Hurricane Harvey Threatens Wind Farm Output

Guest essay by Eric Worrall At least one news outlet has noticed that renewable energy is exceptionally vulnerable to hurricanes and other extreme weather events. How will renewables power the future, if climate change produces more extreme weather? Harvey Set to Overpower Wind in State Generating the Most Storm could knock out between 2.1 and…

1919 image of a St Bernard, from the book "The Dogs of Great Britain, America and Other Countries".

Environmental impacts of food consumption by dogs and cats

From PLOS Gregory S. Okin Published: August 2, 2017 Abstract In the US, there are more than 163 million dogs and cats that consume, as a significant portion of their diet, animal products and therefore potentially constitute a considerable dietary footprint. Here, the energy and animal-derived product consumption of these pets in the US is…

An Ecologist’s Plea to Dr. Terry Hughes: The Public Needs Robust Science Regards Coral Bleaching, Not Fearmongering!

Guest essay by Jim Steele Director emeritus Sierra Nevada Field Campus, San Francisco State University and author of Landscapes & Cycles: An Environmentalist’s Journey to Climate Skepticism Recently Dr. Terry Hughes published the paper Global Warming and Recurrent Mass Bleaching of Corals (henceforth Hughes 2017) and concluded “immediate global action to curb future warming is…

What is the Default Temperature for the Earth?

Guest Opinion: Dr. Tim Ball The Earth’s atmosphere does not act like a greenhouse. The analogy was partially developed to help students understand the apparent disparity between energy coming in from the sun and leaving the Earth to space. However, its greater value was in creating the global warming deception because it automatically triggered thoughts…