Tag Archives: Global Warming

News & Comment

Oh Vanna! Response to Pat Sajak from a Science Blogger

If you’re behind on your Pat Sajak news (and who, besides your grandmother, isn’t?), the Wheel of Fortune host recently tweeted the following:

I now believe global warming alarmists are unpatriotic racists knowingly misleading for their own ends. Good night.

What those ends are is never explained but climate change deniers often hint at a conspiracy on the part of scientists to get people to pollute less, conserve resources, and achieve a healthier planet. Jack-booted thugs!

Greg Gladen, who posts at Science Blogs, provided the perfect image for a tweet back to Sajak, which said, “Suggestion for Wheel of Fortune puzzle!” You see it here.

Poetic Justice

Whither this Weatherman?

He always said he was a conservatist,
And he’s surely an American exceptionalist.
Who knew he had the potential,
Let alone the credentials —
But apparently Marco Rubio is a climate scientist!


Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Level Reaches Historic High

400 parts per million

“April will be the first time in human history where levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide were higher than 400 parts per million for an entire month, one scientist who monitors the levels said. And they could stay above that mark into July,” reports Climate Central.

News & Comment

Scientists Agree that Humans are Responsible for Global Warming/Climate Change

James L. Powell found 10,885 peer-reviewed scientific articles published in 2013 about global warming or climate change, and of those, only two attributed it to something other than human activities.

Writes Powell:

Very few of the most vocal global warming deniers, those who write op-eds and blogs and testify to congressional committees, have ever written a peer-reviewed article in which they say explicitly that anthropogenic global warming is false. Why? Because then they would have to provide the evidence and, evidently, they don’t have it.

What can we conclude?

1. There a mountain of scientific evidence in favor of anthropogenic global warming and no convincing evidence against it.

2. Those who deny anthropogenic global warming have no alternative theory to explain the observed rise in atmospheric CO2 and global temperature.

These two facts together mean that the so-called debate over global warming is an illusion, a hoax conjured up by a handful of apostate scientists and a misguided and sometimes colluding media, aided and abetted by funding from fossil fuel companies and right wing foundations.

On the one side, we have a mountain of scientific evidence, on the other, ideology and arm-waving. On that basis, we are endangering our grandchildren’s future and pushing humanity toward the destruction of civilization.


We Have Seen the Sixth Extinction, and It Is Us!

Over the last half a billion years, there have been five mass extinctions, when the diversity of life on earth suddenly and dramatically contracted. Scientists around the world are currently monitoring the sixth extinction, predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs. This time around, the cataclysm is us.

— Elizabeth Kolbert, from her book, The Sixth Extinction.


Ted Cruz Hones His Comedy Act

It is really freezing in D.C. I have to admit I was surprised. Al Gore told us this wouldn’t happen!

— Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), quoted by TPM, to a crowd at the Heritage Foundation, in a speech about energy policy.

News & Comment

Watch the Earth Get Hotter Before Your Very Eyes

This video is posted by climatecentral.org, but was produced by NASA. It begins in 1880, the first year of the modern record of global temperatures, and shows how the world has heated up in the past nearly century and a half. Note though, how fast the change comes at end, as greenhouse conditions begin to take hold. Bluer shading indicates below normal temperatures while red tones indicate higher ones.


Progress on CO2 Emissions Reduction Incredibly Slow


Amount total global emissions of CO2 rose from 1990 to 2010, according to the International Energy Agency, despite more than $2 trillion of investment in wind, solar and other renewable-energy sources. The agency says emissions must be cut more than 60% to prevent global average temperatures from rising by more than 3.6 degrees F in the long term.


Watch This Film

If you haven’t seen this film yet, you should. It puts the third concept touched on in Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food (“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”) into sharp focus. You will change your life if you watch it, and even if you don’t, you’ll still think about it.


Nebraska Nuclear Plant Endangered by Flooding


Number of feet above sea level the Fort Calhoun, Neb. nuclear plant was built to withstand from floods in the Missouri River. The river is currently at 1,006.3 feet but is not expected to exceed 1,008. Should it do so, emergency managers plan to fight the flood with sandbags.