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“human-caused climate change is real, serious, and immediate” – Scientists

September 21, 2016


An Open Letter Regarding Climate Change From Concerned Members of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences Human-caused climate change is not a belief, a hoax, or a conspiracy. It is a physical reality. Fossil fuels powered the Industrial Revolution. But the burning of oil, coal, and gas also caused most of the historical increase in […]

Climate Change Since the Industrial Revolution

November 24, 2013


Father Theo goes to climate school 7 Weather changes day-to-day, year-to-year, but beneath this noisy everyday record, climatologists have discovered clear trends in our modern climate.  Temperatures have risen about 0.6o C in the last 50 years, and almost 1o in the past century.  Most of the detected warming has occurred over land and in […]

Equal Say for Aboriginal People on Everything Whatsoever

November 2, 2013


Why shouldn’t Aboriginal people get the same deal as climate deniers. Now I have a proposal about the media in British Columbia, and maybe all across Canada.  It’s an equality thing.  It’s a balance thing.  You know the drill. I think the media should grant equal say between the Aboriginal people and the rest of […]

Mama Remembers 400

May 13, 2013


A little discussion with Mama about the meaning of 400 parts per million. Mama was looking through the bones of her extinct children the other day (Mama doesn’t keep photographs) and pulled out a strange skull, gigantic, tusks attached to its lower jaw. “Deinotherium, what a lovely name.  Of course, Deino never heard it since […]

Extinction Events and 100 Generations of Carbon

March 24, 2013


Carbon Karma Is Karma on Steroids Let’s put two ideas together to show some of the dimension of things, a taste of the real cost of carbon.  Joe Romm’s headline practically covers the first idea by itself, “Doubling of CO2 Levels in End-Triassic Extinction Killed Off Three Quarters of Land and Sea Species.”  Romm’s article discusses […]

The “Hockey Stick” – Augmented

March 10, 2013


The journal Science has just published an update on Michael Mann’s “hockey stick” graph by a new team of scientists, who, by combining 73 sets of globally distributed records have extended the reconstruction of past global temperatures back 11,300 years.  Michael Mann’s hockey stick only went back 1500 years.  The new reconstruction by Marcott et […]

Oz Sizzles in the Hottest Summer Ever

February 28, 2013


Following close on the heels of the hottest summer in United States history, we now have the hottest summer in Australian history, 1.1oC (2oF approx.) hotter than the 1961-1990 average.  Daytime maximum temperatures were 1.4oC (2.5oF) hotter than average.  And this record-breaking summer happened courtesy of global warming alone, without a leg up from El […]

Conspiracies, Free Markets and Climate Change Denial

February 6, 2013


Outed as conspiracy theorists, climate change deniers suspect a plot. Recently a trio of social scientists, Stephan Lewandowsky, Klaus Oberauer, and Gilles Gignac published a paper studying the motivations and characteristics of climate science deniers, “NASA faked the moon landing–Therefore (Climate) Science is a Hoax:  An Anatomy of the Motivated Rejection of Science.”  For the […]

Retreating From Fire

January 17, 2013


Surrendering the beaches in the era of climate change. A couple of years ago, after the Canadian Prairies and adjacent regions of the United States had suffered its third “100 year flood” event in about 15 years, there were grumblings in the comment pages of newspapers about how the “taxpayers” shouldn’t have to continue subsidizing […]

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 […]