Local News reports make it clear that public officials, academics, every day people, and voters, are being confronted with the reality of Sea Level Rise in one of America’s most vulnerable metro areas, Miami.
These clips point to the ways that South Florida’s rising seas are sinking in to the way people must begin to adapt. Meanwhile, for climate deniers, business as usual continues full speed ahead.

Below, Google Earth flyover with added layers of Sea level rise.

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The speed of coastal erosion caused by recent extreme weather has been “breathtaking”, according to the National Trust.

It said that in a matter of weeks some popular areas had suffered levels of erosion which normally take years.

At Birling Gap in East Sussex the trust has had to dismantle some of its buildings after three metres (9ft) of cliff was lost to the sea.

Dorset’s Brownsea Island and Mullion Harbour in Cornwall have also suffered.

Jane Cecil, the trust’s general manager for the South Downs, said: “We’ve had about seven years of erosion [at Birling Gap] in just two months.
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There is no “other side” of gravity, the earth’s orbit around the sun, or the roundness of the planet.

When the physics of climate change have been understood for 60 years, and the National Academy has been perfectly clear on climate for 35 years, – why does the media still play this as if it’s a “he said, she said” question?
In generations to come, the failure of global media, particularly in the US, will be one of the most studied, bewildering, and tragic aspects of the current generation’s inaction on climate.

Climate denial blogosphere really freaking out about this.

Evidence keeps piling up that, like it or not, we are headed for a future of distributed energy generation, where small generators are contributing the major portion of new energy on to an electrical grid that must become smarter, more flexible, and a two-way system.

The “hub and spoke” model, with small numbers of huge power plants supplying most of the energy, and smaller customers dependent on giant utilities or government agencies, is going the way of typewriters and landline phones.

Midwest Energy News:

Here’s a sobering thought for U.S. utilities and grid planners seeking solutions for a future filled with distributed, customer-owned energy assets: that future is already here.

That’s one way to look at a striking chart presented at the DistribuTECH smart grid conference last month. It indicates that distributed energy resources (DER), far from being a tiny fraction of the country’s massive central generation fleet, may account for up to one-third of the total U.S. electricity supply by decade’s end.

But there’s a catch — this supply isn’t mostly made up of rooftop solar PV, or homes and business equipped with modern energy-saving, peak-shaving demand response technology. While those resources are growing fast, by far the biggest share of this untapped DER resource comes in the form of two decidedly un-sexy technologies: combined heat and power (CHP)systems and rarely used backup generators.

Here’s the chart, provided by former Southern California Edison smart grid chief and Cisco connected grid CTO Paul De Martini during a presentation hosted by grid software startup Bit Stew on the future of distribution grids:

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The peer reviewed Science literature is where you go to find out about science.
The Wall Street Journal editorial page is where you go to get predigested Rupert Murdoch-approved ideological talking points . This truism was sharply reinforced last week when the Journal published a piece by John Christy and Richard Mcnider that, predictably, told readers there’s nothing to this Sciencey Consensussy stuff about global warming.

Simultaneously, well known climate contrarian Roy (“wrong way”) Spencer – aka “The Official Climatologist of the Rush Limbaugh Show” – also went off spectacularly on his blog last week, calling those that disagreed with his extreme minority and repeatedly discredited views on climate “nazis”.

What touched this spasm off was apparently Secretary of State John Kerry’s reference to “shoddy scientists” who still service the climate denial echo chamber with misinformation, disinformation, and distortions.

Of course, science buffs remember that what Christy and Spencer are best known for is being repeatedly, stubbornly, consistently, and finally, admittedly, wrong, on the basic interpretation of their own data, which they claimed for a decade showed little or no warming in global climate, reinforcing their claims with a  consistent series of errors that (surprise, surprise) always seemed to fall in the direction of cooling – until they realized their stand was consigning them to the realm of flat earth, geocentric and creationist crackpots.  They know, however, that they will always be welcome in Rupert Murdoch’s echo chamber.

Dana Nuccitelli in the Guardian:

Because the pool of climate experts who dispute that humans are the primary cause of global warming is so small, representing just 2 to 4 percent of climate scientists, climate contrarians often reference the same few contrarian scientists. Two such examples are Roy Spencer and John Christy of the University of Alabama at Huntsville (UAH), both of whom have testified before US Congress several times, and are often interviewed and quoted in the conservative media.

And because that pool of contrarian climate experts is so small, their credibility often seems indestructible. For example, Richard Lindzen has been wrong on essentially every position he’s taken on major climate science issues over the past quarter century, and yet the conservative media continue to treat him as a foremost climate expert. Therefore, it’s important to remind ourselves what these few climate scientist contrarians really believe, and whether their arguments have any scientific validity.

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Pizza For Plutocrats

February 24, 2014


Proof that Rex Tillerson suffers from an irony deficiency. The Exxon chairman has joined a legal action against a natural gas fracking installation near his Texas home.

A creative solution for this conflict is obvious.

Readers will remember that last week, Chevron offered free pizza to frazzled neighbors of a fracking well that exploded , burned, and incinerated a man in rural Pennsylvania.

Wall Street Journal:

BARTONVILLE, Texas—One evening last November, a tall, white-haired man turned up at a Town Council meeting to protest construction of a water tower near his home in this wealthy community outside Dallas.

The man was Rex Tillerson, chairman and chief executive of Exxon Mobil Corp.XOM -0.36%

He and his neighbors had filed suit to block the tower, saying it is illegal and would create “a noise nuisance and traffic hazards,” in part because it would provide water for use in hydraulic fracturing. Fracking, which requires heavy trucks to haul and pump massive amounts of water, unlocks oil and gas from dense rock and has helped touch off a surge in U.S. energy output.

It also is a core part of Exxon’s business.
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Helpfully labeled “satire” on Juan Cole’s Informed Consent:

David Gregory’s Meet the Press today hosted a debate between Bill Nye the Science Guy and Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) on whether gravity is just a theory.

“Sure,” Gohmert said, “things fall down all the time. But that doesn’t mean gravity is a law. Look at the Leaning Tower of Pisa. It’s still there after hundreds of years. Things don’t always fall down.”

Nye pointed out that Isaac Newton discovered the law of gravity in the 17th century and it is settled science.

Gohmert challenged Nye’s certainty. “The cultists who tout science always speak as though we know for sure that scientific discoveries are true. Gravity has only been theorized for a couple hundred years. It’s too early to tell. How much money do they want us to waste on suspension bridges and other expensive technology aimed at keeping things from falling down, on the basis of a theory?”

Nye tore off his bow-tie and began chewing on it in frustration.

“Wasn’t it an apple that hit Newton on the head?” Gohmert asked. “Well, I’ve read the Bible and I know that an apple was used to tempt Eve. Maybe the Serpent was just tempting Newton with a secular humanist theory.”

Nye said, “What?”

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Go Waste, Young Woman.

February 22, 2014

A young woman, lured to North Dakota for a truck-driving job in the oil industry, shares her agonizing existence in an isolated boomtown.

The jobs being promised as part of America’s oil boom, and the proposed Keystone pipeline, are boom and bust jobs. They are not consistent with strong, steady economies, with cohesive communities, with healthy family ties, – those things that “conservatives” – who promote the hydrocarbon boom –  used to hold dear.


SIDNEY, Mont. — One cold morning last year, a math teacher jogging through her hometown in eastern Montana was abducted, strangled and buried in a shallow grave. Charged in her death were two drifters from Colorado, drawn to the region by the allure of easy money in the oil fields.

One hundred fifty miles away, in a bustling oil town in North Dakota, a 30-year-old man disappeared one afternoon from the street where he had been putting in water and sewer pipes, leaving behind a lunchbox with his paycheck inside and a family grasping for answers. After months of searching, his mother said she now believes her son is gone, buried somewhere on the high plain.

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I’m still trying to get used to ‘thundersnow”. Now we have “Twistersnow”.

Cornish Guardian:

Experts have known about the forests’ existence for centuries but they haven’t been uncovered to this extent for between 100-150 years.

The Daymer Bay forest bed is one of the 117 County Geology Sites monitored and managed by the Cornwall Geoconservation Group in conjunction with the Trust and its volunteers.

Geologists believe extensive forests extended across Daymer Bay between 4,000 and 5,000 years ago when the coastline was between five and ten miles further out.

This is a time period when human communities in Britain were slowly abandoning hunter gathering lifestyles for farming.

Frank Howie, Cornwall Wildlife Trustee and chair of the Geoconservation Group, said around 20 tree stumps have been uncovered on the bay, which grew when the climate was slightly warmer than today.

Daily Mail:

Rising from the beach in a surreal seascape, the remains of these ancient trees have been revealed by the storms.

Thought to date back to the Bronze Age, the shin-high stumps became visible for the first time when the peat which once covered them was washed away in torrential rain and waves pounding the shore.

Now they stud the beach near the village of Borth, Ceredigion, Mid Wales – an area already rich in archaeology, opposite the alleged site of Wales’s own take on the lost city of Atlantis.