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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I'm Special And So Is My Weather

Every so often over the last decade or so I've sensed a trend that I call "temporal exceptionalism", or the view that right now is special, particularly related to weather events. This recurring idea that our storms are "historic" continues, even when data suggests the opposite, such as the recent…

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Thanks, Dr. Pielke!

This week Roger Pielke Sr. retired his weblog. I just wanted to thank him for the effort he had put into it. I suspect he informed and influenced far more people than he knows. I've done professional work in both sustainability and energy, and have been personally compelled to stay…

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Amazing Comet Story and Video

Comet Lovejoy was only discovered in the last month. Given that its path got very near the Sun, everyone thought it would burn up. The following video tells the story (so far)....…

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In Search of Energy Innovation Role Models

We have compelling reasons to drive for clean, cheap energy, but we lack the technology to get there today. Threats of climate change, national competitiveness and energy security (OK, "clean, cheap, domestic energy") all contribute to the urgency of this innovation challenge. Given the scale of the challenge, coupled with…

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Sustainability: TNG

The theme of the weekend was the next generation of sustainability leaders. Tom Friedman led off with an excellent op-ed on the 2010 Intel Science Talent Search. Meanwhile, I got a look even farther into the future at the Alcott School Science Fair, here in Concord, MA. With three kids,…

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Green Education: What We Need

Over the holidays USA Today had an article talking about the sudden rise of green-oriented minor and major programs at universities. According to Paul Rowland, Executive Director of Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, two factors are driving the surge: students want the courses, and employers want…

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Some Data Released in UK

Steve McIntyre reports that "the UK Met Office has released a large tranche of station data, together with code". Notes: The Met Office says that this is not a complete set of data, but it is unclear what is missing. This is the processed data - the raw data is…

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