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Dark Snow Fundraiser Still Needs your Help

June 18, 2018 - 11:12am
Good news, right now, have enough raised to get me to Greenland in August – have some very interesting activities mapped out – more on that as things gel. Bad news, budget is still very lean and bare bones. Will have to pack lunches. One more week for the fundraiser, help us get toward the […]
Categories: International News

Climate Change: Stripping Food of Nutrients

June 18, 2018 - 10:26am
Is that bad? That sounds bad. But I thought “CO2 is plant food”. Video above is 8 years old, one of my “Climate Denial Crock” series –  but more current than ever. DeutscheWelle: A new study has further revealed how climate change is reducing yields and sucking the nutrients from our vegetables and legumes, raising serious […]
Categories: International News

As Refugee Crisis Roils Border, Climate Change is a Misery Multiplier

June 18, 2018 - 10:01am
Updated 5 day rainfall forecast from @NWSWPC looks similar to what you'd find with a landfalling tropical storm. However, this disturbance is unlikely to get a name but impacts will be the same.That's 10-13" bullseye over SE Texas coast! — Ryan | (@RyanMaue) June 17, 2018 Climate as an amplifier. As refugees crowd […]
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Climate Climbs to Top Corporate Concern

June 17, 2018 - 11:24am
Bloomberg: The world’s biggest companies are increasingly worried about climate change. The terms “climate” and “weather” combined were among the most frequently discussed topics among executives of Standard & Poor’s 500 companies, beating “Trump,” “the dollar,” “oil” and “recession” according to analysis of 10 years of earnings call transcripts by S&P Global Ratings. “The effect […]
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The Weekend Wonk: Baseload is Poison -The State of Germany’s Renewable Transition

June 16, 2018 - 6:00am
Solar, in Northern Europe, at 4 cents/Kwh. Wind same. Offshore wind with no subsidy. Sounds like something we can learn from. I’ve listened to the first third of this so far, and it’s worthwhile. Forbes: Baseload power is not the answer to the variability of renewable energy, a German energy official said Friday, and energy storage may […]
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In Face of Trump’s War on Renewables, Solar Makes Big Inroads on Coal

June 15, 2018 - 10:15pm
Above, Michigan’s largest utility, Consumer’s Energy, lays out a plan to retire coal and replace with efficiency and solar. Bloomberg: Despite tariffs that President Trump imposed on imported panels, the U.S. installed more solar energy than any other source of electricity in the first quarter. Developers installed 2.5 gigawatts of solar in the first quarter, […]
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Music Break: Don’t Worry About a Thing – Two Views

June 15, 2018 - 2:31pm
Two Universes. Two reasons not to worry about a thing. Above, Bob Marley, below, Mose Allison. Advertisements
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Ben & Jerry’s Start Creamy Campaign for Wind, Renewable Energy in UK

June 15, 2018 - 8:43am
Guardian: Tubs of Strawberry Breeze-cake, Cherry Gale-cia and other wind-themed ice-creams will feature in a campaign by Ben & Jerry’s to persuade the government to rethink its opposition to onshore windfarms. The renamed flavours will be sold at half price on “windy Wednesdays” to support a pro-renewables push by the Unilever-owned firm, which has a […]
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Why Antarctica’s Melt is Important

June 14, 2018 - 8:50am
New research out of Antarctica shows the continent’s ice mass loss has tripled in the last 5 years or so. That’s not good, so might be time to review some of the key Antarctica videos from the last few years. Key points: Sea level markers from the past indicate that very large changes in Sea […]
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James Hansen: Can Carbon Capture Work?

June 13, 2018 - 4:24pm
A lot of news and talk about carbon capture and negative emissions this week. James Hansen talks us down. James Hansen’s Blog: I am minimizing Communications, so that I can (really!) finish Sophie’s Planet, while also providing expert testimony for several lawsuits aimed at using the judicial branch of government to force the other branches […]
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Antarctica Melt Increase Confirmed

June 13, 2018 - 2:33pm
Above, I interviewed Glaciologist Jonathan Bamber of the University of Bristol in December at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in New Orleans. I wanted to ask him to comment on a point I had heard in regard to Antarctica, that, as the planet warmed, the atmospheric water vapor would increase ( warmer air holds […]
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Houston Chronicle on Trump’s Hurricane of Ignorance

June 12, 2018 - 8:43am
Above, Science all-star team breaks down Hurricane Harvey’s relationship to a record-warm ocean. Below, Houston Chronicle editors break down Commander in Chief’s ignorance and arrogance in the face of natural disaster. Vocab advisory: I had to look up exegete.  — one who can explain an obscure text, like a religious tract. Houston Chronicle: So now […]
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Can Arid Areas Adapt to Climate Change? Artificial Glaciers Might Help

June 12, 2018 - 8:40am
Description: Sonam Wangchuk is an engineer who has come up with an innovative way to provide fresh water to villages in Ladakh, one of the high-altitude deserts in the world located in the Himalayas. Wangchuk sources water from streams and uses it to create artificial glaciers, which store fresh water until it’s needed in springtime. […]
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Carbon, Common Materials, a Key Enabler of New Battery Tech

June 11, 2018 - 9:31pm
Above, properties of graphene, a form of carbon that may make huge improvements possible in key renewable tech like batteries and Solar cells. Below, a friend sends news of yet more amazing possibilities for energy storage – as battery tech follows a similar performance curve as computer processor speed and memory, as well as solar […]
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New Battery Chemistry Promises Better EVs

June 11, 2018 - 8:07am
We sometimes hear that the need for expensive or toxic materials in lithium Ion batteries is a drawback or limitation on electric vehicle adoption. Important to understand that the battery chemistry we have today is not the chemistry of tomorrow, – rapid change occurring. Technology. Who’da thunk it? CleanTechnica: With cobalt prices soaring and ethical […]
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Record Arctic Cyclone Leaves Ice Shaken and Stirred

June 11, 2018 - 8:05am
Earther: Weather watchers may be more preoccupied of late with storms popping off in the Gulf of Mexico and the eastern Pacific, but a very unusual cyclone also spun up over the Arctic this week—and it could spell more bad news for the region’s ailing sea ice. The Arctic is no stranger to cyclones, but […]
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Air to Gasoline Story Starts a Fire

June 10, 2018 - 9:26am
Rob Meyer in The Atlantic: A team of scientists from Harvard University and the company Carbon Engineering announced on Thursday that they have found a method to cheaply and directly pull carbon-dioxide pollution out of the atmosphere. If their technique is successfully implemented at scale, it could transform how humanity thinks about the problem of […]
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The Weekend Wonk: Jason Box on Arctic Climate and Sea Level

June 9, 2018 - 9:47pm
Dark Snow Project Chief Scientist Jason Box in Montenegro, May 2018. Many worthwhile slides, some background noise, but valuable, arctic-focused overview, includes good discussion of sea level rise.  
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Tesla Shareholder Meeting is Upbeat

June 9, 2018 - 12:24pm
Most of the info is in the first 2 or 3 minutes of the video above. Tesla, for now, seems stable and moving forward on goals. Bloomberg: Tesla has consistently missed its production targets since deliveries of the Model 3 began last July. The first major snag was at Tesla’s Gigafactory in Reno, Nevada, where software […]
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Coal Roller Compilation: The Essence of Trumpism

June 9, 2018 - 11:16am
No Colbert in this clip, just the apex of dumbness. Look upon this and marvel. At a gas station, a guy comes up after seeing my "FUCK TRUMP" sign: Him: You know why we love Trump so much? Me: …no… Him: Because he gets under the skin of liberal faggots like you. We don't care […]
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