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31 January 2017
The Following Scientific Societies (Including the AGU and AMS) Just Signed A Letter Condemning the New Immigration Restrictions
The list of the 150+ scientific societies
5 January 2017
House Science Committee Stoops To Name Calling and Fantasy Science
Take a look at the following tweet from THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES Science Space and Technology Committee: Actually the very data they linked to shows it DOES fit. Fortunately, some REAL scientists let them know that they are UNQUESTIONABLY WRONG. and some more comments from people living in a world based on fact: Somehow I think the person doing these tweets has ZERO background in science. There are a couple …
8 September 2011
Science, The Tea Party and The Dunning-Kruger Effect.
Ed Maibach and Anthony Leiserowitz at GMU, and the Yale Center for Climate Change Communication have released a fascinating study of the opinions of different political party members on climate change. This is all the more fascinating because it defines the Tea Party as a separate group and asks some interesting questions about climate science. Take a look at the highlights from the survey below and see if you notice …
28 August 2011
Don’t Blame The Forecaster for Media/Politician Hype
You can see some experimental surge forecasts here, but they are based on a model underdevelopment, so do not base decisions on this alone. The surge forecasts show about what would be expected with a category one storm. Watching some of the cable news channels last night I saw computer images showing severe flooding through out Manhattan, and this is just not going to be the case with a …
16 August 2011
When Did Ignorance Become A Point of View
prop·a·gan·da noun /ˌpräpəˈgandə/ Information, esp. of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view – he was charged with distributing enemy propaganda The dissemination of such information as a political strategy There are plenty of things in climate physics that one can argue about; the climate sensitivity, the negative feed-backs that may slow down Arctic melting and many more, but Joe …
27 July 2011
Should TV Weathercasters Lie About Ozone??
Last year the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Comm. unanimously recommended the EPA set the level for safe ozone exposure at between 60-70 parts per billion. The current level set under the Bush administration is 75 parts per billion. When the ozone level is above this (for a specified period) the air pollution index goes above 100 and the air is considered unhealthy on the EPA Air Quality Index chart. You …
16 June 2011
Good Science and Junk Science
The Good Science: NOAA released the May global temp. data today and the global land and ocean temps. were tied for 10th warmest on record. Land temps. were 7th warmest on record. The period of meteorological spring from March -May was also the 10th warmest on the instrument record. From NCDC: Global Highlights The combined global land and ocean average surface temperature for May 2011 was 0.50°C (0.90°F) above the …
1 March 2011
What Obama and Congress Should Do for Science
Livescience.com/ouramazingplanet.com put this question to a wide variety of those in the science fields. It’s good reading, and you may see a familiar face. Just mouse the image below to read it.
1 December 2010
An Even More Inconvenient Truth
It’s called CAMM Worldwide. That stands for Connect A Million Minds. The project was started by Time Warner and it’s based around a simple fact: The U.S. now ranks 35th in Math and 29th in Science worldwide. That means that your child’s above average grades in math and science are C’s and D’s compared to the rest of the industrialised world. As one scientist said recently, “China has more really …
1 September 2010
Denialism and The Age of Disinformation
Chris Mooney and Michael Specter along with others did a lecture at MIT last April. MIT has put the video up online and it is well worth a view. The topic was denialism and disinformation. How can so many people believe things that someone tells them with no critical thinking. (My post on Authoritarians goes along with this quite well I suspect) I regularly get asked if the world is …