Summary: Amidst the decades-long bombardment of doomster predictions, it's difficult to see the actual threats to our world. The oceans rank high on the danger list, under pressure from pollution, overfishing, and climate change. World Oceans Day is an opportunity to assess the danger, and see how you can help. Healthy oceans, Healthy planet. From … Continue reading The oceans are dying. See their condition on World Oceans Day!
Summary: Here are three stories about environmental destruction, all featuring "five trillion" as the horrific number. Scary stories. Are they accurate? To understand a trillion, look at it in cash (1) Five trillion tons of ice has melted! "5 Trillion Tons of Ice Lost Since 2002" by climate propagandist Phil Plait at Slate. "…land ice … Continue reading Five trillion is a red line. Cross it and the environment crashes.
Summary: The public policy debate about climate science shows the dysfunctional nature of the US media. It's one reason why making effective public policy has become difficult or impossible. Here's another example of how propaganda has contaminated the news reporting of this vital subject, looking at stories about a new study of our oceans. NCAR's … Continue reading Science into agitprop: “Climate Change Is Strangling Our Oceans”
Summary: Good news is rare in the news ("if it bleeds, it leads"), but here's a twofer. First, ocean acidification is probably not certain doom, as we've been told. Second, new evidence that climate-related sciences are returning to their norms of careful skepticism. Our usual stream of bad news will resume tomorrow. The February/March … Continue reading Good news about ocean acidification! Important news about science.
Summary: This might be one of the more important of our 3500 posts. It looks at an often asked question about climate science -- how accurate are its findings, a key factor when we make decisions about trillions of dollars (and affecting billions of people). The example examined is ocean heat content, a vital metric … Continue reading How accurate are climate scientists’ findings? Look at ocean warming.
Summary: Today's post examines a recent example of climate fear-mongering. Not only is this misleading (at best), but it shows how this propaganda makes it more difficult for us to clearly see the world and respond to its many dangers. Today's fear-mongering: "The Siege of Miami" By Elizabeth Kolbert in The New Yorker "As temperatures … Continue reading The New Yorker’s “The Siege of Miami” reveals a serious problem
Summary: Many of the scary stories of our time result from interactions between actual science, activist scientists, and clickbait-seeking journalists. “We're choking the ocean with plastic” is one such tale, showing how real problems become masked by myths. This leaves us divided and unable to respond to our problems, as neither Left nor Right clearly see … Continue reading Are we “choking the ocean with plastic”? Tracing creation of a myth.