William Magear Tweed, c. 1870, via WikiCommons

Boss Tweed Comes to Interior


William Magear Tweed (1823 to1878) – Boss Tweed – was a New York politician and arguably the most corrupt man in the history of American politics, Through his control of the New York state Tammany Hall political machine, he exerted iron-fisted control over political patronage in New York City through Tammany, and his ability to ensure the loyalty of voters…

Humans, Hurricanes and Climate Change


WC is not a climatologist. You already knew that. But WC has read pretty widely in anthropogenic climate change. And it seems pretty clear that humankind is making tropical cyclones – hurricanes, cyclones and typhoons – worse, in at least four different ways. More Heat for a Heat Engine. Cyclones are heat engines. The mechanism…

Finca Lerida Coffee Farm, Panama

The Looming Coffee Crisis


WC wants his fellow coffee junkies to understand just how serious this is: coffee, the single best reason for getting out of bed in the morning, is at grave risk from climate change. Coffee, especially arabica coffee, is fussy about where it will grow and what climatic conditions it will tolerate. The other species, robusta, is a…

About the 3% of Papers Denying AGW


Famously, some 97-98% of peer-reviewed climate science papers confirm the existence and impacts of Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW). In at least three separate studies that arrive at that number. One of those studies involved review of almost 12,000 papers. By any measure, the overwhelming consensus among scientists is that the planet is warming dramatically and…