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Archives for December, 2008

Forty Years After Earthrise

Forty years ago* on December 24, 1968, Earthrise was captured by astronaut William Anders during Apollo 8–the first manned voyage to the orbit of the Moon. It is a photograph that forever changed the way many humans perceive our place in the universe. As we celebrate the new year, take a moment to consider our…

How Many Can You Identify?

Scenes from Culebra…

Return To A New World

I go away for a week, and Obama up and acts to restore the role of science advisor to cabinet-level status and does a heck of a lot of good for oceans. On the latter, I cannot imagine a better choice for head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Ocean scientists everywhere rejoice! I’ve…

John Tierney, Roger Pielke, Jr., and Chris Horner have the knives out. Joe Romm and Tim Lambert have begun the defenses. I find the attacks pretty baseless. But I’d like to hear readers thoughts on all of this, as I may well be writing more about it…. CORRECTION: The Roger Pielke Jr. post is from…

Here’s the video from his weekly address: And the full text can be read here. There are many gems in here; scientists are going to be beyond ecstatic about this speech, and this team that Obama has named. To me, the newsiest item is that Obama officially says that John Holdren will be “Assistant to…

It seems just days ago that we learned CNN is cutting its science unit, including Miles O’Brien, who took global warming very seriously. And then last night, a guy who wasn’t cut, meteorologist Chad Myers, popped off as follows: “You know, to think that we could affect weather all that much is pretty arrogant…Mother Nature…

Jane Lubchenco to Head NOAA

That’s the word from the Washington Post. Like, wow. Lubchenco is yet another distinguished scientist and ScienceDebate2008 supporter. We are racking them up in this administration. Here’s Lubchenco’s video: Chu, Holdren, Lubchenco….we’ve got a hell of a science administration shaping up here. P.S.: Joe Romm has huge praise for the John Holdren pick, and says…

John Holdren for Science Adviser?

That’s what my friend Eli Kintisch is reporting over at Science‘s new blog, Science Insider. It’s also something I suggested in a column for Seed last year, where I wrote, “In science policy circles, one also sometimes hears mention of Harvard’s John Holdren, former American Association for the Advancement of Science president and an energy…

I just posted my weekly DeSmogBlog item: It’s about the disconnect right now between the infrastructure and stimulus agenda on the one hand, and the global warming and energy agenda on the other. These all need to be synthesized, for the simple reason that you can’t rebuild infrastructure unless you’re adapting it to climate change.…

Where Are the Grad Students?

In a recession, there’s supposed to be an inverse relationship between the economy’s performance and graduate school enrollments. The theory is simple: In economic downturns, young people go back to school to shield themselves from the unpredictable labor marketplace and prepare for greater career advancement down the road. There’s just one problem–it doesn’t appear to…