Category Archives: Science

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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2025 Greenhouse Capping Proposal Rejects 2 Degree C ‘Dangerous Warming’ Threshold

President Bush, well into what is widely seen as his lame-duck period, last month proposed his administration’s first concrete plans to cap U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. Policy makers and many in the news media appear to have largely written-off the [...]

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Prominent Social Scientist Baruch Fischhoff: On Need for Climate and Decision/Social Sciences

A respected social scientist, Baruch Fischhoff of Carnegie Mellon University, sees his discipline having to play an increasingly critical role in the climate change arena if citizens are to become fully engaged and involved in the issue.

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Feasting at the Annual AAAS Conference: More to Chew on than Just Free Eats

Veteran participants in the annual conferences of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, AAAS, will tell you it’s just another word for that meeting. Intrepid reporters, and hungry ones, can eat their way through the annual four-day programs [...]

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Common Climate Misconceptions

The Water Vapor Feedback

Water vapor is one of the most important elements of the climate system. A greenhouse gas, like carbon dioxide, it represents around 80 percent of total greenhouse gas mass in the atmosphere and 90 percent of greenhouse gas volume. Water [...]

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Common Climate Misconceptions

Modeling the Climate

Few climate change topics arouse more passion than the seemingly dry field of climate modeling. Critics thunder that the models contain a “large element of subjectivity” with parameters “tweaked by those who operate the models” to achieve results that conform [...]

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Old, New Media Cultures Illustrated In Coverage of NASA’s Hansen in Houston

As the nation’s oil capital and home to the first President Bush, Houston might seem to outsiders an unlikely place for Hansen to receive such a positive media reception. He is, after all, an outspoken critic of the current Bush [...]

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