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New Carbon Capture Catalyst Discovered

Guarav Bhaduri and Lidija Siller were trying to understand how Nature turns CO2 gas into rock.  Their university, Newcastle U, became enthusiastic and published this:"Could the humble sea urchin hold the key to carbon capture?".  The...

Posted February 12, 2013    

Rethinking Opposition to Keystone XL

Some interpreters of Obama's inaugural address say it means climate policy is now at the top of his political agenda. (Eg:  "Speech Gives Climate Goals Center Stage", NY Times)Representative Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and Senator Sheldon...

Posted February 4, 2013    

California's "Other Big One": A Historical Flood?

Many willl be surprised as it dawns that the biggest catastrophic event likely to happen today in California is a flood caused by a rainstorm.  An article in the January 2013 Scientific American has a good summary of the evidence...

Posted January 25, 2013    

Romney and the Republicans aren't ignoring climate change (technically)

RNC delegates cheered in Tampa as Romney laid out the Republican Party climate position.  Romney set them up with his version of a line in Obama's St. Paul 2008 Nomination Victory speech where Obama declared that the Democratic Party...

Posted September 5, 2012    

Bob Lutz: Global Warming is a crock of $#%!

That's what Bob Lutz, former senior executive for General Motors, says he believes.  Lutz is said to have been the driving force that spurred GM to create the Volt.  Bill Maher set up a panel featuring Lutz on his latest show and kicked...

Posted March 5, 2012    

Arizona: Climate Impact Ground Zero?

"A Great Aridness:  Climate Change and the Future of the American Southwest", the recent book written by William deBuys, is getting some attention. The NYTimes summed up the book by quoting the author:  "The story of the West is...

Posted January 19, 2012    

Should We Talk About Climate Change?

David Roberts, a blogger at Grist, is challenging what he says is an evolving consensus among American "climate hawks" who say there's "nothing to be gained from talking about climate change".  These types, according to Roberts, argue that...

Posted January 4, 2012    

Theory of Gravity To Be Exposed as Left Wing Plot

Robyn Williams is the host of Australian public broadcasting's The Science Show.  Here's how he introduced the new hit song "Denial Tango" on his show this week: "2011 has been momentous.  It marked the burial of climate science, as...

Posted December 19, 2011    

Keystone XL, One Head of the Hydra

In ancient Greek mythology, the Hydra was a deadly monster that had many heads.  If one was cut off two grew in its place.    Killing Keystone XL won't stop Canada from developing its tar sand deposit.  Even if no...

Posted November 25, 2011    

Thoughts on Keystone XL

James Hansen used to say he couldn't imagine a better person to head the DOE than Stephen Chu.  Both men entered political life to do something about getting civilization to respond to the evidence for climate change.   Yet the...

Posted September 26, 2011    

Was The IPCC Renewables Report Hijacked By Its Press Release?

Remember when the news was that the IPCC had announced that renewables could power the world by 2050?  There has been a bizzaro controversy over this.  Prominent voices from across the spectrum of opinion on climate science weighed in on...

Posted August 30, 2011    

Carbon Politics in Oz: A Peek Behind The Curtain

Australia's action to put a price on carbon cheered me up a bit.  A brief study of the political tea leaves quickly destroyed the feeling.  Consider this aggregation of Oz political poll data plotted over the time period since the...

Posted July 14, 2011