Archives for October, 2007

Malaria eradication: it’s back

The Lancet provides a brief history of the attempt to eradicate malaria. In 1955, WHO set out to rid the world of malaria. The campaign, called the Global Malaria Eradication Programme, focused on vector control. The plan was to interrupt malaria transmission primarily by attacking the malaria’s mosquito vector with the potent, new insecticide dicholoro-diphenyl-trichloroethane…

John Stossel is his usual misleading self with a piece denying anthropogenic warming. Video here and summarized here. Tamino details the way Stossel deceives his viewers: Probably the most irritating aspect of Stossel’s “report” is a brief clip from An Inconvenient Truth of Al Gore saying, “… sea levels will rise 20 feet.” What’s irritating…

Skyrails graph visualizations system

Yose Widjaja, one of my students, has written a cool graph visualization system. The easiest way to get a feel for the way it works is to look at a video: We’re looking for comments, new graphs to visualize and so on. He has a blog for the project here, where you can download a…

Deltoid Enterprise Institute

Pinko Punko visited DC and took some pictures, including a couple for us. The American Enterprise Institute:

Correction: My post a few days ago implied implied that the Washington Post celebrated Gore’s Nobel by publishing four items repeating the falsehood that a judge found nine errors in the movie. This was wrong. I missed their editorial on the Nobel Prize where they also took a swipe at Gore: His movie, “An Inconvenient…

Several climate scientists have now examined the alleged errors in An Inconvenient Truth. At RealClimate Gavin Schmidt (NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies) and Michael Mann (director Penn State Earth System Science Center) write: First of all, “An Inconvenient Truth” was a movie and people expecting the same depth from a movie as from a…

David Appell tells of his correspondence with Tim Ball The other day I challenged Tim Ball’s assertion that “the world is cooling.” I showed temperatures plots for the last several years, and of course it depends on how you want to define “climate” — do you consider it the last one year of temperatures, the…

John Mashey offered some good advice in a comment on my post on the War on Gore. I’m following Michael Tobis’ example and boosting it from comments. Editorial and News Editorial and news really are often quite separate, with the Wall Street Journal as an extreme case. I get it for the numerous excellent articles…

Krugman on Gore Derangement Syndrome

Paul Krugman offers an explanation of Gore Derangement Syndrome So if science says that we have a big problem that can’t be solved with tax cuts or bombs — well, the science must be rejected, and the scientists must be slimed. For example, Investor’s Business Daily recently declared that the prominence of James Hansen, the…

When last we heard from Christopher Monckton he was too gravely ill to answers questions about how someone claiming to be him and using his ISP had altered his own wikipedia entry and added on obvious fabrication, to wit, The Guardian “is reported to have paid Monckton £50,000 in damages.”. Monckton seems to have made…