Integrity of Science

Archives for December, 2006

We’re catching up on the stories we missed while away from our computer. Here are a couple of standouts: Tim Ball and Tom Harris of Canada’s Natural Resources Stewardship Project are holding Canada’s “Female Athlete of the Century” up as inadvertent spokesperson for the policy of let’s-wait-and-see-what-happens on climate change. The article, titled declaratively “Climate…

AGU Epilogue 3: Presentations now online

Four of the five presentations from last week’s American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting panel discussion, “Defining and Protecting the Integrity of Science: New Challenges for the 21st Century,” are now online. Peter Gleick President, Pacific Institute (presiding); “The Integrity of Science: Identifying Logical Fallacies, Deceitful Tactics, and Abuse of the Public Trust” (PDF) Judith Curry…

Media Recap and Blogroll

We’re playing catch-up from last week’s meeting and getting ready for the holidays, so no commentary today, just links to some interesting stories. More from AGU: Al Gore Urges Scientists to Speak Out on Climate Change Live Science Gore Tells Scientists to be Vocal About Climate Change DailyTech Stories about science integrity: On a swift…

AGU Epilogue 2: Deflecting Disinformation

There was one particularly good talk we weren’t able to blog on Thursday. Between media magnets Jim Hansen and Vice President Al Gore, we caught a terrific talk from Dr. Naomi Oreskes entitled “Deflecting Disinformation about Climate Change.” More science, Oreskes finds, has only a limited effect of erasing Americans’ doubts about climate change. Knowing…

AGU Epilogue 1: More Al Gore coverage

This week’s American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting is quickly coming to a close. We’ve attended our last panel, an interesting couple hours on educating the public including folks from RealClimate.org, the Knight Science Journalism Tracker, BBC, and more. This will be the first of two posts that will serve as a bit of an epilogue…

Earlier today at the 2006 American Geophysical Union’s Fall Meeting in San Francisco, the former Vice President introduced himself, “I am Al Gore. I used to be the next President of the United States.” Those who have seen “An Inconvenient Truth” will know the line, which predictably drew laughs. However, today’s lecture, Climate Change: The…

AGU Day 4: Jim Hansen and Goreticipation

No need for coffee this morning, as the energy in the 8 a.m. session on communicating science (particularly global warming science) has a palpable stimulating effect all its own. The star of the loaded panel was certainly Dr. Jim Hansen of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and the Columbia University Earth Institute. After…

Talking Science Integrity at AGU

At what point is the science certain enough on an issue? Is there a line of policy involvement that scientists shouldn’t cross? What will the new Congress mean for science and scientists? These were some of the questions aired at science integrity-related events at the American Geophysical Union’s Fall Meeting on Tuesday. At the morning…

Blogging at the AGU

The annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union is taking place this week, and your friendly neighborhood Integrity of Science Blog will be in attendance. The Pacific Institute and the Union of Concerned Scientists will be presiding over the Tuesday morning session “Defining and Protecting the Integrity of Science: New Challenges for the 21st Century.”…

BBC to Skeptics: Show Your Hand

The “Green Room,” a BBC News environmental opinion series, threw the gauntlet down to skeptics last week. In his column “Skeptics: Cards on the table please!” Richard Black issued a challenge to skeptics claiming that science is biased in favor of research confirming man-made climate change: If you have evidence of research grants turned down…