👓 GOP lawmaker says rocks falling into ocean to blame for rising sea levels | TheHill

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A Republican lawmaker on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee said Thursday that rocks from the White Cliffs of Dover and the California coastline, as well as silt from rivers tumbling into the ocean, are contributing to high sea levels globally. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) made the comment during a hearing on technology and the changing climate, which largely turned into a Q&A on the basics of climate research.

The headline was just so sadly painful to me that I couldn’t resist reading. Unfortunately, reading didn’t help things…

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👓 Climate Change Is Messing With Your Dinner | Bloomberg

Read Climate Change Is Messing With Your Dinner by Agnieszka de Sousa and Hayley Warren (Bloomberg.com)
The future of food looks like lots of lobsters, Polish chardonnay and California coffee.

This is a difficult story to tell, though the timelapse imagery here is relatively useful. If one had some extra money lying around, it certainly indicates which crops one could be shorting in the markets over the next few decades.

I can imagine Jeremy Cherfas doing something interesting and more personalizing with this type of story via his fantastic interviews on Eat This Podcast.

h/t Jorge Spinoza

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👓 Small Businesses Cheer ‘New Sheriff in Town’ After Climate Pact Exit | New York Times

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Local firms’ leaders around the country remain widely supportive of President Trump, even as some chief executives of big corporations pull away.

This may be the definition of mediocre reporting, and possibly worse because it was one of the biggest stories of the week. It’s nice to have a story telling us what the other parts of the country are feeling. What they’re completely missing here is “WHY do these people who really have no experience with the science think this is the correct direction?” Other than repeating sound bites they’ve heard (most likely politicians say) on television, what are their reasons for cheering? They need to be prodded several questions deep to find the real underlying reasons.

I suspect that most small businesses don’t have very solid reasons, if any at all, for their cheering.

Addendum: Even worse, I heard the head of the EPA reference this particular article to support his own arguments on Meet the Press this morning. Because of this it would have been even better if the underlying reason for their joy was covered.

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I am an Arctic researcher. Donald Trump is deleting my citations | The Guardian

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These politically motivated data deletions come at a time when the Arctic is warming twice as fast as the global average

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🔖 A First Step Toward Quantifying the Climate’s Information Production over the Last 68,000 Years

Bookmarked A First Step Toward Quantifying the Climate’s Information Production over the Last 68,000 Years (link.springer.com)
Paleoclimate records are extremely rich sources of information about the past history of the Earth system. We take an information-theoretic approach to analyzing data from the WAIS Divide ice core, the longest continuous and highest-resolution water isotope record yet recovered from Antarctica. We use weighted permutation entropy to calculate the Shannon entropy rate from these isotope measurements, which are proxies for a number of different climate variables, including the temperature at the time of deposition of the corresponding layer of the core. We find that the rate of information production in these measurements reveals issues with analysis instruments, even when those issues leave no visible traces in the raw data. These entropy calculations also allow us to identify a number of intervals in the data that may be of direct relevance to paleoclimate interpretation, and to form new conjectures about what is happening in those intervals—including periods of abrupt climate change.

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“Predicting unpredictability: Information theory offers new way to read ice cores,” Phys.org. [Online]. Available: http://phys.org/news/2016-12-unpredictability-theory-ice-cores.html. [Accessed: 12-Dec-2016]
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👓 Chris Aldrich is reading “Predicting unpredictability: Information theory offers new way to read ice cores”

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At two miles long and five inches in diameter, the West Antarctic Ice Sheet Divide (WAIS) ice core is a tangible record of the last 68,000 years of our planet's climate.
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