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The Guardian: Human pollution is turning the seas into acid so quickly that the coming decades will recreate conditions not seen on Earth since the time of the dinosaurs, scientists will warn today. Say what?! Look, ocean acidification is a VERY real threat to our planet. That said, the seas are not turning to acid!…

Dr. Gupta, Give Me the News

I’ve got a piece up on the website of The Nation about why we should be glad Sanjay Gupta won’t be the Surgeon General. Basically, there are aspects of his medical coverage that I don’t think are very consistent with what we want in the nation’s doctor. A brief excerpt: And then there was the…

That’s the word on the street. The poor guy would have had to take a massive pay cut. Hmm…do folks think this is a good or a bad thing?

At a time when there is big controversy going on concerning George Will’s February 15 column, why on earth did this scientific institute–centrally involved in the issue–not leave their refutation of Will concerning sea ice up on their website? You can see it in the Google cache here. But it is not available live, and…

I just sent Fred Hiatt a roughly 900 word oped, with references, that I believe soundly refutes George Will’s three central climate science claims from his February 15 column. I also make a larger, more resonant point. I hope the Post will publish the column–but you folks will see it in some form no matter…

In the wake of the latest developments in the George Will scandal, I sent him this: Dear Mr. Hiatt, [Introductory Comments]…I believe what I’ve called the “Republican War on Science” continues, and the George Will saga represents a stunning example. In my opinion, the Post editorial/oped page makes a terrible mistake by not correcting his…

George Will wrote another deceptive global warming column. It’s full of utter nonsense, retracts nothing, and pathetically tries to defend his previous errors: The column contained many factual assertions but only one has been challenged. The challenge is mistaken. This I can only call a lie. A blatant one. Many of the column’s incorrect factual…

It pains me to blog this. I think Andrew Revkin is one of our best science journalists, and I don’t criticize him easily. That might also explain why my taking a stand here is a bit tardy. Nevertheless, I, like many others, think Revkin really blew it with this article, which begins with the following…

My Science Progress column is now up: I try to set the George Will scandal in the broader context of what’s happening in the media: We often hear that “technology” is what’s killing newspapers–innovations like Craig’s List have destroyed the in-print classified advertising market; people have stopped reading physical papers and turned to online headlines…

I kinda suspected–but didn’t bother to prove–that George Will was recycling parts of his anti-global warming balderdashery, particularly his strained paragraph about global cooling in the 1970s, replete with misleading references. Well, Brad Johnson has done the work: It appears Will has a rotating (and very limited) set of global warming talking points that date…