Russia, China, and cyber acts of war

I've been dumbfounded by the willingness/denialism of Republicans and of parties in other democracies to be the manipulated tools of the hostile Russian government. Apparently, rabid nationalism can be turned on and off as circumstances warrant.OTOH, until recently I've been…
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Rick Perry Loses Cool on Warming

Huh. I see the video above has gotten 125k views while I wasn’t looking. Climate blogger Collin Maessen and I interviewed Richard Muller in 2014 at the American Geophysical Union. Muller, a one-time darling of denierville, got funding from, among…
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Coal Baron Sues Comic

If you saw John Oliver’s satirical piece on the joys of coal and coal mining, (posted here) – that’s earned him a legal threat from the coal baron he made fun of. Coal barons don’t like being made fun of.Filed…
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Trump: Solar Powered Hate

Trump announces magical wall will be solar powered. I’m told, that as communicators, we’re not supposed to make jokes about the stupidity of Trump voters, – because it makes them sad. But c’mon, people. Fox and Friends are on board,…
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So How Hot was it…?

We’ll adapt. Just don’t plan on travel, don’t burn yourself with the cold water from your tap, and don’t walk your dog – you might kill it. Pacific Standard: What’s an extreme heat wave like in a place that’s accustomed…
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Music Break: Moby – In This Cold Place

This is interesting. Alternet:: Electronic artist Moby’s new animated music video sends a clear message about his feelings on capitalism, greed, and President Donald Trump — and the latter’s supporters aren’t having it. Once Trump supporters caught wind of Moby…
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To lead on climate, leave the ivy tower

America’s top universities expend considerable efforts to lead in the rankings, but last week they fell short—missing a critical opportunity to show moral leadership on climate change. If top schools want to lead on climate action, they should join the “We…
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In a Cabinet of Dim Bulbs, Rick Perry Shines

In a cabinet full of fawning, shamelessly pandering, dim bulbs, Rick Perry, well, shines. It would appear that 97 percent of below-average ex-cheerleader animal husbandry majors do not believe in human caused climate change.  That’s good enough for me. By…
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Attributing Extremes to Climate Change

It’s been an axiom of climate science that “we can’t attribute a specific weather event to climate change”. Now, at least in relation to certain kinds of events, that’s changing – as the warming signal emerges ever more clearly from…
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Still Here

I thought I should let regular readers know that I’m still here, still alive, and that posts will be back before very long. It’s been crazy lately, and I’m involved in two new projects. One is private, the other is…
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New Video: John Cook and the 97 Percent

Scientific conclusions derive from an understanding of basic laws supported by laboratory experiments, observations of nature, and mathematical and computer modeling. Like all human beings, scientists make mistakes, but the scientific process is designed to find and correct them. This…
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What does the Vostok ice core tell us?

Euan Mearns, who runs a blog called Energy Matters, had a post in 2014 about The Vostok ice core: Temperature CO2 and CH4. This post has apparently had 8000 reads, is probably one of the most read texts on the…
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A Farmer’s Appeal for Wind Energy

There’s a well organized and well funded anti-wind movement in the US, that above all, serves the needs of the Koch brothers and the fossil fuel industry – but in the process corrodes economic opportunities in rural areas, which in…
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Peddling

https://neverendingaudit.tumblr.com/post/150362283819 Peddling is arguably the most favorite way for contrarians to lob factoids behind enemy lines. Once a door opens, peddlers block it with their foot and dispatch their sale pitches. Peddled talking points seldom matter to the topic at…
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Will Petermann calve another one this summer?

Here's a blog post I just read on Andreas Muenchow's Icy Seas blog: Is Petermann Gletscher Breaking Apart this Summer? I am disturbed by new ocean data from Greenland every morning before breakfast these days. In 2015 we built a station…
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Believe the Scientists

Former NASA astronauts Scott and Mark Kelly sat down with CNN’s Rachel Crane at the Breakthrough Awards to discuss the future of scientific research under a Trump administration.  Noting that “97 percent of scientists” agree on climate change, the Kellys…
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