Global warming

AP poll has experts lamenting science literacy – It’s more complicated

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Should we be surprised by this? No, I’m not. Disappointed, maybe. But, we should be used to these results by now. Poll: Big Bang a big question for most Americans. Few Americans question that smoking causes cancer. But they express bigger doubts as concepts that scientists consider to be truths get further from our own…

A paper linking conspiracy ideas to climate change denialism has been retracted

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We’ve posted several stories on the work of S. Lewandowsky. He makes climate change deniers and conspiracy theorists rather angry; angry enough to call him names and file complaints about the papers. A rundown of the rather complicated history of his disputed papers about climate change deniers can be found here. Journal pulls paper due…

Latest global warming poll results toe the political line. Again.

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Another poll on global warming/climate change. I’m not too surprised by the results. Americans Most Likely to Say Global Warming Is Exaggerated Even as most Americans report experiencing abnormal weather conditions lately, more than four in 10 say the seriousness of global warming is generally exaggerated in the news. These sentiments are lower than the…

WTF, Arizona? Lawmakers bent on keeping kids uneducated

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This article was one small step away from The Onion material. How people can be so paranoid, ignorant and short-sighted boggles my mind. AZ Senate panel votes to bar Common Core standards. Ignoring pleas from business leaders, the Senate Education Committee voted 6-3 along party lines Thursday to bar Arizona from implementing the Common Core…

Is Bill Nye the captain of our national scientific debate team? (UPDATE: Another score for Nye)

Screen capture from the video where Bill Nye talks about evolution

Now he takes on the topic of global warming. “Meet the Press” to host climate change “debate” between GOP’s Marsha Blackburn and Bill Nye “the Science Guy” – Salon.com. This Sunday, “Meet the Press,” the renowned televised political news forum, will host a discussion of climate change — perhaps the single most pressing issue of…

Mann suit to procede. Also don’t say “skeptic” when you mean “denier”.

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Yay yay yay yay. I’m sick of yahoos thinking that science is just a belief system and getting away with intimidating researchers. Also, “Skeptic” is REALLY used inappropriately here. Are there any ideologues worse than climate change deniers? I think I would rather deal with creationists. I left a comment on Mother Jones linking to…

Climate change deniers booted from Reddit Science

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Comment moderation is becoming a force for good, science that is. I’m all for it. Reddit’s science forum banned climate deniers. Why don’t all newspapers do the same? | Grist. The forum, known as /r/science, provides a digital space for discussions about recent, peer-reviewed scientific publications. This puts us (along with /r/AskScience) on the front…

Giant hornets in China are deadly (and may be multiplying)

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Originally posted Sept 27, 2013 See update. Fear of bees, look away. I’m not joking. Deaths due to severe wasp stings raise alarm|Society|chinadaily.com.cn. Medical experts called for public awareness of the danger of wasps after stings claimed 19 lives within three months in Ankang, Shaanxi province. Guo Dongyang, a doctor in the nephrology department of…

Manufactured doubt and made-up science of climate denialists

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Merchants of Doubt they are. Climate denialists warp and concoct their own faulty science to counteract well-accepted methods and conclusions. Are they making headway? It’s hard to say but there are many who will NEVER accept global climate change because they simply refuse out of ignorance. Climate Skeptic Groups Launch Global Anti-Science Campaign – Bloomberg.…

Google ‘hypocrisy’: Result – Google hosts Inhofe lunch

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Google, what are you THINKING? In this opinion piece, James Temple rips Google for hypocrisy. Lunch for Inhofe should be unthinkable for Google – San Francisco Chronicle. In a shameful act of corporate hypocrisy, Google on Thursday will host a fundraising lunch for Sen. James Inhofe, the delusional or dishonest Oklahoma Republican who famously declared…

Flat Earth? Absurd. Climate change? Not at all.

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Ironic, isn’t it? Actually, even the Flat Earth Society believes in climate change – Salon.com. In his big speech on climate change today, President Obama mocked Republicans who deny the existence of man-made global warming by derisively referring to them as members of “the Flat Earth Society.” “We don’t have time for a meeting of…

Maybe End Times believers should just stay home and pray, not make decisions

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Let reasonable people try and deal with the world’s problems. Belief That “Second Coming” Of Jesus Is Nigh May Be Preventing Climate Change Action: A Study : Science : Nature World News. Belief that the “Second Coming” of Jesus is nigh may be stemming climate change action, according to a study published in the Political…

Antiscience overtakes science in the Weblog Awards

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The “Bloggies” seem to have been gamed by climate change denialists who have scuttled the science category. Climate sceptics ‘capture’ the Weblog Awards science category. When this year’s shortlists were released earlier this week, not only was the science or technology category flooded with climate sceptics blogs, but they had also spread into other categories,…

Hey Pat, who’s nutty?

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Your Friday Funny. Pat Robertson: Only ‘nutty’ Ph.D.s believe climate change causes more blizzards | The Raw Story. Televangelist Pat Robertson on Thursday dismissed scientific evidence that large winter storms are linked to climate change, insisting that only “nutty” Ph.D.s believe the theory. A Thursday 700 Club report pointed out that a recent Princeton study…

Millions of pest birds

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Invasive birds cause nuisance. It will likely get worse. Bird invasion brings real-life horror to Kentucky city | Reuters. The blackbirds and European starlings blacken the sky of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, before roosting at dusk, turn the landscape white with bird poop, and the disease they carry can kill a dog and sicken humans. “I have…

Antiscience legislation proposed around the states

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The National Center for Science Education has a rundown of the anti-science efforts in state lawmaking bodies. As Robert Luhn of NCSE describe them, “Anti-science bills are popping up like daisies after a spring shower.” Two antiscience bills in Oklahoma | NCSE. Two antiscience bills, Senate Bill 758 and House Bill 1674, have been prefiled…