. So if scientists could be bought, these motherf***ers would have already made it rain in nerd town, trust me.” Jon Stewart
According to Wikipedia, the game 52 Pickup requires at least one player who is familiar with the game and one player who wants to be initiated into the game. The first player, as “dealer”, throws the entire deck into the air so the cards land strewn on the floor. The other player must then pick them up. Other card games sometimes transpose into this game. For an example, a child falling behind in Go Fish or Crazy Eights, or bored by a never-ending game of War, may simply declare “52 Pickup!” and sweep all the cards off the table. So it is interesting how, on the Watts Up site, a list of 52 highly miscellaneous climate-related statements related to “the hiatus” are strewn about randomly, as if by a petulant child losing a game. Your correspondent dutifully picks them up, but only because a prominent scientist appears to have been misled by this trick, and is misleading others. [more]