Category Archives: Science

10% of GDP?

The latest National Climate Assessment has just been released (National here means the USA, if you want the UK Climate Projections you can get them here). It’s already proved somewhat controversial, mainly because of a headline figure that following a … Continue reading

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CO2 sequestration during glacial maxima

Over the last ~800000 years, the Earth has undergone a series of cycles in which it has switched from being in a glacial, with large ice sheets, into an interglacial, with small ice sheets. Known as glacial cycles, these are … Continue reading

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The benefits of acting now, rather than later

This is a post that I’ve been thinking about for a while, but have been somewhat reluctant to actually write. This is partly because maybe I’m wrong, partly because it is clearly going to be a bit too simplistic, and … Continue reading

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A defense of science?

Susan highlighted a New York Times article about Bruno Latour, that I had actually seen and had been considering writing about. I have written about Bruno Latour before and I’m still not sure what to make of this article. One … Continue reading

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Focusing too heavily on public mobilization and exposing denial?

I found an article by Matt Nisbet called The IPCC Report is a Wake Up Call for Scholars, Advocates, and Philanthropists. The underlying message in the article is We have focused too heavily on public mobilization and exposing denial, ignoring … Continue reading

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Climate impacts

Carbon brief has a very nice interactive report that show the impacts of climate change at 1.5C, 2C and beyond. It presents the various projected climatic, ecological, and economic changes on both global and regional scales. It is an impressive … Continue reading

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Galactic electric currents vs nuclear fusion

In a Twitter discussion with Ned Nikolov, I discovered that some people believe that the Sun is powered by Galactic electric currents. I don’t even understand how this is meant to work, but that doesn’t really matter since it’s clearly … Continue reading

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