Tag Archives: mortality

How many more must die because of climate change denial?

Warmer oceans cause more evaporation; leading to more moisture in the atmosphere more of the time. This results in more frequent storms of greater intensity than before. This email from Greenpeace therefore needs no further introduction from me: ————————— Dear … Continue reading

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So much for global warming being beneficial

Last year, James Hansen (et al), pointed out that extreme weather events of all kinds (hot, cold, wet and dry) are becoming more frequent. In fact, their statistical analysis of historical data (as opposed to computer modelling of future events) … Continue reading

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Dirty water kills 180 children per hour

As I have said many times now, I chose to pursue hydrogeology as a specialism because I wanted to find some way of using my geological knowledge to improve the lives of less fortunate people. I may have got distracted … Continue reading

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Climate Ostriches* caught Knappenbergering

Posted on 24 April 2012 at Skeptical Science by dana1981 (now including fascinating discussion with Knappenberger himself): Global Warming Causing Heat Fatalities One of the fallback positions of climate denial after the assertions that “It’s not happening” and “It’s not … Continue reading

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The human face of the Coal problem

Here in the UK, the Discovery Channel has recently completed screening a series of programmes about Cobalt Coal, one of many small privately-owned coal mines in the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia, USA. Entitled simply COAL, this puts a very … Continue reading

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The pollution of death

Having gotten a little depressed about not being able to find relevant employment, I have decided it is time to publish this item: We hear a lot about death caused by pollution but, have you ever stopped to consider the … Continue reading

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What’s wrong with Renewables?

OK then, what is wrong with renewable energy? Well, if you can say what is bigger than the Universe and more powerful than God, then you already know… However, if you are not sure, the answer is depicted in the … Continue reading

Posted in Climate Science, Consumerism, Ecological Modernisation, Economics, Energy Crisis, Environment, Ethics, Fossil Fuels, Limits to Growth, Mass Extinctions, Modernity, Philosophy, Politics, Renewable Energy | Tagged , , , , | 5 Comments

What’s wrong with Oil?

Obviously there is nothing intrinsically wrong with petroleum (crude oil); it’s what we choose to do with it that is wrong. This is easy to say, but is proving very hard to act upon. I think I touched on the … Continue reading

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What’s wrong with Clean Coal?

In the main, the problem is that is does not exist! The concept of Clean Coal is almost certainly an invention of the marketing departments of coal mining companies (analagous to “safe cigarettes“). In most cases, coal-burning power stations have … Continue reading

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Futureproof your home – buy a cave!

Amongst relevant experts, it has been widely accepted for over 13 years that early humans were almost wiped-out by the Mt Toba volcanic eruption 71,000 years ago. Although already in the grip of the last Ice Age, this eruption caused … Continue reading

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