Friday, September 19, 2014

Learning About Climate Change

I finished my Climate Change in Four Dimensions course at Coursera, and I got my certificate. You can see it here.

The course was meaningful and challenging, as MOOCs often are. One important thing is that I now know a lot more about the extent of greenhouse gas emissions and how the greenhouse effect works. But, equally importantly, I was introduced to the work of Professor Naomi Oreskes, whose book Merchants of Doubt (coauthored with Erik M. Conway) tells, as its subtitle indicates, "How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming." Review coming soon...

Spring in the Time of Coronavirus

Winter rains have been good this year, and wildflowers grow in profusion beside our neighborhood walking path. As local government decrees...