Author Archives: Dennis SILVERMAN

About Dennis SILVERMAN

I am a retired Professor of Physics and Astronomy at U C Irvine. For a decade I have been active in learning about energy and the environment, and in lecturing and attending classes at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UC Irvine.

Southern California King Tides in 2017/2018

Southern California King Tides in 2017/2018 The winter King Tides for Southern California are in early December and January. At Balboa Pier, Newport Beach, they will occur at the following dates and times, with associated heights above relative mean sea … Continue reading

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My Disappointments with President Trump and the Republican Congress

My Disappointments with President Trump and the Republican Congress I have been avoiding commenting on daily Trump mayhem, but to the extent this blog has any historical value, I want to record briefly some of the ways that Trump or … Continue reading

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International College Students in the US

A major increase in American education is the influx of college and high school students from other countries. They help our financing of colleges since they pay tuition at private colleges or a high out-of-state tuition at public universities. They … Continue reading

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The Climate Action of the US at the Bonn Conference

The Climate Action of the US at the Bonn COP23 Conference Michael Bloomberg, former Mayor of New York City, noted that the US Climate Action effort called America’s Pledge involved 20 states, 110 cities, universities, and 1,400 businesses.   The … Continue reading

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Southwestern Temperature Increases with Climate Change

The Fourth National Climate Assessment includes projections for temperature increases that can cause cause droughts and decrease the winter storage of water to cover summer needs. The report uses the do-nothing RCP 8.5 projection, and calculates the temperature increases for … Continue reading

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Climate Change, Flooding, and West Coast Cities

This summer we saw that nature does not go gentle into that good night. The gentle global mean sea level rise predictions in the Fourth National Climate Assessment Intermediate case are 1.1 feet to 2050, but then they sharply increase … Continue reading

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Extreme Storm Predictions for the West Coast

Extreme Storm Predictions for the West Coast From Chapter 9 of the Fourth National Climate Assessment. It is predicted that there will be an increase in tropical cyclones in the Eastern North Pacific. Atmospheric Rivers (ARs) from the Western sub-tropical … Continue reading

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Projections for Sea Level Rise

Projections for Sea Level Rise in the Forth National Climate Assessment We summarize the data on past Global Mean Sea Level (GMSL) rise, on the recent increase in the rate of rise, and future projections for a century and two. … Continue reading

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Can Big Data Trace Gun Threats? Perhaps Easily.

Can Big Data Trace Gun Threats? Perhaps easily. Everyone knows that if they look at one tile site on the web, they will be getting tile ads for weeks and phone spam calls. Big Data knows who you are in … Continue reading

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So Long Russia, and Thanks for All the Uranium

So Long Russia, and Thanks for All the Uranium (The title is a takeoff from the title of the fourth book in the trilogy of Douglas Adam’s “The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy” reading “So Long, and Thanks for All … Continue reading

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