Category Archives: Climate change
I can still remember when computational chemistry was considered a special, esoteric (some would have said “useless”) sub-specialty within physical chemistry. Three recent articles in scientific journals show that the times have changed. Future research will have a computational component almost … finish reading Bright Times for Computational Chemistry
Can you sue the government to force it to take action on climate change? This question was put to federal magistrate judge Thomas Coffin in Eugene, Oregon in early 2015 in a lawsuit, Kelsey Cascadia Rose Juliana et al. v. United … finish reading Young People Sue For Stable Climate
The election of Donald Trump to the presidency raises all sorts of questions about future US policy on greenhouse gases and climate change. An opinion piece by Robert Stavins (“Goodbye to the Climate,” NY Times, 9 Nov 2016) lists the … finish reading Reed’s Climate Path under Trump
In a classic scene from All The President’s Men, the movie about investigative reporters unmasking wrongdoing in the Nixon White House, one reporter, Bob Woodward, meets up with his insider source, Deep Throat, in a DC parking garage. Woodward confesses that … finish reading Follow the CO2 (and the $$$)
I just read Bill McKibben’s “Climate: Will We Lose the Endgame?” (NY Review of Book, 10 July 2014). The article reviews three documents: a book on Antarctica, a report from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (fyi – … finish reading Does Climate Change Care About Your Political Affiliation?
Jerry Mitrovica is a professor of geophysics at Harvard who studies changes in sea-level. He was recently interviewed by the science magazine, Nautilus, (“Why Our Intuition About Sea-Level Rise is Wrong”, 18 Feb 2016) on such topics as how the earth’s … finish reading Give yourself time to think
This has been a tough summer in Portland. We’ve set a record for the number of days in which the top temperatures have exceeded 90F (average: 12 days/yr, 2015: 25 and counting). Despite the heat, and drought, and wildfires, Reed … finish reading Returning to a Green Campus?
403 ppm – CO2 level measured at Mauno Loa in April 2015 401 ppm – CO2 level, April 2014. 393 ppm – CO2 level, April 2011, current graduating class finished high school. 356 ppm – CO2 level, April 1989. I … finish reading 400 ppm CO2 and Reed says, “not our problem”
The logic of climate change is simple: high-levels of atmospheric CO2 threaten our future (not only humans, but many species) burning fossil fuels adds CO2 to the atmosphere (scientists estimate that the current level, ~400 ppm, is already dangerously high) … finish reading Guardian says, ‘Keep it in the ground’
Reed College was established just over 100 years ago. I don’t know what the pressing issues of the day were back then, but they certainly didn’t include global climate change. The notion that human activity, everyday human activity no less, … finish reading Global Divestment Day, Feb 13