Carbon Dioxide Makes You Dubmer

“a 15 percent decline of cognitive ability scores at 950 ppm”

Here’s a nice overview discussing research from Berkeley and Harvard on cognitive impairment with higher levels of carbon dioxide:
A few choice quotes from the article:
  • “The Harvard group measured a 15 percent decline of cognitive ability scores at 950 ppm and 50 percent declines at 1,400 ppm.”
  • “The IPCC projects outdoor air concentrations up to 1099 ppm by 2100 (much higher in cities and indoors of course).”
  • “Measured outdoor CO2 levels in major cities from Phoenix to Rome can be many tens of ppm higher — up to 100 ppm or more — than the global average”
  • “As a result of these studies, NASA has already lowered the maximum allowable CO2 levels on the space station.”
Cognitive impairment presents a potentially untapped angle on the changing climate and rising carbon dioxide levels.
Please recommend a cheap, portable carbon dioxide meter! Comment below, 10 ppm accuracy is sufficient.
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How much carbon will be removed if you coated every skyscraper on earth in a thick moss?

7 billion people

600 sqft / person (My apartment has about 600 ft.² of wall space)

let’s say the mass of the moss is about two heads of lettuce per square foot (cut the head of lettuce in half)

Each head of lettuce weighs 1 pound

I remember reading that plants are about 20% carbon. Or was it 2%?

and 1 ton is about 2,000 pounds

7B p x 600 sqft/p x 2 lettuce / sqft x 1 lb / lettuce x 0.2 lb C / lb x 1 ton / 2000 lb = 840M tons of carbon

We need to remove roughly 260B tons of carbon. So 0.003 of what we need to remove.


What is Climate Change 2.0?

Climate Change 2.0

  1. Sounds Like: “Climate change is an opportunity”, “Climate change is the biggest financial opportunity civilization has ever seen”, “Climate change is happening for us”, “Giving Fucks About Climate Change”
  2. Words and Tone: Curiosity, open source, raw data, asking questions is how we build solutions, millisecond data to design and test solutions, “we are the public”, making fun of climate change, rarest pepe memes, 😀
  3. Looks Like: Giving A Fuck About Climate ChangeImpossible Labs, Blue Planet Ltd, Bret Victor, engineers, designers, entrepreneurs, you?
  4. Overall: The hottest thing since /r/PrequelMemes


Are You Climate Curious?

I like reading anti-climate change articles. It’s interesting to read what people say about climate change who think it’s a waste of money or a big lie. They’re filled with interesting stuff I wouldn’t come across on a NASA or other “normal” site.

Here’s a recent one: Australia Weather Experts Falsify Climate Change

It linked to this interview with James Lovelock, a big climate change-y environmentalist guy. And an epic quote that gets ya thinking:

Lovelock now believes that “CO2 is going up, but nowhere near as fast as they thought it would. The computer models just weren’t reliable. In fact,” he goes on breezily, “I’m not sure the whole thing isn’t crazy, this climate change. You’ve only got to look at Singapore. It’s two-and-a-half times higher than the worst-case scenario for climate change, and it’s one of the most desirable cities in the world to live in.”

Something to ponder! I wonder what the Singapore bit is about. The whole interview is a great read.

I especially like the comments at the bottom of the articles, where people write in their own thoughts. Here’s one I followed up on since it caught my attention.

Sea levels world wide falling according to NASA…

USA average global temperatures falling

Wow, what if those were true?

Link 1: Sea levels falling

Sea levels world wide falling according to NASA:

All they did was zoom in on the 2015-2016 graph and say it’s fallen 2 cm in the past year. Even though it’s risen 80 cm in the past 20 years.

Duh! I’m used to all these types of horrible “logical” things because I used to trade penny stocks. You haven’t seen a garbage “trend” until you’ve traded stocks on the pink sheets.

So it’s easy to dismiss that one. But dismissing ideas isn’t the point. It also sparked an idea. I wonder what causes sea level to go up and down on the daily/monthly scale. I don’t know! Maybe a next dataset for after carbon dioxide is finished.

Link 2: Global temperatures falling

USA average global temperatures falling

I don’t have anything to say about the graphs, kinda whatever. But the article from the “Deplorable Climate Science Blog” has a good quote:

Climate scientists say the exact opposite of the data, because they are consultants being paid to push the global warming scam.

The scientists I know work hard and for very little money. So I give “climate scientists” (whoever they are) a pass on this.

The rest of the “climate industry” does not get a pass. Wherever there’s money there’s potential for distorted and confusing motives. And climate change has been such an emotional issue. Big emotions and lots of money combine to create the perfect storm!

Something I think about often as I get booted up in climate change and meet different people and players.

And climate change software!

That guy from the “Deplorable Climate Change Blog” shared the sea level rise graphing software he made. I respect the effort. Climate change peeps should always show their code and raw data.

For the Carbon Doomdsay climate change chart we publish all code open source to the Github repository “Giving a Fuck About Climate Change“.

Why Climate Curious?

So why didn’t I spend my time reading a NASA website or something instead of anti-climate junk? Doesn’t it get me riled up, “triggered”, etc?

Nope! My secret is I’m not much of an arguer or debater. I don’t see it as my job to “convince” the world climate change “is a thing”. I’m more 5% identify the issue, 95% solve it.  I think that’s how a lot of engineers and entrepreneurs are wired.

Bill Nye, Al Gore, InfoWars, and the “Deplorable Climate Change Blog” are in the 95% debate it, 5% figure it out crowd. I appreciate these people because they gave me the raw information and perspective I need. And reading anti-climate change articles sparks my own curiosity and ideas.

Shout out if you’re like me: 5% identify the issue, 95% solve it 🙂

Marc Andreessen Answers Your Questions (Stripe Forums)

Here’s a great Q&A session online with VC legend Marc Andreessen.

It’s posted here on the Stripe forums but you need an account to read it. I figured it should get more eyeballs, so am posting it here, 1 month after the interview went up online. Thanks to Patrick McKenzie ant Stripe for setting this up! What follows is a copy-paste of the content.

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Selective Ignorance

Do you ever avoid reading a book because you don’t want it to pollute your thinking? Have a new idea and don’t want to read the “best in the industry” perspective, but want to read the basics to nurture your own seedling of an opinion without it getting obscured by better polished and refined thinkers?

I’ve been learning about climate change for the past year. There are already so many “big” opinions and “big” writers on climate change. Everyone “knows” what climate change is, how could I possibly have something different to say? There are times when I wonder if reading everything that’s out there is really the best path. My brain is soft and I risk parroting others ideas and squelching my own voice. So I try to stick to the basics. My friend Dan Walsh suggests reading tangential books instead. For example, if you’re interested in carbon markets, read a book about hedge funds and Wall Street, but NOT the book by an expert in carbon markets or the book with “Carbon Markets” in the title.

You can always go back and read those “expert” books any time. Give yourself space to form your own idea initially. Do you have books you avoid reading because of “selective ignorance”?

“selective ignorance” coined by Dan Walsh of Super Spark Media