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For the most past few months I’ve been making brief posts at The Weather Channel’s Forecast Earth website, as part of a team of bloggers concerned with climate change and our relationship to the planet in general. Looks like I won’t be doing that for much longer, given the news that NBC, which bought TWC…

Upon first read, a new study about the contribution of “black carbon” to the global carbon cycle, and therefore to climate change, suggests things might not be as bad as now commonly thought. But first reads, especially by those who don’t have a graduate degree specializing in exactly the field in question, can be misleading.…

Polar bears in scientific tug of war

It’s not just Alaskan governors who have a problem with treating polar bears as a threatened species. For some reason, a lot of people who just can’t bring themselves to accept the idea that we’re heating up the planet seem to have it in for poor old Ursus maritimus. A year ago, the journal Ecological…

I have exaggerated and generalized to grab your attention. But it’s not that much of a stretch to put reviving the North American continent’s moribund passenger rail network at the heart of what really matters in this election year. By this, I mean how the American presidential and congressional candidates, and their analogs in Canada,…

The report of NASA’s Office of the Inspector General on the clumsy attempts to censoring climate science makes for a most enjoyable read. We can laugh now that it’s over, I mean. There are lots of gems among the overall finding the a small cabal of political appointees in the public affairs office tried to…

We’ve all heard economics described as the “dismal science,” yet it still qualifies for a Nobel prize. Many still grumble about the decision to tack on economics to the short list of true science Nobels, and while I don’t know whether such complaints are justified, there is good reason to remain highly skeptical of the…

Gambling on the climate

Should scientists place bets on how well they can predict the future? I’m not talking about inter-lab wagers on the outcome of some arcane experiment. Such games are commonplace, and usually involve ersatz currencies such as beers or domestic services. But what about real money on something as consequential as a computer model of climate…

Now don’t talk to me about the polar bear Dont talk to me about ozone layer Aint so much of anything these days, even the air They’re running out of rhinos, What do I care ? Lets hear it for the dolphin, Lets hear it for the trees Aint runnin’ out of nothin in my…

McCain’s McClimate plan

John McCain’s plan to decelerate climate change brings to mind the problem posed by fast food restaurant fare. It’s attractive and convenient, but ultimately bad for you.

They’re either liars or…

The protocols of polite company would discourage labeling anyone a liar, but it is hard to come up with a more appropriate way to describe those who receive their paychecks from the Competitive Enterprise Institute. This conservative think tank has in the past proved themselves to be enemies of reason and democracy. To that list…