Is a 2014 Global Temperature Record Significant?

The media have gotten the message out big time: the 2014 global temperature was a record high (here's the Huffington Post version and AP articles, but you can find the story everywhere). There have been three valid criticisms of the record temperature claim: it's widely agreed that the the earth…

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Never, Ever Change Your Apple Password.

I admit it, I’ve had the same password on my Apple account for a few years. “Pretty stupid”, you might say, and I’d agree, but I’ll do it again given the hassle involved with changing it. Last night I made a change to my Apple account, and…

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Yesterday Was Cool...Until We Tell You Otherwise

Meterologist Mike Smith's recent blog post provides a good reminder that the concept of global temperature is far more complex than a casual observer might suspect. If you think about it for awhile, you’d probably come up with two of the bigger problems. The first one is the poor…

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An 18-Year Climate Anniversary

Today, October 1, 2014, marks 18 years without a measurable increase in the earth's temperature according to the RSS temperature series (note: other series have different durations since warming stopped, some longer, some shorter). This is not a reason to declare victory, as the side effects of our energy usage,…

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Mac Hacking: Sending Email From the Command Line

In moving an automated process from a linux box over to a mac, I found myself missing cron's built-in ability to send an email as I switched over to OSX's launchd. The obvious answer, sending an email from within my bash script, send me looking for an easy way to…

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United Airlines Crosses a Line

I usually don't bother to write about airlines, since its not news to anyone that crappy experiences happen all of the time. But things crossed the line on United Airlines flight 6314 from Des Moines to O'Hare on July 23rd. Part way through boarding, a young man with some clear…

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A Special Trail Run

I'm at the Breakthrough Institute's annual meeting across the bay from San Francisco, and that means its time for a trail run up in the hills above the Golden Gate Bridge. While I had a great run this year, it was bittersweet. Yesterday I learned of the passing of Kate…

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The Untapped Opportunity in Environmental Education

(I wrote the following note in preparation for a roundtable I'm participating in at the Breakthrough Institute's annual Dialogue meeting.) The purpose of this note is to share an alternate perspective on the opportunity and role of environmental studies in undergraduate and graduate eduction. It is based on my work…

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