Category Archives: Science

Scientists/Media Interactions Said More Frequent … and ‘Far Smoother’

A ‘Sea Change’ in Findings from 1,300 Researchers? Research scientists and journalists may be interacting lots more than generally thought, and the scientists’ experiences, at least, may be “far smoother” than generally thought. That’s the gist of a new research [...]

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Physics Society Restates Position After Blog-Driven ‘Kerfuffle’ Erupts

A recent “kerfuffle,” as a headline writer for FOXNews.com termed it, once again underscored the influence of the blogosphere’s echo chamber – and just how quickly it can spread bad information. The American Physical Society, APS, last month saw fit [...]

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Common Climate Misconceptions

Why Reducing Sulfate Aerosol Emissions Complicates Efforts to Moderate Climate Change

With all the attention surrounding carbon dioxide these days, it is easy to forget that there are a number of other important natural and human-driven factors (“forcings” in climate circles) that influence Earth’s climate.

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Stanford’s Steve Schneider, Dave Matthews Band, Citizen Cope at Michigan July Festival/’Think Tank’

It’s not often that Stanford climatologist Stephen H. Schneider shares the limelight with the Dave Matthews Band (which has sold more than 30 million albums over the past 12 years), hip-hop rapper, producer, and actor Snoop Dogg, and recording artist [...]

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Covering Ocean Acidification: Chemistry and Considerations

Changing ocean chemistry threatens the survival of marine life as much as warming temperatures. Understanding the basic chemistry of ocean acidification and the relevant consequences for people and wildlife are keys to effective journalism on an issue of growing importance [...]

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A Decade of Cooling in the Works? Nature Article Prompts ‘Wanna Bet?’ Wager

May Day brought a climate blindside of sorts this year, and it didn’t come in the form of a freak snowstorm in the tropics. On that day, a peer-reviewed study in the esteemed journal Nature predicted a temporary cooling of [...]

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Common Climate Misconceptions

Solar Influences on Global Temperature

An argument frequently used by those skeptical of the role of anthropogenic greenhouse gases in modern temperature increases is that warming is caused by the Sun. At first glance, it seems to make intuitive sense: the Sun is a massive [...]

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