Tag: Climate Change

What are you worried about?

June 12, 2019 1 Comment
What are you worried about?

Does anyone remember the story about the Facebook chat-bots that developed their own mysterious version of English and then were shut down? It turns out that it was a pretty simple artificial intelligence experiment that did not have constraints on proper English. The chat-bots were not on the verge of becoming “Skynet” – as this […]

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Bad headlines again

May 30, 2019 0 Comments
Bad headlines again

Some of you might recall that I was recently distraught about poorly written headlines proclaiming “decades long drought” or “19 year-long drought” in the American West, particularly in the southwest. It has been drier than average in these areas, but the dry periods have been interspersed with times of ample precipitation, as anyone can see […]

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What is an emergency?

May 21, 2019 0 Comments
What is an emergency?

When I say the word “emergency”, what comes to mind? Something urgent? Something that is happening now that needs immediate action? People are in danger? The dictionary defines “emergency” as such: a sudden, urgent, usually unexpected occurrence or occasion requiring immediate action. If your house starts on fire, that would be considered an emergency. When […]

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Man-made “drought”

March 29, 2019 0 Comments
Man-made “drought”

Did you catch Tony’s blog post recently about the Aral Sea, or maybe it should be called the Aral Pond. I have written about it in the past as well. It is a perfect example of human influence on the water resources and climate in that region. The sea itself is a man-made disaster, but […]

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Growing all over the world

March 14, 2019 1 Comment
Growing all over the world

It is well known that human activities disrupt some of the normal or “natural” processes that occur around the earth and in the atmosphere. Various societies and small populations have suffered some negative effects from these disruptions, mainly in the form of toxic pollution. So far though, we have managed to avoid total ecological collapse. […]

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Water Woes

January 31, 2019 0 Comments
Water Woes

If you could pick one thing people have done to improve the health and comfort of everyone on the planet, it would have to be management of water resources. The instantaneous availability of clean, fresh, healthy water in developed nations is something most people take for granted. Water is so ubiquitous and cheap that we […]

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This Weather Event Will Be “The Most Destructive Ever!”

December 6, 2018 0 Comments
This Weather Event Will Be “The Most Destructive Ever!”

My lifelong dream is to get back to nature. I would particularly like to own a large ranch in the mountains out west or a huge tract of forest land in northern Wisconsin, maybe the UP of Michigan or northern Minnesota. I am talking about well in excess of 1,000 acres. I like to roam […]

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Speaking With Certainty

November 22, 2018 0 Comments
Speaking With Certainty

It is long past time for an update on the Peak Oil story. At one time about 15 to 20 years ago, several smart people in and out of the fossil fuel industry were quite certain that we had reached the point of “Peak Oil” – that we had exploited world oil deposits to the […]

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Obvious Result

August 21, 2018 0 Comments
Obvious Result

I hate to say I told you so, but sometimes it is appropriate. However, I won’t claim any brilliance or great foresight with this recent news: Lake Mead could drop below a critical threshold by 2020. The severe drought in the 4-corners region of the country this year is creating more problems with water usage. […]

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Climate and the bees

August 10, 2018 2 Comments
Climate and the bees

Let us start out with a trip down memory lane. You might have heard this before. I used to keep the AGW list. Ever since the early 1990s, I had heard of the potential for anthropogenic global warming (AGW) to disrupt the climate and ecosystems around the planet. After the El Nino year of 1998, […]

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