08 August 2014

Debunking Climate Change Denial

Why bother to debunk deniers? It's the most important issue we will *ever* face. It's literally the survival of human civilization. If we continue dumping CO2 (and methane, too) into the atmosphere, NOTHING ELSE WE DO OR DON'T DO WILL MATTER, and time is running out. We are setting in motion a climate catastrophe that we will soon be unable to stop, no matter what we do. Is that the legacy you want to leave your grandchildren and their grandchildren? I doubt it.

Below are some articles that should aid in the debunking of climate change denier's myths and disinformation.


Tired of global warming / climate weirding deniers spreading baloney? Here's a guide to their most frequently promulgated nonsense items and links to the correct information.


  • If video is more to your taste ...

    If you think the climate isn’t changing, well, I've got some bad news for you. It is. Of course the climate’s changing. It always does. The problem is on top of that incredibly slow natural variation, the climate is changing due to human influence, and it’s changing fast. Droughts, floods,...

  • Organized a bit differently ...

    Below is a complete listing of the articles in “How to Talk to a Climate Skeptic,” a series by Coby Beck containing responses to the most common skeptical arguments on global warming. There are four separate taxonomies; arguments are divided by: Stages of Denial, Scientific Topics, Types of Argument…

  • Why bother? Uniformed, intentionally deceptive people with big megaphones are spewing nonsense and being believed.

    From the article ...
    "Limbaugh took Rose's misleading claims about Arctic sea ice, and then made them even wronger by saying the ice was at record size for this time of year. That is complete and utter bilge. The extent of sea ice for September 2013 was far lower than the 1981-2010 average, by two standard deviations (think of a standard deviation like a letter grade; if the average is a C, then this year's ice level is an F). The actual sea ice 'death spiral' is dramatic, scary, and all too real.

    "And that is precisely why we must keep being vocal, keep fighting this kind of nonsense. Because it's bad enough all by itself, but it gets self-amplified by the deniers until it no longer resembles anything close to reality. Yet their audience will still listen. And their audience is vast."

    The people who deny climate change have a very large megaphone, and a lot of motivation to use it.

28 May 2014

1965, Summer, N.S.F. Summer Science Training Program

Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, the summer before my senior year in high school.

Some recently-scanned 35 mm slides from Texas A&M, Summer 1965
[Works better with the pics I intended to post!]