Daily Archives: September 21, 2011

The Myth(?) of Easter Island’s Ecocide

by Judith Curry

Update:  response from Jared Diamond.

Several years ago, I read with great interest Jared Diamond’s book Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed. The starkest example in the book was the ecological collapse of Easter Island.

Mark Lynas has written a provocative essay that argues that “recent archaeological work suggests that the eco-collapse hypothesis is almost certainly wrong – and that the truth is far more shocking.

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Cloud wars

by Judith Curry

Circa 2003-2005, we had the “hockey wars”.  In 2005-2006, we had the “hurricane wars”.  It looks like this is the season for “cloud wars.”

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