As we know climate scientists are good at making stuff up and it is not surprising that the Australian Privacy Commissioner has adjudged that eleven email "threats" allegedly received by Australian climate scientists were not life threatening and ten of the eleven documents did not contain threats at all and the eleventh was only "intimidating". An FOI request for the threats which had been publicised around the world had been refused - that refusal has now been overturned on appeal.
Many people have wrestled with how best to convey the latest scientific research on climate change. Here’s your chance to help us figure out the answer.
Last summer I was selected as a Google Science Communication Fellow and had the opportunity to explore this topic. Now, we are launching a pilot project that aims to assess whether video can be a compelling way for a climate scientist to describe his/her recent findings – and, if so, which type of video works best.
For this project, funded by Google.org, I worked with three scientists (who were also Google Fellows with me) - Andy Dessler, Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at Texas A&M University; Brian Helmuth, Professor of Biological Sciences at University of South Carolina; and Paul Higgins, Associate Director of the American Meteorological Society’s Policy Program - to develop a series of videos on their recent findings.
You had carbon models before, but they weren’t properly tied to data,” Purves says, “so, actually, they were kind of guesses. We’ve got the only model of the carbon cycle that would stand up in court.”
Speaking outside the statehouse, McCain was cheered by a group of sign-wielding environmentalists. McCain cheered them back: "Way to go, global warming folks!" A hoarse-sounding McCain told the crowd: "I want to assure you I will make this planet clean ... we will hand to you a cleaner planet than the one you were living in before I became president of the United States, I promise you that."
Moments later, as if on cue, a chunk of melting snow from the statehouse roof landed near McCain. Momentarily surprised, McCain assured the crowd he was OK.
"It's just snow, thank you," McCain said. "That's that climate change there."