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WordsDay: Entropy in literature

March 26, 2008


Ozymandias Source: Jack Cohen Art, Shadows exhibit The universe is destined to die. Some physicists believe that this death will occur as the rate of expansion tears every atom apart. Others believe that the Second Law of Thermodynamics means that, trillions of years into the future, all that will be left is the universal background […]

Supreme Court inserts head up ass over treaty obligations

March 26, 2008


Yesterday, the Supreme Court threw our entire diplomatic corps, the State Department, and possibly every treaty the U.S. has ever signed that is still in force, into complete disarray. And in the process, the Court may have inflicted more harm to our national authority and international standing than anything President Bush II has done to […]

The Weekly Carboholic: US coal exports boost electricity prices and China's CO2 emissions

March 26, 2008


According to the New York Times, the U.S. has begun exporting coal to countries like Japan, Germany, India, and China. In the process, our domestic coal prices have risen more, percentage rise, than oil prices have risen over the last year. And the reason we’re voluntarily increasing the prices of our electricity and steel? Foreign […]

Wal*Mart goes "moo"

March 24, 2008


I despise Wal*Mart. They’re vehemently anti-union in a company that desperately needs to be unionized (and this from a guy who generally isn’t a fan of unions himself). The quality of nearly all their products is utter crap to match their “you get what you pay for” prices. They’re leaders both in paying people crappy […]

The Weekly Carboholic: ARGO ocean data raises climate questions

March 19, 2008


According to this story from National Public Radio, data from autonomous ocean probes have detected no aggregate ocean warming since the probes came online in 2003. The Argo system comprises 3,000 probes in all of the world’s oceans that dive as deep as 1-2000 meters every ten days and then ascend, taking continuous temperature and […]

2007 global temperature second hottest since 1880

March 13, 2008


On January 16, 2008, Dr. James Hansen of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Sciences (GISS) released the summation of temperature data for 2007 with apparently very little fanfare. Given the data collected by Dr. Hansen, the lack of fanfare itself might well be notable. But regardless, the data itself bears more public attention that it’s […]

The Weekly Carboholic

March 12, 2008


The March 10 issue of BusinessWeek has a set of charts that discuss a McKinsey & Company report that discusses how best to approach reducing carbon emissions. Essentially, the approach is to start with the actions that save more money than they cost and provide the most carbon reductions for the money – things like […]