Category Archives: Science

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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AAAS Weblog Panel of Four Weighs ‘Overcoming Skepticism after “Climategate”‘

So a climate research scientist, an environmental advocate/climate scientist, an author/writer, and a communications academic gather around a table to discuss “Climate Change & the Public: Overcoming Skepticism after ‘Climategate’”? You haven’t heard this one? Read on. The research scientist, [...]

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Wunderground.com’s Jeff Masters: From ‘Mad Scientist Club’ to Leading Internet Site

ANN ARBOR, MI. — When Jeff Masters was 10, he helped launch the “mad scientist club” in his Birmingham, Michigan, school, writing a 100-page thesis based on observations from his telescope. By the time he was 12, he was diligently [...]

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Climate Experts, Statisticians, Programmers Meet in England on Temperature Records

An international group of 80 climate scientists, statisticians, and computer programmers recently gathered in Exeter, England, to discuss how to expand and improve surface temperature data (also see earlier Forum article). The conference, titled “Creating Surface Temperature Datasets to Meet [...]

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An Alternative Land Temperature Record May Help Allay Critics’ Data Concerns

Critics often complain that the three major surface temperature records — NASA’s GISTemp, the University of East Anglia’s HadCRUT, and NOAA’s National Climate Data Center record — all rely on most of the same underlying station data, provided through the [...]

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“Science Friday”‘s Ira Flatow: Selling Science by Weekly Radio

Growing up on Long Island, New York, Ira Flatow enjoyed dabbling with television sets and playing with electronics like ham radios. Flatow: Finding a job you love sure beats having to work. “I just wanted to know how things worked,” [...]

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Rutgers Climatologist Tony Broccoli On Communicating Climate Science

Tony Broccoli has spent the past two decades working to engage lay audiences about climate change. For him, that interest has meant using concrete, relatable images: ice skating on backyard ponds and present-day heat waves and unusual storms. Broccoli is [...]

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