Yearly Archives: 2011

“Fool Me Twice: Fighting the Assault on Science in America”

Shawn Lawrence Otto’s Fool Me Twice: Fighting the Assault on Science in America is a fascinating look at the status of science in American society. Otto’s explanation of the climate change denial machine provides a compelling narrative that places the … Continue reading

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“Smog Rules” — Obama, scientific integrity, and environmental policy

In his article “Smog Rules” in the current issue of Index on Censorship, CSW director Rick Piltz writes about President Obama, science integrity, and environmental policy. There remain significant questions about the strength and limits of Obama’s commitment to scientific integrity, especially … Continue reading

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Public review comment on the USGCRP draft Strategic Plan

The U.S. Global Change Research Program’s draft 10-year Strategic Plan envisions a greater role for the social sciences in transitioning to a new era of climate change ‘decision support’, sustained assessment, and communications.  But what is the role of the social scientist, as … Continue reading

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Draft federal climate research plan gives new emphasis to ‘decision support,’ sustained assessments, and communications

Will the Obama administration stand up for the priorities in this plan and push for funding it when the going gets rough with the denialists in Congress?  We talked with the Yale Forum on Climate Change & the Media about … Continue reading

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The collision of climate science and politics, part 2 – lecture at American University, November 2011

“If we were to continue on a long-term trajectory that continues the trajectory we’re on now, then – unless the leading scientists have everything wrong that they’ve been saying, which I doubt – we’re facing a huge problem of sustainability … Continue reading

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The collision of climate science and politics, part 1 – lecture at American University, November 2011

“It was evident to me from the first global warming hearing I went to, in 1988, that this was going to be a huge problem for our society to deal with….” First of a two-part transcript from a talk at … Continue reading

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On finding one’s email in the hacked climate science email files

A search of the files of climate science emails hacked from the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia finds Climate Science Watch working with scientists to set the record straight in pushing back on the denial machine.

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Pro-science pushback helps put release of second batch of climate scientist emails in perspective

The release this week of another 5,000 emails obtained from the University of East Anglia Climatic Research Unit server in the UK has been greeted, at least by some reporters, with a more judicious reserve than we witnessed in 2009. Prompt … Continue reading

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IPCC says essential actions needed to reduce risks of changing climate extremes

A new assessment report by the the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on preparing for weather and climate extremes warns that a changing climate “can result in unprecedented extreme weather and climate events” and says that actions ranging “from … Continue reading

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Text of ClimAID report, “Responding to Climate Change in New York State”

Photo: US Geological Survey “If there is one thing we learned from Hurricane Irene,” Dr. Rosenzweig said referring to the tropical storm that pummeled the state this past summer, “we have a lot more we could be doing to prepare.” … Continue reading

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