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Two very different climate disruption messages

October 30, 2009

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Most people view climate disruption as a horror that we and the generations before us are about to visit upon our children and grandchildren. And there’s a great deal of truth to this view. The “civilization will end if we don’t stop global warming” approach is ultimately based on negativity, specifically on fear. But as […]

A Halloween appreciation of the Christmas movie The Nightmare Before Christmas

October 29, 2009

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When most of us think of Halloween movies, we tend to think of horror flicks, psychological thrillers, or bizarre mind-benders. The Nightmare on Elm Street, for example, or What Lies Beneath, or 12 Monkeys. But since 1993, a stop-motion animation musical has become as much a part of American Halloween culture as any horror franchise. […]

NASA launches its first new rocket in three decades

October 28, 2009

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STS-1, the first space shuttle mission, launched on April 12, 1981. At that point, the shuttle was already several years old, and the original designs stretch back to the early 1970’s. The shuttle then was designed using the same basic technology that was used to go to the Moon, and while it’s been updated several […]

Insuring the world against climate disruption (Blog Action Day)

October 15, 2009

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Imagine that in a few years you wake up to news reports on the radio that your town is under a flash flood watch. The ground has been so baked by the recent drought that water can’t soak in, and so the pounding rain is just flowing off into streams and filling low-lying areas. What’s […]

The Weekly Carboholic: Tipping points will be difficult to identify

October 14, 2009

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Tipping points will be difficult to identify U.S. Chamber of Commerce President complains about environmentalists Barrels instead of bottles Ocean acidification to turn parts of the Arctic Ocean corrosive by 2018 El Niño and its relationship to ocean heat content Is the Earth’s climate approaching a critical transition, aka a “tipping point,” beyond which major […]