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Archive for February 27th, 2009

The End is Nye! Global Climate Change

Posted by pwl on February 27, 2009


Finally someone insightfully tackles today’s issues from a scientific perspective. In Bill Nye’s new show The Eyes of Nye, Bill shows the science involved in Global Warming, debunks the myth of sun-caused climate change, and how we and our obsession with cars and oil are by far the main contributors, especially in the U.S. The world is getting warmer. Is it our fault?” Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Climate Science, Energy, Ethics in Science, Exercise for the Reader (that's you), Fun, Humbled by Nature, Ignorance to Knowledge, Proofs Needed, Video | 4 Comments »

Building Better Worlds: Vaporous Action

Posted by pwl on February 27, 2009

We all want to make the world better — but how? Jamais Cascio looks at some specific tools and techniques that can make a difference. It’s a fascinating talk that might just inspire you to act.

“We need better documentation about what is happening to the planet if we are ever going to have a chance at repairing the damage.” – Jamais Cascio

Damage? What damage exactly? How are you going to fix it? You’re not serious are you? Act how? Towards what goal? For what purpose? Control? Power? Out of Wisdom or Fear? How many will die if you act? How many will die if you don’t? What actions? How do you know you are Building a Better World? Really, are you so sure? What if you’re wrong, even a little bit wrong?

Building Better Worlds
[The colony on LV-426] is what we call a Shake’n Bake colony.” – Van Leuwen, Chairman of the Interstellar Commerce Commission Board

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Exercise: Algae, Yummy Icky, Sticky, Slimy Algae! The Stuff of Life!

Posted by pwl on February 27, 2009

Believe it or not, your life depends on algae! Read the rest of this entry »

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Exercise: Climate Science at Scripps

Posted by pwl on February 27, 2009

Scripps Institution of Oceanography has been a world leader in climate research since the 1950s, when Charles Keeling began his pioneering measurements of carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere. Read the rest of this entry »

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Most scientists engaged in the design, development, and tuning of climate models are in fact unlicensed software engineers

Posted by pwl on February 27, 2009

Atmospheric scientist Dr. Hendrik Tennekes, a scientific pioneer in the development of numerical weather prediction and former director of research at The Netherlands’ Royal National Meteorological Institute, and an internationally recognized expert in atmospheric boundary layer processes, took climate modelers to task for their projections of future planetary doom in a February 28, 2007 post on Climate Science.

I am of the opinion that most scientists engaged in the design, development, and tuning of climate models are in fact software engineers. They are unlicensed, hence unqualified to sell their products to society. In all regular engineering professions, there exists a licensing authority. If such an authority existed in climate research, I contend, the vast majority of climate modelers would vainly attempt certification. Also, they would be unable to obtain insurance against professional liability,” Tennekes said.

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National Science Teachers Association on Informal Science Education

Posted by pwl on February 27, 2009

NSTA Position Statement: Informal Science Education

The National Science Teachers Association [NSTA] recognizes and encourages the development of sustained links between the informal institutions and schools. Informal science education generally refers to programs and experiences developed outside the classroom by institutions and organizations that include:

* children’s and natural history museums, science-technology centers, planetariums, zoos and aquaria, botanical gardens and arboreta, parks, nature centers and environmental education centers, and scientific research laboratories

* media, involving print, film, broadcast, and electronic forms [such as blogs and science oriented web sites]

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You either believe it’s the end of the world unless we do something about it right now, or you’re a denier.

Posted by pwl on February 27, 2009

“A new report from Japan’s Energy Commission reveals that Japanese scientists are rejecting U.N. and Western-backed theories of climate change.

Three out of five researchers do not agree with the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s hypothesis that man-made greenhouse gas emissions are primarily responsible for warming patterns, the UK’s Register reports.

One scientist likened computer climate modeling to ancient astrology, while others criticized the U.S. for lacking ground temperature data to support its claims. Several contributor said the mid-20th century warming trend has ended.

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