Advertisement

You are browsing the archive for science education Archives - Page 2 of 26 - Dan's Wild Wild Science Journal.

16 May 2019

Who Is Doing a Good Job Covering Climate?

The NY Times and the Washington Post are among the few major media outlets that I would give at least a B grade on their climate coverage.  Most deserve an F, but there are strong signs that this is about to change (See my previous post). This past Sunday the Washington Post magazine had 24 of their climate change covers and it is worth sharing. I talked to a group …

Read More >>

No Comments/Trackbacks >>


11 April 2019

Hey Kentucky, Your Congressman Thinks You’re Foolish

Former Sec. of State John Kerry ran into a climate denial time machine today in Congress. The clip from CNN is below. Watch it, and then I’ll explain what Kentucky Congressman Massie doesn’t seem to understand about Earth’s climate. The question I have is why did he didn’t just ask an atmospheric scientist?? I think I know the answer, so read on. Watch the clip: So here is the NOAA …

Read More >>

2 Comments/Trackbacks >>


31 January 2019

Note to the Media: Getting Science/Weather Stories Right Matters Just As Much As Any Other

The cold hard scientific truth is that the polar vortex is 6 (plus) kilometers high and located south of Hudson Bay tonight. It never reached the American Midwest, and every story you’ve seen or read about it (except perhaps one or two notable exceptions) have been wrong. Indeed, the Washington Post is not the only one to post “polar vortex” headlines that were dead wrong this week. It’s turned into an …

Read More >>

2 Comments/Trackbacks >>


29 January 2019

The Climate Threat is Much Worse Than You Think, But There’s Still Hope

I know a lot of people are tired of hearing the title of this post, but it’s true. The threat we face from climate change is a lot worse than you think it is. There is near unanimous agreement that we must strive to keep the Earth’s temperature from going above 2 degrees C from the pre-industrial times, and better yet would be holding it to 1.5 C. That’s not …

Read More >>

6 Comments/Trackbacks >>


4 January 2019

Government Shutdown Impacts Biggest U.S. Atmospheric Science Meeting

The annual meeting of the American Meteorological Society starts Sunday in Phoenix. It’s the biggest meeting of the atmospheric science community in the U.S. and one of the biggest worldwide. In a normal year, thousands of meteorologists from NOAA (and other government agencies), many universities, and the private sector (including meteorologists in broadcasting like me) will share knowledge and listen to presentations from recent research. Most importantly, students who are …

Read More >>

2 Comments/Trackbacks >>


4 December 2018

Why Those Snow Forecasts Online are Likely Wrong

I go weak in the knees when I see a science info-graphic that explains something really well in one picture. The image above from the NWS Kansas City is a really good one about long-range weather forecasts. Many forecasters in the Mid-Atlantic region and the Midwest are dealing with a possible winter storm beginning this weekend. We cannot say much more than that right now,  and it’s tough to explain to the public …

Read More >>

1 Comment/Trackback >>


29 November 2018

You heard about The National Climate Assessment, but did you read any of it??

You really should. For those of us who read the journal articles, there is really no surprises here. Climate change is not something in the future anymore, it is happening now and in most cases, the predictions made twenty years ago were too conservative. In short, it’s worse than expected. The changes we have seen with a rise of under a degree C are frankly alarming. So start by taking …

Read More >>

1 Comment/Trackback >>


20 September 2018

Highly Polluted Water From Florence Flowing Into the Atlantic

Take a look at this image from the NASA Aqua satellite. Look closely and you can see what is likely a toxic stew pouring into the coastal waters. Much of this from coal ash storage areas and flooded pig farms.

Read More >>

No Comments/Trackbacks >>


7 August 2018

The Right Answer To The Wrong Question

You’re standing at the South Pole marker at Amundsen-Scott Station, and someone asks “which direction is the South Pole Telescope from here?”  “Go north!”, is a correct answer to the wrong question! Here is another wrong question: Did climate change cause the recent Europe-wide heat wave? Did climate change cause Death Valley to have the hottest month ever reliably recorded on Earth? How about the California fires that are still burning (and …

Read More >>

No Comments/Trackbacks >>


26 July 2018

A Simple Tweet That Tells a Vivid Story

Simon Lee posted a tweet Sunday night that got a lot of attention. He’s a meteorologist who will soon begin working toward his PhD at the Univ. of Reading in England, and here’s the story: It was a hot June in the UK, and many are comparing it to the memorable heatwave of 1976. Using freely available data from NASA, Simon put together two maps that show how different the …

Read More >>

1 Comment/Trackback >>