The Intersection

Archives for October, 2007

[Marbled Murrelet: "Hey, over here! Look how cute I am! Forget the CDC scandal, focus on me!"] Okay: We all know about the forced editing of the CDC testimony. Outrageous stuff–and the kind of misbehavior that just makes the White House look silly and lame. But ask yourself: How much harm resulted here? What was…

My latest Science Progress column just went up. It’s about what we can and can’t say about global warming and the California wildfires–and the strong parallels between the climate-wildfire debate and the climate-hurricane debate. A quotation: …an important generalization about climate change and disasters: Even as we must be cautious not to attribute any single…

HALLOWEEN Reader Poll

Halloween 2007 finds me dressed as a pirate doing my part to combat global warming! And now a reader poll on this 31st day of October… Which of the following do you find scariest and why? (answer in comments) a) Global Warming b) Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley at the 1994 MTV Video Music…

The paper arrived for the first time at our place here in Silverlake today. Something about getting your local rag really makes you feel like you’re rooted in a new location. But though that observation might sound uplifting–and hey, this piece in the Times today was particularly great–it also inspires me to reflect critically upon…

Yesterday, I mentioned iron fertilization and more than one email found my inbox inquiring exactly what that means. So with readers in mind, I’ve composed a blog post over at CORRELATIONS explaining Iron Fertilization 101. Phytoplankton take up CO2 in oceans and then go on to die and sink, and drum roll please…. we’ve got…

Grassy Noel

Just when you thought hurricane season was over…Nope. Here’s Tropical Storm Noel. Probably not going to get very intense…but a major rainfall risk in the Caribbean. I had gotten fond of saying that this Atlantic hurricane season came in like a lion and went out like a lamb. Let’s hope the lion isn’t returning…

It’s nice to wake up in The District again. Today I’m headed over to the Hill to talk about the interface between climate and oceans. Iron fertilization and U.N. Law of the Sea are among the myriad of topics to be discussed. And being back is also reason to share one of my very favorite…

Last Tuesday, the Federal Emergency Management Agency faked a news briefing about their response to the California wildfires. Really. There was a script and questions came from FEMA employees. Turns out no actual reporters were present. So sure, it was the week before Halloween, but I just don’t think this is the right venue for…

John Marburger Does it Again

As usual, the president’s science adviser has been trotted out to explain away the administration’s latest misbehavior with respect to climate science. Marburger just put out a statement (PDF), defending White House changes to CDC director Julie Gerberding’s testimony. Because I’ve been on the road, I have not yet been able to do an in…

Back to The Hill

This weekend I’m returning to my old stomping grounds to brief Hill folks on oceans, climate, and their interface in the policy realm. I’m looking forward to catching up with friends and Autumn is a wonderful time to be back because the humidity has finally subsided. While my heart is always with New York, I…