Category Archives: The Environment

Arctic Ice Update 2016

This is my fourth annual Arctic ice update. Once in a while, we pass a new milestone in our race to destroy our environment. The year 2012 was such a time, when the Arctic sea ice reached a record low … Continue reading

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Arctic Ice Update 2015

There are three ways to keep track of the amount of sea ice in the Arctic: extent, area, and volume. Volume gives you the most useful information, in terms of how much ice is left and how fast it is … Continue reading

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Ecosystems and Glory

I was walking past the pond, listening to hundreds of frogs singing in order to score a mate, and I was struck by the magnificence of it all. We don’t know everything about the world, by a long way, but … Continue reading

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Climate Change Meta Writing

It’s time for a little more writing about what I write. Since my motto is “all the things your mother told you not to talk about,” you may legitimately wonder why I often write about climate change, aka global warming. … Continue reading

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Global Warming and a General Lack of Panic

I suppose it to be a recurring pattern. Whenever we have a spell of unusual cold in Minnesota, the Arctic experiences warmer than usual weather. It could be related to global warming, a weakening of the polar jet stream allowing … Continue reading

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Liberal Climate Change Outlook

How are liberal climate change policies determined? Why are conservatives so often opposed to action to deal with climate change? There is a particular explanation of the two points of view that I keep running across. I generally see pieces … Continue reading

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Global Warming Alarmist

Though I have been called an “alarmist”, I am not. I am more of a Pollyanna; I tend to be overly optimistic about coming events. I am usually the one to say, “It’ll be fine; don’t worry.” Yet in the case … Continue reading

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Arctic Sea Ice Update

In 2012, Arctic sea ice reached record lows in area, extent, and volume, continuing the trend that has been apparent since the 1980s. Although ice volume in 2013 did not reach the lows of the previous three years, it was still lower than … Continue reading

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Global Warming Deniers Want Big Government

Really? Very odd, but it does seem that way. Global warming deniers—those who claim to know more about climate science than climate scientists do—make a lot of noise about the threat of big government. If they go so far as to … Continue reading

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Sunspots and Climate Change

Originally published September 2013. Has solar output been causing global warming, and not human carbon dioxide emissions? Sunspot numbers in 2013 have been well below average for this point in the cycle. If we are now heading into a grand … Continue reading

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