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I, too, have often had the sense of gratitude for having a job where I get paid and can think of myself as a positive contributor to society.
Why, despite our technological capacities, are we not all working three- to four-hour days? asks <b>David Graeber</b>.
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Q: "What would you do if you had a choice between swerving into a baby stroller or a tennis team composed of grandmothers?"
A: Slam on the brakes.

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/aug/22/self-driving-cars-moral-dilemmas?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Google%2B
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True, but that seems more similar to normal risk management. For one thing, local governments can set speed limits; for another thing, one can sue for injuries.
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The American Geophysical Union (AGU) is the largest association of Earth scientists in the world, of which we are proud members. It is a well-respected institution that works to advance public understanding of science, and holds a strong position on the urgency of climate action. Yet, the AGU continues to accept funding from Exxon Mobil, one of the world's leading funders of climate change denial. This, despite the fact that the AGU's own policy ...
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The Social Cost of Carbon: that means, "how much trouble are we setting ourselves up for, for each extra ton of CO2?"

The EPA says it's $30ish dollars per ton, maybe as low as $10, maybe as high as $100. Those numbers are uncertain because most of the trouble happens decades into the future, and to convert from (e.g.) 2050 dollars worth of trouble into 2016 dollars, you need to know the future's inflation and interest rates. Which nobody knows, of course.

So, how much is that per barrel of oil?

Since one barrel of oil from a well creates about 1/3 of a ton of CO2, the Social Cost of Carbon is about $10/barrel (maybe as low as $3, maybe as high as $30). That's NOT a small number, considering that a barrel of oil costs about $40 these days.

If one forced oil companies to consider the social cost of carbon, their profits would be gone.

Oil to CO2 conversion: http://numero57.net/2008/03/20/carbon-dioxide-emissions-per-barrel-of-crude/
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Missouri's public defender system is a wreck. It's a wreck for a very simple reason: the state, and in particular the governor's office, has worked hard to defund it for years, leaving it unable to hire lawyers to fill jobs even as caseloads balloon. This is true despite legal actions against the state by the Department of Justice, finding that poor black children (in particular) are being denied due process by the lack of legal representation. (If you know anything about Missouri's history, you will know that this outcome is not a coincidence)

This situation has left Michael Barrett, the director of the state's public defender system, with fewer and fewer options to keep the office open. In fact, he's down to one crucial state law that he's always (for good reason) hesitated to use.

All of this is background. What comes next is something I cannot possibly summarize without spoiling the ending. So instead, I suggest that you read Barrett's short letter to Governor Nixon. Read it through the end. Trust me.

I am seriously looking forward to watching how this case plays out. /popcorn

h/t +Andreas Schou
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Greenland melte ice-land many areas by big Global Warming! Badman Nishioka/rainforest action group/Osaka/NGO
To tell whether the island’s glacial cap will melt away any time soon, researchers are poring over old pictures and drawings for clues to its past behaviour.
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NASA satellite image of ice-free Northwest Passage in Arctic Canada reveals the ‘new normal’

http://www.rcinet.ca/en/2016/08/19/nasa-satellite-image-of-ice-free-northwest-passage-reveals-the-new-normal/
They say an image is sometimes worth a thousand words. And this NASA satellite photograph of the nearly ice free Northwest Passage snaking through the Canadian Arctic Archipelago illustrates the Arctic’s “new normal” as climate change continues to transform the region. The famed Arctic sea route, connecting the North Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, is usually…
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It's all about long-range investing. Low carbon technologies pay off in the long run, but if people, captains, and industries don't feel stable, no one thinks of the long term.
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+Ted Kochanski But we are better at predicting now than we used to be. Routes could be designed around wind patterns. And even if it's not a full-time solution, I doubt there are many shipping companies that wouldn't welcome a 10 or more % drop in fuel costs.
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Assholes who are paid by the fossil fuel industry are stalking Bill McKibben. At least we know the industry is worried.
An opposition research group has targeted me for my environmental work, following and recording me to reveal what it calls my hypocrisy and extremism.
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The interesting thing is that as we make more photovoltaic modules, industry gets more experience, finds ways to build them more efficiently, and the price goes down. Specifically, every time the total sales of modules has doubled, the price has decreased by about 25%.
If it surprises you that U.S. solar has jumped 100-fold in the last decade -- and prices are now under 4 cents per kilowatt-hour -- you should read this.
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Price per kilowatt-hour is the unit of measurement that you find on your electric bill: it's not fabricating a new unit.
Yes, it does involve assumptions about lifetimes and interest rates, but so does a computation for the price per watt of a conventional power plant: one must account for the capital costs by depreciation and net preset value.
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For Martin, the Brexit vote was a way to kick back at an unresponsive or almost hostile government. Does this sound like a Trump voter?
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