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I want to learn about climate change

I want to learn about climate change and the challenges facing the environment today. Please recommend resources! [more inside]
posted by Hey Judas! on Apr 7, 2014 - 13 answers

 

How big would a snowman have to be to survive the summer?

(This is from my 11 year old son, purely because he's curious and because we have 11' snowbanks this year). How big would a snowman have to be for at least some snow to survive to the next winter? [more inside]
posted by sweet mister on Feb 6, 2014 - 23 answers

What type of sophistry is this?

Frequently in the climate debates the disbelievers claim that the real objective of global warming believers is to implement socialism, world government, or some variation thereof. Two questions: Is there a name or brief descriptive phrase for this category of sophistry wherein ulterior motives are imputed above and beyond the issue being discussed? Are there notable examples from history (say, soviet era and earlier) where this method was used? Thanks.
posted by Kevin S on Jan 19, 2014 - 6 answers

"How could I bring a child into this world?" The climate change edition.

Many people I know who aren't global warming skeptics are still planning to procreate. Though I might like to have a kid someday, the thought of their future quality of life strikes me as a potentially decisive ethical objection to it. While I've seen plenty of arguments against procreation that deal with the ethics of creating more consumers, that issue is distinct from the ethics of creating new sufferers. Can you point me to any well-reasoned arguments--whether yours or something you've seen, on either side of the issue--that deal with the ethics of choosing to bring children into a hotter world? [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Jan 3, 2014 - 41 answers

How bad is air travel for the climate, really?

I'd like to better understand the climate impact of flying, as someone who flies quite a lot but in a rather unusual manner. [more inside]
posted by mai on Jul 24, 2013 - 8 answers

You say heatwave, I say tomato, no, what?

Over the past few days, I've seen reports in the British media about the upcoming heatwave featuring sky-high blazing temperatures of over 30C. What? [more inside]
posted by Gyan on Jul 15, 2013 - 65 answers

Have some spare money; how can I spend it to benefit the environment?

I have £150 spare this month and would like to spend it in a way that benefits the environment (climate change related). I'd love your suggestions about how I can use this money to have the most impact, whether that's donating to a top notch environmental charity or investing it in a green tech (renewables, insulation etc.) company that is doing particularly good work.
posted by jonrob on Jun 14, 2013 - 18 answers

Are there job opps for programmers in cleantech/fusion research?

I am a software developer with good experience, principally in big data, though I am not married to that field. I think that climate change is a serious threat to human existence, and am probing how I might be able to work successfully in a field that could help us develop a more sustainable future. [more inside]
posted by wooh on May 27, 2013 - 3 answers

visualizing human history in the context of earth's history

Can you recommend web-based tools for visualizing human history/civilizations in the context of larger geological timescales and weather changes? [more inside]
posted by par court on Jan 18, 2013 - 3 answers

Free to be a healthy me!

For my health, I want/need to move to the right climate for me, which I'm not sure even exists. It has to be sunny a lot, not humid, with very few days over 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32C) (I guess I could put up with about 3 weeks like that, and nothing over 100 please) and very few days that are 0 degrees Fahrenheit (-17C) or below. (I don't mind snow.) [more inside]
posted by serena15221 on Nov 22, 2012 - 42 answers

Earth: the new Venus

So, what is the most oil-dependent thing that most people do / western lifestyle choice? How do we discourage that thing / encourage an alternative? [more inside]
posted by wormwood23 on Nov 12, 2012 - 25 answers

Sudden onset arthritis in a 37-year old?

Thirty-something woman with no history experiencing sudden-onset arthritis due to change in geography/altitude/climate? Details after the jump. [more inside]
posted by petitemom on Jun 9, 2012 - 9 answers

Climate change in your favor?

Does climate change ever work in farmers favor? If one region becomes inhospitable for growing a crop due to climate change (like coffee in Peru), does it mean another part of the world may become perfect for growing that crop that was previously not? [more inside]
posted by secretbenjamin on May 27, 2012 - 14 answers

Cloudy Day Sunny Day

What is the sunniest day of the year? and how is that determined? [more inside]
posted by Prince_of_Cups on Feb 3, 2012 - 3 answers

The only constant is change

Will someone tell me what's wrong with the data cited and resulting conclusion here that the last ten years have seen a cooling trend in the United States? [more inside]
posted by codswallop on Nov 7, 2011 - 11 answers

Europe in late October?

Due to very busy schedules, the earliest time we can take a vacation this year is the second half of October. We originally planned to go to Turkey, but Lonely Planet says that Cappadocia basically shuts down due to cold in mid October. So is that true, and if so, what other similar places would you suggest for a week at that time of year, in Europe? A little culture would be nice, since the rest of the tip will be spent in the Greek isles.
posted by smackfu on Aug 22, 2011 - 4 answers

ideas for massive risky stunts for a purpose?

I'm developing a series of specials based on big, dangerous, epic stunts all revolving around water to raise awareness about all the ways we're abusing and destroying this vital precious resource. would love some ideas along the lines of - kayak the Bering Strait, as it's about to be threatened because of climate change opening up the Northwest Passage. serious, significant risk is a must. [more inside]
posted by TMezz on Jun 28, 2011 - 13 answers

What's a good introductory book about weather and climate?

Can you recommend a good introductory book about weather and climate? [more inside]
posted by No-sword on Jun 28, 2011 - 6 answers

Has Spring Sprung Late?

Has Spring sprung late? Where can I find data on variations from year to year as to the "starting dates" of certain regional climactic marker events--e.g., leaves fall off the trees; lilacs blooming; first frost? [Particularly looking for data arranged in a visually easy-to-digest way. Also, particularly New England; I ask because Spring in my area feels like it's been slow to come this year, and I don't know if it's just because the weather has been gray that I'm fooling myself, or if the leaves really did pop out later than usual.]
posted by not_on_display on May 12, 2011 - 10 answers

Climate change and radical adaptation

Months ago (possibly a year or two), I heard an NPR interview with an author who made the case that the international community is past the point of being able to mitigate climate change - that the challenge now is radical adaptation (evacuating islands and coastal cities - things like that). This was on Wisconsin Public Radio, but I don't remember whether it was a state or national show. It's possible that he was British or Australian, but it's very possible that I'm mis-remembering that part. Also, I'm almost positive it wasn't James Howard Kunstler (and searching NPR for him doesn't turn up the interview). Any idea who the author could have been, or where I might find the interview? That's almost nothing to go on, but I've seen AskMeFi identify a 30 year-old coffee mug based on a mis-pronounced name and a wish, so I have hope! [more inside]
posted by brozek on May 6, 2011 - 4 answers

Taxing carbon?

The Australian government is working out the details for a tax on carbon. Where will the money raised in this tax go? What will it be used for? [more inside]
posted by robotot on Apr 2, 2011 - 8 answers

Besides letter-writing and reducing your carbon footprint, what else can one do about climate change?

Besides letter-writing and reducing your carbon footprint, what else can one do about climate change? [more inside]
posted by theNeutral on Sep 23, 2010 - 17 answers

Where should I travel in Asia and the wider world between February and August 2011?

Where should I travel in Asia and the wider world between February and August 2011? Should I travel there and then at all? I'm trying to plan a round-the-world trip and am finding it very difficult. Apologies for my rambling question - I could really do with your help. [more inside]
posted by Kirn on Aug 14, 2010 - 13 answers

Differences in US/Euro temps and carbon footprint?

How much of the difference between US and European carbon footprints is due to differences in climate? [more inside]
posted by vim876 on May 30, 2010 - 9 answers

"That could never happen." "It so totally could!"

Is there any way that major fluctuations in the Earth's climate could have an effect on the temperature of the Earth's core? What about its density? Could temperature changes cause some sort of change in the planet's gravity or magnetic fields? Could changing weather have any other effect on the Earth's interior? [more inside]
posted by Captain Cardanthian! on Feb 28, 2010 - 12 answers

Who is leading the fight against coal?

In his book Storms of My Grandchildren, James Hansen makes the case that phasing out coal is the most important thing for humanity to do, to reduce the chances of catastrophic climate change. As such, my question is this: which organizations in Canada and the US are doing the most to advance that aim, both domestically and internationally? [more inside]
posted by sindark on Feb 4, 2010 - 2 answers

Refuting the climate skeptics?

What single site (preferably), or sites, should I go to for a concise explanation on climate change, and specifically, refuting the arguments made by "climate change skeptics". [more inside]
posted by Mwongozi on Jan 23, 2010 - 9 answers

Climate change ideology

Help me understand the liberal/conservative split in the US with regard to global warming. [more inside]
posted by schrodycat on Nov 26, 2009 - 30 answers

Too Hot Not To Handle

A friend, who leans Ron Paul libertarian, was recently trying to convince me that anthropogenic global warming is largely a myth. A central part of his argument was his claiming that there was recently a petition signed by 40,000 independent climate scientists saying that, in his words, "so-called global warming is bullshit." More inside. [more inside]
posted by Ash3000 on Nov 17, 2009 - 38 answers

These boots were made for walkin' in LA?

What is appropriate fashion in fall and winter when in a warm or desert climate? [more inside]
posted by pointystick on Oct 20, 2009 - 8 answers

Uh...hang on, just give me a minute.

What is the most important scientific question of our time? [more inside]
posted by Demogorgon on Oct 12, 2009 - 44 answers

How to Teach the Seasons in San Francisco

Good online resources (particularly videos) that explain the seasons of the San Francisco Bay Area?
posted by one_bean on Oct 7, 2009 - 2 answers

Damn cold around these parts...

What was grandpa doing in the ice-age? [more inside]
posted by BadMiker on Aug 31, 2009 - 7 answers

Hot or not?

What was the hottest official temperature measured in San Antonio, Texas each year since the 1950s? Today San Antonio had its 45th day of 100+ degree weather this year. I remember years in the 1970s when SA had no 100 degree days at all, but a friend doesn't believe it.
posted by lukemeister on Aug 10, 2009 - 11 answers

Solar power in space?

Would orbiting solar power farms be remotely practical? [more inside]
posted by greytape on Apr 16, 2009 - 10 answers

What are some good books on the history of Earth's climate?

I'm looking into global climate history. Is there a particularly good overview for this? [more inside]
posted by AdamCSnider on Feb 12, 2009 - 3 answers

Are parks/lawns/gardens highly valued in Australian cities and suburbs?

Are parks and lawns highly valued in Australian cities and suburbs? Does drought threaten parks/lawns/gardens in a palpable way? [more inside]
posted by GIMG on Dec 23, 2008 - 13 answers

Moving to a much colder climate - any advice??

My question dear MeFites is... do you have any advice for me to help make the transition from very hot to very cold temps. comfortably and cost-effectively? [more inside]
posted by katala on Oct 28, 2008 - 18 answers

IT-based solutions to the energy/climate crisis

What are some ideas for addressing the climate/energy crisis that are based on information technology and logistics, rather than environmental science, per se? [more inside]
posted by lunchbox on Oct 9, 2008 - 12 answers

Switching off Traffic Lights

I'd like to ask a relatively simple question – what would happen if we switched of traffic lights when we didn't really need them? I'd like to know from an environmental aspect what effect turning off the nations traffic lights would have towards saving electricity and reducing emissions. From a social point of view could the nation's road users manage with such a change? And from a technical innovation view point – could it and should it happen and if so how?
posted by SarahM on Sep 10, 2008 - 22 answers

Looking a gift [warehouse] in the mouth.

Long Term Storage Filter: Is climate control a necessity? What items need special prep to be in non-climate controlled storage? [more inside]
posted by Annon E Moose on Jul 14, 2008 - 8 answers

The hottest and the coolest days.

What, in theory, are the hottest a coldest days of the year? [more inside]
posted by rongorongo on Jul 3, 2008 - 11 answers

Climate scientists as political activists?

How are the role of scientists and the relationship between them and society changing as the climate questions has become (and will continue to become) more and more acute? [more inside]
posted by pica on Feb 19, 2008 - 7 answers

Is it wrong to plan for your career based on your ideas about the future economy?

Help me get some perspective about my life and career. Is it stupid to make career decisions based on world trends that haven't happened yet? Or is it stupider to make plans based on the idea that everything will stay pretty much the way it is going? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 29, 2007 - 17 answers

Fountain pens and climate change, two great tastes that go well together

Why is Mont Blanc's height so stable? The pen company has been marking 4810 on their nibs since at least the 1930s. Just this year, it measured 4810m tall.
posted by b1tr0t on Nov 12, 2007 - 9 answers

Is the sun sunnier in southern skies?

Is it true that the skies in the Southern Hemisphere appear brighter and clearer than Northern Hemisphere skies? I have read this several times from various unscientific sources. If so, what is the reason?
posted by vizsla on Sep 10, 2007 - 7 answers

Do reasonable global warming arguments exist?

Do reasonable arguments for or against global warming actually exist for regular people like me to read? Or must I be stuck with the annoying rhetoric of both sides? [more inside]
posted by donmak on Aug 9, 2007 - 38 answers

Best city for comfortable sunshine?

What city in the world has the highest number of annual hours of sunshine between temperatures of 15C and 25C (60F and 80F)? (Coz that's where I want to live)
posted by zaebiz on Jul 19, 2007 - 15 answers

IPCC/RCM climate data

Need IPCC/RCM climate data. [more inside]
posted by allelopath on Jun 19, 2007 - 5 answers

I don't want to get up at 2am to change the thermostat...

Can someone help me find a thermostat without a manual heat/cool selection switch? [more inside]
posted by WinnipegDragon on Jun 2, 2007 - 6 answers

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