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The Wolves Who Knew Where the Deer Were

October 27, 2013

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One day there was born a wolf who knew where all the deer were.  From the morning of his first hunt, he always knew which way to look to find the deer, and every time he hunted he brought one back.  This gift he was able to grant to his children, and after twenty generations […]

The Ice Ages, Part 1: Milankovitch Cycles

October 23, 2013

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Father Theo goes to climate school 5. Continued from parts 1, 2, 3 and 4. Your house is on fire.  Down the block, the police have stopped a gentleman with matches in his pocket and a can of petrol suspended from his arm.  “Houses have burned down before,” he says. Of course they have.  That’s […]

System Dynamics and Climate Change

October 17, 2013

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Father Theo goes to climate school 4. Continued from part 1, part 2 and part 3. Today we talk about stocks, flows and feedbacks.  These are terms used in systems dynamics, which in its details can be complicated stuff but like many complicated things is built around a number of quite common-sense ideas.  In an […]

Fumbling the Climate Change Story – Again

October 9, 2013

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A short while ago the latest IPCC report came out.  This is edition 5, building on four previous ones.  More than 2000 scientists were involved in compiling it.  About 9200 peer-reviewed studies were considered, which together represent more than 2 million gigs of numerical data.  This is major stuff.  Okay, the politicos may have influenced […]