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#Science denial/confusion in the classroom: Sadly, not just a US problem.

February 9th, 2017 · No Comments

Just as occurred (and, sigh, still occurs) with the tobacco industry, a key target of fossil fuel promoters is to sow confusion about the science related to fossil fuel pollution impacts (from climate change to mercury poisoning to …), the strength of the scientific consensus, and about the work of scientists (as individuals and as […]

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Tags: climate change · Education · science

When graded on curve, @RealDonaldTrump flunks #Science

September 26th, 2016 · Comments Off on When graded on curve, @RealDonaldTrump flunks #Science

For nearly a decade, an effort has existed to try to drive attention to science issues in the Presidential Debates. Regretfully, Science Debate has not succeeded in getting prime time debates focused on “STEM” (or STEAM or…) nor even many serious questions asked of candidates in debates. However, the effort has succeeded in getting written responses from […]

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Tags: 2016 Presidential Election · science

Requiem for Canadian glaciers (and #climate #science)

April 9th, 2015 · 1 Comment

Wonder what your favourite glacier to ski or hike will look like in 20 or 40 years? A new study makes detailed predictions about how the glaciers in B.C. and Alberta will melt and shrink between now and 2100. Nature Geoscience just published a sobering look at likely deglaciation in Western Canada during the 21st century with […]

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Tags: climate change · environmental · science

Whiplashed by weather?

April 16th, 2014 · Comments Off on Whiplashed by weather?

Drastic shifts in weather (from beautiful sunny skies to dark menacing ones, from t-shirt frisbee temperatures to parka-wearing cold, from …) are natural. Humanity, however, has been putting its figures on the scales of “natural”. As Bill McKibben so eloquently discussed 25 years ago in The End of Nature, due to fossil fuel emissions, humanity’s […]

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Tags: climate change · Global Warming · science

Anti-Science by anecdote vs evidence-based scientific method

December 8th, 2013 · 2 Comments

we are all too often (faced by) anti-science by anecdote when we should be discussing options and making decisions on the basis of the evidence-based scientific method.

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Tags: anti-science syndrome · science

“Snarky” Professor’s take on humor in climate communication

July 9th, 2013 · Comments Off on “Snarky” Professor’s take on humor in climate communication

As part of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), self-described “snarky” Professor Laurel Whitney gave the following presentation about leveraging humor in climate communication. Professor Whitney’s DeSmogBlog’s bio provides a window on her self-deprecating alternative approach to communications. Rather than emphasizing that she teaches “climate change issues” or such to university students, she gets to depress […]

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Tags: climate change · Global Warming · science

“There’s been no warming for X years …”

January 10th, 2013 · Comments Off on “There’s been no warming for X years …”

With 1998 either being the hottest or one of the hottest (dependent on which temperature record set one works with) years in recorded history, a constant refrain has been “there has been no warming since …” (or, for awhile, since 1998 was such a peak (aberration), ‘there has been cooling’).  That number has been extending […]

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Tags: climate change · climate zombies · environmental · Global Warming · global warming deniers · science

Have you ever asked: “How do people reject climate science?”

September 6th, 2012 · Comments Off on Have you ever asked: “How do people reject climate science?”

This guest post comes from John Cook, University of Queensland and was originally published at The Conversation. In a previous article on The Conversation, Stephan Lewandowsky asked, why do people reject science? I’m going to take a slightly different angle and consider how people are able to reject climate science in the face of strong […]

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Tags: climate delayers · climate zombies · global warming deniers · guest post · science

Obama-Biden campaign awakening to climate change as political issue?

September 3rd, 2012 · 10 Comments

For too long, the Democratic Party “machine” has been eerily silent when it comes to the scientific consensus on climate change and the risks that catastrophic climate chaos creates for America and Americans. While much has been said and heard on ‘clean energy’ and ‘green jobs’, the words “climate change” and “global warming” have almost […]

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Tags: 2012 Presidential Election · climate change · environmental · Global Warming · Obama Administration · republican party · science

“Weather Gone Wild”: Weather Channel soft porn? No, thoughtful National Geographic article …

August 15th, 2012 · 2 Comments

Have to say that “Weather Gone Wild” sounds all too close to tasteless (and discomfitting) late-night advertising during repeats of old B movies on obscure cable channels (happily not seen for a long time).  This could easily be the title for much of The Weather Channel’s programming.  In fact, this is the cover story and […]

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Tags: climate change · environmental · Global Warming · journalism · science