Coolest billboard ever? Not so much…

"Coolest Billboard Ever?" asks a HuffPost article posted a couple of days ago. The billboard certainly seems "greenie". I mean come on, it is not just made out of renewable resources, it is one! It's alive. It breathes. It photosythesizes. Photosynthesis is the essence of "Green". So what's the problem? The problem is that this … Continue reading Coolest billboard ever? Not so much…

Looking through the wrong end of the climate telescope

Forced climate change causes global warming as a response, not the other way around. We all focus on globally and seasonally averaged mean temperature, and though it is a very coarse measure, there are some justifiable reasons. But as a general focus for those concerned about the human influence on our planetary life support system, … Continue reading Looking through the wrong end of the climate telescope

Disagreeing with the IPCC’s approach

There is a very interesting article on Nature.com that provides an example of something a bit uncommon in the climate wars: an intelligent and well reasoned disagreement with the IPCC. (h/t to Climate Etc.) The article is well worth the read in its entirety, but its central point is a relatively straightforward one. The smaller … Continue reading Disagreeing with the IPCC’s approach

Mubarak Resigns: Is there a climate change connection?

The Egyptian dictator, Hosni Mubarak, has resigned, finally relenting to weeks of massive protests. Is he the latest casualty of climate change? This is a provacative question, but I believe one worth discussing. Obviously, there are always many factors in a people's uprising, the precise balance of which will always be subjective and varied from … Continue reading Mubarak Resigns: Is there a climate change connection?

1010.org misses the mark, Denialosphere jumps many sharks

A few days ago, an environmental organization from England released what can charitably be called an appaling video in support of their campaign to reduce carbon emission 10% per year starting now, in 2010. The group is called 10:10 and the page originally containing the video, now containing an apology, is here. It was removed … Continue reading 1010.org misses the mark, Denialosphere jumps many sharks

Expertise, Elitism and Credibility

A few random items on expertise, elitism and credibility. The first is from an interview with the late Stphen Schneider about the recent PNAS paper on the relative expertise of "convinced" and "unconvinced" climate science activists, an interesting read: About the 'elitist' part: Scientists are really stuck. It's exactly the same thing in medicine, it's … Continue reading Expertise, Elitism and Credibility