You’d think that the main criterion for being named the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association’s chief scientist would be that you are a scientist. (Lesser criteria: being plausibly chiefly; studying some field related to oceanic and/or atmospheric science.) Turns out, though, that being a scientist can be a real liability for the chief scientist job, at least if Sen. David Vitter is on the case. Vitter successfully blocked the Obama administration’s appointment, geochemist Scott Doney, because basically he’s just not sure scientists can be trusted with this whole “science” thing.
During the State of the Union, I was watching for whether the president would back down on clean energy in the face of coordinated GOP assault. He did not. Instead, he doubled down.
Adding tiny, sunlight-blocking particles to the upper atmosphere -- a.k.a. the “artificial volcano” approach to geoengineering -- could help crops avoid the effects of global warming.
An international group of scientists have taken to the pages of Science magazine to ask climate negotiators to stop ignoring agriculture.
Clean energy rocks. Nice people get jobs at wind-turbine plants. Oil-industry subsidies suck. We need to drill, baby, drill. And we need to frack, baby, frack. That's the takeaway from the State of the Union.
Newt Gingrich defied cynicism and tapped into voter anger to win South Carolina. That's what it will take to achieve large-scale climate solutions, too.
Who’s got billions of dollars and isn't going to wait for the GOP to arrive in the 21st century before they drop a significant portion of it on preparing for our climate-changed future? These guys.
Gingrich has been all over the map on climate change. Catch the highlights and revisit his 2010 interview with Grist.
The solution to this human-created problem can only come from us: We've got to move animals in advance of the warming climate.