Gerry Canavan

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It’s Probably a Lot Worse Than It Sounds

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A massive phytoplankton bloom has been found underneath the Arctic pack ice in the Chukchi Sea. The under-ice bloom, previously thought impossible, will require a complete rethinking of Arctic ecosystems – and is a potent indicator of global warming’s effects on the far north.

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June 19, 2012 at 11:32 pm

Monday Night

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* “Pass the Damn Bill” movement gaining steam? More at Daily Kos.

* Looks like Obamatopia is officially over: Indonesia may tear down Obama statue.

* But wait! State of the Union to call for an end to DADT?

* Today in the past: the first robot homicide.

Williams died instantly in 1979 when the robot’s arm slammed him as he was gathering parts in a storage facility, where the robot also retrieved parts. Williams’ family was later awarded $10 million in damages. The jury agreed the robot struck him in the head because of a lack of safety measures, including one that would sound an alarm if the robot was near.

* Skepticism about algae fuels from Bradford Plumer.

* And Erica highlights what will surely be the most important academic conference of the year.

EcoTuesday

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EcoTuesday!

* Kim Stanley Robinson, hero of the environment.

* People will have to be rationed to four modest portions of meat and one litre of milk a week if the world is to avoid run-away climate change, a major new report warns.

* We’re double-saved! ‘New Facility Uses Algae to Turn Coal Pollution Into Fuel.’

* Except we’ve already destroyed the oceans and the rainforests.

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September 30, 2008 at 3:21 pm

Closing a Few Open Tabs

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Closing a few open tabs.

* The New York Times has an article on Fermi problems and the importance of intuition in mathematics. (There’s a game.) (Via Boing Boing.) Kottke links to some such calculations at 3quarksdaily, saying they used to be part of the interview process of Microsoft and Google.

* Roger Ebert explains why some people say he gives movies too many stars.

* The new season of the Ricky Gervais podcast is out.

* More radio: an episode of This American Life from May that explains the origins of the mortgage crisis.

* And Bill Gates is investing heavily in algae fuel. We’re saved!

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September 18, 2008 at 12:26 pm

Envirolinks!

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Envirolinks!

* Climate Debate Daily, from the good (if too conservative) folks who bring you Arts & Letters Daily, is the latest addition to the ecology section of my sidebar.

* And from way back in February: the top 50 eco blogs, as ranked by the Guardian.

* 25 tips to make your apartment a green paradise.

* More from the the 55-mph wars: Nissan’s new ECO pedal “presses back upward when it senses drivers are driving too quickly.”

* ‘Junk Mail Produces as Much CO2 as 7 States Combined.’ Here’s how to stop it.

* ‘Prepare for global temperature rise of 4°C, warns top scientist.’

* Scientists predict that the disappearance of Arctic sea ice ‘will lead to a large-scale transfer of shellfish, snails, and other animals from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic.’

* But will algal ethanol save us? Virgin Airlines says yes!

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August 10, 2008 at 12:10 am