Science tamed the weather, keeping us safe while we sleep

Weather forecasting tool

Summary: Today's post reviews a fun book about some of the systems that make us safe -- but which we too often ignore or even mock.   Review of Warnings: The True Story of How Science Tamed the Weather. The true story of how science tamed the weather. By Mike Smith (2010).   Warnings tells a … Continue reading Science tamed the weather, keeping us safe while we sleep

Climate news poorly reported in the news, about things you should know

Summary: Today we look at arctic sea ice and tornadoes. While they tell us important information about our world, how the news tells us about them tells us even more. As we become isolated into tribes our news becomes dominated by targeted clickbait. So it is with climate change, among our most serious issues but … Continue reading Climate news poorly reported in the news, about things you should know

Some good news about our changing climate. Enjoy it, for it might not last long.

Summary: A people can be shaped by controlling their information, altering their perception of the world by filtering what they learn. We see that today in the debate about one of the potentially largest challenges of the 21st century.  Climate scientists differ on their forecasts of future weather, which range from large to calamitous changes. … Continue reading Some good news about our changing climate. Enjoy it, for it might not last long.

Climate lies are the tool of choice by both sides to influence your opinion. Why is that?

Summary: As the climate policy wars go for higher stakes, the public debate (among non-scientists) shifts from science to propaganda (both Left and Right, each in their distinctive way). That's rational, since modern Americans are so gullible -- and have no resentment towards those who lie to them. The tribe is all that matters. When … Continue reading Climate lies are the tool of choice by both sides to influence your opinion. Why is that?

The Oklahoma tornadoes can teach us about our climate, and ourselves

Summary:  The reactions to major  events reveals much about us and our institutions. Such as the tragic Oklahoma tornadoes, showing the usual propaganda, the evolution of the news media, and an opportunity to learn about climate science. . Those seeking to use global warming to change US public policy have become desperate as the failure … Continue reading The Oklahoma tornadoes can teach us about our climate, and ourselves