A Case of False False Balance, or Global Warming as a Drag on Progress

January 30, 2015 7:28 pm2 comments
A Case of False False Balance, or Global Warming as a Drag on Progress

Media Matters for America cannot be accused of false balance.  It’s one-sided.  It’s dedicated, as its website reports, to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media. It’s entirely possible to be both one-sided and accurate.  But in this post, I’m going to look at a case where […]

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What did the IPCC actually say?

December 6, 2014 2:01 pm0 comments
What did the IPCC actually say?

COP20 is now underway in Lima and I have been on the newly created site for most of the week. Less than three months ago this was apparently an empty piece of land in a large Peruvian government complex, but now it is a bustling and well fitted out set […]

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The Carbon Cycle and Climate Models

September 5, 2014 10:57 pm0 comments
The Carbon Cycle and Climate Models

To tell the story from the beginning, consider the carbon atom – 6 protons, 4 valence electrons, 4th most abundant element in the universe – basis of all life on earth. It’s locked up in rocks and plants, dissolved into our oceans, and mixed up with other gases in our […]

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Fears of Freezing: The 1970s are calling; They want their climate policies back

August 26, 2014 12:13 pm3 comments
Headline from The Melbourne, Feb. 18, 1979.

A top economic advisor to the Australian Government recently suggested in an op-ed published by the national daily The Australian that one scenario we should be prepared for is global cooling due to a possible change in solar activity. Certain reports in the U.S. media have also suggested cooling may already be upon us because […]

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Teaching Climate Change through Six Questions

August 12, 2014 3:47 pm5 comments
Teaching Climate Change through Six Questions

Given all the back and forth on climate change out there, it can be hard to know what to think. It’s also a complicated subject, so much of the information is distributed all over the place or in huge tomes. Below I’ve put together a fairly quick overview that I’ve […]

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ClimateDialogue about Climate Sensitivity

May 15, 2014 6:34 pm2 comments
ClimateDialogue about Climate Sensitivity

After a bit of “hiatus”, ClimateDialogue (CD) has re-opened again with a discussion on climate sensitivity. On one hand this site is unique in bringing together ‘mainstreamers’ and ‘contrarians’ (both in the organization and in the discussions), hopefully leading to both enhanced clarity on what the (dis)agreements are really about […]

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