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* 5/20/2015: Making sense of climate denial:

I’m in the 3rd week (to date of the 4th week; 7 total). You can download the video, transcripts and handouts. 

I encourage all to at least look at week one, An overview of the climate controversy focusing on the consensus, psychology of denial and the spread of denial - the most tedious but I think the most rewarding. The others will be most factual to counter the things that are constantly misused to confuse and deceive the public for what are clearly political and ideological reasons – NOT scientific ones! Making Sense of Climate Science Denial

personal comment: “It’s time we all realize that yes, oil and gas helped us achieve what we have but it’s time and necessary to move on and step up to the plate for the next energy phase of humanity – for environmental, economic (we do eventually run out – ok – if not “run out” then non-economic), sustainable reasons.”

Triggered by Desmogblog email link whereby CERA “One of this year’s CERAweek themes was a “Turning Point for the Global Oil Industry.”  However, the turning point discussed was not how to deal with the impact of oil production and consumption on the climate, but instead on how to deal with all the new fracked oil coming out of the U.S. — and how to increase that production.”

* 5/5/2015: new post: Bjorn Lomborg on “It’s time to stop subsidizing fossil fuels” – click here; ….

Phasing out fossil fuel subsidies is an obvious target for the world’s next development goals. The world spends $548 billion subsidizing fossil fuels,

* 5/4/2015: new post: Slate.com: Why Climate Denial science is just hot air

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* 4/20/2015:

* Artificial Photosynthesis Advance Hailed As Major Breakthrough – click here – a new game changer?

* Apple is continuing to take a strong stance against climate change, writing in its newly released 2015 Environmental Responsibility Report, “We don’t want to debate climate change. We want to stop it.”


 * 4/15/2015: The race for renewable energy has passed a turning point; renewables overtake new fossil fuel capacity


* 4/13/2015: April 23rd: “Earth Day Commemoration: Divest from the Old Way and Re-Invest in the New Way” –  Click here for details

A little humor: What if we create a better world
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*4/10/2015 – update to Methane maps at bottom of this page: http://news.yahoo.com/scientists-seek-source-giant-methane-mass-over-southwest-051814534.html

*4/10/2015: A series on climate change worth watching. The climate change issues are not so much about climate change as much as how it affects our sustainability and economic way of life:

* PART 1: Climate Science: What You Need To Know (You Tube: 7.5 mins): click here

Related (but much longer: 1 hour and 1/2):What We KNOW About Climate Change – Kerry Emanuel

* PART 2: FEATURED AT OUR GATHERING: A History of Earth’s Climate (YouTube: 6 mins) – click here

Related (but much longer: 1 hour), 4/13/2015 new post: Hour long lecture at Rutgers by George Marshall – click here

*The Sixth Extinction (9 mins): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9gHuAwxwAs


*4/9/2015: A History of Earth’s Climate – click here YouTube 11 minutes

Published on May 27, 2013: Earth had a climate long before we showed up and started noticing it and it’s influenced by a whole series of cycles that have been churning along for hundreds of millions of years. In most cases those cycles will continue long after we’re gone. A look at the history of climate change on Earth can give us some much needed perspective on our current climate dilemma because the surprising truth is, what we’re experiencing now is different than anything this planet has encountered before. So, let’s take a stroll down Climate History Lane and see if we can find some answers to a question that’s been bugging Hank a lot lately – just how much hot water are we in?

 *4/6/2015: Have a look at a new Yale study on climate change: http://environment.yale.edu/poe/v2014


* 3/30/2015: Allen Best’s Energy Potential; interview with Stanford’s Sally Benson: Denver Post link or Alan Best pdf. See more on Allen’s web page http://mountaintownnews.net/


3/19/2015: NOAA Global Analysis about significant climate anomalies – February 2015


 * 12/22/2014: TWO positive black swans/potential game changers -update:

1. ENERGY (see more on Energy tabBIG ENERGY NEWS – FUSION: Lockheed says makes breakthrough on fusion energy project: See http://www.lockheedmartin.com/us/products/compact-fusion.html and

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/10/15/us-lockheed-fusion-idUSKCN0I41EM20141015

comment from Ron Larson (with permission): “The lead person is a Dr. Thomas McGuire, talking in a video. I am hoping for their success – and for moving faster than they are projecting.Their claim is they are predicting success because they are going smaller than previous fusion programs.  I like that.  If successful, they can replace a lot of renewables in the electrical market area.  But decentralized solar could be unaffected if the fusion costs aren’t very very low (I have seen nothing on fusion costs – but they could be quite low if as small as they project for 100,000 population size).   They can do a lot of thermal loads, but not the small ones.  They will be doing little in replacing most fuel needs – but they are targeting airplanes.

All in all – good news for replacing fossil fuels.  Makes it much easier for renewables to replace the remainder.
Interesting to me because they claim they are duplicating the sun.  Also, part of my analytical background is in plasmas.”

2. MITIGATION – Carbon negative technology: (see more on OTHER tab – BIOCHAR)


* 12/3/2014: New Climate Initiative (see more on Climate tab – under development)


 * November 2014: Fracking/Methane: (see more on Fracking/Methane tab)

update 4/10/2015 – see http://news.yahoo.com/scientists-seek-source-giant-methane-mass-over-southwest-051814534.html

METHANE: FUGITIVE GASES: NASA – Methane hot spot Northern New Mexico (at issue – maps do not agree):

8 Oct

Fracking blog

Fracking blog: Now past – but feel free to post a comment below; also look at the fracking page “tab” or click here for articles and fact-check Q/A drop down that I just started (10/8) Meeting date was on Monday...
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6 Oct

Climate related blog

How can we move forward on climate change issues when the public is lackadaisical about the issue: see http://denverclimatestudygroup.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Gallup-poll-March-2014.png and http://denverclimatestudygroup.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Views-on-global-warming-poll-NYTimes-CBS-Sept-2014.png It comes down to: Economics Education of the public Science Trust Political will And power of the...
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