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Polar Vortex 2019: Why Forecasts Are So Accurate Now - The Atlantic
The polar vortex is just the latest example of how reliable five-day forecasts have become.
weather  meteorology  climatechange  climate  usa  science 
7 weeks ago by pozorvlak
Hey, Burning Man: Your desert party sucks for the rest of us | Grist
The annual pilgrimage of tech executives and Dusty Unicorns to the Nevada desert is an environmental nightmare.
burningman  environment  environmentalism  hipsters  deserts  climatechange 
7 weeks ago by pozorvlak
Yes, eating meat affects the environment, but cows are not killing the climate
Raising livestock has clear impacts on the environment, but contrary to what many critics say, it is not the biggest driver of climate change.
science  badscience  environmentalism  climatechange  vegetarianism  meat  farming 
8 weeks ago by pozorvlak
The Epsilon Fallacy - LessWrong 2.0
The epsilon fallacy comes in several reasonable-sounding flavors:

The sign(epsilon) fallacy: this tiny change was an improvement, so it’s good!The integral(epsilon) fallacy: another 100 tiny changes like that, and we’ll have a major improvement!The infinity*epsilon fallacy: this thing is really expensive, so this tiny change will save lots of money!
fallacies  climatechange  rationality  energy  solar  fracking 
september 2018 by pozorvlak
How Paris Is Trying to Control Automotive Traffic - CityLab
The City of Light surrendered its streets to the private automobile in the 1960s and ‘70s. Today, under siege from smog and traffic, Paris is leading some of Europe’s most aggressive efforts to fight back.
cars  france  environment  transit  climatechange  urbanplanning 
january 2018 by pozorvlak
The Smokestacks Come Tumbling Down
Because clean energy and sustainable solutions are currently still a small part of our economy, most of us have never given serious consideration to the question of what policies, regulations and taxes would look like if their goal was not just to incentive the use of fewer fossil fuels (and other unsustainable practices), but to take giant bites out of their business models.

We find ourselves now in the moment when a new climate movement — one which combines the moral power of “steep curve” climate advocacy and disruptive capacities of fast-moving businesses — could do just that.
climatechange  economics  trump 
march 2017 by pozorvlak
China’s war on coal continues — the country just canceled 104 new coal plants - Vox
Totalling 120GW of output, around a third of the US coal fleet. They've put a hard cap of 1100GW on total coal capacity (currently at around 900GW).

To hold us to 2C of warming, it needs to fall dramatically.
china  energy  coal  climatechange  renewables 
january 2017 by pozorvlak
Trump, Putin and the Pipelines to Nowhere – Medium
“Climate action will stave off financial disaster as well as ecological catastrophe.” — @AlexSteffen
trump  putin  russia  climatechange  finance  fraud  corruption  politics  usa  grimmeathookfuture 
december 2016 by pozorvlak
Paris climate deal thrown into uncertainty by US election result | Environment | The Guardian
Ségolène Royale, the French environment minister who helped negotiate the Paris accord, told journalists in Marrakech that the US could not withdraw from the treaty easily. “The Paris agreement prohibits any exit for a period of three years, plus a year-long notice period, so there will be four stable years,” she said.
politics  climatechange  trump 
november 2016 by pozorvlak
RT : In Paris - on my way to talks in . A reminder this is firstly about physics, not politics
Marrakesh  climatechange 
november 2016 by pozorvlak
Honouring David MacKay’s contribution to the future of energy: “being pro-arithmetic” — Medium
“Please don’t get me wrong: I’m not trying to be pro-nuclear or anti-wind. I’m just pro-arithmetic”.
energy  electricity  climatechange  renewables  nuclear  death  physics  machinelearning 
april 2016 by pozorvlak
Rolf Kohl's answer to Is it true that ancient Egyptian civilization appeared suddenly and with mysteriously high level of sophistication? - Quora
Nubian herders with a knowledge of astronomy were pushed into the Nile valley by climate change, resulting in a sudden appearance of sophisticated technology in Egypt.
archaeology  egypt  climatechange 
april 2016 by pozorvlak
The FBI wants a backdoor only it can use – but wanting it doesn’t make it possible | Technology | The Guardian
There’s precedent for this kind of contradiction, where something urgent is considered a settled matter in expert circles, but is still a political football in policy circles: climate change. Denialism is a deadly feature of 21st-century life.
crypto  fbi  apple  climatechange  vaccines 
march 2016 by pozorvlak
Bitcoin Is Unsustainable | Motherboard
According to my calculation, a single Bitcoin transaction uses roughly enough electricity to power 1.57 American households for a day.
bitcoin  finance  energy  electricity  climatechange 
january 2016 by pozorvlak
Warm Storm Brings Rain Over Arctic Sea Ice in Winter | robertscribbler
"There, over the Arctic sea ice today, the rains began in winter time."
climatechange  arctic 
december 2015 by pozorvlak
Climate Change Isn’t Real, Also Can’t Be Stopped -- NYMag
This was a real-time window into the conservative mind processing the Paris climate agreement, beginning from a point of frank incomprehension of (and lack of interest in) any specifics of the issue, and proceeding immediately to the conviction that the deal would fail.
climatechange  politics  conservatism 
december 2015 by pozorvlak
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