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Archives for May, 2006

Two new studies on the hurricane-global warming relationship are just out, reported on here by the New York Times. I haven’t seen the Purdue study yet. The other study, by Michael Mann and Kerry Emanuel, has already been discussed at scientific conferences and even reported on by some journalists. Mann and Emanuel suggest that contrary…

Debating Ron Bailey, Part II

Well, folks, my debate with Ron at the Skeptics Society conference is coming up this Saturday. We did a virtual coin toss today and I won, which means I go first. Whatever else this event will be, it will certainly be illuminating. The question at the center of the debate, you will recall, is, “Distorting…

Just read the following in the Washington Times from an April 28 article: With the official start of hurricane season days away, meteorologists are unanimous that the 2006 tropical storm season, which runs from June 1 through November, is likely to be a doozy. The first tropical storm of this season showered light rain yesterday…

This morning, I’m just finishing up final edits on the paperback version of the book. Especially as these things go in the publishing industry, it contains quite a ton of new material: A lengthy new preface that covers recent developments, puts everything in a still broader context, and discusses what scientists themselves can do about…

Does the Republican mayor of New York accept the Republican War on Science critique of his own party? Recent remarks delivered at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine–where he discussed global warming, stem cells, and the Terry Schiavo case–suggest that perhaps he does. It is of some interest to me how someone like Bloomberg, if…

Commenters here were beating up on Michael Shermer of Skeptic mag a while back, so let’s acknowledge that he too is now on the record accepting anthropogenic global warming. And it seems that Al Gore helped give him a push! Now, as in the case of Easterbrook, I don’t see why people like Shermer held…

I am not particularly impressed by his piece in the New York Times today. The evidence on global warming was in long ago; there was no particular reason for Easterbrook to hold out this long. But that’s not what really troubles me about Easterbrook’s argument. He writes: Once global-warming science was too uncertain to form…

More Katrina Misattribution?

There’s a good Slate piece up about GW, but unfortunately, one of its paragraphs says this: ….consider Hurricane Katrina. When it first reached Florida, it was a Category 1 storm. While traveling across the warmer-than-usual surface of the Gulf of Mexico, it brewed itself into a Category 5 then actually weakened to a Category 3…

Just Saw Flock of Dodos….

…and since then have recommended it to my audiences at two public speeches. Randy Olson’s documentary is funny, humane, and completely spot-on when it comes to the blind spots of scientists, the would-be defenders of evolution who often don’t have a clue about how to connect with the rest of America. Olson inspires all of…

This Monday morning at 11 Eastern, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is going to be releasing its first seasonal prediction for Atlantic hurricane activity for 2006. If the prediction is anything like the one that William Gray and Phil Klotzbach of Colorado State University have already released, then NOAA will be calling for another…