I'm trying to find all the areas of the US that have my ideal climate, and I'd like to do so by playing with data. Is there an app, site, or method that can help? (Or can you?) [more inside]
posted by daisyace
on Aug 11, 2014 -
I need help dealing with my anxiety over climate change. I need help figuring out how I can help. It's a bit more complex than that, but not much. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jul 13, 2014 -
This past weekend, we drove through Shiprock, New Mexico and I started wondering how much humans have changed the landscape. Pre-Columbus - what was the landscape like? Was there more water and groundcover - or was it always arid and (almost) desolate?
posted by TorontoSandy
on Jun 26, 2014 -
Where is the coolest place I can visit in July or August? Primarily in terms of weather, but also the other type of cool! Preferably in the US, due to cost, but also open to foreign locales if the average flight might be $1000 or less, leaving from the Midwest. [more inside]
posted by cessair
on Jun 18, 2014 -
If you had a multivariate equation whose output variable is mean surface temperature on earth, what would be the rough beta value for distance from the sun (in millions of miles or whatever)?
posted by clockzero
on May 18, 2014 -
I keep running into very influential people who can cite craploads upon craploads of sources for their beliefs in a world conspiracy involving chemtrails and/or climate engineering.
Is there any truth to their beliefs? If so, how much is truth and how much is bullshit or truthiness? [more inside]
posted by quiet earth
on May 9, 2014 -
I'm transferring from Scotland to Dubai for three months - probably June, July, August. As far as I can see, its going to be crazy hot (40C + ?) in the desert for these months - I've spent a couple of days in Dubai before but not in the height of summer - I'll be doing an office job and expect to be spending my time going from air conditioned apartment to air conditioned office but I'm keen to hear any practical tips in terms of office wear (I'm a suit-wearing bloke) and any other pointers for going to the Gulf (or anywhere similarly hot) and being productive in an office job in an uber-hot climate. Thanks!
posted by khites
on Apr 26, 2014 -
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 -
(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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
Good online resources (particularly videos) that explain the seasons of the San Francisco Bay Area?
posted by one_bean
on Oct 7, 2009 -
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 -
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?
posted by katala
on Oct 28, 2008 -
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 -
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 -
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 -