The Intersection

Archives for June, 2007

Pardon me while I breathe some fire for a minute. You see, I was looking for a good movie to go see over the weekend and instead ran across this obnoxious one: 1408. The plot: “Renowned horror novelist Mike Enslin believes only in what he can see with his own two eyes. But after a…

Darksyde, over at Daily Kos, has been a really great supporter over the years. I can’t thank him enough for this recent, very appreciative review of Storm World, which includes this paragraph (I’m not worthy): “The book manages to pull together so many stories and personalities from across decades of time and divergent disciplines of…

Infrared Arabian Sea image, June 25, courtesy of the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison. As I suspected, this doesn’t look good. The Joint Typhoon Warning Center has just put out an advisory on the remants of 03B, warning that the cyclone may soon reform. The warning says this: RAPID FORMATION OF…

I’ve arrived in South Africa. The Southern Cross is visible and the moon is spectacularly bright from where I sit. Seasons and skies are backwards here. On June 24, it’s the start of winter and 6 hours into the future. Tonight finds me pondering whether I’m now upside down on this great continent. More likely,…

Don’t Look Now, But…

Sea surface temperatures in the North Indian tropical cyclone basin as of June 22, courtesy of Accuweather. Is a repeat of Cyclone Gonu–now estimated to have caused $ 6 billion in damage to Oman and Iran (actually much less than worst case scenarios would have predicted)–possible in the coming week? Over the past half week,…

One of my first interviews about the new book can now be heard online by clicking here (MPG). I recently spoke with Bob McDonald of the CBC’s Quirks and Quarks about the science, politics, and policy implications of the hurricane-global warming debate, and the roughly 12 minute segment just aired today. As this is one…

For a few years now, folks have been up in arms trying to come up with a universally accepted definition for Ecosystem Based Management – a goal about as realistic as an episode of Laguna Beach. At best, it’s a theoretical approach, so instead of debating what it means, we should be asking how to…

This is a very open ended post. I’m interested in a little futurism–and some feedback from all of you. Let’s postulate, shall we, that the next president does in some sense “resolve” our two current hottest science policy controversies–stem cells and global warming. Then, the question is, what’s next? What topics at the science policy…

posted by Sheril R. Kirshenbaum Around the corner from my lab at Duke is a bright sun room – which also happens to be the office of the Extraordinary Professor Stuart Pimm. Now mind you, I don’t use Extraordinary loosely, it’s quite literally his title at the Conservation Ecology Research Unit in South Africa where…

Setting the Record Straight

Over at Real Climate, my necessarily cautious words about the relationship between hurricanes and global warming were being taken in the comments section as a suggestion that there’s no “evidence” that anything is happening. I had to chime in with a longish comment setting things straight, which I’ll reproduce here: There is certainly evidence of…