"The unknown future rolls towards us..."

By: Daisyworld, 4:39 AM GMT on February 02, 2014

As we pass into the year of 2014 CE, I recall the first time that I discovered how much of a catastrophe the human race was facing when I picked up the January 1986 copy of Discover magazine in the mail:



Unknown to everyone at the time, our nation was in the waning days of the Cold War, with our attention more focused on an impending nuclear doomsday from a Soviet missile strike rather than the possibility of melting polar ice caps. The entir...

Climate Change

Updated: 3:36 AM GMT on May 10, 2014

Where Ignorance Has Lease

By: Daisyworld, 1:37 AM GMT on September 09, 2013

In truth, it's been bothering me for months now. Late last year, while nestled among an innocent group of my peers, I came face to face with the bane of my professional existence: A pair of my friends (and yes, friends they still are) turned out to be, in the course of our casual conversation, climate change deniers. No, they were not Limbaugh fanatics, nor political radicals, nor ultra-conservative activists. They were just normal people who were of the opinion tha...

Climate Change Politics

Updated: 5:02 AM GMT on September 09, 2013

With Respect to Time

By: Daisyworld, 11:41 PM GMT on January 24, 2013

With the passing of yet another year on the Gregorian calendar, the resident climatologist here at Wunderground.com, Dr Richard Rood, started a new blog series where he discusses the role of time and human perceptions of time with respect to anthropogenic (manmade) global warming.

When he discusses this concept of time with regard to climate change - short and long term - it seems to me to coincide with the lifespan of an individual human being, or of onl...

Climate Change

The New Normal: Is Sandy just the tip of the iceberg?

By: Daisyworld, 2:37 AM GMT on October 31, 2012

I hate to be a cynic in these times of strife, looking at the big picture rather than focusing my sympathies on individual suffering at this hour, but this is one of those cases where I can't help but speak out on a larger topic. With over 7 million people in the dark from power outages, a devastated northeastern seaboard, and countless lives affected by flooding and storm damage, it's hard not to be angry. Not at nature, mind you, nor at the subjective pass/fail j...

Climate Change Hurricane Sandy

Updated: 2:43 AM GMT on October 31, 2012

A Tale of Two Cities: Evaporation Rates and Flood Risk

By: Daisyworld, 4:16 AM GMT on July 10, 2012

Within the time-frame of a month, the regular news has served us two helpings of "natural" disasters that set me thinking. Those disasters are the June 20th flooding in Duluth, MN, and the weekend flooding of the Black Sea town of Krymsk in the Krasnodar region of Russia. While the Duluth flood thankfully caused no loss of human life, the Krymsk flood killed over 170 people. Flood mitigation aside, the situation of both towns had peculiar similarities to one another...

Climate Change

Updated: 4:22 AM GMT on July 10, 2012

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Global Temperature Anomaly, Discover Magazine, January 1986
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