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Cities at night learning about cities from a different perspective

By now you’ve probably seen the new Earth at Night images and videos from NASA. Chris Elvidge, a NOAA scientist who has studied the Earth at night for over 20 years (talk about an awesome job!) says, “Nothing tells us more about the spread of humans across the Earth than city lights.” Seen from ~500 miles above the Earth’s surface, you can see what he is talking about: a sprawling network of humanity stretching inward from coastlines, following rivers, tracing old trade routes, and in some cases ending abruptly at borders (who said there are no borders from space?)...

December 12, 2012 — David Wogan

Energy policy is shaped by what you think about energy

Friend of the blog Sheril Kirshenbaum has a piece up over at NPR’s 13.7 blog about energy perception and policy reality (link). Her point? That what the public thinks about energy – what they want, think they want, or think they know – shapes the decisions politicians make about energy and environmental policy: Personal attitudes, concerns, and priorities are determined by more than just "the facts." We take into account stories in the media, the talking points of politicians, vocal celebrities and religious leaders, as well as the opinions of family and friends...

October 15, 2012 — David Wogan

Coping with deep climate uncertainty

There is a great post at the Council on Foreign Relations blog where by Michael Levi boils down global climate change in to two overarching unknowns: (1) extent of damage by an accumulation of greenhouse gases, and (2) an uncertainty around which policies, or set of policies, will succeed in reducing emissions...

October 9, 2012 — David Wogan

Should climate change have been on the agenda at last night s debate?

If you were hoping to hear President and Mitt Romney get down on climate change at last night’s Presidential debate, you were left unfulfilled. President Obama and Governor Romney only peripherally approached climate change last night when talking about domestic energy issues like green jobs, Solyndra, and Romney’s love for coal...

October 4, 2012 — David Wogan
UT Austin: Over 12 percent of all U.S. energy consumption is directly related to water

UT Austin: Over 12 percent of all U.S. energy consumption is directly related to water

A new study by researchers at The University of Texas at Austin has estimated the energy embedded in the U.S. water system. Kelly Sanders, a PhD candidate in Mechanical Engineering at UT Austin, compiled and allocated energy consumption for various water-related activities in the residential, commercial, and industrial sectors...

October 2, 2012 — David Wogan

Weekend update: Symphony of Science

To me, this is the musical equivalent of science. John Boswell mixed and matched video clips from some real science greats like Carl Sagan, Bill Nye, and Neil deGrasse Tyson, worked some magic, and came out with a creation that builds upon the work of the guys in the video...

July 22, 2012 — David Wogan
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