Summary: Despite predictions of certain environmental doom for 2017, Los Angeles has survived. While we celebrate, let's learn from these and 50 years of other confident predictions designed to frighten us into obedience. Let's learn from them. On 15 January 1971 Americans watched a TV show by a hot new director, the 24-year old Steven … Continue reading Celebrate Los Angeles’ survival, despite the predictions
Summary: A key piece of the doomsters' "world ending" story is that the leaders of China are fools, not seeing or acting to address their economic problems -- and especially the pollution produced by their decades of rapid growth. As this report by Stratfor shows, they're not fools -- and they are taking bold steps … Continue reading Stratfor gives us the good news: Red China Goes Green
Summary: Amidst the decades-long bombardment of doomster predictions, it's difficult to see the actual threats to our world. The oceans rank high on the danger list, under pressure from pollution, overfishing, and climate change. World Oceans Day is an opportunity to assess the danger, and see how you can help. Healthy oceans, Healthy planet. From … Continue reading The oceans are dying. See their condition on World Oceans Day!
Summary: Many of the scary stories of our time result from interactions between actual science, activist scientists, and clickbait-seeking journalists. “We're choking the ocean with plastic” is one such tale, showing how real problems become masked by myths. This leaves us divided and unable to respond to our problems, as neither Left nor Right clearly see … Continue reading Are we “choking the ocean with plastic”? Tracing creation of a myth.
Summary: Polar bears and pacific atolls (flooded by rising seas) are the poster children for climate change. Oddly, both are weak examples. Previous posts discussed polar bears. Here Judith Curry (Prof Atmospheric Science, GA Inst Tech) discusses the effect of rising sea levels on coral atolls. Kiribati crisis: the blame game Small atoll islands may … Continue reading Assigning blame for the flooding of Pacific atolls