Penguins, Polar Bears and Sea Ice

Watts Up With That?


Part 4 The last of Jim Steele’s presentation “Climate Change: More Optimism, More Debate given to the IEEE Life Members. Jim Steele is the past Director of san Francisco State University’s Sierra Nevada Field Campus and author of Landscapes and Cycles: An Environmentalist’s Journey to Climate Skepticism.


Part 1 Climate Sensitivity and Drought: Landscape Changes vs CO2

Part 2 Droughts and Heatwaves: Ocean Oscillations vs CO2

Part 3 Recovering Whales, Ocean Acidification, and Climate Horror Stories

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Will 2014 Set a New Temp Record?

Climate Denial Crock of the Week

When a meeting, or part thereof, is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.

I gave a talk last weekend in a local church social hall. To my great satisfaction, their were some crusty old denier types in the crowd, who went off on the “no warming in (insert number since 1998 el nino event) years” crock.  I was online, so able to quickly navigate to the graph above – which is the University of Colorado’s very helpful page tracking satellite measure of sea level rise.
My point was, this is a thermometer.

We all know what a thermometer is – its a vessel of a known capacity, filled with a fluid of a known volume. When you add heat, by placing in…

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US – China Carbon Deal: Reaction Roundup

Climate Denial Crock of the Week

Looking like a game changer.  Congressional Climate Deniers already chewing the carpet.

Joe Romm of Climate Progress has posted a good review piece here. He told me in an email:

..this  eviscerates the conservative primary argument against domestic US climate action — that we are  supposedly sacrificing while the biggest polluter does not. Indeed, this  actually reframes the entire issue. Now GOP attacks on EPA standards EPA and Obama’s larger climate actions can be seen for what they really are — an effort to kill this deal with China and stop the nations of the world from coming together to prevent catastrophic climate change.​

In his piece, he elaborates:

The historic new U.S.-China climate deal changes the trajectory of global carbon pollution emissions, greatly boosting the chances for a global deal in Paris in 2015. The deal would keep, cumulatively, some 640 billion tons of CO2 emissions out of the air…

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Three kotatsu-boosting items to turn your home into a toasty fort against winter’s cold

Where can I buy?


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Even though Japan is a great place to live, not everyone likes every aspect of life in the country. Dishes like grilled eel and organ skewers are pretty polarizing, as is the public transportation system, which is clean and punctual, but crowded and shuts down early.

I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone, though, who doesn’t love Japan’s heated tables, called kotatsu, so more than a few people will be happy about these three ways to get even more out of Japan’s coziest piece of furniture.

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Big shrimp for dinner! Food’s greatest oxymoron taken to its most moronic level

It’s amazing~!


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Japan loves to wow you with cute and tiny food. Sometimes the food is so tiny you need a magnifying glass to truly appreciate its beauty. Other times the food is so cute you can barely stand to eat it. However, you don’t often hear about the opposite end of the spectrum in Japan. The “Land of the Rising Sun” isn’t known for its gigantic foods and proportions. (You can leave that to the United States.)

But perhaps some restaurants are trying to separate themselves from the pack by adopting some more “Western” ideas. A restaurant in Nagoya is selling a dish of three humongous shrimp, and it’s definitely a sight to be seen! If you’ve never seen the largest shrimp in the world before, they make jumbo shrimp look, well…shrimpy!

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