Archive for November 2010

Here’s a nice website at the American Institute of Physics on the history of climate change science, along with a link to a book based upon this well-researched account.

Air pollution levels are up in Iran, leading to a 24-hour public holiday on Wednesday was announced following warnings by the state meteorology organization about high pollution levels earlier in the week. Maybe this move is to help preempt demonstrations, as some say, due to pending subsidy reductions. Maybe not. Apparently most of this pollution […]

Here’s another opportunity to consider the average person’s understanding of the science behind climate change. (Hint: it ain’t rocket science, but it might take a few minutes of concentration, reading  here and here, for example.) Time reports on two Berkeley psychologists who  show that dire warnings about climate change don’t appear to really get the […]

Western environmentalists are exercised about increased coal exports to China. In all events, it’s clear that China’s environmental woes will only get worse.  As reported in today’s NYTimes, because of China’s galloping economy, [it] now burns half of the six billion tons of coal used globally each year.

Yesterday (Nov. 19) was World Toilet Day: A day to celebrate the importance of sanitation and raise awareness for the 2.6 billion people (nearly half of the world’s population) who don’t have access to toilets and proper sanitation.

Carbon sequestration research funds would be far better spent on public transportation. We’d emit far less CO2 that way. Grok gets into aspects of the science here, but huge expenditures by various agencies would fund a lot of trains. (And carbon sequestration will be hugely expensive in and of itself, as Climate Progress gets into […]

Pew pollsters miss an opportunity to better inform on global warming/climate change views. The new Pew poll on the issue shows that fewer Republicans than ever say there is no solid evidence the earth is warming. Among Tea Party Republicans, fully 70% say there is no evidence.

Tai Lake (or Taihu Lake) is in the news because of algae blooms. But heck, if algae can live there, at least it’s not completely dead. This is a problem, but it’s not unsolvable if excess nutrients are the only issue. Algae blooms are due to eutrophication caused by excess nutrients. The Sherwood Institute has […]

It seems to me we should be able to see all the test results on gulf seafood. And it’s a bit worrying that, as reported by the WSJ: If a seafood sample passes a sniff test—in which trained officials smell it both raw and cooked—it is sent for chemical testing.