The Hot Zone

TALKING ABOUT CLIMATE: A LINGUIST WEIGHS IN

by Erica Rex Last week, I wrote about how we can only really know things we can measure.  That’s true for scientific phenomena, such as the rate at which glaciers are receding, and amount of CO2 in the atmosphere.  But for anything having to do with human behavior, all bets are off. Yesterday I spoke with a linguist, Professor Brigitte Nerlich at University of Nottingham’s Institute for Science and Society.  She’s been studying the incidence of phrases that include the... [Read more]

Posted by Alison Hawkes on November 25, 2009 No Comments »
Category : The Politics of Climate Change

WE ONLY KNOW WHAT WE CAN MEASURE II

by Erica Rex Last time, I wrote about the importance of accurate measurement.  We can’t measure some aspects of climate change because we don’t have the technology to do it.  Sometimes, applying technology we already have in a different way gives us new insight. Take glaciers, for instance. Some of the most graphic examples of global warming are found in pictures of receding glaciers. Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania is one of the most dramatic. Compare these photos from 1993 and 2000... [Read more]

Posted by Alison Hawkes on November 19, 2009 No Comments »
Category : The Oceans

WE ONLY KNOW WHAT WE CAN MEASURE

by Erica Rex Last week, I wrote about how ethics comes into play in our thinking – or not thinking – about climate change. Even more importantly, though, we have to have facts – proven facts – to back up any claims we make about climate.  Dr. Marty Mlynczak, a senior research scientist based at NASA’s Langley, Virginia research centre is all about finding out the facts.  Technology he developed gives us even greater access to data about the atmosphere. When we... [Read more]

Posted by Alison Hawkes on November 11, 2009 No Comments »
Category : Climate Science and Scientists

INCONVENIENT TRUTHS – THE NEW “E” WORD

No, it’s not “enterprise,” or “equality” or “economics.” The new E word is ETHICS. Al Gore, Nobel Prize winner and former Vice President, has a new book out today: Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis.  Published by Rodale, Our Choice strides leagues beyond the fact-based message of his 2006 film, “An Inconvenient Truth“. It boldly asserts that saving the world is a moral imperative, one which religious leaders throughout the world... [Read more]

Posted by Alison Hawkes on November 3, 2009 No Comments »
Category : The Politics of Climate Change

THE ROCKY ROAD TO COPENHAGEN

The next UN Climate Change Conference,  COP15, in Copenhagen, Denmark is only six weeks away.  Around the world, delegates are jostling to establish which countries should be granted the greatest number of carbon offsets, and who is really at fault for the evolutionary pickle we find ourselves in. Tempting though it is to think we can barter our way out of it, climate will continue to plague us.  And unfortunately, in the US we’re still suffering from the diplomatic and greenhouse... [Read more]

Posted by Alison Hawkes on November 2, 2009 No Comments »
Category : Climate Science and Scientists


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