The Intersection

Archives for December, 2007

Just one month ago, Cyclone Sidr – one of the fiercest cyclones to hit Bangladesh in the last 131 years – slammed the country’s southern and southwestern regions. At least 3,300 people lost there lives and millions were left homeless. The United Nations estimates that 8.7 million people were affected by the storm and many…

Good Golly from Bali

I’m preparing for a KPFA radio interview this morning, and so have had to brush up on precisely what went down in Bali over the past week. In essence: Everything, and nothing. Global delegates agreed to a plan that (we hope) will eventually lead to a successor to the weak tea and expiring Kyoto Protocol.…

WIRED on ScienceDebate2008

There’s wonderful reason I’ve been quieter here than usual… ScienceDebate2008 has hit the ground running to so much enthusiasm and excitement, Chris and I are incredibly busy keeping up with all the hullabaloo! And we’re also having a lot of fun working to make this incredible idea into a reality… We’ve been following the blogosphere…

The Waxman Cometh

As many of you know already, this week Rep. Henry Waxman’s House Oversight Committee came out with a major report on the Bush administration’s interference with climate science. Not exactly a new subject, but the Waxman report (PDF) is definitive in the way journalistic accounts often cannot be, simply because congressional investigators have many more…

ScienceDebate2008–The Latest

Well it has been a wild ride so far…I wish this was my day job. ScienceDebate2008 now has, by my count, more than 80 bloggers in our coalition. And honestly, I’m very much afraid that some bloggers seeking to join up may have slipped through the cracks or not been added yet. And that’s just…

Science + 1

In my latest “Science Progress” online column, I’ve tried for something a little bit off my beaten path. The piece takes, as its starting point, a recent Urban Institute study suggesting (among other things) that contrary to many lamentations from the science community, the real issue is not the failure to produce enough scientists and…

Okay: In the further further interest of promoting a presidential debate on science, Sheril and our ScienceDebate2008 ringleader, Matthew Chapman, have now published a great piece on HuffingtonPost announcing and elaborating on the idea. Larry Krauss and I, in the LA Times, pretty much made the case (not very hard to make) for why the…

Science = Life

I love being a scientist. That said, science is far too vast to be limited to me and my test tube holding, statistics-savvy, lab-coat-wearing, and/or globe-trotting colleagues who traverse the spectrum of ‘ologies‘… You see, science reaches out infinitely beyond the realm of those who ‘do’ it as a profession. Science is life. It’s intimately…

Well well well. 15 named storms this year after all. The last (um, we think) is in the Caribbean right now, spinning way past the season’s official endpoint. Its name is Olga. It started out subtropical, but has since become a fully tropical storm with maximum sustained winds of 50 knots at its apparent peak…

Krauss and Mooney in LA Times

Folks: In the further interest of promoting a presidential debate on science, there’s a joint op-ed in the LA Times today by Lawrence Krauss (one of our top ringleaders) and myself. [It felt really cool, incidentally, to wake up this morning and find my op-ed in my own hometown paper; I haven’t had that feeling…