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Scientists Reach Out to Media to Provide Accurate Information

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Please see the front page of the Sunday LA Times Climate scientists plan campaign against global-warming skeptics by Neela Banerjee, Tribune Washington Bureau.  (The story is also being carried by the Chicago Tribune

As Neela writes:

The American Geophysical Union plans to announce that 700 researchers have agreed to speak out on the issue. Other scientists plan a pushback against congressional conservatives who have vowed to kill regulations on greenhouse gas emissions.

John Abraham should be congratulated for organizing the Climate Rapid Response Team (CRRT) composed of more than 36 top scientists who have volunteered to speak to the media about climate-related issues, including correcting the misinformation from those that deny the science.  The goal of the CRRT is to provide highly accurate information to people when questions arise about the science.  These scientists are some of the Who’s Who of climate science and they should be applauded for taking on this extra work without compensation.  They understand the importance of communicating the science so they are “walking the walk”.  Kudos to all.  The CRRT is a separate group from the AGU’s Climate Science Q&A Service that Neela describes in the story.

Neela also mentions a project John Cook (of Skeptical Science) and I, along with many others, are working on.  A handbook titled The Scientific Guide to Global Warming Skepticism is to be sent to school teachers across the US, Australia, and hopefully many other countries.  The handbook is close to being finished and I wish to thank John Cook for all of the time that he has already put into this important project.

Written by Scott Mandia

November 7, 2010 at 5:42 pm

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  1. Good to hear about that book project. I look forward to hearing more about it soon!

    Byron Smith

    November 7, 2010 at 7:09 pm

  2. As part of my regular series of daily climate letters, I posted the following:

    The Cleveland Plain Dealer runs an McClatchy article about climate scientists preparing to enter the media circus.

    “This group feels strongly that science and politics can’t be divorced and that we need to take bold measures to not only communicate science but also to aggressively engage the denialists and politicians who attack climate science and its scientists,” said Scott Mandia, professor of physical sciences at Suffolk County Community College in New York.

    “We are taking the fight to them because we are . . . tired of taking the hits. The notion that truth will prevail is not working. The truth has been out there for the past two decades, and nothing has changed.”

    Poor bastards. I’m going to send them all some letters of support; they’ll need all the help they can get.

    It is terrific news that climatologists are preparing to challenge climate-change denialists. With the GOP takeover of the House, we can look forward to a long two years of anti-science theatrics, like Representative Darryl Issa’s promised hearings on the “climategate” non-scandal. Climate denialism is a linchpin of Republican ideology; these politicians insist (despite mountains of evidence and an overwhelming scientific consensus on the reality of anthropogenic global warming) that the problem either: A – doesn’t exist, B – exists but isn’t caused by humans, C – was fabricated by Al Gore and an international conspiracy of climate experts, or D – is too expensive to address. Each of these positions has been debunked many times over, but the minds of GOP politicians are, alas, closed to persuasion. I hope that the members of the proposed “climate rapid response team” are ready for the most exasperating and baffling arguments they’ll ever experience.

    Warren Senders

    Warren Senders

    November 7, 2010 at 7:48 pm

  3. Professor,
    It was a pleasure to see your project described in my local paper:
    The print form was much shorter than the online verions, almost by half. The one benefit from this editing is that the quote from the Heartland Institute got cut out. About 2 or 3 years ago, a lawyer from the Heartland Institute attacked 6th graders from my home town in a community forum article. A 6th grade teacher had organized the writing of letters from the 6th graders to Heartland, letters that criticized Heartland for its disinformation tactics. Heartland’s 500-word article cited the errors in various letters and tried to argue that parents should be incensed over the poor quality of science education these 6th graders are receiving. Like they’re ones to talk.


    November 8, 2010 at 6:15 pm

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  5. OT, but there may be a blog posting here:

    Does anyone keep track of rain totals during rainfall events rather than daily rainfall totals? A rainfall event may last several days. The quantity and totals of such ‘events’ might be a good way to track climate change.


    November 9, 2010 at 9:50 am

    • I’ve seen this sort of thing for Australia and Wiki has a worldwide weather records page, including 2,3,4 day records as well as annual.

      Haven’t seen anyting particular on the link to climate change. Might go dig and delve on the BOM site.


      November 11, 2010 at 12:23 am

  6. I think environmental science should be made a compulsory subject in schools and colleges irrespective of the stream you are in..

    That way the problem of global warming can be addressed at a much wider audience.

    Keshav Saini

    November 12, 2010 at 4:13 am

  7. Scott, I’ve read that if all the land ice in the world melted, sea level would rise more than 60 m. Now, I realize that all this ice is NOT going to melt anytime soon, but in my book I’d like to make an attention-grabbing statement like this:

    “For illustrative purposes, such a rise would inundate_____________ (Scott, please add something specific and dramatic)

    Hunt Janin

    November 16, 2010 at 5:12 am

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