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Dangerous Assumptions

November 26th, 2008 · 6 Comments

Recently I read an article in Nature that highlighted major issues with the IPCC report. This article is titled Dangerous Assumptions and written by Roger Pielke, Tom Wigley, and Christopher Green. The main argument put forward by the authors is that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assumes a large amount of spontaneous technological [...]

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Tags: ATOC Journal Club · climate · general interest · troposphere

The Tragedy of the Commons: Peak Oil and Climate Change

February 6th, 2008 · 10 Comments

“The Tragedy of the Commons” was published in Science in 1968 by Garrett Hardin. Hardin argued that some problems have “no technical solution”. A technical solution is something that can be solved by technology or the natural sciences, demanding no change in human values or ideas of morality. The problem Garrett was referring to was [...]

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Tags: ATOC Journal Club · climate · general interest · global warming

Phinully Done (Ph.D.)! Ready for the New Year!

January 21st, 2008 · 1 Comment

After a bit of a hiatus, Head in a Cloud is back in action for the new year. A large reason for the hiatus is that I recently (well… last November to be exact) finished my Ph.D., which as one might imagine causes a bit of strain on one’s life. …In fact, I feel like [...]

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Tags: ATOC Journal Club · general interest · humor

Climate engineering

December 6th, 2007 · 8 Comments

For journal club this week, I discussed an editorial about climate engineering [Crutzen, 2006] and a response to  this editorial [Bengsston, 2006]. Crutzen proposes injecting SO2 into the stratosphere to counteract global warming caused by the combustion of fossil fuels.  The SO2 should oxidize to form sulfuric acid, and this acid will condense to form [...]

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Tags: aerosols · ATOC Journal Club

Where’d the rain go?

October 27th, 2007 · No Comments

I presented Abrupt Changes in Rainfall During the Twentieth Century by Narisma, G. T. et al. for the ATOC Journal Club. The authors of this paper wanted to develop a method to identify abrupt decreases in rainfall between 1901 and 2000 using global observations, since there hadn’t been a study done on the droughts of [...]

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Tags: ATOC Journal Club · climate