Tagged: Environment

Supporting good science communication - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott May 17, 2010

If you have watched any of the short videos from YouTube channel, Climate Denial Crock of the Week, you will appreciate how good they are. Always well produced they deal with specific arguments made by climate change deniers and contrarians. Well, the author is in a competition for a $5,000 grant. If he wins he [...] … Read More

Sea Biscuits: Not Just For Carrying Tobey Maguire Around - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Apr 23, 2010

So,I didn’t have the fortitude to write a proper post this week but earlier this paper came to my attention: “Embryonic, Larval, and Juvenile  Development of the Sea Biscuit Clypeaster subdepressus (Echinodermata: Clypeasteroida)“ Normally this isn’t in my field of interest but this one has videos! Check out these completely entrancing records of science. Unfortunately [...] … Read More

A more transparent approach - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Apr 11, 2010

A recent statment from the Royal Society of NZ has drawn out some comment. Entitled Science, Climate Change and Integrity it is by  Professor Keith A Hunter. Of course some of the local climate change deniers have been busy raking up pseudo-scientific arguments to discredit the article (see Errors in Royal Society of NZ climate [...] … Read More

Speed Kills? - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Apr 03, 2010

Freakonomics cites a recent paper on road fatalities: According to a recent paper by Lee S. Friedman, Donald Hedeker, and Elihu D. Richter, the lifting of the federal 55 mph speed limit in 1995 was responsible for 12,545 deaths between 1995 and 2005. That’s about 45 percent more American fatalities than we have suffered in 9/11, Iraq and [...] Related posts: … Read More

Climate scientist Phil Jones exonerated - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Mar 31, 2010

The UK Parliament Science and Technology Committee has released its report into “climategate” – some of the issues surrounding the release of stolen emails from the University of East Anglia Climate Research Unit. It effectively exonerates Phil Jones from  charges of withholding data and questionable scientific ethics. The text of the press release is below and the [...] … Read More

The rickety bandwagon of climate change denial - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Mar 30, 2010

OK, this cartoon is lampooning extremest attitudes within the US Republican Party. But I think it is also very relevant to this whole “climategate” hysteria. Relevant because some of the most extreme pronouncements from climate change deniers do smack of McCarthyism. To be honest they also remind me of the campaigns against scientists and intellectuals launched [...] … Read More

The climate change denial industry - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Mar 26, 2010

Book review: The climate denial industry and climate science – a brief history of attacks on climate science, climate scientists and the IPCC by Cindy Baxter Publisher: Greenpeace International (24 March, 2010) Number of pages: 25 Publishers description: This report describes 20 years of organised attacks on climate science, scientists and the IPCC. It sets out [...] … Read More

Swiftboating science - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Mar 15, 2010

“Swiftboating” is a new term for me – and for science, I guess. But it is part of US political jargon. To quote Wikipedia: “Swiftboating . .  is used as a strong pejorative description of some kind of attack that the speaker considers unfair or untrue—for example, an ad hominem attack or a smear campaign. The term comes [...] … Read More

Chris Mooney interviews Michael Mann on ’climategate’ - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Mar 12, 2010

This is an interesting interview (download MP3). Michael Mann has been vilified by climate change deniers. His work on the so-called “hockey stick” graph  is still being misrepresented despite being validated by the US National research council and other researchers. He’s a bit of a lone voice at the moment but really worth listening to. Point [...] … Read More

Institute of Physics in hot seat - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Mar 05, 2010

The UK Institute of Physiscs (IOP) is currently the darling of the climate change deniers, but has upset its own members. The Guardian has found their submission to the UK Parliamentary “Climategate” Hearing was prepared by a small clique, including a well known climate change denier. Now members are protesting. Some may even resign. The [...] … Read More