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A Review of Sizzle

Happy Sizzle Day! Today numerous bloggers from ScienceBlogs and elsewhere will be reviewing a new movie Sizzle directed by Randy Olson of Flock of Dodos fame. Sizzle is a documentary/mockumentary/comedy partly about the science of global warming, but more in my opinion about the nature of the global warming debate. I was fortunate enough to…

The NYTimes has an excellent article about the controversy concerning hurricanes and global warming: Perhaps the best known proponent of the idea that warming and hurricanes may be connected is Kerry A. Emanuel, an atmospheric scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His conclusion that the total power released in Atlantic and western Pacific hurricanes…

You remember how in The Day After Tomorrow global warming leads to a shutdown of the Gulf Stream and catastrophic cooling of Europe. (This would be before the scene where the cold chases the kid down the hallway of the New York Public Library.) Well, just in case you didn’t know, that isn’t going to…

Scientists stifling speech?

The Great Global Warming Swindle was a documentary that aired in March on UK TV organized by Martin Durkin of Wag TV. The documentary purports to debunk several of the claims made by climate scientists on global warming. (Just to be clear I have not seen this documentary.) Anyway, Roger Pielke notes that several scientists…

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report is out today, and I was shocked to discover that it is already being misreported. It was being mis-reported before, but that was just leaks. You can lie with leaks. They are easily selective. Now the mis-reportage is being done with the actually report out, so I have…

The global warming debate has been going for a long time, and both sides have become deeply entrenched. Unfortunately, this polarization is beginning to impede the achievement of any reasonable solution. Further, the proponents of steps to fight global warming deride the other side’s motives while denying that theirs are in any way tainted. This…

Fixing global warming directly

The Economist has an interesting article on ideas for cooling the planet directly — in manners other than CO2 emissions reductions — and how they are being received: This gloomy outlook has encouraged new interest in a technological fix. A scientific journal, Climatic Change, published a series of papers on the subject in August, including…

The Stern Report — a report by Sir Nicholas Stern, head of Britain’s economic advisory panel — that came out last month urged action on climate change in terms of future economic loss. I reported on people like Richard Tol who took issue with Stern’s numbers in terms of the costs and benefits of climate…

Yesterday the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Massachusetts et al. v. EPA. In the case, several state governments are suing the EPA for failing to regulate CO2 as a greenhouse gas. There are many levels of legal conflict on which the justices could rule, summarized in the NYTimes coverage: On one level, the argument…

I know this is kind of old news, but some people have taken issue with the Stern Report — a report about the economic consequences of global warming. Some of the people taking issue are those who are still skeptical that global warming is real. But some who are taking issue question the validity of…