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Restoring agricultural soils for profit, biodiversity and climate resilience

===Carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels and cement production – from 1750 to 2011 – was about 365 billion metric tonnes as carbon (GtC), with another 180 GtC from deforestation and agriculture.   Of this 545 GtC, about 240 GtC (44%) … Continue reading

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Working Backwards – from ENSO variability to Solar Causality

ENSO (El Niño Southern Oscillation) variability is linked to the spinning up or down of the South Pacific gyre – as it brings more or less cold Southern Ocean water northward – along the Peruvian coast – to more or less … Continue reading

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The Grand Climate System – the new level in planetary theory

Understanding climate require a systems approach that seems little appreciated to date. The consequence of this neglect is that widespread expectations of the future evolution of climate have no validity. The policy implication of a climate system that doesn’t behave … Continue reading

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Is Ecomodernism the third way on climate change?

The headline here is the title of a blog post on “The Hill” by Julie Kelly. It contains three terms that seem likely to annoy any thoughtful conservative. Ecomodernism is a term used for toasters, pants, lampshades, etc. that have … Continue reading

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Climate chaos – the once and future dragon-king

“… the future evolution of the global mean temperature may hold surprises on both the warm and cold ends of the spectrum due entirely to internal variability that lie well outside the envelope of a steadily increasing global mean temperature.”  … Continue reading

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Attrition in the climate trenches

There are ongoing skirmishes on the climate battlefront.  They involve key ideas in climate science – climate extremes, climate sensitivity and the accuracy of climate models.  There is as well an ongoing quibble – recently revisited by “climate scientists” – about whether … Continue reading

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Economic growth and environmental management in a global Iriai

The Ecomodernist Manifesto published last month delivers a new and optimistic approach to development and the environment. The bottom line is that: Intensifying many human activities — particularly farming, energy extraction, forestry, and settlement — so that they use less land and interfere … Continue reading

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