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13 May 2014

An Example of Excellent Science Communication About False Balance

I need say nothing else here.

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12 May 2014

Sal Khan Deserves The Medal of Freedom

I did something today I never thought I would do: I created one of those White House petitions you hear about. The petition is to award Salman Khan the Medal of Freedom. I have to get 100,000 signatures in a month to get the attention of the powers that be, but I think it’s worth doing. If the name is familiar then it’s probably because you or someone you know …

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10 May 2014

12 Minute Video Does An Excellent Job of Explaining Natural Selection/Evolution

Teachers/home school parents etc. take note. I spotted this on YouTube channel called Kurzgesagt  which in murrikan is “IN SHORT” In short, they are quite good! and there is this one from the same folks about coming to grips with DEEP TIME:

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9 May 2014

Improving Predictions of Summer Sea Ice Melt

Just a quick post to say that THIS is a good read. Apparently there is a correlation between melt ponds in the spring, and the September sea ice extent. This makes sense,as you will see, when you read this post in Climate Lab Book, by Ed Hawkins.

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6 May 2014

White House Invites Weathercasters As Part of Tuesday’s Climate Assessment Release

A good friend of mine will be sitting down with the President of The United States tomorrow. Meteorologist Jim Gandy (and another friend, John Morales) are part of a group of on-air meteorologists who will be at the White House for the release of the U.S. Climate Assessment tomorrow. Jim was involved in a study at George Mason University (led by Dr. Ed Maibach) that looked into educating the public …

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5 May 2014

Wichita Kansas Reaches 102 degrees Sunday. Earliest 100+ in 126 years of Records.

The high made it to 102 today in Wichita. From NWS Wichita: 125 km to the south, a massive wildfire is underway this Sunday evening in Guthrie,OK. Pictures from local TV show the extent. The area of EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT continues to grow. In the Great Plains, all heat and drought are compared to the height of the dust bowl in 1936. A dry spring means a hotter ground, and this …

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3 May 2014

Predicting Weather & Climate- Gavin Schmidt’s TED Talk is A Must See

I use atmospheric models everyday, and without them the forecast you see on TV or online everyday would be worth little beyond about 48 hours (it would not be very accurate within that time period either). These days, a seven-day forecast will verify much better than a three-day outlook was in the 1970’s, and the improvement continues. Unfortunately, some people see these models as untrustworthy black boxes, and have little understanding …

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