Attacks on climate science in schools aren’t just interferences with teaching, they prepping young minds to make the kinds of emotionally driven argumentative responses that make our public discourse at the national level so fruitless.
Climate Progress’s Joe Romm looks at the counterfactual: What if congressional conservatives and the president felt as passionately about reducing carbon emissions as they do about federal spending?
A group of Australian scientists have published an uncharacteristically blunt letter reiterating yet again that the public debate about climate science is “phony.” It’s real, it’s here, and its time to suck it up and deal.
Skeptical Science has a nifty new interactive tool that visualizes thousands of categorized climate science journal articles in a very simple way.
FAITH AND SCIENCE
Marta Cook applauds the “Green Pope,” Benedict XVI for the forthright decision by its Academy of Sciences to address the moral dimensions of global warming.
James Powell’s new e-book paints a dark picture of the fate of humanity if we let worst-case global warming continue unabated.
Fresh off a vote in the House of Representatives to substitute ideology for climate science, members of Congress returned home to Texas and the Southwest to find the most severe drought in more than 100 years. Humans are overloading the [...]
Last month I reported on a new paper by NASA’s James Hansen and Makiko Sato (see Hansen: “One sure bet is that this decade will be the warmest” on record). Kate at ClimateSight sighted a new color in the chart, [...]
SCIENCE AND SOCIETY
Year after year the worriers and fretters would come to me with awful predictions of the outbreak of war. I denied it each time. I was only wrong twice. -Senior British intelligence official, retiring in 1950 after 47 years of [...]
In the wake of the Fukushima nuclear meltdown, it’s high time we reviewed the resilience of American nuclear reactors to natural disasters, and how climate change could increase our risk.
NOAA Says Loss of Environmental Satellite Funding Could Halve Accuracy of Precipitation Forecasts Take a look at our map, based on new data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, which shows just how much worse our forecasting would be [...]
Two recent scientific studies linked climate change to increased extreme weather. What might this mean for future U.S. infrastructure?
FUTURE OF ENERGY
Lisbeth Kaufman reviews the new film ‘Transcendent Man,’ and asks Ray Kurzweil what his law of exponential increases mean for clean energy innovation.
INVESTING IN SCIENCE
Critical weather monitoring satellites saw an even deeper cut in the most recent three-week continuing resolution to fund the government, jeopardizing our ability to monitor hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods.
The House Energy and Commerce Committee passed a bill this week that would to overturn the findings of the EPA, the National Academies, and the Supreme Court. Their reason? An online poll told them to.
To our dismay, and the nation’s detriment, self-described climate change deniers – strongly supported by fossil-fuel interests — continue to mislead Congress and the public. In late January, we joined 14 other leading scientists in writing a letter to every [...]
CLIMATE SCIENCE COMMUNICATION
Can making data more transparent help quell the popular misunderstandings of climate science?
INVESTING IN SCIENCE
Weather predictions used to be a frequent punchline but they have improved dramatically in recent years. More often than not you’ll need an umbrella if your local television channel or website of choice tells you to bring one when you [...]
The forthcoming book deals a devastating blow to the denier movement, exposing it’s pseudoscience for what it really is: polluter-funded misinformation.
A recent Yale poll shows only 63 percent of Americans believe climate change is happening, but 75 percent believe we should teach our children more about it in schools.