Browsing All Posts published on »November, 2012«

Adding Up Superstorm Sandy

November 29, 2012


Superstorm Sandy shows how climate change can add up. Climate change warms the oceans, evaporates more water vapour and raises the air temperature.  All these conditions separately and together power stronger storms and also stronger storm surges, and the increase in water vapour increases the amount of precipitation that the storms drop. Climate change also […]

Climate Reality [video]

November 18, 2012


The folks who earlier auto-tuned Isaac Asimov and Bill Nye, the Symphony of Science and the Climate Reality Project, have now come back with an auto-tuned Al Gore.  Couldn’t happen to a better guy. This video is not only musical.  It also has some good advice and some good points to make.  Well worth your three minutes. […]

Solar Microscopes and Phials Innumerable

November 17, 2012


Scientific Curios in the Chambers of the Poet Scientist Really I was thinking about Frankenstein, which has a good claim to be the very first science fiction novel.  Mary Shelley who wrote it was the wife of the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley.  I was interested in Shelley’s own reputation as the scientific poet and came […]

Why Climate Deniers Have No Scientific Credibility – In One Pie Chart

November 15, 2012


The following is a repost of an article from DeSmogBlog.  The original may be found here: Why Climate Deniers Have No Scientific Credibility – In One Pie Chart By James Lawrence Powell. Polls show that many members of the public believe that scientists substantially disagree about human-caused global warming. The gold standard of science is […]

Mocha Dick, or the White Whale of the Pacific

November 12, 2012


A Tale of the Original Moby Dick From the era when whales were monsters, and their hunters were heroes.  As they thought.  The original story as presented below is not for the tender-hearted.  It was a brutal era. Of course everybody is familiar, in one way or other, with the most famous of whaling stories, […]

Democracy Arrives in the USA

November 8, 2012


War Chiefs, Peace Chiefs and the Zero-Sum Game There’s a scene in “A Beautiful Mind” where the hero provides mathematical proof that everybody does better if they don’t all go for the win (the win being in the movie a blonde, but with much broader application than that.)  This is the issue of the zero-sum […]

The Hockey Stick Goes to Congress

November 5, 2012


The so-called “hockey stick” graph, displaying dramatic rises in the Earth’s temperatures over the last century, has been a major bugaboo for climate change deniers ever since it took a starring role in Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth.”  As Mann points out in the following testimony before Congress, the focus on the original 1999 graph […]

Whitestream Attitudes and the Fate of Aboriginal Education

November 4, 2012


Aboriginal Education in the City, Part 3 I suppose it was in the late 1990s when the provincial government introduced the grade twelve First Nations Studies course.  The Vancouver School Board duly put together a training workshop for Social Studies instructors on how to teach the course, which, rather than being an actual set curriculum, […]