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A Reality-Based Trump-Clinton Debate on Energy and Climate

dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com — Thanks to Brad Plumer at Vox, I noticed a valuable debate between energy advisors to the presidential campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump: The event, hosted by the University of Richmond School of Law, featured Trevor Houser, an energy and environment analyst at the Rhodium Group who's been working with the Clinton campaign, and Representative Kevin Cramer of North Dakota, an early Trump supporter from a state awash in fossil fuels.

Flooding, Monitoring, Warming, Building

dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com — UPDATE, 6:40 p.m. - Several new voices added below.] This post is a quick ode to the value of monitoring, an unheralded and faltering enterprise in the United States (and elsewhere). It is also a cautionary note about more such flooding on the way, even as the United States - like some other countries - continues to encourage development in areas known to be inundated on occasion.

Remembering Gordon Hamilton - An Edge-Pushing Prober of Eroding Ice

dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com — Pushing the frontiers of science on tough questions is hard enough. But doing so when the effort requires research teams to face deadly hazards at the ends of the Earth takes things to another level.

New Orleans: Still Inevitable, and Impossible?

dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com — As I watched TV reports showing wind-driven waters sloshing over the floodwalls in several spots around New Orleans today, from a hurricane whose highest surge missed the city, and as I read John Schwartz's sobering report from the Army Corps of Engineers war room, I couldn't help returning to a question that has dogged me since I wrote about the swamping of that storied city in 2005 by Hurricane Katrina - which, like Gustav, was not even close to a worst-case storm.

News Coverage of Coal’s Link to Global Warming, in 1912

dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com — Scientific analysis pointing to a human role in warming the climate through burning fossil fuels goes back to 1896, with Svante Arrhenius's remarkable paper, " On the Influence of Carbonic Acid [Carbon Dioxide] in the Air upon the Temperature of the Ground."

Climate Silence Goes Way Beyond Debate Moderators

dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com — With three presidential debates and one for vice president behind us, David Leonhardt posted a helpful tally of debate questions - decrying the lack of a single question on one of the key issues facing humanity in this century and beyond: human-driven climate change.

An Anthropocene Journey

anthropocenemagazine.org — By Andrew C. RevkinOctober 2016 My reporting career has taken me from smoldering, fresh-cut roadsides in the Amazon rain forest to the thinning sea ice around the North Pole, from the White House and Vatican to Nairobi's vast, still-unlit slums. Throughout most of it, I thought I was writing about environmental and social problems and solutions.

Can Humans Go From Unintended Global Warming to Climate By Design?

dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com — Geoengineering is in the wind more and more these days, particularly the use of sun-blocking aerosols as a cheap, temporary counterweight to greenhouse-gas-driven global warming. In pondering the plausibility or desirability of such a tool, it might be useful to start with a thought experiment: 1) Suppose humans are not heating the climate and oceans through the buildup of heat-trapping carbon dioxide.

Today’s Climate Progress and Tomorrow’s Climate Challenges

dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com — Tracking recent headlines, you might think the world is finally on a path toward controlling global warming. On Saturday, diplomats announced a new international agreement aimed at phasing out a family of climate-warming compounds called hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs.

'R2-D2' and Other Lessons From Bell Labs

dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com — John Mashey, a self-described " ancient UNIX person" who worked at Bell Labs from 1973 to 1983, posted some thoughts about how the labs shaped R and D efforts and investment to raise the odds of breakthroughs that could improve society. They had a coding system - including R2, D2 - that Mr. Mashey describes below.
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Oct 27, 2016

Michael Greenstone lays out India's issue when a cool (as in A/C) chemical becomes a phased-out greenhouse gas in a heating world. https://t.co/sKPVYQwjGr

Oct 27, 2016

In context of recent #denialofservice hacks revisiting reflection on Pinwheels, Networks and Resilience  http://nyti.ms/hnJvFs  @dotearth

Oct 27, 2016

RT @PCKnappenberger: Will global warming alter winter wx/climate statistics? Certainly. But when, where, and how not so easily discerned. https://t.co/z1K9ekRaYW

Oct 27, 2016

Blitzed with comment abuse? Hit back with a dose of #DeadParrot's brilliant comment reconstruction: https://t.co/bn8lvcMdJf https://t.co/NCjrvdXsuN

Oct 27, 2016

As West's #wildfire season ends, time to dig deep on where governments or communities are creating "indefensible" fire risks. https://t.co/3y43nMryZO

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