Monthly Archives: February 2012

Jared Diamond’s warning from history

Yesterday, I attempted to summarise Jared Diamond’s 500-page book, Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed (2005). However, having done that, I decided that his own summary of his conclusions warranted specific attention. This is because, despite being very … Continue reading

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Collapse or Ecocide – which will it be?

Collapse = An end to modern human civilisation as we have known it. Ecocide = Unintended ecological suicide (mass extinction of all complex life on Earth). Do we have a third option – Survival? I have recently started reading Jared … Continue reading

Posted in Civil Disorder, Civilisation, Climate Science, Collapse, Energy Crisis, Environment, Growthmania, Limits to Growth, Mass Extinctions, Modernity, Optimum Population, Photography, Sustainable development | Tagged , , , , | 12 Comments

PIG produces calf the size of NYC

Explanatory notes: PIG = Pine Island Glacier. Calf = Piece broken off. NYC = New York City. If it were not for Peter Sinclair and Climate Denial Crock of the Week, I might never have heard of the PIG, nor … Continue reading

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Gaining new perspective

In memoriam – Whitney Houston (1963 – 2012) R.I.P. ——————————– Even though Little Moreton Hall is really very small, it is perhaps one of the most famous National Trust (NT) properties in the NW of England; and I am very … Continue reading

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A response to John Kosowski

After a week of online discussion with John Kosowski (an Engineer from Illiois and – clearly – an amateur climate scientist in his spare time), I am posting this, my latest reply to his questions, as a new blog post … Continue reading

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How to Avoid the Truth About Climate Change

Barry Bickmore is Associate Professor of Geological Sciences at Brigham Young University (Utah, USA). His research specialties are low-temperature geochemistry and geoscience education. In this 40-minute presentation (appended below), he discusses how he moved from being a climate change “sceptic” … Continue reading

Posted in Climate Science, Confirmation Bias, Environment, Junk Science, Liberalism, Maketplace of Ideas, Merchants of Doubt, Politics, Pseudo science, Scepticism | Tagged , , , | 11 Comments

Versatile Blogger Award Winner – moi?

I am extremely flattered that Mashed Potato Bulletin should have nominated me for this; especially since he has not long been a subscriber of mine. Thank you also to all my subscribers; especially those who have remained so even if … Continue reading

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Is having an open mind the problem?

It has occurred to me that this is a very profound and important question for our times. I suspect that most people would put having an open mind up there alongside not killing people, but is it? Having an open … Continue reading

Posted in Climate Science, Environment, James Delingpole, Maketplace of Ideas, Politics, Populism, Scepticism | Tagged , , , , | 31 Comments

Climate science in a nut fragment

This post is offered for the benefit of recent subscribers and as the result of a self-improvement exercise for me: A few months ago, I published a series of posts under the title ‘Climate Science in a Nutshell’, which started … Continue reading

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A poetic interlude

I am not normally prone to being poetic but, while out walking yesterday, I found myself wondering what reason I have to feel sad. This is the result: I am very fortunate To live in a country where life is … Continue reading

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