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I just finished reading Peter Brannen’s interesting book on the five previous major mass extinctions that have struck planet Earth. It is, of course, a book that is very much intended to warn us that we are on our way to the sixth if we do not keep carbon dioxide levels low (CO2 ramp ups […]

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The Social Science Fermi Paradox

In the 1950s, Enrico Fermi famously asked, “Where Are They?” And that question spurred a great deal of thought and interest in the idea of whether extra-terrestrial life exists, and if it does exist why hasn’t it reached us yet, and the implications for our civilization if in fact it has not. I just finished […]

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In an otherwise very good and very important article on the threats to migratory shorebirds, the entire point is diminished by the obligatory implication of climate change. Now, of course, climate change is going to change the location and content of marshes, estuaries, shorelines, and more. And climate change will slowly change the timing of […]

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Yes, I am now becoming an internet meme where basically anything and everything can be tied into climate change. I’d like to make a few short observations today. What happened to the climate change discussion? It really does seem to be low-level background noise. My advice to those people who are posting regularly about the […]

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Go Green!

Solar powered picnic tables? Check. Solar powered trash cans? Check. Dedicated green blog? Check. Recycling cans everywhere? Check. Water bottle filling stations? Check. Stopping our snowblowers from leaking gas/oil all over the sidewalks and into our waterways? Ummmm …

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A quote: When it comes to the environment, we are asking how we can maintain a healthy environment with our continuing human activity? Emissions projections U.S. Energy Information Administration predict that we will likely continue to pollute at an exponentially increasing rate as the years go on.  But hey, it’s an actual link to the US government, so it […]

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Before I proceed with this post, let’s get this out of the way. Here is a really cute elephant picture: And let me get the following out of the way: even though I understand the economics and arguments about why we may want to allow and perhaps even encourage hunting, I don’t like it at […]

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If the entire world not only turned vegetarian, but also vegan, and ALSO wanted to do so under the seal of “organic” … would it be possible? Ignore for the time being any difference in yields that such practices would imply and ask only the following: where would the fertilizer come from? If we went […]

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Straw Mann at it Again

Perhaps ironic that on a lecture on “Academic and Intellectual Freedom” we get the following: Throughout his lecture, Mann dissected the ways in which climate change is often portrayed as a debatable phenomenon. For instance, when climate change is a news show topic, producers will host a scientist alongside a “climate change contrarian,” even though a […]

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Global warming (or climate change or whatever I am supposed to call it) is real. Doubling of CO2 concentrations should increase temperatures by 1 degree C absent feedback. The “expert” consensus on the ECS is something between 1.5C and 4.5C, but really, it is hard to nail down a precise answer. CO2 concentrations have increased […]

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