The Intersection

Archives for July, 2006

The Wraps on London

Well I’ve just returned from the UK, and am currently writing from a coffee shop in Queens. I’ll head back to D.C. this afternoon or tonight. The flight was easy, no hassle; the only disappointment was that although we flew very close to Greenland, if not over it, there were too many clouds for me…

Check it out here. In my view, the piece is kinda all over the place. It argues that left and right are both bad when it comes to the treatment of science, but really the only case study adduced on the leftwing side of things is the attack on E.O. Wilson and sociobiology from way…

Off to Exeter

On my last weekday here in England, I’m heading to the UK Met Office to interview some of their scientists. Then, I head back to the US Monday morning. I doubt I will blog again before then, although I suppose it’s possible. In the meantime, I encourage you to visit deSmogBlog, which broke the latest…

I’ve just noted that over in the comments at Prometheus, Roger Pielke Jr. has taunted myself and numerous others for not blogging about the recently released statement by a number of hurricane experts, on both sides of the hurricane-climate divide, saying that whether storms are intensifying or not, we had better stop our “lemming-like march…

What a great quote from Morgan Spurlock in the latest issue of Time magazine. In a sense, with these words Spurlock articulates a key aspect of what I’ve found Seed magazine to be all about. I encourage you to check out the whole interview with Spurlock, and then watch season two of 30 Days, starting…

Thoughts on a Hurricane Chris

Recently Jeff Masters noted of Hurricane Daniel–which attained Cat 4 strength over the East Pacific recently–that it was his “favorite type of hurricane–a huge, spectacular Category 4 (almost 5) storm that is no threat to land.” Actually, albeit in a weakened state, Daniel may hit Hawaii, so perhaps it’s a threat after all. Still, as…

…three copies of the hardcover edition, anyway. I’m not sure when new hardcovers will be in stock. But in any case, this is as good a time as any to make another mention that the new paperback version, due out in roughly a month, is available now for preorder. It’s an updated version of the…

Unbelievable

From the Wall Street Journal‘s Peggy Noonan:

In my book, The Republican War on Science, I noted that James Inhofe in a 2003 speech had included a “harsh attack on science blogger and journalist David Appell.” The phrase “sheer lunacy” was used. You can see for yourself here. (Why I’m defending Appell I don’t know, as he hasn’t been particularly kind to…

Beryl Pronunciation Updated

Ha! Now those linguists and etymologists at the National Hurricane Center are backtracking! To wit: REGARDING THE PRONUNCIATION OF BERYL…A REVIEW OF SEVERAL DICTIONARIES SHOWS THAT BOTH BER’-IL AND BURL ARE ACCEPTED PRONUNCIATIONS…AND IN FACT THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DIRECTIVE SPECIFIES THE FORMER…TWO SYLLABLE…PRONUNCIATION. THE ONLY BERYL I PERSONALLY KNOW ALSO PRONOUNCES IT BER’-IL. WE…