clearly outside the range of natural variability

I saw this article linked from a comment on Bryan Alexander's blog. This part jumped out at me: e360: I understand that the Dome C record shows very clearly that we've got more CO2 in our atmosphere now than at any time in 800,000 years. Mosley-Thompson: Oh yeah. Very clearly. If you look back over the eight glacial/interglacial cycles, you essentially see that CO2 never rises above 300 parts per million and we're at about 389 now....

May 11, 2010 · 2 min

the new dark ages in copenhagen

I’d actually held some hope for meaningful change brought about by the discussions in Copenhagen this month. But everything I’m seeing and reading lately sounds like it’s pretty much just political greenwashing and crushed peaceful protests. Elizabeth May has been blogging from Copenhagen (see comments by Hugo Chavez - who would have put him in the role of speaker-of-truth? - and Prime Minister Zenawi of Ethiopia - a country that has committed to carbon neutrality by 2025, not just a slight de-escalation to 2006 levels)....

December 16, 2009 · 2 min

Home Grown Alberta

I had a meeting with a prof last week about a very interesting project she wants to set up (to run the course as a series of blog posts resulting in a science magazine published by the students - I'll write more on that later). During the discussion of the project, we got to talking about blogging in general and she mentioned that she had recently started a blog of her own....

June 23, 2008 · 1 min

earth day sucks.

There. I said it. Earth day sucks. It's harmful. It provides a cop-out, marketing-based, feel good way for people and companies to feel good about half-assed lame excuses for making a real sustainable difference. Every day should be earth day. This one-day-per-year stuff is garbage. This "oh! what did you do for earth day?" feel good crap doesn't help. Frack off. Every fracking day is earth day. What did you do for EVERY OTHER DAY OF THE YEAR earth day?...

April 22, 2008 · 2 min

climate change as a "world war" level crisis

Take 30 minutes and watch Al Gore's presentation at TED 2008. It's an update to his first one, and is simultaneously more depressing because of the sheer scale of new data, and much more uplifting when framing the response as a call for higher consciousness to break out of our current democratic crises that are allowing the climate crisis to take place.

April 8, 2008 · 1 min

Shut Down...

I'm going to do something today that I have never done before. Ever since I've had a "work" computer, starting in 1994, I've never turned it/them off. I've always left them on as personal testing/staging servers, "just in case" I needed to grab something. It's often been handy (and occasionally essential), being able to SSH into my work system, or run test web apps on it. I've never given much thought to just how much juice must be sucked up by the systems, even when left running essentially idle evenings and weekends....

July 6, 2007 · 2 min

Maximum Carbon Load

There has been much talk and hype about Peak Oil - the fact that the global production of petroleum is about to reach its maximum level, after which it will start to decline until it eventually becomes a scarce resource and we all have to scavenge in landfills for decades-old plastic to recycle. It may not be as soon as some think. The Saudis are estimating about 4.5 trillion barrels left....

September 13, 2006 · 2 min