The world consumes so much concrete that it’s a major factor in destroying the planet

Concrete is a building supply used in huge quantities. Surprisingly enough, its curing process is quite the producer of greenhouse gases. If we're unwilling to stop using it, we need to at least make it more expensive. This is only one of a series of Guardian articles about concrete and its effect on the environment. … Continue reading The world consumes so much concrete that it’s a major factor in destroying the planet

Natural gas IS a fossil fuel y’all

I live here in NYC where many apt buildings used to heat with the very dirtiest of crude oil. The boards of the buildings all crowed when they moved to "clean natural gas." Unfortunately, if you're trying to stop the rate of increase in global warming, ALL fossil fuel use needs to stop -- and … Continue reading Natural gas IS a fossil fuel y’all

When CO2 levels get high enough >> no clouds = additional 8 degrees Celsius

A spate of articles recently have been detailing one of the many steps between Earth as it is and something approximating Venus. One of the transitions would be that clouds would no longer form. Since they protect our planet in a variety of ways, including regulating the heat from the sun, no clouds is a … Continue reading When CO2 levels get high enough >> no clouds = additional 8 degrees Celsius

CO2 levels may reach levels not seen in 56 million years

Titles like this are, to some extent, sucker bait in their wording but, depending on what action we take globally, this result could occur in about 100 years under the most extreme assumptions. We do have a remarkably serious problem with continuing to use fossil fuels. We need to make an abrupt switch to renewables … Continue reading CO2 levels may reach levels not seen in 56 million years

Handy resource for viewing the consequences of rising sea levels

The graphics developed for visualizing what your city (or anywhere else) will look like as the sea levels rise have been extraordinarily complex and beautiful. Since the eastern coast of the US is already seeing a faster rate of increases that many other parts of the globe, the illustrations can be particularly stunning, or horrifying. … Continue reading Handy resource for viewing the consequences of rising sea levels

Early spring = increased arctic rains = increased methane emissions

The release of methane from what used to be frozen tundra/permafrost has been a major concern of mine for more than a decade. But what this article adds is that ground warming from air temperature increases isn't the only force allowing the methane to be emitted. Turns out the increasing temperatures are accelerating the spring … Continue reading Early spring = increased arctic rains = increased methane emissions

Are you just beginning your career? Be rational in where you decide to live

Many people simply fall into where they live after they finish college or getting the certification they need for a career. They stay where they were educated or they move to live near family or they pick an exotic location without research. These days I always make a pitch for being more rational. Climate change … Continue reading Are you just beginning your career? Be rational in where you decide to live