Our decision-making under the influence of science comes back to the question of how much we should trust models. There is no easy general answer. But among the many ways this demonstration is interesting, it makes it very clear that some models are extremely trustworthy. On the other hand, obviously some models are useless. So there must be a continuum.
Great moments in science communication from Fox News, via Media Matters
“the influence of the tar sands industry has begun to change the whole character of the nation”
Peter Sinclair has come up with an excellent overview of the climate variablity situation.
I prefer Hansen’s “whipsaw” to “whiplash”, because the latter already has too many connotations. What we’re talking about is the lack of year-over-year consistency in the weather.
A hipster’s guide to Malthusian limits
UPDATE – Thread is closed. Steven has made his point.
“All of these things wouldn’t have happened a couple of years ago because there wasn’t enough room on the sidewalks”
Yes, you’ve heard it all before, but if you know someone who hasn’t yet, this would be a good place for them to start.
Business guru Malcolm Gladwell argues that practice is more important than talent.
Taylor Wilson, is known as the boy who played with fusion, because at the age of 14 became the 32nd individual on the planet to achieve a nuclear-fusion reaction.
It’s time to start thinking about how to subtract carbon from the atmosphere.
See also this recent article on Slate.
UPDATE: Andrew Sullivan has a roundup of the topic.
And Chris Tackett at Treehugger has an interesting take on it.
Just another climate rant. “It’s like watching space Nazis launch asteroids at us and the mainstream media talks exasperatedly about ‘those space Nazi people’ who are so quaintly concerned that we are all going to be vaporized in a giant fiery cataclysm while our top political leaders argue about who is more pro-asteroid.”
“I don’t know what instrument you hold, but you need to play it as best as you can. … This is our task now. … The environmental crisis is the great moral crisis of our age.”
“We reached the old wolf in time to watch a fierce green fire dying in her eyes. I realized then, and have known ever since, that there was something new to me in those eyes—something known only to her and to the mountain. I was young then, and full of trigger-itch; I thought that because fewer wolves meant more deer, that no wolves would mean hunters’ paradise. But after seeing the green fire die, I sensed that neither the wolf nor the mountain agreed with such a view.”
– Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac, 1949
h/t Joe Romm