The Intersection

Archives for March, 2006

NASA is to be commended for a new media policy easing up restrictions on scientist communications. Most importantly, scientists don’t have to have little PR minders on their phone calls any more. Bravo. See here to learn more about the policy.

I am still busy at work revising The Republican War on Science for the paperback edition. Now the plan is to have both a new author preface, and then also to have updates at the end of most of the body chapters. And to complete this project, I am seeking more feedback. Today I’m working…

Via the Progress Report, I see that George W. Bush is sounding more and more like an out-and-out greenhouse skeptic. Perhaps his meeting with Michael Crichton influenced him? From Bush’s recent press conference: Q From Australia. I’ve got a question about global warming — in the Australian Parliament, Tony Blair called for greater action. And…

Over at Prometheus, Roger Pielke, Jr., has an interesting post taking Kevin Trenberth to task for discussing how global warming may have increased Katrina’s total rainfall and thus caused direct damage to New Orleans. Pielke doesn’t think Trenberth can justifiably say this, although previously (I forget the exact link) I seem to recall that folks…

Over at the excellent blog Crooked Timber, a lengthy and extremely productive seminar discussion has just gone online about my book, with contributions from John Quiggin, Daniel Davies, Ted Barlow, John Holbo, Steve Fuller (of Dover evolution trial fame), Tim Lambert, Henry Farrell, and John Quiggin again–all followed by a lengthy response from yours truly.…

Here’s a longer excerpt from that Time cover story–up through the full second paragraph: No one can say exactly what it looks like when a planet takes ill, but it probably looks a lot like Earth. Never mind what you’ve heard about global warming as a slow-motion emergency that would take decades to play out.…

My Blog’s Pound of Flesh

Just for the record (and since everybody’s doing it), my blog owns 18.25 percent of me. I expected it would be much worse. I can’t imagine how PZ could have gotten 6.25 percent, given that he posts much more frequently than I do. He must be super efficient…. (If you’re confused what I’m talking about,…

The latest Time magazine cover reads, “Be Worried. Be Very Worried.” Inside, Jeffrey Kluger’s cover story begins: No one can say exactly what it looks like when a planet takes ill, but it probably looks a lot like Earth. Never mind what you’ve heard about global warming as a slow-motion emergency that would take decades…

Tomorrow I am off to New York for this meeting on hurricanes and climate, sponsored by Columbia University’s International Research Institute for Climate and Society. I’m very appreciative that Columbia-IRI has allowed me to attend the event, which will feature presentations from Kerry Emanuel, Chris Landsea, Roger Pielke, Jr., Thomas Knutson, and numerous others. I…

Speaking to South Korea

I have just found out that an edition of The Republican War on Science is coming out in South Korea, and I have to write an introduction to it. I’m supposed to address the book to South Koreans, and obviously I should say something about the central issue of embryonic stem cell research–but beyond that,…