How’d They Calculate That?

News Brief by Kip Hansen   There are two recent stories in the NY Times that bring up a curious seemingly inconsequential oddity of mathematical computing.  They are both written by Steven Strogatz — in time order they were: “The Math Equation That Tried to Stump the Internet” and then, two days later, “That Vexing…

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Anthropocene: “it will be the rocks that have the final say” about this fake word.

Guest geology by David Middleton The fake geologic epoch known as the “Anthropocene” just won’t die… It’s like a zombie from a bad science fiction movie. NEWS FEATURE  06 AUGUST 2019 Humans versus Earth: the quest to define the AnthropoceneResearchers are hunting for nuclear debris, mercury pollution and other fingerprints of humanity that could designate a…

Why Was Amnesty International Invested in Fossil Fuels?

Guest “who fracking cares?” by David Middleton Amnesty international to divest from fossil fuel companies5 August 2019, 11:30 UTC Amnesty International will divest from fossil fuel companies in acknowledgement that investment in an industry whose products are the primary source of the climate crisis is at odds with the organization’s mission of protecting and championing…

Washington Times: The Two Recent Mass Shooters Had Eco-Terrorist Beliefs

Guest essay by Eric Worrall I’m not suggesting that normal climate activists advocate this kind of violence, more likely the insanity was there first, and the madmen fitted apocalyptic climate beliefs around their desire to cause harm. Gunman’s left-wing views thwart Democratic efforts to pin mass shootings on Trump By Valerie Richardson – The Washington Times – Updated: 7:51…

Past, present and future progress requires mining

Metal and mineral needs are constant, constantly evolving, requiring new mines John M. Clema Civilization’s progress has always been heavily dependent on farming and mining. The Stone Age didn’t end because mankind ran out of stones. Instead, the discovery, mining and processing of metals like copper, bronze and iron, followed by the development of steel,…

China coal mine approvals surge despite climate pledges

From Reuters David Stanway, Muyu Xu SHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) – Approvals for new coal mine construction in China have surged in 2019, government documents showed, with Beijing expecting consumption of the commodity to rise in the coming years even as it steps up its fight against smog and greenhouse gas emissions. Long-term cuts in coal consumption…