Summer Plans

Apologies for not posting last week. I am right in the middle of high school graduation events so things have been a little crazy.

I start my B.Sc in the fall, and am hoping to continue posting at least once a week. However, I want to write as much as possible this summer, in case university impedes my frequency of posting next year.

I want to continue my series of basic climate science articles – no, I haven’t forgotten about it! I have a list of several dozen topics to cover, becoming more complex once I get over the basic explanation of climate forcings. I feel that radiative balance and the idea of forcings is really at the heart of understanding climate change. Just like people pushing on a box, and net force leading to net acceleration, our activities are pushing on the climate – and this net forcing will lead to net global warming.

I am also working my way through a stack of books about climate change, pretty much everything I could get my hands on. I have renewed some of them 4 times from the library already, which I feel sort of guilty about, so I plan to steam through that reading this summer. As always, I will review my favourites here.

Of course, sociological musings will be posted whenever inspiration strikes. The incredible hullabaloo that resulted from Whatevergate seems to have subsided, although much damage has gone unrepaired. It will be interesting to watch what happens to public sentiment towards climate change in the coming months. Preliminary signs are more optimistic than I expected, but further communication of accurate science is desperately needed.

Infinite thanks for all your support. Here’s to a productive and relaxing summer for everyone.

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6 thoughts on “Summer Plans

  1. Did you happen to see the review of Naomi Oreskes’ latest, “Merchants of Doubt” in today’s free press? It looks great!

    I can’t wait to read the book. However, I was less than impressed with the review. -Kate

  2. I started reading it and enjoyed it. I found it a bit disjointed at the beginning in that it jumped around among characters and events. I then had to leave town for work related reasons and couldn’t take the book with me. I’ve lost the thread completely now so will start it again.

    I recommend making a list of main characters, institutes, law and public relation firms as then you can reference where else they were mentioned and why.

    Where are you going for your BSc, if you don’t mind answering that question? If you wish to keep that info quiet, I’m sure we all understand.

    Yes, I’d prefer to stay as anonymous as possible. Thanks :) -Kate

  3. Relaxing unless you’re watching Atlantic tropical cyclones or Arctic sea ice. Both look to be gripping at tbis point.

  4. I am sitting here this morning, rubbing my hands in glee, looking forward so much to “crossing swords” in the great debate. However, I am hoping that you spend more time in preparing for University than in posting on your blog. It will be a tough slog and we all want you to succeed. Doing something different is better than just “resting”. The old “a change is better than a rest”comes into play. All the best.

  5. Kate, congratulations on your graduation. Now the fun begins. Best of luck in your studies – just remember to turn the internet off every now and then. The beautiful thing about learning science is that you get to discover lots of cool stuff before even getting to the unknown. And observing something that nobody has seen before is the biggest thrill of all.

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