Nuclear Summer

I was looking forward to a summer vacationconference in Kanazawa in Japan this summer.  Unfortunately somebody forgot to switch off the lights, so a nuclear power plant became slightly warmer than anticipated and the world panicked. Of course, the threat in Japan is comparable with the one in Chernobyl in 1986; one apt comparison would […]

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CO2 is the Food of Trees! Why Do You Hate Trees?

I just read that the Danish Nationalist Party suggests we give more money to Bjørn Lomborg. This made me happy. Bjørn Lomborg is known for suggesting that just throwing money at the environmental problems with no regard for how we spend the money may not be right.

A lot of arguments these days come from people who does not understand the difference between correlation and causality. The CO2 argument is one of those. We notice that temperature has risen. At the same time (or a decade or so displaces, depending on who you ask) CO2 in the atmosphere has risen. This is correlation: knowing the value of one of the phenomena, allows us to predict the value of the other. […]

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