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The language of sacrifice

Fellow Scienceblogger Sharon “Casaubon’s Book” Astyk warns us that the latest thinking on proximity to climate tipping points supports the premise that we can’t make the transition to a post-carbon economy without surrendering some of that oh-so-sacred American way of life. At least, that the message I get from this:

The Economist‘s reputation as the intellectual’s news outlet of choice is probably undeserved — its questionable choice of correspondents and lack of bylines, heavy editing and conservative politics undermine it’s credibility in my book — but because it’s widely read in elite circles, it’s hard to ignore. So the magazine’s feature treatment of climate science…

Now, this is interesting…

BILLINGS, Mont. — A federal judge has approved a first-of-its-kind settlement requiring the government to suspend 38,000 acres of oil and gas leases in Montana so it can gauge how oil field activities contribute to climate change. — The Washington Post‘s Matthew Brown has the provocative details.

From our friends at NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center, in Asheville, N.C., we learn the following: The combined global land and ocean average surface temperature for February 2010 was 0.60°C (1.08°F) above the 20th century average of 12.1°C (53.9°F). This is the sixth warmest such value on record. The combined global land and ocean average…

Randy Olson says: There comes a point where the public DOES want to see the science community stand up for themselves. And as if on cue comes the release of another round of once-private emails among members of one section of the National Academies of Sciences alerting us to efforts to do just that. The…

Leslie Kaufman in the New York Times presents a disturbing tale of attempts by creationists to up their chances of slipping religion into science classrooms by piggy-backing it onto “balanced” instruction of climatology.

It’s a sore spot for some climate change pseudoskeptics. Any time anyone makes any kind of claim about the effects of a warming planet on tropical storm activity, you can count on a deluge of rejoinders about how shaky the science on the subject really is.

As regular readers will know, I prefer the term “pseudoskeptic” over “denier” when it comes to those who insist we needn’t be worried about climate change. This is because the common denominator among any set of such characters tends to be a misapplication of the scientific method, a failure to apply rigorous skeptical analysis to…

It’s hard to know just when George F. Will parted ways with reality. Some argue he abandoned respect for historical accuracy years ago. But it’s only in the last year or so, thanks to a series of bafflingly misinformed column on climate change, that it became clear to all but his most loyal readers that…

In the past couple of days a pernicious little meme has appeared in two leading North American newspapers. I refer to the notion that there is such a thing as “settled science.” First, on a column about climatology Monday the Globe and Mail‘s Margaret Wente asked not-so-rhetorically “So much for the science being settled. Now…