All posts filed under: Climate Change

Yikes: One Bitcoin Transaction Now Uses as Much Energy as Your House in a Week

Climate Change / Current Affairs

“Bitcoin’s surge in price has sent its electricity consumption soaring.” Source: One Bitcoin Transaction Now Uses as Much Energy as Your House in a Week Well, this isn’t good news for the people speculating in the crypto-currency markets. This isn’t a problem with mining new coins in a block-chain system (which is even worse). This is per transaction. And this is happening against a background of exponential growth – which means the energy cost will […]

Pay attention – your life depends upon it.

Climate Change / Religion

Yesterday bishops and spouses from around North and Central America went to visit with the native congregations of the Diocese of Alaska. As part of our day, we joined with the people who live in this beautiful and majestic place to bless the land and thank God for the gift of it. (Arriving at St. Matthew’s in Fairbanks) I was part of a group that stayed in Fairbanks. We walked along the Chena River, saw […]

Fairbanks via Seattle

Climate Change / Travel / World Mission

The Fall 2017 House of Bishops meeting is being held in Fairbanks Alaska this year. Held in Fairbanks is sort of a misnomer. We’re spending part of our time in Fairbanks, and the main meeting site is in Fairbanks, but Alaska being Alaska, we’ll be spending time away from the city – far away – too. Some of the bishops are going to be loaded on to mail planes I’m told, to fly out to […]

Grace for Creation: free!

Climate Change / Religion / Science / SOSc / Uncategorized

We have a great tradition of holding classes for parishioners in Lent, but once Easter comes, and Spring springs, we tend to focus on other things. But, what would happen if we tried an Easter class – like a Lent class, but later? Have I got a deal for you: In 2011, the Episcopal Church House of Bishops issued a pastoral letter on the environment. In response, a five-week study course titled A Life of Grace […]

Bill Nye contra climate change deniers

Climate Change

Bill Nye, the Science Guy, is releasing a new book on the science behind Climate Change and the implications – in the short and long term – for all us. When asked about the myths that have come to surround the whole topic he speaks very plainly: The biggest myth is that scientific uncertainty, plus or minus so many percent, is the same as doubt about the whole thing. And that’s wrong; that’s patently wrong. […]

Thorium based energy economy?

Climate Change / Peak Oil / Science

Here’s an interesting idea. Apparently there’s a company in the US that is about to release a small power generating device capable of providing up to 250 megawatts of power in a 500 pound unit small enough to fit in the engine compartment of a car. The device uses Thorium, a relatively common rare-earth element. The US leads the world in thorium reserves. “The key to the system developed by inventor Charles Stevens, CEO and […]

Reevaluating some global warming claims (polar bears probably not going to drown)

Climate Change

There’s a group that’s been looking at driftwood dispersal as a measure of the historic extent of the ice sheets in the northern hemisphere. It’s interesting right now because there’s been a series of claims that we’re close to or have crossed the tipping point where we are about to lose all of the northern ice cap. That would create a huge problem as the oceans suddenly receive a huge supply of cold fresh water […]

Global “cooling” due in large part to coal plant increase

Climate Change / Science

Why is the Earth so different than Venus? Both planets are roughly the same size, and both exist within what is known as the “Life Zone” in the solar system. (The Life Zone is the region of solar space where it’s possible for liquid water to be found on the surface of a planet.) I used to ask that question every semester when I got to the section on planetology in an Astronomy course, and […]

Climate change God’s judgement not Man’s fault?

Climate Change / Swaziland / World Mission

The BBC has a report this morning on a growing sentiment in parts of the developing world that the climate change that they are witnessing is not due to the actions of humankind. They are a result of God’s judgement upon us. And as such, there is nothing we can change that will have any effect on the situation other than pray for help. From the end of the article: “Climate change is a global […]

Climategate and the Irish Church scandal

Climate Change / Religion / Science

Last week, while most of us here in the states were busy spending time with family and friends, the ongoing scandal of “Climategate” took a couple of new turns. Climategate is the popular term referring to the release by a computer hacker of a large body of private emails written by climate researchers. As people have combed through the emails they’ve found a number of questionable statements regarding the data the researchers have been citing […]