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Archives for February, 2007

This is absolutely outrageous. It seems that hurricane research flights using NOAA’s two P-3 “hurricane hunter” planes (pictured at left, image courtesy of NOAA) are set to be grounded due to a lack of federal funding. As Jeff Masters observes: “With zero money allocated to fund one of the most important types of hurricane research,…

Last week I got pretty exercised about how the White House was trying to rewrite history to pretend that Bush had always endorsed the scientific consensus on human-caused global warming. Well, now an L.A. Times news analysis piece by Maura Reynolds and James Gerstenzang goes over Bush’s record, albeit incompletely, and comes to a similar…

I don’t know if I ever disclosed this, but…back before I knew I was doing Storm World, I was seriously contemplating writing a narrative account of the Dover evolution trial for my second book. Now, well, I’m kinda glad I didn’t. You see, there are not one, not two, but three books in the hopper…

AAAS, Chicago

So: I am hitting the road again this Thursday for about a week. The first stop: the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting in San Francisco, where I won’t be working on anything in particular, but just taking in the talks and talking to the people. If you’re going to be there,…

Tony Snow Gives Up the Game

Is someone in the White House Press Corps reading this blog, and in particular, did someone in the press corps read this entry? If you read the following exchange from the gaggle yesterday, you have to wonder…

Framing Global Warming

Matt Nisbet has a post you should really read that’s a reaction to Ellen Goodman’s latest Boston Globe column (which relied heavily on Nisbet’s work). Goodman really gets it: Yes the globe is warming, but if we (scientists and science advocates) don’t learn how to strategically communicate on this issue, we’re not going to get…

Adler, Round II?

Jonathan Adler replies to my reply, and I am now replying. Or something. Because Adler is keeping things civil, I am going to strive to do so also–but I still don’t get his take on the stem cell issue. Adler says he stands by his statment that I claim “the number of cell lines, rather…

Why do House global warming hearings draw so many more people than Senate hearings? I don’t know, but I arrived late today to Capitol Hill and so spent half of my time listening to the House Science and Technology Committee hearing on the new IPCC report in an overflow room. (I didn’t try at first…

There was an absolutely incredible letter from the White House yesterday concerning Bush’s record on climate change. It is signed by Office of Science and Technology Policy director John Marburger and Council on Environmental Quality chair James Connaugton, both of whom, with this letter, are guilty of deceiving the public. The letter says: “Beginning in…

David Brin on Mooney-Sokal

I’ve been extremely gratified by the huge response to the Mooney-Sokal op-ed in the L.A. Times, and there’s been still more response since last I posted. In particular, sci-fi novelist David Brin, whose books I read as a kid, posted a very strong endorsement at Daily Kos. I don’t agree with everything that Brin says,…