Dan Moutal

Dan Moutal

Dan Moutal is the co-founder of Planet3.0, a photographer, and blogger trying to find solutions to the most complex and pressing problems we have ever faced.

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Episode 20: Show Notes

On episode 20: Extreme weather, Wegman strikes again, conservative science vs liberal science, no science in science class, climategate still nothing to see here, blame Canada, self-debunking deniers tie themselves in knots, renewable energy and a book with John Cook, bad news from the melting arctic, and a bunch of foul-mouthed rapping climate scientists. [more]

Get the book: Climate Change Denial

John Cook, a regular contributor to the podcast and the mastermind behind SkepticalScience.com, along with Haydn Washington an environmental scientific have written the must read book: Climate Change Denial: Head in the sand:

The book examines the phenomenon of climate change denial. It looks at the many techniques of literal denial, where ‘skeptics’ deny the evidence for man-made global warming. [more]

Wherein I agree with Marc Morano

We must not tolerate the same pathetic GW Bush strategy of accepting the alleged AGW science but rejecting so-called solutions –Marc Morano

I am as surprised as anyone, but I actually agree with the above quote from Marc Morano. Of course not in the way Morano would like. No, he is angry that politicians accept mainstream science, while I am disappointed that politicians refuse to do anything about it. [more]

Economists are not the enemy

Far too often economists are pitted against environmentalist, when in reality basic economic theory supports strong action on global warming and other environmental issues. The sooner the wider environmental community realizes this the sooner real progress will be made.

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(h/t Michael Tobis)

Conservative conservationist

From a very uplifting article on the conservative website FrumForum by D.R. Tucker we get a clear, concise conservative/libertarian argument to tackle our GHG emissions:

conservatives and libertarians should strongly support regulation to reduce carbon pollution, since pollution by one entity invariably infringes upon the rights of others (including property rights), and no entity has a constitutional right to pollute. [more]

Quote of the day: Climate change vs global warming

If [global mean surface temperature] goes up a lot, the impacts cannot be small, but if [global mean surface temperature] does not go up a lot, the impacts may still be large. –Michael Tobis

Climate change is a more accurate term for what we are doing to the climate system, but the tyranny of Google (aka the fact that more people search for global warming than climate change), means I typically use the term global warming. [more]

Episode 18: Show Notes

On episode 18: Climategate again, stupidity from elected officials who are absolutely certainly wrong, against adaptation, and who think their legislative powers can repeal the laws of nature. Also Styrofoam is back, mega-droughts , the loss of Glory, un-skeptical skeptics, and bad reporting from Grist

Irregular Climate is now accepting donations. [more]

Climate change solved by legislators

Global warming has been legislated out of existence:

House Republicans rejected amendments offered Tuesday by Democrats that called on Congress to accept the scientific consensus that climate change is occurring, it is caused in large part by human activity and it is a threat to human health.

The amendments, offered at an Energy and Commerce Committee markup of legislation to block Environmental Protection Agency climate change rules, are part of an effort by House Democrats to get Republicans on the record on climate science. [more]

Episode 18: The stupid show

This episode: Climategate again, stupidity from elected officials who are absolutely certainly wrong, against adaptation, and who think their legislative powers can repeal the laws of nature. Also Styrofoam is back, mega-droughts , the loss of Glory, un-skeptical skeptics, and bad reporting from Grist

Irregular Climate is now accepting donations. [more]

The journalism problem

Much has recently been written on various climate blogs about the problem with journalism.

But I think this is the crux of the issue:

Passive news reporting that doesn’t attempt to resolve factual disputes in politics may have detrimental effects on readers, new research suggests.

The study found that people are more likely to doubt their own ability to determine the truth in politics after reading an article that simply lists competing claims without offering any idea of which side is right. [more]