The Intersection

Archives for March, 2007

Well This is a New Experience

My last Huffington Post entry, about why many Republicans reject mainstream climate science, now has 125 comments. That’s gotta be a personal best for me as a blogger. Of course, a lot of it has to do with the fact that there are global warming “skeptics” over there who post comments and tick everybody else…

Becky Visits Vanuatu

The South Pacific island chain of Vanuatu is a kind of canary in the coalmine for global warming. A settlement on Vanuatu’s Tegua Island has already had to be relocated due to sea level rise. (See also here.) The problem was that with ever rising seas, low lying islands–and those living there–are subject to ever…

My column from the latest issue of Seed just went up. It’s a rather ambitious one, laying out a five step plan for restoring scientific integrity in Washington, D.C. You can read the piece to see all of the steps that I propose, but so far, it’s clear that Congressional Democrats are excelling at one…

My latest Huffington Post entry is up; it’s an attempt to add to the ongoing dialogue about why so many in the GOP are still in denial about global warming.

Communicating Science Broadly

Matt Nisbet has some heartening news: A science communication bill has been introduced in Congress, one that would fund the National Science Foundation to invest in training scientists to become better communicators. Committee chair Bart Gordon and Rep. Doris O. Matsui get the credit. This is a positive first step, albeit perhaps something of a…

I’m a worst-case scenario kind of thinker. My May 2005 article about the destruction of New Orleans by a Category 5 hurricane–an article published about 100 days before Katrina–certainly demonstrated as much. I think it’s rational to worry about extreme scenarios in direct proportion to how bad they would be if they actually happened–not to…

Another Action Shot

Last weekend here in D.C., I could be found hanging out at Toledo Lounge with fellow science bloggers (left to right) Evil Monkey of Neurotopia, Tara of Aetiology, and Orac of Respectful Insolence. I guess I was too drunk to notice that thing he was wearing on his head. (Just kidding.) Anyway, here (via Tara)…

My apologizes for not writing yesterday…I was working hard on a big blog entry which I finally got up at HuffingtonPost. I felt there was a need to clarify my views on Al Gore’s scientific accuracy–especially with respect to hurricanes–and I’ve taken the occasion of Gore’s recent testimony to do so. My two cents: There…

Appearing on WOR Tomorrow AM

I’ll be doing the Morning Show on New York City’s WOR Morning Show, at 7:10 am, with hosts Joe Bartlett and Donna Hanover. The subject: Global warming and Al Gore’s testimony. You can listen live by going to the WOR page and clicking….”Listen Live.” I won’t be on for all that long, so if you’re…

I found Al Gore’s opening testimony–which I just watched–deeply stirring. Whenever I hear the guy talk, my feeling is always the same: He exudes intelligence. By contrast, I found the behavior of Rep. Joe Barton–constantly raising petty parliamentary objections, quibbling over whether Gore’s actual presentation did or didn’t match his written testimony closely enough, and…