To hear Jeffrey D. Sachs tell it, if humanity manages to avert catastrophic warming from manmade greenhouse gases, it won’t be because of an astonishing technological breakthrough that suddenly saved the day. It will be
While working for NASA back in 1988, James Hansen became one of the first climatologists to sound the alarm about global warming and industrially-driven climate change. A quarter century later, his affiliation has changed—he is
The climatologist speaks out about the pressing need to cut carbon dioxide emissions sharply—starting now.
My previous posts on the inevitable politics of climate science, I was flattered to see, figured into a terrific article this week by David Roberts of Grist about the futility of “just the facts” approaches
It’s long been my contention that no matter how much the Earth’s climate warms, butter will never melt in the mouth of Bjorn Lomborg. Most people find him personally charming. He’s a highly skillful debater and
At the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s 2012 conference on “Science Writing in the Age of Denial,” speakers traced the the long, deep, political and psychological roots of climate change denial.
Scandalous, isn’t it? How medical researchers keep saying that we need to develop new treatments for disease, I mean. Or suggesting that people should change their exercise and eating habits to reduce their risks for
The deaths of three experienced storm chasers—Tim Samaras, his son and fellow researcher Paul, and Carl Young—in the EF5 tornado that struck El Reno, Okla. this past Friday has spurred critics to again attack the
More on UW-Madison’s recent conference about the public’s resistance to scientific messages about evolution, climate change, vaccines, and other matters.
The first installment of my summary of a fascinating science writing meeting at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.