Siberian Wildfires, July 1, 2020 (via NASA)

Another Sip from the Fire Hose


The thing to remember as we struggle with COVID-19, Trump’s lies, Trump’s Brownshirt tactics and the country’s seemingly ongoing descent into chaos; the thing to remember is those aren’t even the biggest crisis. WC doesn’t know about you, but the unrelenting bad news is exhausting. It all sucks the energy and compassion out of WC.…

"New Elevation Data Triple Estimates of Global Vulnerability to Sea-Level Rise and Coeastal Flooding," Scott Culp and Benjamin Strauss, Nature Communications

Whitbeck Still Doesn’t Get It


A little over a month ago, WC did a take down on Koch Brothers’ flak Rick Whitbeck. Well, Whitbeck has another opinion piece in the Anchorage Daily News, this time attacking Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D, New York) and her Green New Deal because it would disrupt Alaska’s oil and gas extraction economy. As a piece of…

Movie S13. Pilot-scale burn experiment of standing grass treated with formulation 1 at coverage level 2 shown at 2x speed. The plot was treated, dried, weathered with a simulated rain event (0.5”), and dried again prior to burning.

Dealing with Climate Change: Wildfires


It seems increasingly likely that humanity’s inaction in the face of the existential threat of anthropogenic climate change means we are going to have more than than the 2° Celsius of global temperature increase that climatologists regarded as manageable. So, without in any way conceding that humanity’s CO2 emissions must be reduced, it’s time to…

Caribou from the Porcupine herd gather in a drainage of the Brooks Range in ANWR, June 2009. (Richard J. Murphy / ADN archive)

Rick Whitbeck Calls Kettle Black


Rick Whitbeck is a well-paid flack for the Koch Brothers and their anti-climate change agenda. He’s the former field director for Stand for Alaska, a group opposing the Ballot 1 Measure designed to protect salmon habitat in the state. Whitbeck’s boss is Daniel Turner, the former director of strategic communications at the Charles Koch Institute. Before…

WC Helps Michael Knowles


Michael Knowles, a failed actor,1 pretend author2 and – with those qualifications – Fox News political commentator embarrassed himself and even Fox News. Knowles said of 16-year old climate activist Greta Thurnberg, None of that matters because the climate hysteria movement is not about science,” said the conservative pundit and Daily Wire podcast host. “If…

Source: NOAA Publication 2009

Okay, Do You “Believe” in Gravity?


The U.S. State Department includes something called the Bureau of Intelligence and Research. The Bureau’s primary mission is “to harness intelligence to serve U.S. diplomacy.” Dr. Rod Schoonover is a Senior Analyst in that Bureau, whose work is primarily focused on the implications of environmental and ecological change on national security and foreign policy. Dr. Schoonover…

Idaho and Climate Change


Unlike Alaska’s Governor Mike Dunleavy, Idaho’s Governor Brad Little recognizes the reality of anthropogenic climate change. Better still, Idaho is trying to plan for the change that can’t be avoided and to avoid fossil fuels as much as possible. That’s part of the reason Idaho Power, Idaho’s largest electric utility, has committed to stop use…

Funding sources for the anti-climate change effort. Credit: Prof. Robert Brulle, Drexel University

Thirty Pieces of Silver


Why do people doubt the reality of anthropogenic climate change in the face of near unanimous expert evidence that it is real? It’s because the fossil fuel industry and its investors have spent billions of dollars working to persuade Americans of a lie: that there is doubt, that the science is uncertain. Those fossil fuel…