Category Archives: Anthropogenic

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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America First and American Sovereignty

I have cited President Trump’s withdrawal speech a lot in my previous two blogs so I will restrict myself to the directly relevant paragraphs. Below is the part of his speech on American sovereignty: At what point does America get … Continue reading

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“America First” and the Green Climate Fund

Figure 1 – Cumulative Carbon Emissions In his exit speech from the Paris Agreement on Thursday, June 1st (see the previous two blogs), President Trump characterized the parts of the agreement that call for developed countries to help pay for … Continue reading

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Remedies for Abdication of Duties?

Figure 1 – Trends in global urbanization I am starting to write this blog on Tuesday, June 6th. I am doing this a bit earlier than usual in preparation for a trip that I will be taking in July to … Continue reading

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Me vs. Them vs. We – Time

Yesterday (Thursday, June 1st) was an event to remember. President Trump did indeed turn his back on the world, declaring that he was elected to serve Pittsburg and not Paris – except for the small detail that Pittsburg didn’t vote … Continue reading

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