Current CO2 concentration in the atmosphere

We need to have an adult conversation about climate change

We hear the analogy endlessly: To fix the already unfolding climate change disaster, we need an “Apollo-like effort”, a “man-on-the-moon commitment”. This is a terrible analogy, and we should stop using it because it’s not just inaccurate, it’s devastatingly inaccurate, to the point of being counterproductive.

I was born just in time to be a starry-eyed . . . → Read More: We need to have an adult conversation about climate change

Speaking the unspeakable

Rosemary Randall, a writer I’ve just encountered for the first time, has a very worthwhile piece up at Aeon Magazine, The id and the eco:

In dealing with climate change, we are in the terrain that psychoanalysis calls resistance or defence — the ability to defend ourselves from too much mental and emotional pain. Although each statement . . . → Read More: Speaking the unspeakable

Is climate change a choice between education and surrender?

I normally don’t do this sort of thing, but because a topic came up on another site — ClimateProgress — that I’ve been thinking about a great deal lately, I wanted to quote a comment I left and a response to it by someone else, and see where it leads us.

The CP post, Climate Sensitivity Stunner: . . . → Read More: Is climate change a choice between education and surrender?

On public complacency

While doing some hideously overdue file cleanup, I stumbled across a paper in a dusty corner of hard drive, Understanding Public Complacency About Climate Change: Adults’ mental models of climate change violate conservation of matter. See that link for the PDF of the paper.

The paper’s abstract:

Public attitudes about climate change reveal a contradiction. Surveys show . . . → Read More: On public complacency

Neil Armstrong

As I’m sure you all know by now, Neil Armstrong, he of The Footprint and The Quote on the moon, has died.

This news hit me particularly hard this afternoon, as not only was I very tired, both physically and emotionally, but Armstrong was one of the people I most admired for a variety of reasons. . . . → Read More: Neil Armstrong

Nothing else matters

On this Father’s Day, here in the US, I think it’s particularly appropriate to think of the proper role of parenting in dealing with the climate change mess and, more generally, sustainability mess we’ve created. As I’ve said countless times online, you can slice and dice this interlocked complex of issues until your eyes bleed, . . . → Read More: Nothing else matters

Metricene, again

I have to admit that when I read the WaPo piece, Spaceship Earth: A new view of environmentalism, it pegged the needle on my frustration index. Why, might you ask? The title sounds like a metaphor I’d use, after all. That’s precisely the problem, as the piece says:

More and more environmentalists and scientists . . . → Read More: Metricene, again

Some perspective on 2C for the new year

Imagine, if you will, a report on the environment commissioned by the United Nations that required the work of a 152-member committee from 58 countries.

And consider that the final report included the following text:

Clearly man has had nothing to do with these vast climatic changes [moving in and out of ice ages] in the past. . . . → Read More: Some perspective on 2C for the new year

A missive from Eaarth

Bill McKibben’s latest book, Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet, has been on a lot of radar screens (including mine) for a while. At this point in time, a book with that title and written by someone of McKibben’s stature in the field pegs the needle on the “must read” gauge, as . . . → Read More: A missive from Eaarth