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Three perfect grade debunkings of climate misinformation

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Reposted from 21 January 2014 Skeptical Science (John Cook)

Professor Scott Mandia at Suffolk County Community College teaches his students using the approach of agnotology-based learning. Agnotology is the study of ignorance and misconceptions. Agnotology-based learning addresses misconceptions and myths while teaching climate science. Two decades of research have found that  direct refutation in the classroom is one of the most effective ways of reducing misconceptions.
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Written by Scott Mandia

January 23, 2014 at 6:16 am

A Tweet-chable Moment

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I would like you to follow my lead and use Twitter to increase science literacy. For the past two weeks, and at least once per day, I have been posting a Tweet that explains a climate science concept. It is harder to do than you think given the 140 character limit. In those cases I post a few in a row to hammer home the concept. A few of these Tweets appear below but you can see all of my Tweets at https://twitter.com/AGW_Prof.

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The idea to use Twitter for climate literacy came from the CLEAN (Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network) mailing list. Here are some others put forward by CLEAN colleagues:

Petroleum we burn pollutes the air and engulfs Earth in heat trapping CO2 disrupting climate. Let’s use sustainable energy instead.

Forests we decimated could have been absorbing excess heat trapping CO2 that disrupts Earth’s climates. Let’s help forests flourish.

I can’t tell you the temperature two weeks from Tuesday, but I can predict its average over the next 5 summers. Ask me to prove it.

Scientists certain burning fossil fuels is heating planet; there are alternatives to carbon fuels but not food & water: be climate smart.

Almost all human contribution to climate change is tied to energy. We need to use far less energy and we can do so in ways that improve quality of life.

Earth’s atmosphere, including its composition of gasses and clouds, acts as a radiative blanket that controls the surface temperature.

Rapid climate change is caused by too much greenhouse gas. We’re causing it. The effects are everywhere. We have the power to change.

Empirical studies & surveys show substantial agreement on smart energy steps is hidden by global warming disputes: http://nyti.ms/ZiThhZ

When it comes to climate science trust the experts. You wouldn’t go to a podiatrist for an opinion on your cancer treatment.

#Education is the foundation that prepares us all for the challenges and opportunities presented by #climatechange. #climateliteracy

The dirty coal, oil, and gas we burn, pollutes the air with heat trapping CO2. Using clean energy to fuel our lives can solve the problem.

We can all make climate-smart choices to help reduce global warming, become resilient to climate-related impacts, AND boost our economy.

If I disagreed w 97% of surgeons, I wouldn’t demand that surgery be guided by mob rule

Aside from # of “patients”, how is climate different?

Damage from our CO2 is NOT $0/ton, but our atmosphere is still a free sewer. Why?

Instead of taxing what we earn, let’s tax what we burn.

Climate changes if radiative forcing changes

Bad if too fast to adapt by migration, evolution

Our CO2 forcing = 10x faster than end-Permian!

It’s not the amount of electricity each light bulb takes, it’s the amount of energy it takes to get that light bulb to light, so everyone CAN help.

80% of emissions are from 20% of the people: us; we must provide the knowledge and knowhow to minimize impacts and help the most vulnerable.

It’s settled science this climate change-we humans have control. Demand climate literacy/action of yourself/others. Climate change: own it!

Earth’s atmosphere, including its composition of gasses and clouds, acts as a radiative blanket that controls the surface temperature.

Scientists certain burning fossil fuels is heating planet; there are alternatives to carbon fuels but not food & water: be climate smart.

I would love to see your Tweets in the comments section. Point me to the URL and I may RT. :)

Written by Scott Mandia

November 19, 2013 at 6:08 am

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