Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Saturday, December 28, 2019
Humans didn’t always like dogs. According to one widely believed theory, history’s greatest friendship began thousands of years ago when packs of relatively docile wolves began loitering near hunter-gatherer camps to nosh on the leftovers and trash. These proto-pups realized this strategy was far easier than hunting, and so the species began its millennia-long effort to enter our good graces. Wolves evolved into dogs, and nature’s supreme suck-ups now live inside our houses and eat specially formulated food that we invented just for them. Playing the long game worked.Nick Greene usually cover sports at Slate, and he's an interesting, funny, off-kilter writer who I always read.
Nevertheless, some Homo sapiens, like your husband, have managed to resist dogs’ charm offensive. You may find it annoying, but you should be happy he’s doing this now and not thousands of years ago. If he had been one of those hunter-gatherers hanging around the campfire, he might have chased away those affable wolves and changed the course of human and canine history forever. Who knows, we could all be snuggling with our domesticated possums right now.
Tuesday, December 24, 2019
Monday, December 23, 2019
“I never understood wind,” Trump said, according to Mediaite. “I know windmills very much, I have studied it better than anybody. I know it is very expensive. They are made in China and Germany mostly, very few made here, almost none, but they are manufactured, tremendous — if you are into this — tremendous fumes and gases are spewing into the atmosphere. You know we have a world, right?”Suddenly Trump is the world's expert on wind. Suddenly he notices we have a world. Apparently doesn't connect that to his administration's policies on the environment.
“So the world is tiny compared to the universe. So tremendous, tremendous amount of fumes and everything. You talk about the carbon footprint, fumes are spewing into the air, right spewing, whether it is China or Germany, is going into the air,” the president added.Suddenly Trump cares about something's carbon footprint.
“A windmill will kill many bald eagles,” he said, according to Mediate. “After a certain number, they make you turn the windmill off, that is true. By the way, they make you turn it off. And yet, if you killed one, they put you in jail. That is OK. But why is it OK for windmills to destroy the bird population?”Suddenly Trump cares about birds.
As The Hill pointed out, wind turbines kill about 1/6th the number of birds that cats do. And coal and oil and gas kill many millions.
PS: That first sentence, "I know windmills very much" -- sounds like something a 3rd grader would say. Help us.
Sunday, December 22, 2019
Update: According to the BP Statistical Review 2019, the Netherlands emitted 196 Mt CO2 in 1990 and 203 Mt CO2 in 2018. So they have their work cut out for them. A 25% drop from 1990 would be 2020 emissions of 147 Mt CO2, so it's actually a 28% drop from 2018. That seems near impossible.
Watching this, it seems to me that the ruling was made on the basis of Dutch civil law, not on their adherence to the European Convention on Human Rights. But I'm not lawyer and would be happy to hear from anyone who is, or others here who followed the verdict better than I did.
Friday, December 20, 2019
Stoat has more, and some opinions.
Thursday, December 19, 2019
Wednesday, December 18, 2019
For nonmetricians, that's 105.6°F and an old record of 104.5°F.
Forecasters say it may be broken today or tomorrow.
"Extreme heat is the number one weather-related killer in Australia."
+drought +wildfires. Good think global warming is a hoax.
A climate donnybrook in Congress involving familiar names. Soon they're going to have to ban swords, hatchets and axes.
From 2015: "New analysis of records stretching back 400 years to the observations of Renaissance scientist Galileo shows that global warming is not the result of solar activity."
This NY Times photo-essay on clouds photographed by members of the Cloud Appreciation Society is interesting and even moving.
A economics textbook by Harvard economist Gregory Mankiw sells for $280. He may have made as much as $42 million from sales of this book.
Did you know that sperm whales don't have upper teeth, but sockets for their lower teeth?
Monday, December 16, 2019
2019 will be the 2nd warmest year in the records. The last five years have been the last five warmest years.
Of note: the GISS land-only temperature anomaly for November is +1.78°C relative to 1880-1909 (= +3.20°F). It smashed the old November record by a whopping 0.18°C.
Friday, December 13, 2019
At this point a lot has gone on in the previous three seasons -- you might want to watch a recap, which I didn't do but wish I had. By now there's a lot to remember and a lot of alliances and enemies to keep track of. I think the problem is, for me, that binging on a show's season in a day or two doesn't register the details inside me as does a week-by-week show where everything is doled out more slowly (it seems). Maybe it's the I'm just a dumb boomer (but only by a few years!) and will never quite think on Internet time. Maybe I just have a bad memory.
All the main characters are back, including my favorite, Camina Drummer, played by Cara Gee. She's now an OPA (Outer Planets Alliance) leader, who seems to have gotten a promotion this season to a central position. The Roci's Amos is as big a loveable, muscular, dead-eye golute as ever, who takes ever more responsibilities but never disappoints. At least not yet. (The Expanse is much less quick to kill off characters than Game of Thrones, for sure. Even some -- well, one -- of those who die, didn't really.)
Also, props to Bobbie, an alert, aware, hard-core cool marine to her core. Maybe.
Events move pretty fast through the S4 episodes, and if you can watch only one episode at a time you're a better person than I am.
To finish, I'll comment finally on some of the quick transitional screenshots shown between scenes -- the large seawall around Manhattan (to the right), the even larger seawalls around Denmark, and a very quick shot of the southeastern US at night, showing Florida broken up into several islands. Is saving Manhattan really going to be as simple as erecting humongous steel walls along all its coasts and rivers, going up, for the Hudson, many miles I'm guessing? (Dozens of miles?) Alas, I'll likely never get to know.
PS: I miss Naomi's S1 haircut.
Thursday, December 12, 2019
with a picture of Thunberg mocked up to show a halo around her. Of course there are vile comments from vile commenters, whom 99% are cocksure global warming is false, is a hoax, is about to end, has ended, etc (despite the fact that it keeps getting warmer).
This guy thinks he knows just what's wrong with her:
This guy thinks the real problem is that she's...talking. He just wants her to shut up:
Here's a real women-hater:
And finally, there's this inevitable, unoriginal comparison:
The misogynists at Gateway Pundit gang up to denigrate her, and for good measure Chelsea Clinton too:
Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Excellent choice, which brings attention not just to her but to the climate change problem in general.
And it ought to infuriate even more all the middle-aged white climate denying men who can't abide someone speaking their mind -- especially when it's a female. They'll only look more foolish (than they already have) attacking a 16-year old girl. They're turning from climate change deniers to bigots -- or more likely, their bigotry was there all along, but it's now coming out their every pore.
Added: And she was chosen over Trump, who was one of three finalists not chosen. Other two were Nancy Pelosi and the U.S. whistleblower. Whatcha wanna bet he can't simply congratulate her sincerely?
Tuesday, December 10, 2019
But now I see this University of Washington press release about a Nature paper, and the press release gives this view of the AMOC:
Image from Nature Briefing.
Saturday, December 07, 2019
Delingpole calls her a "climate puppet" and a "Marxist." Earlier he called her St Greta of Thunberg."
In August Aaron Banks in England wrote "Freak yachting accidents do happen in August..."
And of course there have been many insults about her mental health, simply because she is on the autism spectrum and has been open about it.
Sometimes I think these hard core deniers are just worse
Thursday, December 05, 2019
On Thursday, Trump drew wild applause in Charleston, W.Va., by telling miners in hard hats and reflective stripes to get ready to be "working your asses off" in reopened mines if he's elected. Some people waved signs saying, "Trump digs coal," and the business tycoon joked about needing a spritz of hair spray after trying on a miner's helmet, the gift of an industry group.It was another lie.
"I'm thinking about the miners all over this country," Trump said. "We're gonna put the miners back to work. We're gonna put the miners back to work. We're gonna get those mines open."
Tuesday, December 03, 2019
The Global Carbon Project has released their preliminary estimate of CO₂ emissions in 2019.— Robert Rohde (@RARohde) December 4, 2019
The news is mixed.
CO₂ emissions set a new record high in 2019. ☹️
But, CO₂ emissions only increased by 0.6%, which is less than the rate of increase in 2017 and 2018. 🤔 pic.twitter.com/Wixipl3Qmm
AVISO's latest global sea level number is the highest in their records. This is with "near real-time" data analysis. We'll see after it gets fully processed.
The reading and math scores of 15-year old US students have not improved in two decades. Their latest scores were "slightly above average in terms of reading ability but below the math skills level of peer nations." Which country's students came in first? Do you really have to ask?
I can't think of a better way to win the future than to have your 15-year olds lead the world in reading and math scores. Whatever your system of government.
A dead whale was found to have 220 pounds (100 kg) of debris in its stomach. How terribly sad.
Trump's tariffs on Chinese solar panel imports have cost about 62,000 US jobs. That's more than the entire employment of the coal industry here.
World per capita coal consumption is flat-to-declining again, after increasing about 30% last decade: