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By: BaltimoreBrian , 2:40 AM GMT on May 20, 2014

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This blog is for civil discussion of climate change and the sharing of information. Differing views and opinions welcome. I will not tolerate personal attacks and trollish behavior in my blog. Or tunnel monomania. Otherwise it is a free speech zone.

Some information resources:

NEWS

Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society

Earth's Future

Bloomsberg News Sustainability Page

Andrew Revkin's Dot Earth Blog

BBC News Science and Environment section

Neven's Arctic Sea Ice Blog

Climate News Network

Science Daily

News Daily Environmental News

The Christian Science Monitor Environment Section

The Washington Post Energy and Environment Section

The New York Times Science Section

Politico.com Climate Change Section


NBC News science page

Al Jazeera Science Page

Al Jazeera Environment Page

GOVERNMENT CLIMATE-RELATED AGENCIES

Climate Change Indicators in the United States (from the EPA)

European Geosciences Union


President Obama's Plan to Fight Climate Change

The President's Climate Action Plan (details)

NOAA's Climate Page


Climate Prediction Center

NOAA GFDL Climate Research Highlights: Summaries, Graphics and Animations

Trends in Carbon Dioxide

NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies

National Snow and Ice Data Center

Laboratory for Satellite Altimetry / Sea level rise


Environment Canada

UK Met Office Climate Change Section

Australia's Department of Sustainability


International Energy Agency


United States Environmental Protection Agency page for Climate Change Science

Greenland Ice Sheet Today

OPINION

Skeptical Science

RealClimate

Tamino Open Mind Blog

REFERENCE

Keeling Curve Twitter


WMO Greenhouse Gas Bulletin

1981-2010 Normals Data Access (USA ONLY)

Extreme temperatures around the world


Threaded Extremes

U.S. Daily Weather Maps Project

Daily Weather Maps

Arctic Sea Ice Monitor

Daily Arctic Sea Ice Extent

IARC-JAXA Information System

FORUMS

Arctic Sea Ice Forum


Antarctic Ice Forum

On Thin Ice

PARTISAN SITES


Climate Progress

Watts Up With That?

Climate4you


ADVOCACY GROUPS

350.org

NOTABLE SCIENCE ARTICLES


How Do We Know Humans are Responsible for Global Warming?


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503. BaltimoreBrian
4:41 AM GMT on March 02, 2015
Jeez that youtube comment section was like a sewer--many good points, but the conspiracy mindset and falsehoods circulating out there are mind-boggling and frankly discouraging. I hardly ever comment in youtube--so much of it is like a bathroom wall.

Naga, thanks for posting your links--I'll take a good look through them tomorrow.
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502. Naga5000
3:41 AM GMT on March 02, 2015
Quoting 501. LAbonbon:

Hi, Brian - unrelated to climate change, but related to science denial...

Did you by any chance see this clip from the Jimmy Kimmel show? I spent a silly amount of time in the comments section...if you changed the anti-vaxxers language slightly, it's like reading radical denialists.

One guy went as far as to threaten their studio and hospitals with bombs. I reported the whacko via the 'flag'...but who knows if that will go anywhere. I called the LAPD, where his studio is, (I had snapped a screenshot, with no where to send it)...the guy who answered the phone said he was confident YouTube would forward the threat. I was a bit disconcerted thinking PDs are relying on a YT person to evaluate and relay threats...

Anywho, I remembered your post a while back where anti-vax might become a political issue. So when I was in the comment cesspool I thought of you :P

On a bright note, there were/are a lot of great commenters in there. But the anti-science/doctors/pharma/government mentality is unbelievable. Worse than the anti-climate science folks, perhaps.


Here are a couple interesting reads from a sociology blog on the issue, specific to California. We like to look at California because the data is freely accessible and California is anti-vaxxer heaven. Working on trying to get data from other places, but this begins to give a clue as to who these folks are: Link Link

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501. LAbonbon
1:56 AM GMT on March 02, 2015
Hi, Brian - unrelated to climate change, but related to science denial...

Did you by any chance see this clip from the Jimmy Kimmel show? I spent a silly amount of time in the comments section...if you changed the anti-vaxxers language slightly, it's like reading radical denialists.

One guy went as far as to threaten their studio and hospitals with bombs. I reported the whacko via the 'flag'...but who knows if that will go anywhere. I called the LAPD, where his studio is, (I had snapped a screenshot, with no where to send it)...the guy who answered the phone said he was confident YouTube would forward the threat. I was a bit disconcerted thinking PDs are relying on a YT person to evaluate and relay threats...

Anywho, I remembered your post a while back where anti-vax might become a political issue. So when I was in the comment cesspool I thought of you :P

On a bright note, there were/are a lot of great commenters in there. But the anti-science/doctors/pharma/government mentality is unbelievable. Worse than the anti-climate science folks, perhaps.
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499. Cloudyinthewest
7:44 AM GMT on February 28, 2015
Hi Brian,

Thank you for the link on The California Drought. It has a lot of interesting info and graphs that explains in detail about our drought since 2010.

Dave
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497. BaltimoreBrian
12:36 AM GMT on February 27, 2015
Dakster, thanks for dropping by--I had been curious for a long time about what you would think of that commercial. Realistic toy guns make police work even more stressful and difficult.
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496. BaltimoreBrian
3:16 AM GMT on February 26, 2015
I have added the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society to the list of news sources in my blog.
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494. Dakster
4:40 AM GMT on February 25, 2015
Quoting 391. BaltimoreBrian:

Back in the day. Loved these. Not wise for kids nowadays. Wonder what Dakster thinks of the first commercial.

From November-December 1967 Christmas season. $5.99 each then. Had both of these from my older brother.




Was not a fan of astro-gun.

November-December 1968 Christmas season.





Funny the previous renter of the place I have up here in AK left two newer toy M-16's in the raised bed planters out back...

Bad part is that crooks are making real guns look like toy guns and it makes (or made) my job harder. Last thing you want to do is shoot and kill a person with a toy gun. I almost did - had the person pointed the gun at me he would have been shot over a BB gun that looked EXACTLY like my own side arm. We took pictures of them from all angle and I asked a bunch of my co-workers to tell me which one was the toy gun... And no one was able to (without guessing).
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491. BaltimoreBrian
11:19 PM GMT on February 22, 2015
Please Don't Thank Me for My Service
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489. BaltimoreBrian
10:12 PM GMT on February 21, 2015
Thanks etxwx for the articles! Very heavy snow after lunch. Close to 5" now and still snowing!
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488. etxwx
8:34 PM GMT on February 21, 2015
The info in post #486 was very interesting. Would that our civilian leadership would consider this type of self-examination.
Thanks for your many interesting links, Brian...much appreciated!
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486. BaltimoreBrian
4:24 AM GMT on February 20, 2015
Lying to Ourselves: Dishonesty in the Army Profession

2 page executive summary
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484. BaltimoreBrian
3:12 AM GMT on February 19, 2015
483. BaltimoreBrian
3:05 AM GMT on February 19, 2015
Today's selection of articles about science, climate change, energy and the environment.

A Look Behind the Headlines on China's Coal Trends

* Forgotten fossil found to be new species of ichthyosaur (with video)

Temperature rise leaves dogs racing on thin ice


*** Brain's iconic seat of speech goes silent when we actually talk


!!! Epigenome of more than 100 tissue and cell types mapped



*** Autism genes activate during fetal brain development



* Neanderthal groups based part of their lifestyle on sexual division of labor

!!! Can you judge a man by his fingers? Link between relative lengths of index and ring fingers in men and behavior towards women

*** Tropical fire ants traveled the world on 16th century ships



*** Breakthrough in nanotoxicology by researchers

* Dust to dust: Disintegrating rocky exoplanet could unlock secrets to how our solar system was formed

The strange case of the missing dwarf

!!! Mapping seascapes in the deep ocean



*** Farmers can better prevent nutrient runoff based on land characteristics




Indiana House panel advances measure to add solar power fees


Arsenic, nitrates among pollutants in California drinking water: report

Why the power grid of the future is in California and New York

Obama to declare national monuments Thursday in Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois

!!! Scientists announce anti-HIV agent so powerful it can work in a vaccine




Future of New York Could Be Wet, Hot and Flooded: Report

West Virginians start clean up after massive oil train derailment
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482. BaltimoreBrian
1:51 AM GMT on February 19, 2015
Thanks John! Always appreciate your articles.
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481. JohnLonergan
12:09 AM GMT on February 19, 2015
Quoting 477. BaltimoreBrian:

Thank you John!


More on the oil by rail front:

Exploding Trains, No New Regulations, Record Industry Profits: The Oil-by-Rail Story
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480. BaltimoreBrian
2:33 AM GMT on February 18, 2015
The Maya left some accounts of devastating hurricanes in their region. The Maya recorded that on August 22, 583 CE a hurricane left "mountains of skulls" and "pools of blood".

Bishop Diego de Landa in the 16th century reported a Maya account of a devastating hurricane greater than any known before in 1464 which may correspond to the "giant hurricane" which was the strongest to hit the Yucatan Peninsula in the past 5000 years. (section 5.2 of the article)

The Maya symbol for hurricane, with a sky symbol at the center and four wind symbols facing outwards (the mouths with tongues sticking out blowing air)



And the hurricane symbol by the Taino people of Cuba

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478. etxwx
11:34 PM GMT on February 17, 2015
West Virginia, Canada derailments renew focus on oil tank cars
WASHINGTON — The tank cars involved in back-to-back crude oil train derailments since the weekend were an improved design built since 2011, raising new questions about the safety of the tank car fleet used to haul North America’s energy bounty.
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477. BaltimoreBrian
3:18 AM GMT on February 17, 2015
Thank you John!
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475. BaltimoreBrian
11:13 PM GMT on February 16, 2015
Addendum:

*** Fiery oil train crash forces W Virginia towns to evacuate

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474. etxwx
10:28 PM GMT on February 16, 2015
Brrr....chilly indeed! It's supposed to be a balmy 30F here tonight - but that still qualifies as arctic conditions in this neck of the woods. I used to live in the upper midwest so I'm fully acquainted with frozen noses, fingers and toes. That's why we moved south... ;)
Take care!
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473. BaltimoreBrian
10:14 PM GMT on February 16, 2015
I'm looking forward to the snow, although I am not looking forward to zero downtown on Friday morning. Haven't seen zero here since I moved here in 2000.
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472. etxwx
10:09 PM GMT on February 16, 2015
Hi Brian, Thanks! Today we are almost posting at the same time...but you beat me to the Mars plume and the LA lawsuit stories. :)
Looks like some nasty weather heading in your direction. Stay warm!

Will New Obstacles Dim Hawaii’s Solar Power Surge?

Agricultural Movement Tackles Challenges of a Warming World

And from the Depressing News Dept:

West Virginia train derailment sends oil tanker into river

Canadian National’s main line shuts after crude cars derail

More infectious diseases emerging because of climate change
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471. BaltimoreBrian
10:01 PM GMT on February 16, 2015
etxwx how great to see you back! LAbonbon, I saw an article about LSD and dinosaurs in ScienceDaily. I hope Jurassic World has a Tyrannosaurus Rex tripping ;)
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469. LAbonbon
9:33 PM GMT on February 13, 2015
I figure if someone besides me would appreciate this article, it might just be you, Brian. At the very least the headline is eye-catching :)

Amber fossil suggests dinosaurs may have eaten ancient LSD
UPI, By Brooks Hays | Feb. 11, 2015 at 12:28 PM
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468. LAbonbon
4:39 PM GMT on February 13, 2015
Quoting 467. etxwx:


Speak of the devil..... :) No energy today though, just water, water everywhere:

This is from a recent Marketplace segment and it's an easy to understand explanation of how "adapting" to rising sea levels in Florida will be very difficult:
Rising seas threaten South Florida's drinking water

The market doesn't charge for Florida's climate risk

(Hays County TX) Water Fight Portends Battles to Come

Texas Justices Skirt Underground Trespassing Question

And a little sunshine...
Texas solar jobs increasing

*waves at Brian* The Valentine heart pic is back! Yay! :))

Excellent! I'm actually more interested in water issues than energy issues, but often they go hand-in-hand. Love the links. Happy to see your post today :)
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467. etxwx
4:04 PM GMT on February 13, 2015
Quoting 464. LAbonbon:

(Side note - yeah, I wonder where etxwx has been? I miss his (her?) energy articles.)

Speak of the devil..... :) No energy today though, just water, water everywhere:

This is from a recent Marketplace segment and it's an easy to understand explanation of how "adapting" to rising sea levels in Florida will be very difficult:
Rising seas threaten South Florida's drinking water

The market doesn't charge for Florida's climate risk

(Hays County TX) Water Fight Portends Battles to Come

Texas Justices Skirt Underground Trespassing Question

And a little sunshine...
Texas solar jobs increasing

*waves at Brian* The Valentine heart pic is back! Yay! :))
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465. BaltimoreBrian
1:07 AM GMT on February 13, 2015
Thanks LAbonbon--adding it to the daily list.
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464. LAbonbon
3:34 AM GMT on February 12, 2015
Hi, Brian

From Reuters...had to read this twice to fully grasp it...what a conundrum. Especially now since drought is affecting their steel industry - a drought which may be linked to deforestation, which the steel industry contributed to. And it comes full circle...

Brazil climate change plan backfires, doubling steel emissions

(Side note - yeah, I wonder where etxwx has been? I miss his (her?) energy articles.)
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462. BaltimoreBrian
12:29 AM GMT on February 12, 2015
LowerCal are you suggesting that the California Development Company wasn't fully forthcoming to the press?

The NYT article reprinting the claim of underground fissures--in an alluvial flood plain? I guess that might have been plausible to people far away from the scene without geologic knowledge of the area. But still.
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461. LowerCal
10:28 PM GMT on February 11, 2015
Quoting 458. BaltimoreBrian:

Explain Salton Sea Puzzle (from the New York Times, November 12, 1905)

Seems like some entity was doing a good job of covering up their screwup... for a while anyway.

California Development Company - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
....(snip) The Imperial Canal filled with silt at an alarming pace. Attempts to create a diversion around the silt blockages led to disaster, when winter flooding in 1905 tumbled the diversion canal. The whole of the Colorado River poured into the Salton Sink, forming the Salton Sea. The area was a scene of flood for two years until the canal breach was mended. ....(snip)
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460. BaltimoreBrian
4:35 AM GMT on February 11, 2015
I miss you etxwx!
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459. BaltimoreBrian
2:43 AM GMT on February 11, 2015
History of Lynchings in the South Documents Nearly 4,000 Names

No lynchings in my home county. None in Cody's
either.

As always, click image to enlarge.

Map of 3,959 lynchings from 1877 to 1950

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458. BaltimoreBrian
2:28 AM GMT on February 11, 2015
Explain Salton Sea Puzzle (from the New York Times, November 12, 1905)
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457. BaltimoreBrian
2:21 AM GMT on February 11, 2015
Today's selection of articles about science, climate change, energy and the environment.

The first two links are reports from the National Academy of Sciences about two geoengineering ideas.

!!! Climate Intervention: Carbon Dioxide Removal and Reliable Sequestration (National Academy of Sciences, 140 pages)

!!! Climate Intervention: Reflecting Sunlight to Cool Earth (National Academy of Sciences, 234 pages)

* Erase and rewind


World thunderstorm 'map' key to assessing climate change

*** Industrial aerosol emissions has changed relationship between temperature and precipitation in northern tropics

!!! Smoking thins vital part of brain

Yellow/orange areas are regions where the thickness of the cortex at age 73 is associated with the amount of lifetime smoking; the greater the amount of lifetime smoking, the thinner the cortex.



*** A centimeter of time: Cool clocks pave the way to new measurements of Earth




Water ice renders short-lived molecule sustainable



DNA 'cage' could improve nanopore technology



*** Global sea ice diminishing, despite Antarctic gains

Comparing Arctic sea ice loss to Antarctic sea ice gain shows that the planet has-been shedding sea ice at an average annual rate of 13,500 square miles since 1979, the equivalent of losing an area of sea ice larger than the state of Maryland every year.



*** Maryland governor moves to repeal 'rain tax'

* Britain gives go-ahead to test driverless cars on roads

*** How much oil does the US have? It depends on who's counting.

Obama to Recall Military Personnel From Ebola Zone, Officials Say

A smiling lens: 'Happy face' galaxy cluster reveals arcs caused by strong gravitational lensing

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456. BaltimoreBrian
2:06 AM GMT on February 10, 2015
Today's selection of articles about science, climate change, energy and the environment.

Solar lamps offer brighter future for African families

!!! F-bombs notwithstanding, all languages skew toward happiness: Universal human bias for positive words





*** Earth's surprise inside: Geologists unlock mysteries of the planet's inner core



*** Evidence for dark matter in the inner Milky Way

The rotation curve tracers used in the paper over a photo of the disc of the Milky Way as seen from the Southern Hemisphere. The tracers are colour-coded in blue or red according to their relative motion with respect to the Sun. The spherically symmetric blue halo illustrates the dark matter distribution



!!! Electricity from biomass with carbon capture could make western US carbon-negative



Stellar partnership doomed to end in catastrophe



Amber fossil links earliest grasses, dinosaurs and fungus used to produce LSD

Floods created home of Europe's biggest waterfall



*** New evidence of global warming: Remote lakes in Ecuador not immune to climate change

The Sun's activity in the 18th century was similar to that now


Nevada dust blamed for mystery 'milky' rain in U.S. Pacific Northwest

* Why lots of rain offers little relief to drought-stricken California

A new report just shot down a key argument against President Obama's climate plans


!!! Australia's scorching 2013 heat record was 'virtually impossible' without global warming

*** Why climate scientists are right about how hot the planet is going to get

Turning Carbon Dioxide Into Rock, and Burying It

In Nevada, a Controversy in the Wind

*** Atlantic Corals: Colorful and Vulnerable



GOP avoids showdown over EPA climate change rules
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454. Astrometeor
5:43 AM GMT on February 06, 2015
Quoting 448. BaltimoreBrian:

> __ <

Senator says restaurant employees shouldn't be required to wash their hands




Well, he's right about the market taking care of it...one class lawsuit later....
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453. BaltimoreBrian
4:09 AM GMT on February 06, 2015
Where did the Colorado go? Second episode of NOVA, aired March 10 1974. Also an episode of BBC's series Horizons.

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