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FOXNews.com – Climate Scientist, Heated Up Over Satirical Video, Threatens Lawsuit

FOXNews.com – Climate Scientist, Heated Up Over Satirical Video, Threatens Lawsuit

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Does the problem of ClimateGate bode ill for science as a discipline?

Does the problem of ClimateGate bode ill for science as a discipline? This commentary from the Wall Street Journal thinks it might.

With science, the public accepts the reliability of the scientific method. We accept that results are checked and double-checked. We accept that there is repeated analysis and inspection on the problems and that if someone disagrees, there is a mature and reasonable discussion of the issues.

Obviously, the East Anglia CRU emails show that the discussion is not very open. It shows that some people are willing to go out of their way to discredit others. It also shows a general unwillingness to publicly display the technique used to arrive at a conclusion. This all goes against the scientific methodology.

Al Gore may concur that that science is not settled!

This is absolutely unbelievable. It now appears that Mr. Al Gore, former Vice President of the United States and Nobel prize winner for his theories on global warming, may be stepping back from some of his strong beliefs.

Over the years I have been among those who focused most of all on CO2, and I think thats still justified, Gore told Newsweek . But a comprehensive plan to solve the climate crisis has to widen the focus to encompass strategies for all of the greenhouse culprits identified in the Nasa study.

The debate is over! (Evidently NOT!)

If you read this site often, you will think that title implies something about statements that former US Vice President Al Gore made regarding global warming. If you so thought, you are only partially correct. I just read an article about another scientific issue that EVERYONE thought was true. 

For years, it has been assumed that one or two drinks of alcohol per day were good for you. I am sure the vintners of the world helped to increase that belief. Now, the NY Times (and I saw it on Lifehacker) is reporting that this may not be true. It seems that just because healthy people drink an occasional glass of wine, the wine itself is not making them healthy!

World’s Dirtiest Rivers and Lakes

image Treehugger recently did a slideshow on the World’s Dirtiest Rivers and Lakes. While the slideshow doesn’t have anything to do with global warming, it should be important to all and especially the readers that stop by this site each week. If you are concerned with global warming then you should be concerned with most things where we have screwed up the environment to our own detriment.

Recently, there was a rather foolish announcement that said that said global warming kills over 300,000 per year already.  I didn’t talk much about this report here, as I thought it didn’t merit my time.  However, I do wonder how many real deaths (as opposed to Kofi’s fictitious 300K) are caused by poor drinking water. If you have ever been in a Starbucks, you have likely seen the bottles of Ethos water which donate part of the proceeds to clean drinking water to poor countries. Their site says:

How to fight climate change with cow dung

I am sure that everyone will enjoy this video.  Methane is one of the most potent of all greenhouse gases and no climate change policy would be complete without an effort to minimize this pollutant.  The following video is one method that might be tried.

How To Fight Climate Change With Cow Dung

I am back!

Just a quick note to all my old readers.  I took a break from this blog during the presidential election since I didn’t want to play partisan politics between the two candidates.  Global warming is a scientific discussion with significant political overtones (that are not always rational).  I was having strong urges to immerse myself in condemning various candidates for stupid statements.  I suppressed this urge for awhile but felt that taking a break was a better alternative.

After the long gap, I needed an “event” to kickoff again.  That event was the first weekend of the New Year.  I hope all that read this blog enjoy a wonderful 2009.

This site is 1 years old today

Just a quick note to everyone to announce the 1 year birthday of this site. Last February 12, I kicked off this site with the following article:

Carbon Cycle

I must say that I have enjoyed the last year and I continue to think that the discussion on this topic is still very relevant. I plan to continue this discussion and exploration for the foreseeable future.

I didn’t quite make my goal of averaging a new article every day. Instead, I have posted 351 times so I am 14 short. I am happy to report that almost 20,000 people have viewed this site in the last 12 months. I wish I could thank each of you personally but I am afraid that this public announcement must suffice.

Time to give thanks

In the US, today is Thanksgiving. This is a celebration that has roots to the earliest settlers of our land, the Pilgrims.

I am sure that we all have much to be thankful for. I hope that you find this day to be relaxing and a way to see the best side of every issue and every person.

Thinking Blogger Award

This is a different type of post.  I will still do my regular global warming posts today but I need to take care of a little business.  Please do me the honor of reading this posting with as much attentiveness as my traditional posts.

I have been nominated for a blogging award, the “thinking blogger” award.  I am extremely honored by this award that someone out there actually feels that I make them THINK.  I am not sure that it is possible to give someone a better compliment (I take that back – Donald Trump, I will accept a million dollars if you are feeling generous).