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Archives for June, 2007

UPDATE JUNE 30: So. I’ve finished reading The Assault on Reason. I must say, it’s not what I expected. My ultimate takeaway feeling is that this is a very powerful book, whatever flaws it may have. But that’s getting close to giving away my review, which I’m still in the process of writing….so in the…

There’s some more new stuff on the book front: * Andrew Freedman did a very thoughtful review of Storm World over at the Weather Channel website Forecast Earth. * Next week, I am going to be guest blogging about the book–about global warming and related issues, really–over at Kevin Drum’s Political Animal (which, just in…

Cyclone 03B (or Yemyin) making landfall in Pakistan on Tuesday. Note the well defined structure, including a cloud filled central eye region. When do international politics interfere with protecting vulnerable people from hurricanes? Possibly when India has to provide storm warnings for Pakistan. Jeff Masters and Margie Kieper are blogging about an unfolding scandcal concerning…

The Baobab in Messina ProefPlaas: I sat under a great baobab at dawn and shared with him stories of humanity since agriculture began. I spoke of our music, art, literature and the great discoveries and conflicts of modern times. He stood unmoved for a long while. Then laughed at me whispering, ‘I’ve been watching your…

My recent Harper’s piece, on how to fix the mess Bush made of science policy, is now readable for free here. And the cool website Treehugger.com just interviewed me about Storm World and Speaking Science 2.0. You can read the inteview here. Coming tomorrow: More great pictures from Sheril’s Africa trip. Meanwhile, I am off…

Kruger National Park June 27, 2007

On June 4, more than 120 people turned out for the Mooney/Nisbet Speaking Science 2.0 talk at the New York Academy of Sciences. The talk is now part of their online content, including an E-briefing summary along with the powerpoint slides synchronized with audio of our presentation. With this tool you can listen to the…

This is pretty cool–there is a concordance of Storm World available on the Amazon.com page for the book. These are the top 100 words: 2004 2005 2006 activity air another atlantic atmosphere basin between called came cane category center central change charney climate cyclones data day debate different down during early emanuel even first florida…

Humans are born naturally curious creatures. As youngsters, our world is mainly governed by what’s within reach – or even better – fits in our mouths. For most of us, that changes as bigger folks start telling us to stop playing in the mud, eating crayons, and picking up beetles. We learn about cultural norms…

I just posted over at Huffington post–I’m not the first to pile on, but I thought it important to contribute to the utter dismantling of this truly clueless op-ed that ran in the Washington Post yesterday by Emily Yoffe. You can read my piece (with the same title as this post) here.