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@Dave Ewing: The headline you won’t be reading: “Millions saved in Japan by good engineering and government building codes”. But it’s the truth. My heart goes out to all the people affected the earthquake in Japan, and by the resulting tsunamis which have hit much of the Pacific basin. Heck, we even saw tsunami surge…

Geoengineering and the ocean

The Wonkroom’s Brad Johnson takes on USA Today’s Dan Vergano over geoengineering. Geoengineering is the idea that we could combat global warming by pumping sulfur dioxide into the upper atmosphere, thus blocking some solar radiation and keeping things cooler. Vergano is a sharp science writer and his take is hardly boosterish, but Johnson dings him…

HB 549, introduced by Rep. Joe Reed, has been referred to the state legislature’s Natural Resources comittee: A BILL FOR AN ACT ENTITLED: “AN ACT STATING MONTANA’S POSITION ON GLOBAL WARMING; AND PROVIDING AN IMMEDIATE EFFECTIVE DATE.” BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MONTANA: NEW SECTION. Section 1. Public policy concerning…

Nature: “Stand up for science”

This week’s Nature has a great report on efforts to get scientists more active in policy discussions. It starts with an ecologist who got some media training, which gave her the courage to go on the Colbert Report and defend a paper she co-authored about the dangers of mountaintop removal. From there, we get a…

Wonk Room reports that Wichita-based Koch Industries is suing. Someone sent out a spoof press release in Koch’s name, claiming they were going to stop funding climate change denial groups, and now: Pollution machine Koch Industries is taking to court to defend its reputation as a cesspool of global warming denial. The right-wing carbon industry…

Intellectual cooling

Shorter Martin Cothran: More evidence for Global Warming: English winters are cold and snowy, therefore Al Gore is fat global warming is a hoax. Outside the fictional world of Martin Cothran – where Lost Cause mythology counts as history, as does Noah’s Ark – scientifically literate folks know that 2010 is shaping up to be…

Aghast

Nothing should surprise me any more, but the video above (via Juan Cole) is just shocking. In it, Rep. John Shimkus, who wants to run the House Energy and Commerce Committee, explains his reasons for rejecting the existence of climate change. He starts by citing Genesis, in which a post-Flood God promises never again to…

There’s been some debate among the climate hawks about last night’s election returns. Politico posted a story suggesting that the toll was especially hard on Democrats who supported the landmark climate change legislation passed by the House last summer. Kate Sheppard observed that quite a few of the Democrats who opposed the bill also lost…

Supporting Science, Benefitting Society

That’s the full video from my panel at Netroots Nation this summer. Mark Sumner (DailyKos’s DevilsTower, and the author most recently of The Evolution of Everything), Greg Dworkin (DailyKos’s DemfromCT), and Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway (co-authors of the excellent and important Merchants of Doubt.), joined me to talk about threats to science in today’s…

Zombie lies keep dying

In February, Penn State issued a report clearing climatologist Michael Mann of 3 charges of academic misconduct arising from the theft of emails from a server at a British university. More recently, a British parliamentary report dismissed claims that climate scientists had behaved improperly. And now, the fourth charge against Mann has been dismissed as…