Tag Archive for climate change

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…

Global warming linked to earthquakes, but they would happen anyway

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More Fatal Earthquakes to Come, Geologists Warn. Well, obviously! The earth is dynamic. But the idea that global warming – by the mechanism of unloading water from this place and putting it in another place – is triggering earthquakes is a bit of a flawed headline. “Climate change may play a critical role in triggering…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Manufactured doubt and made-up science of climate denialists

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.…

Climate dissenters seen as ‘crazy’ denialists

This piece is political but I was surprised by it. It gives me a bit of hope for the future. Voters think Republican climate dissenters ‘crazy’, bipartisan poll finds | Environment | theguardian.com. Results show risks that deniers in Congress pose to GOP as majority of younger constituents back Obama’s carbon plans. I won’t go…

Google ‘hypocrisy’: Result – Google hosts Inhofe lunch

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.

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…

Antiscience overtakes science in the Weblog Awards

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,…

Antiscience bills die in Arizona and Oklahoma

The NCSE gives us good news on these fronts: Antiscience bill dies in Arizona | NCSE. Arizona’s Senate Bill 1213 died on February 22, 2013, when the deadline for Senate bills to be heard in their Senate committees passed. A typical instance of the “academic freedom” strategy for undermining the integrity of science education, SB…

Antiscience legislation proposed around the states

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…

When NO data will change your mind, you must go on Faux News

Manipulation of the news, manufactured controversy and misuse of the word skeptic. Just another day at Fox News. False balance: Fox News demands a recount on US’ warmest year | Ars Technica. Just days after NOAA released its reading of last year’s US temperatures, Fox responded with a report in which it questions whether NOAA…

Weird weather blamed on End Times and climate change

Nearly four in 10 U.S. residents blame weather on end times | Reuters. Nearly four in 10 U.S. residents say the severity of recent natural disasters such as Superstorm Sandy is evidence the world is coming to an end, as predicted by the Bible, while more than six in 10 blame it on climate change,…