Category Archives: Science

Global Temperature in 2010: Is it the Hottest Year on Record, and Does it Matter?

All five of the major temperature indices — NASA’s GISTemp, National Climate Data Center (NCDC), Hadley Centre/UAE (HadCRUT3v), University of Alabama Huntsville (UAH), and Remote Sensing Systems (RSS) — have published their estimates of 2010 global surface or close-to-surface temperatures.

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Sustainable Agriculture: Growing a Row of Climate Change

The complexity of climate change — difficult science, short-term action versus long-term implications, a confusing public debate — is neither difficult nor complex in the hands of a farmer. It is as simple as dirt, seeds, water, and sun. At [...]

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Common Climate Misconceptions: Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide

Understanding the carbon cycle is a key part of understanding the broader climate change issue. But a number of misconceptions floating around the blogosphere confuse basic concepts to argue that climate change is irrelevant because of the short residence time [...]

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Pew Center Scientist Turned Communicator: Jay Gulledge’s Journey from Academia to Capitol Hill

Pew Climate Change Senior Scientist Jay Gulledge has mixed science and communicating since earning his Ph.D. in biological sciences 15 years ago. On the research side, the biogeochemist has studied carbon cycling and the cycling fluxes of methane between ecosystems and the atmosphere, [...]

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Bags under the Eyes Named Schmidt … and Gavin

Skeptical Science Founder John Cook; Climate Science from ‘Basic … to Advanced’

Skeptical Science’s John Cook of Queensland. Australian and native Queenslander John Cook has a day job. And it’s not in the climate science field. You’d never know it based on what the 38-year-old Cook has accomplished while moonlighting. In fact, [...]

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Scientists' 'Lessons Learned'

A Yale Forum Two-Part Special Feature: Scientists and Journalists on ‘Lessons Learned’ (Pt. 1)

By any account, it’s been a challenging 12 months for climate science, for climate scientists, and for the ever-changing face of journalism as its practitioners struggle, or not, to keep their audiences adequately informed and knowledgeable. From the November 19, [...]

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Researchers Point to ‘Moral Obligation,’ ‘Good Citizens’ in Urging Scientists to ‘Speak Up’ on Policy

Scientists, speak up. That’s the message from Michael Nelson, an associate professor of environmental ethics at Michigan State University and John Vucetich, assistant professor of wildlife ecology at Michigan Technological University.

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