Monthly Archives : October 2010

Climate Soul Talk

Deep in the “The Post Partisan Power Play” thread, there’s a fascinating exchange between two readers. I’m going to reproduce it here. First, the set-up: Lewis asks: So, the idea is to find a way forward that is¬†politically¬†acceptable. Whether the ideas of Pielke etc are old or spanking brand new is beside the point. Let…Continue Reading…

The Land of Stupid

What to make of this latest study charting American ignorance? Well, let’s see. Are we flunking history? Check. Are we flunking geography? Check. Are we this flunking basic science? Check. So it should come as no surprise that Americans are a wee bit challenged on the basics of climate science. I have two questions: Do…Continue Reading…

Who You Calling a Fraud?

Hal Lewis might have to ask himself this question. I’m making my second unsolicited suggestion of the day: That Anthony Watts elevate this Dot Earth post, containing from Lewis elaboration on his recent resignation from the American Physical Society, above the post Watts has been fronting all week. I have no doubt that WUWT readers…Continue Reading…

Can Grist Widen the Climate Debate?

Ryan Lizza, a reporter for The New Yorker, stopped by the Grist office yesterday to chat about his widely read article on How the Senate and White House missed their best chance to deal with climate change Today, David Roberts provides the highlights of the chat, in which he notes at the end of his…Continue Reading…

The Post Partisan Power Play

There’s a new climate & energy policy debate brewing. It could get interesting fast, judging by the crossfire that flew on wed alone. Here’s the abridged version: First comes the release of a bipartisan “white paper” that argues for public investment in energy innovation as the best way to end reliance on fossil fuels. It…Continue Reading…

When Politicians Check Out

If you look at the top of Climate Depot’s website (to the far left and far right), you’ll see the buzzwords in large type that Marc Morano unfailingly associates with climate science and global warming: FRAUD & CLIMATE CON. [UPDATE: I see that Marc removed his latest climate “fraud” headline off the top left banner.]…Continue Reading…

Pop Goes the Climate Problem

Well, not exactly. But this new paper in PNAS, which is bound to make make a splash, finds that slowing population growth could provide 16-29% of the emissions reductions suggested to be necessary by 2050 to avoid dangerous climate change. What surprises me most about the paper’s findings, as Grist reports, is that urbanization can…Continue Reading…

Take a Deep Breath

Because I have important news to share. It’s huge. Are you sitting down? Calm yourself. I’m just spreading the word. Ok, here goes: This is an important moment in science history. Drum roll please. Just how important, Anthony? I would describe it as a letter on the scale of Martin Luther, nailing his 95 theses…Continue Reading…

Whipping up the Mob

An example of the corrosive demagoguery that can flow from raw blog sewage is on display at Atlas Shrugs, whose author, Pamela Geller, was profiled in yesterday’s New York Times. Hers is a case study in why you can’t ignore the influence of charismatic, zealously driven, talented bloggers, especially those who are spearheading a mini-culture…Continue Reading…

Biohackers

Keep those test tube beakers flowing in the garage, Nature says: Biohackers are an example of the growing ‘citizen science’ movement, in which the public takes an active role in scientific experiments. Citizen science can help stimulate public support for science, and can introduce fresh ideas from novel disciplines.