Tag Archives: climate change

Disaster Afoot?

Flooding in Pakistan, smoldering peat fires in Russia shrouding Moscow in thick smoke, and drought in Europe. Is this what climate change looks like? US income inequality growing, profits rising as a share of national income, unemployment staying high, the … Continue reading

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A Dirty Wind

Wind energy is thought to be clean and free once the wind farms are built. Yet, construction of wind farms may increase the amount of electricity produced from coal with consequences for climate change. Technological innovation can have unanticipated consequences. While … Continue reading

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Climate Complexity

In recent weeks the controversy around what has become known as ClimateGate has given skeptics of climate change science something to talk about. They have made much fuss and bother about the “tricks” and data debates that the purloined emails … Continue reading

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Of Herds, Knowledge, and Effective Action

Scientists are against herds. Many now argue that climate science has become, as Jon Stewart of the Daily Show commented, a “secular religion.”   Herd mentality is bad in science, I agree, but it is necessary for effective social change. We … Continue reading

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Geo-engineering Big Government

It’s fascinating how a short and not very informative video can create a vigorous debate. In a 6 minute interview by Jon Stewart on the Daily Show, Steven Levitt described how geo-engineering schemes like a 100,000 foot garden hose to spray sulphur … Continue reading

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What’s “Energy Security” Really Mean?

It all depends. Since 1973, “energy security” has been a source of debate. Much like “sustainable development” It means different things to different people. Since the 1991 US National Energy policy, the issue of energy security has been tied to … Continue reading

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Will it All End with a Bang or a Whimper?

The cruel reality of T. S. Eliot’s poetry is appropriate. How will it all end? Will we collapse into chaos or can we manage a slow descent. George Monbiot and Paul Kingsnorth both think that we are doomed. But they … Continue reading

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