The Intersection

Archives for May, 2007

The last of the pre-season hurricane forecasts–from Colorado State University’s Phil Klotzbach and Bill Gray, the latter of whom happens to be a chief character in my new book–is now out (PDF). It is unchanged from the previous Klotzbach/Gray forecast: 17 named storms, 9 hurricanes, and 5 intense hurricanes. Why this prediction? These are the…

After thinking about NASA administrator Michael Griffin’s ridiculous recent statement–he’s not sure global warming is a “problem”–I decided to do a full entry at HuffingtonPost about it. That entry, entitled “Of Idiocy and Optimal Climates,” is readable here.

Emotional Rescue

My new Seed column, with the same title as this post, is now online. It’s about how to convey the “perfect moral storm” that is the global warming problem to an American public that remains deeply confused and even ambivalent about the issue….as epitomized by NASA administrator Michael Griffith’s recent bonehead statement to the effect…

Well, we’ve got a second named storm in the Northeast Pacific. As NHC forecaster James Franklin notes, this is an unusual (although not un-heard of) occurrence: THE DEPRESSION IS UPGRADED TO A 35 KT TROPICAL STORM. ONLY TWICE BEFORE…IN 1956 AND 1984…HAVE THERE BEEN TWO EASTERN NORTH PACIFIC NAMED STORMS IN MAY. Barbara is apparently…

It’s official: The “Speaking Science 2.0″ talk is now viewable in its entirety on YouTube: The presentation above is the one that we gave at the annual meeting of the American Institute of Biological Sciences a few weeks back. Unfortunately, you can’t see the PowerPoint slides; you can only see us talking. So not everything…

First Alvin, Now Barbara?

It’s not even June yet, but a second storm seems to be forming in the Northeast Pacific off the western coast of Mexico, as seen in the image above from the National Hurricane Center. The center’s first forecast discussion says this: ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS FAVOR STRENGTHENING. THE DEPRESSION IS OVER WATERS WARMER THAN 30C…AND THE DEEP-LAYER…

In anticipation of the start of hurricane season, today’s Science Times had a pair of great articles on hurricanes, global warming, and coastal defenses in the U.S. I have just put up a post at Huffington Post, entitled Risky Scenarios, that comments on the latest Times package. You can read it here. Meanwhile, my forthcomig…

The “F” Word

FAITH Several folks have emailed asking why I’ve yet to write about RELIGION. Simply put, what I believe is that faith has no place in science. Will someone please stand up and explain the circular argument, the rhetoric, the tomfoolery and fiddlesticks that is the age old debate on how these two worlds converge? Convince…

Back from Italy, that is. I had a great, relaxing time in Venice and, later, in Udine and the little town of Manzano, where I’d gone for an old friend’s beautiful (and entirely secular!) wedding. But no more on that, it’s entirely non-science related. This post is just to let you know of my return…

Framing V: The Point!

posted by Sheril R. Kirshenbaum Anticlimactic perhaps, but then you knew my last post on Framing wouldn’t provide closure on the topic. Hubris would be an understatement if I claimed to have a panacea of answers. Instead, what follows are a few musings to wrap up ideas from Thursday based on my adventures across the…