Tag: environment

I suspect the I.P.C.C. report might be more effective if it went with acronyms that were more narrative in nature.


The IPCC report1
The YIACCAYII report4
The SCTINFSC report13

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1. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

2. Specifically, this would be the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Fifth Assessment Report Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis

3. Or we could go with Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change For Realz

4. Yes, it’s about climate change, and yes, it’s important.

5. O.K. So it’s like this report is where several hundred academics get together and try to summarize all available evidence on the science of climate change.

6. Basically the evidence says: climate change is real, it’s not a good thing; and also, it’s partly our fault.

7. O.K. Technically, it’s a 95% likelihood that it’s our fault, but that’s because 100% is the kind of assessment that isn’t possible in the scientific realm.

8. In other words: scientists are as certain as scientists can be about this.

9. Maybe you can say things with 100% certainty in the political realm, but we all know how those kinds of statements tend to turn out.

10. Seriously, it’s all there in the report. Because, you know… Science, it WORKS.

11. For fuck’s sake, just read the goddam report! Or at least try to read a credible news piece on it.

12. And by credible, I don’t mean outlets, lobbyists, political commentary or advocacy groups where funding directly or even indirectly comes from folks invested in fossil fuels and the like.

13. Scientific conspiracy? There is no fucking scientific conspiracy.

14. Also, ask yourself: who would most likely be guilty of that kind of spin? Messaging that is influenced by oil lobbyists with lots of marketing money? Or thousands of academics conspiring in secret faculty meetings and organizing grand exchanges of covert information?

15. Anyway, screw this. The question is, are you on board with what the IPCC is saying?

16. Because if yes, then wonderful! The future just got a little bit better…

17. If no? Well then, that’s a real shame. Isn’t it funny how scientific laws can help us make climatology predictions, but they’re less useful in predicting human behavior? Still, we’re going to go with a 95% certainty that your children and your children’s children are going to be more than a little disappointed with you.

(Originally published at the Science Creative Quarterly)

Biodiversity. The Greatest show on earth: the poster series.





For the Tree Club – Souza Cruz Institut (which interestingly is a tobacco firm), by SLM Ogilvy.

This is for people who don’t think Nature Deficit Disorder is a thing & don’t think folks are disconnected from biodiversity.





And, yes, even this.


Via Buzzfeed.

Distorted forestry photographs take on a surreal feel

These are the sorts of images that would be perfect to segue into discussions around the environment and media spin.





By Laura Plageman, via Sweet Station.

Brilliantly designed penguin conservation advocacy posters.

Wow. Nice…



By Bittersuite, South Africa (full team details here). Via Fresh Photons.

Vancouver folk take note: The Beaty Biodiversity Museum @phylomon deck is available for purchase (and they look AWESOME!)

In case, you’re new to Phylo, it’s basically a crowdsourced art, science, education and gaming project that revolves around the unfortunate reality of children knowing WAY more about Pokemon than they do about the flora and fauna around them. This, of course, is problematic since one might suggest that it’s not a bad thing for children to want to know a little more about the real environment around them (a more detailed description of the project can be found here). Up to now, the Phylo project has been largely about collecting and playing with a continually pool of very cool and free print-your-own cards.

But now, I’m happy to announce, we finally have our first high quality deck, available for purchase!


So let me introduce the (DUM DUM DUM!) Beaty Biodiversity Deck, currently available at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum gift shop*. It’s on sale for limited time (10% off from $12.99, until September 1st), so if you live in the neighbourhood and want to pick up one of the first available sets, head on over to the museum!

This is the first purchasable deck, but stay tuned as we have a few more slated to be released in the near future. For now, here are some close ups of the Beaty cards!

Art Lindsay Chetek, Kyu HwangBrandy Masch, Kyle McQueen, Victoria Heryet , Derek Tan, and Alexandria Neonakis.

*The museum is also working on making the deck available for online purchasing, so check out this link for more information!

Talk about context in language. #phasesofmatter

The Indonesian word for water is air.

Via Futility Closet.

Wow. This here is what you would call a gigantic rotating supercell!

supercell is a thunderstorm that is characterized by the presence of a mesocyclone: a deep, persistently rotating updraft.[1] For this reason, these storms are sometimes referred to asrotating thunderstorms.[2] Of the four classifications of thunderstorms (supercell, squall line,multi-cell, and single-cell), supercells are the overall least common and have the potential to be the most severe. Supercells are often isolated from other thunderstorms, and can dominate the local climate up to 32 kilometres (20 mi) away. (From Wikipedia)

A supercell near Booker, Texas from Mike Olbinski on Vimeo.

By Mike Olbinski, via Colossal

Science things that are awesome…

(Also, all of these goofy pics are now being archived at a tumblr I just set up – scienceisawesomethatisall.tumblr.com)


O.K. Yesterday was our provincial elections (in British Columbia), and in the end, the Liberal party came out winning. There’s quite a few environmental issues that are in the forefront in my neck of the woods, not the least of which concerns the Northern Gateway pipeline.

The Liberals didn’t actually have the greatest platform on this (at least from an environmental or science policy standpoint), but here’s hoping the public continues to pressure them to do the “best” (re: what scientific expert peer review suggests) thing for the province, and indeed the planet at large.


Last Saturday, my lab opened up the entire ground floor of the Michael Smith Building to the public. This was in conjunction with Science Rendezvous, a cross Canada science festival, and in the case of UBC, organized by the Faculty of Science. In the house (so to speak) were folks from the Beaty Museum, Civil Engineering, Pathology, Physics and Astronomy, as well as the Engineering Physics Robotics lab (who also brought in their 3D printers). We also used the building as ground zero for a number of tours throughout campus.

All in all, a great day (and busy too!). In my space, I actually brought out about a dozen or dissecting scopes and collected a nice jar of pond scum. Kids (and their parents), with some basic instructions, were let loose to find whatever they could find in the pond water. Lots of cooties were found, protozoa and algae abound, but my favourite was this Hydra that I managed to get a decent picture of on my iPhone.


The scientific method – it’s not perfect, but it’s pretty much the best way out there on collecting your thoughts and information to make sound decisions. All the more so, if the decision is high stakes IMHO.

How about a house where the walls are made of vegetation?




“The “Green box” project rises as the renovation of a small disused garage, accessory to a weekend house situated on the slopes of the Raethian Alps. A structure realized with lightweight metal galvanized profiles and steel wires wraps the existent volume and transforms it into a tridimensional support for the climbing vegetation. It is composed mainly by deciduos vegetation: Lonicera periclymenum and Polygonum baldshuanicum for the main texture on which climb up the secondary texture of Humulus lupulus and Clematis tangutica. On the basement there are groups of herbaceous perennials (Centranthus ruber, Gaura Lindheimeri, Geranium sanguineum, Rudbekia triloba) alternate with annual ones (Cosmos bipinnatus,Tagetes tenuifolia, Tropaeolum majus, Zinnia tenuifolia) and bulbous to ensure a light but continuos flowering.”

Project and text by act_romegialli, via Colossal

Contents of one tree and a coral reef neatly laid out #whoa

Click on the image to enlarge…



By Murilo Melo, via Colossal

Happy Arbor Day! Here are some Phylo tree cards!

From Wikipedia:

“Arbor Day (from the Latin arbor, meaning tree) is a holiday in which individuals and groups are encouraged to plant and care for trees. It originated in Nebraska City, Nebraska, United States by J. Sterling Morton. The first Arbor Day was held on April 10, 1872 and an estimated one million trees were planted that day. Many countries now observe a similar holiday. Though usually observed in the spring, the date varies, depending on climate and suitable planting season.”


Download the cards here (scroll to bottom of post).

How We’re Endangering Animals: The Infographic


From Certification Map, via National Geographic

Even the domestic cat (Felis silvestris catus) can be Lord of the Savannah!

(Note that even though these images are digitally manipulated, they’re still awesome)




By George Logan, via My Modern Met

Crochet seafood (as in fish and chips and a shrimp salad)



By Kate Jenkins, via Visual News

Lives of Grass: oddly compelling botanical human sculptures




By Mathilde Roussel

Paper cups, airplane cups, and plastic bottles: When you see the totality of it all, it might just overwhelm you.

I’ve been a fan of Chris Jordon for a while, and although I’ve written about him before in other places, I just realized I don’t actually have him tagged here at Popperfont.  Anyway, here’s a sampling for what he does:  that is, he takes statistical information and represents it photographically in very powerful ways.  I recommend clicking on the links for each image, where you’ll be treated to a zooming effect so that you can see his artwork as if from afar and then moving in.

Plastic Bottles, 2007 60×120″
Depicts two million plastic beverage bottles, the number used in the US every five minutes.

Paper Cups, 2008 60×96″
Depicts 410,000 paper cups, equal to the number of disposable hot-beverage paper cups used in the US every fifteen minutes.

Plastic Cups, 2008 60×90″
Depicts one million plastic cups, the number used on airline flights in the US every six hours.

Underwater art showcasing the world of things discarded.




By Forlane 6 Studio (scuba diving artists Mathieu Goussin and Hortense Le Calvez), via Visual News.

This is what a 30ft high “plastic” bag made out of plastic bags looks like. #whoa



“His current exhibit at Rome’s contemporary art museum MACRO titled Secret Garden includes a nearly 10-meter high, U-shaped installation made of plastic bags and appropriately titled Plastic Bags. The bags are very relevant symbols of both consumerism and homelessness in today’s society.”

By Pascale Marthine Tayou, text via Collabcubed.com

Look Mom, It’s carbon tetraflouride!


Or you could call it Tetrafluoromethane. For more information on the flourocarbo (CF4), see this link.


Cartoon source unknown. Via IFLS. Molecule image via Wikipedia.


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