Archive for the ‘Climate Change’ Category

It amazes me how the global climate change deniers instantly blog, tweet, and post to forums all over the internet when an abnormal cold weather event occurs. The fact is “more intense winter storms” are part of the predicted changes in weather patterns in the US as noted by the Pew Center on Global Climate Change:

The Pew Center on Global Climate Change was established in 1998 as a non-profit, non-partisan and independent organization. The Center’s mission is to provide credible information, straight answers, and innovative solutions in the effort to address global climate change.

From the Climate Change 101 report, January 2011 Update, page 3, Table 1:

Notice on the 3rd line: “… more intense winter storms … Northeast.”

The effects of climate change on our weather are not common sense nor should the effects fit a linear, if-then model. The earth’s climate is a complex system and we have only been able to predict change with very sophisticated computer models.

So today we had a record snowfall in my birth state, New York. Just as the non-partisan scientists predicted, a more intense winter storm in the Northeast. It’s definitely news. Just not news about the inaccuracy of global climate change predictions.

(For various reasons I have had several unfinished posts sitting in my queue on Blogger. This is the third of three old posts that I am finally finishing.)

I have tried to get more involved with bicycle advocacy to promote cycling as a lifestyle; as a way to reduce our use of automobiles as primary transportation. To that end I have supported events related to the Long Beach Bicycle Master Plan. I also read the book, Pedaling Revolution, by Jeff Mapes.

Jeff presents a pragmatic view of how we can convert our American car culture into a more bicycle-centric culture that promotes better health, reduces dependence on foreign oil, and improves many aspects of our social structure.

Read the book (please).

Tom Lehrer: Ahead of His Time

Posted: December 24, 2008 in Climate Change

When I was in college one of my roomates introduced me to the music and satire of Tom Lehrer. Thanks to YouTube, I have rediscovered Tom and his music. Here is one of Tom’s songs that ties to one of my current passions: Pollution.

Speaking of Global Warming

Posted: November 16, 2008 in Climate Change

I wonder how the current Southern California firestorm affects global warming?

I wonder if the weather conditions that led to the current Southern California firestorm are a product of global warming?

By noon today is was 90ºF with less than 10% humidity with wind gusts over 25 MPH — prime brush fire weather. Of course you need an ignition source to start the fire. I heard that a smaller fire today on Palos Verdes peninsula was started when a power pole transformer exploded. It definitely doesn’t take much though. Someone thoughtlessly throwing a cigarette out of their car window will do the trick for starting a brush fire that will burn thousands of acres and dozens of homes.