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Geologists warn us about dangerous volcanoes. Will we spend pennies for warnings?

Summary: While we obsess about climate change and debate if we live in the Anthropocene, we prepare poorly or not at all for natural forces like volcanoes that can level cities. This is folly we can no longer afford. Experts recommend a simple first step to better protect ourselves. Let’s start listening, or nature will …

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If humanity is unprepared for Peak Oil, here are some of the guilty people

One reason the arrival of peak oil might catch the world by surprise is the repeated false predictions by peak oil experts.  Confident predictions, often contemptuous of mainstream experts.  The quality of their work is often shoddy, their admissions of error are rare.  Repeatedly crying wolf is the opposite of alerting people to a danger. …

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About our “certain doom” from the Yellowstone supervolcano

Earth was a benign mother during the 20th century, so that we forgot that changes in the physical world are among the most powerful drivers shaping history.  Now we seem to have gone to the other extreme, seeing every change in the physical world as a harbinger of doom. Here are some antidotes to the nonsense circulating …

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Euphoria about the Bakken Formation

Summary:  The euphoria about this is nonsense.  The Bakken Formation was discovered in 1953; production started in 2000.  The USGS report will discuss the recoverable resources, which are important.  But the key questions concern the maximum flows produced and the cost of production — which answer make this just another unconventional source, of marginal significance in …

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