Category Archives: Anthropogenic

Long-Term Adaptations

Figure 1 – Scene from “The Martian” I was considering using a more descriptive title for the coming series of blogs, inspired by a recent article in the New York Times (NYT) called, “How to Survive the Apocalypse?” The article … Continue reading

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Doomsday: Local Timelines

The last few blogs focused on the ultimate consequences of continuing to make “progress” by relentlessly using the physical environment to serve humanity as if it were as a limitless resource. I tried to make the case that such efforts … Continue reading

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Doomsday: Attributions

The high concentration of natural disasters taking place all over the world includes: Hurricanes and cyclones such as Harvey, with its flooding of Houston and the rest of Southern Texas and Louisiana, Maria and its devastating destruction of Puerto Rico … Continue reading

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Doomsday: Timing?

Figure 1 – IPCC projections of future climate change impacts based on two different scenarios Figure 2 – Relationship between global mean equilibrium temperature change and stabilization concentration of greenhouse gases Trying to estimate the timing of doomsday is not … Continue reading

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Doomsday Early Signs: The Science

The New York Times last week tried to highlight the dangers of climate change. On Friday, Alexander Burns opened his contribution with the following two paragraphs: For years, climate change activists have faced a wrenching dilemma: how to persuade people … Continue reading

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Climate-Related Doomsday – Early Signs: Harvey

Figure 1 – Before and during Harvey Figure 2 – Mumbai monsoon, August 2017 Figure 3 – Cost of recent hurricanes in the US The three figures above demonstrate early signs of a climate-related doomsday. Figure 1 shows Market Street … Continue reading

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Doomsday Predictions – Disaster Porn?

Figure 1 – Doomsday Clock Three weeks ago (before Charlottesville) I summarized the climate-change-related events that took place during my July vacation and promised to expand upon those issues. Given my necessary digression, I am reposting some of those elements … Continue reading

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Conflict and Confusion

The Trump administration’s approach to climate-related, policy becomes clear from the following: The administration gave “official” indication to the UN that it will abandon the Paris 2015 international agreement: WASHINGTON — The White House formally notified the United Nations on … Continue reading

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Driving Forces in the Anthropocene 1 – Education and Transportation

As I have often mentioned, I teach two courses: one undergraduate climate change class and a more advanced one about Physics and Society that is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. The latter mainly aims to provide advanced students … Continue reading

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Coal

Happy 4th of July, everyone! Figure 1 – The rooftop of the Coal Mining Museum in Kentucky A coal mining museum in Kentucky is switching to solar energy, hoping to save money on energy costs. The Kentucky Coal Mining Museum, owned … Continue reading

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