Posts filed under “UnScience”

Global Warming Debate is No Debate At All

Funny thing happens sometimes when you look at who the witnesses are in a public policy debate . . .


These Groups Say The Danger Of Manmade Global Warming Is A . . .
U.S. Agency for International Development
United States Department of Agriculture
National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
National Institute of Standards and Technology
United States Department of Defense
United States Department of Energy
National Institutes of Health
United States Department of State
United States Department of Transportation
U.S. Geological Survey
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
National Center for Atmospheric Research
National Aeronautics & Space Administration
National Science Foundation
Smithsonian Institution
International Arctic Science Committee
Arctic Council
African Academy of Sciences
Australian Academy of Sciences
Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Sciences
and the Arts
Academia Brasileira de Ciéncias
Cameroon Academy of Sciences
Royal Society of Canada
Caribbean Academy of Sciences
Chinese Academy of Sciences
Académie des Sciences, France
Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences
Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina
of Germany
Indonesian Academy of Sciences
Royal Irish Academy
Accademia nazionale delle scienze of Italy
Indian National Science Academy
Science Council of Japan
Kenya National Academy of Sciences
Madagascar’s National Academy of Arts,
Letters and Sciences
Academy of Sciences Malaysia
Academia Mexicana de Ciencias
Nigerian Academy of Sciences
Royal Society of New Zealand
Polish Academy of Sciences
Russian Academy of Sciences
l’Académie des Sciences et Techniques
du Sénégal
Academy of Science of South Africa
Sudan Academy of Sciences
Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
Tanzania Academy of Sciences
Turkish Academy of Sciences
Uganda National Academy of Sciences
The Royal Society of the United Kingdom
National Academy of Sciences, United States
Zambia Academy of Sciences
Zimbabwe Academy of Science
American Academy of Pediatrics
American Association for the Advancement
of Science
American Association of Wildlife Veterinarians
American Astronomical Society
American Chemical Society
American College of Preventive Medicine
American Geophysical Union
American Institute of Physics
American Medical Association
American Meteorological Society
American Physical Society
American Public Health Association
American Quaternary Association
American Institute of Biological Sciences
American Society of Agronomy
American Society for Microbiology
American Society of Plant Biologists
American Statistical Association
Association of Ecosystem Research Centers
Botanical Society of America
Crop Science Society of America
Ecological Society of America
Federation of American Scientists
Geological Society of America
National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Natural Science Collections Alliance
Organization of Biological Field Stations
Society of American Foresters
Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics
Society of Systematic Biologists
Soil Science Society of America
Australian Coral Reef Society
Australian Medical Association
Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society
Engineers Australia
Federation of Australian Scientific and Technological Societies
Geological Society of Australia
British Antarctic Survey
Institute of Biology, UK
Royal Meteorological Society, UK
Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Sciences
Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society
European Federation of Geologists
European Geosciences Union
European Physical Society
European Science Foundation
International Association for Great Lakes Research
International Union for Quaternary Research
International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
World Federation of Public Health Associations
World Health Organization
World Meteorological Organization
American Petroleum Institute
US Chamber of Commerce
National Association of Manufacturers
Competitive Enterprise Institute
Industrial Minerals Association
National Cattlemen’s Beef Association
Great Northern Project Development
Rosebud Mining
Massey Energy
Alpha Natural Resources
Southeastern Legal Foundation
Georgia Agribusiness Council
Georgia Motor Trucking Association
Corn Refiners Association
National Association of Home Builders
National Oilseed Processors Association
National Petrochemical and Refiners Association
Western States Petroleum Association
National Agnotology Producers Association
The Astroturfing Consortium
“FACT” organizations from Is There a Scientific Consensus on Global Warming?,“FRAUD” organizations are petitioners v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Endangerment and Cause or Contribute Findings for Greenhouse Gases under Section 202(a) of the Clean Air Act.


Source: Think Progress

Category: UnScience

Ending the Silence on Climate Change

Climate change communication expert Anthony Leiserowitz explains why climate change gets the silent treatment, and what we should do about it.

January 4, 2013

Category: UnScience, Video

QOTD: On Bias, Correlation and Objectivity

I love the way this unfolds: Someone did a study — I have no idea if its serious or not –  that suggested eating more chocolate improves a nation’s chances of producing Nobel Prize winners. One of the Nobel prize winners responded with the appropriate amount of snark: “Eric Cornell, who won the Nobel Prize…Read More

Category: Humor, Mathematics, Psychology, UnScience

A Closer Look at Mythology

Knocking on wood & getting no reply. Source: This is indexed

Category: Digital Media, UnScience

Ice Melting at North AND South Poles

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The collapse of an ice bridge at the South Pole and record thinning of Arctic ice at the North Pole, indicate the global climate is warming faster than thought, and prompts international calls for action.

April 6

Category: UnScience, Video

Climate of Doubt

Watch Climate of Doubt on PBS. See more from FRONTLINE.

Category: UnScience, Video

Bill Nye: Creationism Is Not Appropriate For Children


Evolution is the fundamental idea in all of life science, in all of biology. According to Bill Nye, aka “The Science Guy,” if grownups want to “deny evolution and live in your world that’s completely inconsistent with everything we observe in the universe, that’s fine, but don’t make your kids do it because we need them.”

Transcript after the jump

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Category: UnScience, Video

Innumerate Claim of the Day: NASA Scientists Dispute Climate Change

So I get this email from a colleague today offering me “proof” that global warming is a scam. His “overwhelming evidence”? A letter from 49 former NASA Scientists. NASA is in open revolt over climate change! Wow, 49 Scientists? That’s really impressive (at first glance!) Let’s see if it holds up to scrutiny. Whenever I…Read More

Category: Mathematics, Psychology, UnScience

Heads Up: I am traveling all of next week

Those of you who have been blog readers for a long time know the uncanny correlation between my travel and market dislocations. The ugliest example was the flight back from Dallas to NY during the flash crash. Landed — hmmmm, down 300 — but had no idea what happened. January 2009, February 2011, August 2011…Read More

Category: Markets, Travel, UnScience

The Ongoing “Foxification” of the Wall Street Journal

Last week, the Wall Street Journal published from a group of anthropogenic climate change deniers — a small group of engineers, retired weathermen, and scientists, none one of whom worked in the the field of climate science.

A much larger group of scientists, most of whom actually work in the field climate change, submitted a signed letter in response. The cowardly editorial board of the WSJ rejected the rebuttal letter. In response, the pre-eminent science journal Science, known for scientific rigor, decided to published it: “Climate change and the Integrity of Science” (January 27th, 2012). (The WSJ did publish yesterday (Feb 1), a letters to the editors from Kevin Trenberth, a scientist).


Ever since what once was the best paper in the US was purchased by Rupert Murdoch, its value as a source of business news been continuously degraded. I spend more time on the Journal’s many excellent blogs than I do the print paper. And their iPad app sets the bar for media integration into a tablet. I may still read the print Journal, but I am down to 2 sections, Money & Investing and Personal Journal (called Friday/Weekend on those days).

This is a tragedy. Great journalism is becoming increasingly rare, and a vibrant independent press is a necessary part of any Democracy. Not only was the Journal a once great institution, but I have many friends and colleagues who work there — along with an increasingly large roster of those who used to.

Murdoch’s Foxification of the WSJ has reduced its reliability to me as an investor. Its objectivity is is no longer unquestioned. The obvious disregard for facts, for science, and the rabid disregard for Truth in the service of Murdoch’s ideology is slowly poisoning the rest of the paper — it now reaches beyond the OIpEd pages. At a certain unknown point in the future, I fear the entire publication may simply become too untrustworthy for investors to rely upon. At that point, I suspect Bloomberg will buy the FT, put out a US edition, and media watchers will begin the countdown to the final days of the WSJ.

That is a terrible shame. No one should take any delight in the destruction of what was once a great Wall Street institution.

The full list of signatories to the rejected rebuttal are after the jump. And for a slice into the world of cognitive dissonance, check out the comment stream following the published letter to the editor — its hilarious, in a sloping forehead kinda way.


Murdoch’s WSJ Changes Creates Opening for NYT, FT ( April 24th, 2008)

Read It Here First: “De-Financializing” the WSJ (April 28th, 2008)

WSJ Jumps the Shark (January 22nd, 2010)

Read It Here First: WSJ Becomes Fox-ified (July 16th, 2011)

Remarkable Editorial Bias on Climate Science at the Wall Street Journal
Peter Gleick,
CEO Pacific Institute, MacArthur Fellow, National Academy of Sciences

Two incontrovertible things: Anthropogenic Global Warming is Real, and the Wall Street Journal is Political Rag
Greg Laden
Science Blogs, January 27, 2012

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Category: Financial Press, UnScience