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The Ice Ages, Part 2

November 13, 2013


Father Theo goes to climate school 6. Continued from parts 1, 2, 3, 4 and particularly 5. According to what scientists now believe, the Ice Ages, which have come and gone for the last million years or so, were caused by the coupling of Milankovitch cycles with certain natural feedback loops.  The Milankovitch cycles couldn’t […]

The Ice Ages, Part 1: Milankovitch Cycles

October 23, 2013


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


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 […]

A Climate Energy Vocabulary

September 29, 2013


Father Theo goes to climate school 3. Continued from part 1 and part 2. The study of energy flows, which is what climate science is all about, requires a specific vocabulary which I’ll discuss here in part 3 of this basic overview of the science.  Here I deal with measures of temperature, energy and Earth’s energy input. Measuring […]

Energy Flows, Bathtubs and Climate

September 27, 2013


Father Theo Goes to Climate School 2 Climate is all about energy flow.  Energy flows into Earth’s climate system from the Sun, warms the air, water and soil, then escapes again into space.  Conditions on Earth affect the flow.  They can either facilitate or slow the escape of energy into space, which has consequences to […]

Father Theo Goes to Climate School 1

September 19, 2013


Understanding the Climate Change Conversation I went to school online recently to take a very basic climate change course.  I’ve been studying the subject outside of an academic setting for years now.  I thought it was time to listen in on what real experts say about the subject when they have time to be expansive […]

Ten Human Fingerprints on Climate

April 29, 2012


Climate School Humanity tosses 30 billion tones of CO² into the atmosphere every year.  (See CO2 Information Analysis Center.)  Where does it go?  It is possible to answer this question because fossil fuel carbon is different from the carbon in the atmosphere.  Explanation:  There are two stable carbon isotopes, isotopes that don’t break down over […]