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Archives for May, 2008

I’m back in the District to speak at the 33rd Annual AAAS Forum on Science and Technology Policy alongside Adam Bly and Dr. Anthony Crider. We’ll be discussing ‘Science and the New Media‘ and there’s still time to participate online! I’m looking forward to connecting with SciBling Jessica Palmer of Bioephemera and would love to…

Did Nargis Kill 100,000?

That’s what CNN is suggesting. This puts the catastrophe at tsunami scale. And it suggests that Nargis could rank among the top three or four most deadly cyclones of modern times. My god. Courtesy of Weather Underground, the deadliest cyclones list: 1. Great Bhola Cyclone, Bangladesh, 1970, 550,000 2. Hooghly River Cyclone, India and Bangladesh,…

MSNBC’s Alan Boyle, author of Cosmic Log, just interviewed me about the ever worsening Nargis catastrophe. You can hear the audio here, and excerpts here. An excerpt: Q: Is this another sign that the global warming nightmare is coming upon us? Mooney: I’d be careful about saying that. There’s good evidence that global warming should…

I can’t tell you how many people this morning have emailed me this Michael Gerson op-ed from the Washington Post, which debunks the “Republican war on science” thesis. They all want me to debunk the debunker in this instance. But why? Gerson doesn’t accurately represent my argument in the first place. He’s off down the…

Myanmar ranks #4 in the world for annual forest area lost per year. Between 2000 and 2005, the country lost, on average, 466,000 hectares per year which puts their annual deforestation rate at 1.45% based on FAO statistics. Given deforestation results in higher flooding and erosion rates and mangroves serve as important buffers against storm…

We’ve been watching Cyclone Nargis for a week here at the Intersection, but I’ve finally done my first lengthy piece about the disaster over at Science Progress. Over there, I make the following points, most of which I don’t think you’re seeing elsewhere: 1. It’s Not About Global Warming, But Poverty and Infrastructure. 2. The…

A death toll this high is unfathomable. No words beyond a reminder we collectively share this pale blue dot and must now do all we can to help the people of Myanmar in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis.

* UPDATE: The death toll from the Myanmar cyclone has exceeded 10,000 people. * For over a week, we’ve been watching and worrying about Cyclone Nargis from halfway around the world. The storm hit Maynmar on Saturday with wind speeds reaching 190km/h (120mph). YANGON, Myanmar (CNN) — Almost 4,000 people have died and another 3,000…

Cane Toads!

While I love Randy Olson’s ‘Flock Of Dodos‘, one science documentary remains the most memorable of all… ‘Cane Toads: An Unnatural History‘. I had the pleasure of watching this fantastic film once again with a number of graduate students last week and I’m convinced it gets better every time. If you somehow missed out catching…

Cyclone Nargis Uncoils

Kinda like opening up your fist after you’ve punched someone…in this case, that someone was Myanmar, and the punch came at Category 3 strength…. CORRECTION: Looks like the punch was actually a Category 4…