It's not enough to bash in heads, you have to bash in minds

            
A Dancing Blue-footed Booby showing off his stunning blue feet
A Dancing Blue-footed Booby showing off his stunning blue feet

At Seymour Norte island in the Galapagos Islands

This curious sea lion was very interested in the little blue box (camera) I was holding
This curious sea lion was very interested in the little blue box (camera) I was holding

Our last full day in the Galapagos ended with a swim with 4 curious young sea lions. It was all fun and games until the beachmaster showed up.

Be perfectly honest, do I have something on my face?
Be perfectly honest, do I have something on my face?

Paragliding at sunset one day and looking out over the Amazon the next.

The Amazon, shortly after a downpour
The Amazon, shortly after a downpour
Paragliding at sunset
Paragliding at sunset

Way #256: Becoming Arapaima food
These carnivorous arapaima were 2.5 meters long and very hungry

Thankfully they don’t have any teeth so all their food has to fit down their throats, so we were relatively safe.

Way #512: This

No one in their right mind would ever get on a rickety rope swing 70 meters up, but you aren’t in your right mind. Or at least I wasn’t.

Bonus way to die: White water canoeing in a dugout canoe
Everything is going as well as can be expected until you slam into some rocks.

Almost chickened out… glad I didn’t.

… The blue footed variety of course

The blue footed Boobie
source: http://seemorepictures.blogspot.ca/2012/11/the-blue-footed-boobie.html

Physicists who want to protect traditional Christmas realize that the only way to keep from changing Christmas is not to observe it.

(via xkcd)

That is all.

From AGU originally posted, by Michael Tobis on Planet3.0.

Posted here mostly for my own records

Vancouver has banned the classic round door knob for new buildings because it has accessibility issues. Door levers are easier to open especially if your hands are full or if you have mobility issues. The debate surrounding this idea has been fierce, but off the mark.

The real issue issue is that round door knobs are a critical safety issue that protects us against a very serious threat: Velociraptors.

Brilliant!

Source: SMBC
Source: SMBC

Who on earth thought this was a good idea?

Well they were right!

Has it really been a year since all of this

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Unsurprisingly XKCD nails it, but head on over there to read the mouseover text, I am sure it perfectly describes more than a few Planet3.0 readers (and writers!). And we wouldn’t want it any other way.

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The CBC’s Fifth estate devotes 1 hour to exploring the sorry state of federal science in Canada.


The link above takes you to CBC’s official page which might not work for some people outside of Canada, but thankfully someone has posted it to YouTube.

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The recent approval of the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline by National Energy Board and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act review panel has brought a renewed flurry of attention to the project.

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“Global warming, huh? By pure coincidence every scientist was right” Homer Simpson

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At this rate Canada’s emission regulations should be ready by 2025.


Canada is once again delaying emissions regulations in the oil and gas sector, despite major pipeline projects that continue to put intense scrutiny on the energy industry’s environmental track record



The regulations were first promised seven years ago, and Alberta has recently criticized the federal government for delays in introducing them.

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From the bad-news department.



Enbridge


In Calgary, the Joint Review Panel today (December 19) recommended that the federal government approve the $6.5-billion project, which would transport oil from the Alberta tar sands across British Columbia to Asia, subject to 209 conditions.

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The IPCC has released a very snazzy video that summarizes the fifth assessment report.


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Real Climate gives the recent methane news some proper context. The bottom line is that since methane is a short lived GHG it would take a very sudden and very massive release of methane for it to have a large effect on the climate.

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A frustratingly stubborn climate myth is that global warming stopped in 1998. It hasn’t. In fact the earth is currently accumulating extra heat at a rate of 4 Hiroshima nuclear bombs per second!

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Reuters nicely summarizes the outcome of the COP19 UN climate negotiations in Warsaw, Poland.


FINANCE


Developed nations promised in 2009 to increase their aid to poorer countries to help them cope with climate change to $100 billion a year after 2020, from $10 billion a year in 2010-12.

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Major Iceberg Cracks off Pine Island Glacier : Natural Hazards


Between November 9–11, 2013, a large iceberg finally separated from the calving front of Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier. Scientists first detected a rift in the glacier in October 2011 during flights for NASA’s Operation IceBridge.

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A summary of the IPCC report in 4 minutes


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Chevron, Exxon and BP among companies most responsible for climate change since dawn of industrial age, figures show


The climate crisis of the 21st century has been caused largely by just 90 companies, which between them produced nearly two-thirds of the greenhouse gas emissions generated since the dawning of the industrial age, new research suggests.

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This video taken at 6am on Friday 8 November as Typhoon Hayian hit Hernani in Eastern Samar shows how quickly and intensely the storm surge hit.


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Michael Mann echoing Keven Trenberth’s position that all weather now has a climate change component since it is occurring in an altered atmosphere (one with more GHGs, heat and water vapour amongst many other factors).

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