It’s been awhile since we posted any takedowns of global warming deniers (or science deniers in general). However, I ran across one this week that really deserves a share. If you’re not familiar with Anthony Watts, he’s one of the leaders of the anti-science crew that thinks global warming isn’t happening (I know, it’s hard […]
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Reposted from RenewEconomy: Australia’s newly appointed Minister for Energy and Resources, Gary Gray, admitted he was once a fierce climate sceptic, but now says he is embarrassed by his former position on climate science. Asked on ABC TV’s Lateline program, Gray admitted that he had once branded climate science as a middle class conspiracy, as […]
You aren’t likely to see this ad in magazines or newspapers these days: However, unfortunately, you can see the same kind of thing when it comes to global warming & climate change. “As Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway point out in their book ‘The Merchants of Doubt,’ the fossil fuel industry and the hard […]
Following up on a repost of Skeptical Science’s recent debunking of Richard Lindzen’s February London presentation, here’s a repost of a RealClimate debunking of one of Lindzen’s new slides/graphs. The debunking is by NASA climate scientist Gavin Schmidt: Misrepresentation from Lindzen Richard Lindzen is a very special character in the climate debate – […]
This video is a little long, which is why it’s gotten me awhile to post on it. However, after watching it, I am labeling it a MUST-WATCH. If you think it’s too long, just watch a few minutes, at least. The whole thing, really, in one awesome segment after another. Senator Franken and Senator […]
With environmental-cartoon topics ranging from Michelle Bachmann to Tim DeChristopher, Breastfeeding to Big Coal, it was an interesting year in environmental cartoons. Follow this link and spend a few minutes looking over what were my eleven most-viewed cartoons of 2011. Happy New Year! Joe Mohr (aka “Mean Joe green”) Joe’s cartoon archive, twitter ramblings and […]
One more excellent post from Skeptical Science this week that I just had to repost in full. Tellin’ it like it is: by dana1981 A number of climate not-so-skeptics have recently been exploiting global sea level data in their latest attempt to hide the incline. Skeptical Science readers will be very familiar with the tactics […]
Love this piece by Chris Mooney of Desmog Blog on Rick Perry’s ridiculous assumption that climate science deniers are like Galileo (I’ve written similar replies in the comments of our posts several times over the years), so reposting it in full here:
Here are some of the top climate and environmental science stories of the week (other than what we’ve covered), starting with a funny video from The Onion on twitchy climate scientists.
Top environmental and climate science news of the past week or so.
13 More Green Stories of the Week: China's Amazing Bike Sharing System & Bad Environment; Fracking, Fracking, & Fracking; Climate Change Deniers Unravelled…
Other than the 50+ stories we covered in the past week, here are 15 more green stories I thought were worth a share:
Anyone with a moral conscience who digs into climate science at all (not snake science from global warming denier websites, but real climate science), will find that humans are causing global warming, the effects of global warming are serious, and we should be doing something NOW to address the issue.
I’ve been covering stories on a number of “climate science skeptics” and conservatives who, after delving into the science for real, found that the evidence for the above was overwhelming and “changed sides” (starting working to address climate change not hide from it).
Here’s a bit from a piece by another former global warming skeptic, former Republican Party officer and author Michael Stafford….
Tom Toles creates some of the best climate change and political cartoons I’ve seen. He’s a Pullitzer-Prize winning cartoonist who works for the Washington Post. After the “1,000,000th email [in a day] complaining that [he’s] not fair to the Republicans” following a recent cartoon of his (above), Toles wrote the following (a great post on global warming denial and Republicans)
The LA Times and Washington Post aren’t the only major media outlets that are starting to tear into the Republican party and other global warming deniers for their absolute rejection of science. USA Today, which I think has really turned things around in recent years and has some of the best climate change coverage of any major newspaper company, had an excellent editorial on the matter recently, one that compares climate science deniers to “birthers” (the folks who didn’t and maybe still don’t believe that Obama was born in the United States).
When a totally false scandal breaks out based on a clear crime (breaking into, stealing, and publishing portions of scientist’s emails in a way as to frame them) and climate scientists are the victims, the media and public jump all over it (in completely the wrong way).
When, however, one of climate deniers’ prize reports is found to have been largely plagiarized (not to mention seriously flawed), no one seems to care.
As you may (or may not) have heard, the Wegman Report, a key report attacking the “hockey stick graph” and leading climate scientists, in general, was found to be based on plagiarized material (and was also found to be seriously flawed, scientifically).
From our favorite climate denial de-crocker on the web, here’s another great video from him (recently updated). As he summarizes on Climate Denial Crock of the Week:
“For a lot of climate deniers, this is their penultimate argument, the master climate crock. They think it’s the stroke to end all arguments. It’s only the most outrageous and dishonest cherry pick of all time.”
17 Nobel Laureates Call for “fundamental transformation and innovation in all spheres and at all scales in order to stop and reverse global environmental change”
17 Nobel laureates met in Stockholm this week and wrote up a tremendously powerful memorandum on climate change, the Stockholm Memorandum, which gives a pretty clear call to action to everyone in the world.
Brian Merchant of TreeHugger thought he was just picking up one story when he wrote about a hard-core climate denier who turned into a climate realist recently. The “convert” acknowledged, despite once believing in the major climate science conspiracies, that once you look into the matter in depth, there’s no doubting the problem — “I was defeated by facts,” D.R. Tucker said. (Audio interview of Tucker below.)
However, after some feedback from readers, Merchant has decided to do a little series on climate change converts like Tucker. To start with, here’s a video of one actual climate scientist who describes how he changed from probably healthy skepticism to understanding that this is really the issue it is made out to be:
I know how frustrating and disheartening it can be discussing climate science and politics with a so-called climate skeptics. I get comments from them on Planetsave daily (although, my guess is a lot of them aren’t actually human). Furthermore, though, I’ve got a good friend who is one. He’s caught up on conspiracy theory communities that spout climate change misinformation as some of their conspiracy theories (and don’t get me wrong, I believe a number of conspiracy theories, but the idea that thousands of climate scientists around the world are tricking the public for money or to create a “one world government” is not one of them).
Anyway, when I ran across this article on a climate skeptic who came around after actually researching the topic, it gave me a bit of hope for humanity and even some of the most die-hard climate skeptics.
Here’s a great cartoon from Matt Bors of The Free Press. Funny, but also sad. h/t Climate Progress Related Cartoons: Fox News Serving Up Climate Skepticism Earth is an Oil-Coal-holic The Republican Triple Threat Global Warming — What If It’s a Big Hoax Here Comes Trouble Related Stories: Snow Will Fall Despite Climate Change Why […]