Monthly Archives: December 2015

Mary, did you know?

Work for the American Meteorological Society, and soon you’re using “meteorology” to refer to more than terrestrial weather. You come to see it as a big tent, extending to hydrology, oceanography, and climatology – and even weather in space. Christmas … Continue reading

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Congress signals its intentions toward the geosciences.

“The federal budget is a policy statement.” – widely-quoted Washington aphorism, of unknown origin. “Here’s the way to look at the budget. Next year is a disaster. This year is better than we thought it would be. Last year is … Continue reading

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The Paris postulate: the hidden assumption in the latest climate accord.

Postulate (n.) something taken as self-evident or assumed without proof as a basis for reasoning. – Read the draft Paris Agreement from the 21st session of the conference of the parties to the Framework Convention on Climate Change and … Continue reading

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Progress! The Paris climate accord.

“How wonderful, how beautiful, when brothers and sisters get along! It’s like costly anointing oil flowing down head and beard, Flowing down Aaron’s beard, flowing down the collar of his priestly robes. It’s like the dew on Mount Hermon flowing … Continue reading

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Congress, scientists, and the subpoenas: the Prequel.

What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.  Is there anything of which one can say, “Look! This is something new”? It was here already, long ago; … Continue reading

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