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By Joe Romm on April 20, 2013 at 8:22 am

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53 Responses to Open Thread Plus Cartoon Of The Week

  1. Will Fox says:

    Solar accounted for 100% of new utility electricity generation added to the U.S. grid last month

    For the first time, solar energy accounted for all new utility electricity generation capacity added to the U.S. grid last month, according to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC’s) latest report.

    http://www.futuretimeline.net/blog/2013/04/19.htm

  2. prokaryotes says:

    Lol that cartoon, but so true O.o

  3. Steve in Miami says:

    Joe, you are probably aware of this, but just in case…

    I travel around a lot for my job so there are about 5 computers that I use on a weekly basis. On 3 out of those 5 computers, I cannot access the comments on your site. The little talk bubble with number of comments is simply not there.

    On my home computer, I have to use Internet Explorer to access the comments because I cannot access them through Firefox and even then, the talk bubble is absent, although I can still access the comments using IE by clicking the headline and scrolling down.

    This means that in all probability, more than 50% of potential posters do not post because they cannot access the comments.

    Just giving a heads up.

    • Joan Savage says:

      Posting from Firefox usually works by allowing cookies, such as the bundle of cookies from thinkprogress.org

    • Lewis Cleverdon says:

      Steve – same here I’m afraid, plus what to many could be a major offputting hassle is a clunky delay of about 30 seconds or more each time I click to ‘read more’ or change articles or write a comment or view an older post, etc.

      Nice to know that it isn’t just my set, but I’m puzzled that with CP as part of Think Progress it hasn’t already been resolved – given how widespread is Firefox. It would be good to know for sure that it’s not intervention by those who view JR’s posts as a prime threat to their interests.

      A while back on Real Climate there was a comment from a serious person (not a troll) bewailing the fact that his comments were routinely excluded by the moderator – which seemed to me highly unlikely given the level of respect for free speech – maybe another glitch ?

      My own twopennerth of a heads up would be to request the restoration of access to the archive by subject, which was an outstanding service of the old site.

      Regards,

      Lewis

    • Wes says:

      I use Firefox and have never had a problem with the comments here.

    • prokaryotes says:

      On a sidenote it might be worthy to check out WordPress “Jetpack” and/or Akismet (signup for free). This way you can configure WP to have guest comments with social login or without. And to my knowledge that works. Then disable the word white list (if this is enabled now). Plus many neat features like up/down voting (extra plug-in) or even things like personal page (with Addon buddypress).

    • Andy Hultgren says:

      I use FireFox too, without issue.

      Steve in Miami and Lewis, a few of pieces of information the TP webmaster would probably appreciate:

      1) Your Operating System (Mac OSX, Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Vista, etc. etc.)

      2) The security settings on your browser

      3) Your browser version

      That sort of information might be helpful if the webmaster wants to track down the source of the problem!

      • Steve in Miami says:

        I’m using Firefox 20.0.1 on Windows XP and IE 8.0.6001 (?).

        As I said, neither of them show the talk bubble, but in Firefox, I can’t see the comments even if I click the headline.

        It’s very annoying because IE is absurdly slow (at least on my computer), but I have to use it for this site if I want to read the discussions.

        My work computers all run XP but I know it’s not a problem with XP because a few of them do show the talk bubble.

        Oh, and I have cookies enabled in my Firefox.

        • Chris Winter says:

          Same O/S and version of Firefox here, and I’ve had no problems posting at Climate Progress.

          You might try accepting 3rd-party cookies, just for a test.

    • Brooks Bridges says:

      No problem with any browser on my Mac laptop. However, neither my old DroidX or new iphone 5 can see comments even if I run browsers directly.

  4. Raul M. says:

    Huffington Post has Two articles on the Gulf Oil Spill. One mentioned dispersant and common health effects. Nice that the chemical name of the ______ is listed and mention of blood testing for such.

  5. David K says:

    Here is an interesting panel discussion that was held on April 17 in Ottawa; the subject is selling carbon pricing to Canadians.

    I was impressed by 2 of the panelists namely Bob Inglis who was a Republican representative from South Carolina and Elizabeth May, leader of The Green Party of Canada, who worked in the Conservative Government of Brian Mulroney on environmental issues. Goes to show there are some conservatives who are on the right side of the carbon pricing issue.

    http://canada2020.ca/event/the-canada-we-want-carbon-pricing/

  6. DRT says:

    I’ve been reading “Active Hope” by Macy and Johnstone. A poster here recommended it a few weeks back. One bit that has really struck home for me is “We …… go about our normal lives in the mode of Business as Usual while also remaining painfully aware of the multifaceted crisis unfolding around us.” That’s me….I go to work, do my job, and live my life while at the same time aware that I’m standing on the rim watching the climate circle the drain.

    • cathy strickler says:

      Everything in this book strikes home to me. I read it when I was in despair after looking at the latest polar ice cap graph posted here. Now a group of climate activists are taking 6 weeks to read it together. I made a 22′ long banner for the DC climate rally in Feb. that said ‘ ACTIVE HOPE FOR TEAM EARTH’. Let’s try to popularize the term for those of us in the trenches.

  7. Joan Savage says:

    Today’s NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday included

    So Hot Right Now: Has Climate Change Created A New Literary Genre?

    by Angela Evancie

    To listen:
    http://www.npr.org/2013/04/20/176713022/so-hot-right-now-has-climate-change-created-a-new-literary-genre

    Excerpt:

    As far as [Nathaniel] Rich is concerned, climate change itself is a foregone conclusion. The story — the suspense, the romance — is in how we deal with it.

    “I don’t think that the novelist necessarily has the responsibility to write about global warming or geopolitics or economic despair,” he says. “But I do feel that novelists should write about what these things do to the human heart — write about the modern condition, essentially.”

  8. John Hartz says:

    It’s heartening to see that land use and transportation planners in Broward County are taking the impacts of manmade climate change seriously. See:

    ”South Florida Assessing Climate Change Impact On Roads, Bridges, Railroads, Airports: Storm surges and rising sea level a growing concern” by Angel Streetar, Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel, Apr 19, 2013

  9. John Hartz says:

    The Association of Climate Change Officers is holding its inaugural summit this June in Ft. Lauderdale, FL This national event is not one to be missed for those working on SLR. For more information, see their website at:

    http://www.accoonline.org/ccls/risingseas-june2013.html

  10. fj says:

    Elevated bamboo bikeways is the next big thing.

    Well it doesn’t have to be bamboo; it could be indigenous trees or otherwise; like in treehouses; and it does not have to be trees from the get-go, just planted along side for when they grow strong enough.

    Grown and growing net zero or net positive infrastructure provide a multplicity of benefits.

    Bamboo bikeways illiteration is a little nicer than tree transit ways . . . maybe.

    Go ahead make my day . . . have fun with it.

    • Calamity Jean says:

      Tree transit trails?

      • fj says:

        A city built around tree transit trails would be nice.

      • fj says:

        Express trails would be at tree tops with the slower meandering local trails further down.

        Scenic fun trails weaving and rising and dipping around could provide a nice diversion while en route.

      • fj says:

        With lots of growing living infrastructure, cities could evolve to have an edenesque quality with a high quality life and a low cost of living.

      • fj says:

        Taken to the extreme, some places might evolve to be teeming with life where a character like Star Wars’ Yoda would be right at home and people would truly feel the exquisite force of living world’s.

  11. The Thermohaline Circulation is already faltering at 0.8°C rise, and it’s not in the news. It’s not even mentioned here? What a surreal water planet we live on, when the main driver of ocean health dramatically declines and nobody seems to respond. See http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/04/10/1200602/-The-Antarctic-Half-of-the-Global-Thermohaline-Circulation-Is-Faltering

    • Merrelyn Emery says:

      One of the early victims is the giant kelp forest off Tasmania’s SE coast. This kelp, 30 metres high, is extremely temperature sensitive and has suffered a rapid, 95% decline (ABC News 24), ME

      • Merrelyn Emery says:

        Sorry, forgot to mention that the immediate mechanism seems to be changes in the SE Australian current, ME

      • Mulga Mumblebrain says:

        And the giant cuttlefish of South Australia are going the same way, just as fast.

  12. Joan Savage says:

    Climate variability can get Mother Nature out of sync

    http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2013/04/climate_variability_can_get_mo.html

  13. Aldous says:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_pipeline_accidents_in_the_United_States_in_the_21st_Century

    There have been a lot of pipeline accidents in the US in the 21st century alone. I knew there were a lot, there are A LOT.

  14. Matt Owens says:

    Hi, please sign this petition that urges the President to address the US about climate change with prominent scientists by his side: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/national-address-critical-urgency-climate-change/thsHlt4K

  15. Joan Savage says:

    What do people know about “sudden stratospheric warmings?”

    In the linked article:

    “New and cutting edge research is showing a relationship between the Arctic warm phases (and their associated high latitude blocking) with bursts of warmth which develop in the stratosphere called “sudden stratospheric warmings.”

    When warm periods in the stratosphere occur, winds in the stratosphere can actually reverse direction. In the winter, that’s pretty radical. A lot of research is going on to better understand the relationship between a warmer Arctic and sudden stratospheric warmings.”

    http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2013/04/the_arctics_relationship_to_ou.html

    The warmer Arctic’s relationship to Central New York weather: Warm there, cold here
    by Dave Eichorn [a veteran meteorologist]

    • Mulga Mumblebrain says:

      We have not the faintest idea of the ramifications of our destructive ways, and the ruling elites have little interest, hoping to escape by leaving this mortal coil in the nick of time. The ‘unknown unknowns’ are coming thick and fast.

    • Raul M. says:

      Umm, loss of ozone in the stratosphere allows for warming. One of NASA’s satallites studies it, as it is regional (or spotted) and variable. How much warming?

      • Raul M. says:

        Also, ozone in the lower atmosphere increases warming.
        So an increase of fossil fuelism (?) leads to sudden warming. Way down here in the wild blue yonder.

    • Joan Savage says:

      Skeptical Science reports about a recent “sudden stratospheric warming,” and we even have an acronym SSW, so I’m looking forward to more public education on this topic.

      Here’s a SkS quote:

      What about those big high pressure areas causing all that thin ice to crack and get caught up in the Beaufort Gyre? Not only have they been spurring on the spectacular cracking event of recent weeks, they are also helping winter to keep parts of the US and Europe in its icy grip. The highs are tied to a sudden stratospheric warming event (SSW) that has effectively made the Polar Vortex collapse relatively early, after it was already considerably weakened by a SSW in January. The Polar Vortex normally keeps cold air from spilling out all over the Northern Hemisphere.

      http://www.skepticalscience.com/arctic-freezing-season-ends-with-a-loud-crack.html

      • Joan Savage says:

        Arctic freezing season ends with a loud crack
        Posted on 23 March 2013 by Neven

      • FrankD says:

        Joan,

        SSW events have been a regular topic of conversation at Neven’s blog and the associated forum for several months now.

        I don’t have links, but you should be able to search for the term of the abbreviation and find enough to keep you busy.

    • Raul M. says:

      NCAR with COMET’s MetEd might be able to help as it is a free educational program that covers many subjects.

  16. coolplanet says:

    Only problem is this guy lives in Iowa.

  17. Brian R Smith says:

    The Good, the Bad and the Octopus: self-profiling for basic awareness in 2 sports…

    Google “ski industry climate” and you get returns like “Climate Change Threatens Ski Industry’s Livelihood – NYTimes.com
    http://www.nytimes.com/…/climate-change-threatens-ski-industrys-liveliho...

    .. often featuring Protect Our Winters, one of many coalitions of ski/snowboard industry and groups and individuals lobbying for climate action. POW says

    “Snow-based recreation in the United States is estimated to contribute $67 billion annually to the US economy and supports over 600,000 jobs. So when we look at the cost of inaction, it’s serious business.

    We represent the global snow sports community – there are 23 million of us in the US alone. Clearly, it’s time for us all to step up and take responsibility to save a season that fuels our passions but is also the foundation for our livelihoods, our jobs and the economic vitality of our mountain regions.” This is good.

    Compare this to what you get when you Google “octopus hockey”:

    Hockey fan throws shark with octopus sewn into its mouth onto ice …
    abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/sports/pro/hockey&id…

    or my favorite: Hockey Fans Throwing Weird Crap on the Ice: A City-by-City Breakdown
    http://www.theatlanticcities.com/neighborhoods/2012/…/hockey…/1992/ from which we learn:

    “The Red Wings basically started the whole throwing-bizarre-crud-onto-the-ice tradition when a pair of brothers lobbed an octopus during the 1952 Stanley Cups playoff. (They won it.) Detroit has since embraced the octopode as its spirit animal, throwing suction-cupped beasts as heavy as 50 pounds into the heat of the action and naming a team mascot Al the Octopus. One of the poor souls tasked with sweeping up the ice has commented: ”They are so gross. They’re huge, they’re heavy, they stink and they leave this slimy trail on the ice. But, hey, if it’s good for the team, I guess we can deal with it.” So why these creatures? Legend has it that each of the tentacles symbolizes a playoff win. Makes sense.”

    This is bad. Also confusing, considering (Wikipedia):

    “Studies by the Sports Marketing Group conducted from 1998 to 2004 show that the NHL’s fan base is much more affluent than that of the PGA Tour.[135] A study done by the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 2004, found that NHL fans in America were the MOST EDUCATED AND AFFLUENT of the four major leagues. They were also found to be substantially more computer literate than the other fans.”

    So we might expect hockey fans would have as good a chance as anyone of being disgusted with public displays of marine animal cruelty and some idea of the larger problem of human destruction of ocean ecosystems. Or that the the Greenland ice sheet is not doing as well as the fossil-cooled ice down on the rink. Guess not.

    Ok, not all hockey fans are brutes, but jesus who are these people? Well, it’s a tribal thing! just like the social scientists tell us, and it’s what’s for dinner in dealing with climate reality & the public. I have a Heyduke Lives patch for anyone who bags the hockey fan climate lobby.

  18. DRT says:

    Kochtopus Seeks New Use For Ink

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/21/business/media/koch-brothers-making-play-for-tribunes-newspapers.html?_r=0

    Koch Industries,…is exploring a bid to buy the Tribune Company’s eight regional newspapers. In a slightly damp and smudged written statement, the bothers stated “We really feel that the rate of destruction of Earth’s biosphere is insufficient. We hope that with the purchase of these newspapers we can really ramp that up.” An unnamed spokesman for the Koch’s stated that the brothers hope to vastly increase the spread of their lies and disinformation so as to keep the rabble even more uninformed than they are already.

  19. catman306 says:

    Kevin Drum writes about the lack of support in congress for a carbon tax:
    A Tax Everyone Can Love (But No One Actually Does)

    http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2013/04/tax-everyone-should-love-no-one-actually-does