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The dark-colored peppered moth is on the verge of extinction. And it IS very likely because of human activity. Voila! Evidence that humans are bad for species and ecosystems! Might I urge everyone to just take a deep breath and to think harder when information is presented to you? It turns out that the dark […]

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In Nordhaus’s Climate Casino (recommended), in describing the problem when market prices do not fully capture all resource costs: However, the unregulated invisible hand sets the prices incorrectly when there are important externalities. Therefore, governments must step in and regulate or tax activities with significant harmful externalities. Global warming is no different than other externalities; it requires […]

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We here at T.U.W. hope you are enjoying your celebration of the original Brexit. The following post is admittedly crude, and will be put into extreme amounts of detail should I ever get my global warming work done. But as you light off your sparklers, firecrackers, M-80s, cherry bombs, pineapples, roman candles and the like […]

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I’m refurbishing my notes on various environmental topics and came across this page from the UK’s office of the World Wildlife Fund. Here is what they say about threats to the Amazon: More than half of the Amazon rainforest could be lost or severely damaged as early as 2030 if current trends in deforestation, droughts, […]

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Sunday Morning at the Pulpit

The hosts used at Catholic Mass, i.e. the Sacramental Bread, are made from wheat (and yeast, and water, and salt, and even some holy water!). Quiz question: What percentage of the acreage of wheat planted around the world for commercial/consumption purposes is GMO wheat? Answer here. Be nice to Mom today. And every day.

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Not much to round-up today (well, actually, I am not in a position to round-up much), and some is sobering. Try this one: “We find that poor economic conditions do not drive participation in ISIS. ” Paper here. Read the abstract, intro and conclusion, you will be depressed. I think Trumpists will use this one fiercely […]

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Readers, just reminding you that in 2016, the Corporate Average Fuel Economy of an automaker’s vehicle fleet of “cars” is supposed to be 36 miles per gallon (that was what I initially thought, but Wiki says it is FORTY ONE!). Question, how many cars on retailer floors even have this as part of their sticker? […]

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I enjoyed this report from the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers, which is a nice nuts and bolts summary of the electricity challenges facing developed nations in the next 30 years. Here is the slide most people would simply reject out of hand:

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In a comment on the previous post, a friend of a commentor sends him evidence that glyphosate is toxic and obviously bad and obviously (we can surmise) should be banned. Do people read their own bullshit? Do they think for more than half a second when they send stuff like this around the interweb? So, […]

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Japan takes over 300 Minke whales for “research” purposes.  I’d love to know how many Minke whales we are told are threatened by warming and more acidic oceans? I wonder how many billions of dollars that have been funneled to climate issues that could have been directed to direct conservation efforts, and what kind of protection […]

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