Global warming

Are people really this dumb to be scared of solar panels? (Update)

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So, the top story shared on my social media today is a point-and-LOL chortle-fest at a North Carolina town who has rejected a solar panel farm project. There are DOZENS of stories that make fun of the people who provided public comment against the rezoning decision in Woodland, NC because of their apparent ignorance of…

Professor makes “bonkers” claim that climate scientists killed by death squad

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See UPDATE below. Cambridge Professor Peter Wadhams suspects the deaths of the three scientists were more than just an ‘extraordinary’ coincidence. Source: Three scientists investigating melting Arctic ice may have been assassinated, professor claims. A Cambridge Professor has made the astonishing claim that three scientists investigating the melting of Arctic ice may have been assassinated…

‘Little ice age’ headlines are misleading

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At the National Astronomy Meeting, one study regarding a new model of the Sun’s interior is producing predictions that are suspected to have some serious consequences for Earth. Professor Valentina Zharkova of Northumbria University presented her results of the Sun’s interior dynamo at the recent event. Media outlets took it and twisted it just enough to…

They laughed at Bozo the clown too, Ted Cruz

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Latest Presidential hopeful Ted Cruz pulls the Galileo gambit and reveals he knows as much about history as science. Ted Cruz invokes Galileo to defend climate skepticism — and historians aren’t happy – The Washington Post. In recent comments reported on by our own Philip Bump, Ted Cruz again brought up the idea […] that satellite…

The BIG difference between skeptics and deniers

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Here at Doubtful News we advocate science-based and evidence-based skepticism. We are not denialists. Journalist should get the hint (READ the MEDIA GUIDE TO SKEPTICISM). Bill Nye asks journalist to stop calling climate change deniers ‘skeptics’. Bill Nye and his colleagues in media and academia wrote a letter for the Skeptical Inquirer asking journalist to…

Ohio lawmakers lack science education, want to be sure everyone else does too

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Once again, nonscientists are dictating how to do science. They are mistaken. And they have an agenda. Ohio lawmakers want to limit the teaching of the scientific process. The bill, currently under consideration by the Ohio Assembly, is intended to revoke a previous approval of the Common Core educational standards, which target math and literacy.…

BBC gave cranks too much air time (Any is too much)

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Is “false balance” on the way out? We’d all like to think so. BBC staff told to stop inviting cranks on to science programmes. BBC journalists are being sent on courses to stop them inviting so many cranks onto programmes to air ‘marginal views’ The BBC Trust on Thursday published a progress report into the…

Cosmos series irritates those who hold anti-science ideas

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The new Cosmos reboot is generating some waves for sure. Creationists have a beef with the exclusion (even derision) of the God concept while teachers are excited to have interesting science content for their classes. Now, climate change deniers might get a little broiled over the latest episode to air. New Video: Neil deGrasse Tyson Destroys…

Now I’m getting suspicious… Another case of COSMOS interruptus

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There was this story about a glitch in the Cosmos broadcast earlier this week. I figured, hey, mistakes happen. Never assume malice when incompetence is more likely. Well… do they happen with other programs? (Yes) The news media and forums are pointing out the Cosmos effect seems to be disproportionate and occurs in distinct cultural…

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…

How much $ to manufacture controversy per year? Up to 1 Billion

Desperate, they are. Conservative groups spend up to $1bn a year to fight action on climate change | Environment | theguardian.com. Conservative groups may have spent up to $1bn a year on the effort to deny science and oppose action on climate change, according to the first extensive study into the anatomy of the anti-climate…

Climate change deniers booted from Reddit Science

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…

Fish corpse balls stick and stink!

Fish balls, fish balls, roly-poly fish balls… Here is an update to a story we covered a little while back – the smelly Salton Sea in California. It was discovered to be from a fish kill that often happens at this location but now we get into the juicy stuff. It’s also so sticky, you…

USA Today and other papers quote biased Heartland Institute

Our media need to be slapped in the face with a skeptical fish. USA TODAY “Balances” Hundreds Of Scientists With Fossil-Fuel Backed Group | Blog | Media Matters for America. USA TODAY became the latest mainstream newspaper to incorrectly “balance” the views of the hundreds of scientists behind a major climate report with the the…

LA Times: What climate change controversy?

The LA Times has integrity, not going to allow factual inaccuracies to pollute the Letters page if they can help it. The Letters editor announces that letters from climate change denialists will not be published. Good. On letters from climate-change deniers – latimes.com. Simply put, I do my best to keep errors of fact off…

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…

Jellyfish killing machine could seriously backfire

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Recall a few days ago in “Remains of the day”, we linked to a story about jellyfish clogging a nuclear power plant intake in Sweden. Well, proliferation of jellies is a problem. There is a problematic solution… Jelly killing machine tested in Korea | Deep Sea News. Jellies recently shut down a nuclear reactor. They’re…