Arrogance of Climate Change Denial

Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) told the Voice of Christian Youth America that God controls the climate, not humans. Promoting his book The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future, Inhofe said:

Well actually the Genesis 8:22 that I use in there is that “as long as the earth remains there will be springtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, day and night.” My point is, God’s still up there. The arrogance of people to think that we, human beings, would be able to change what He is doing in the climate is to me outrageous.

I cite the 2012 THINKPROGRESS citation because it seems to tap the source of a pernicious internet meme that reminds us, when all is said and done:

What arrogance of science deniers to think that God and Mother Nature, your choice, might smile indulgently over our exponentially increasing befoulment of their air, land and water — or perhaps not even notice.

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Nature: Optical detection of radio waves through a nanomechanical transducer

“Many applications, from medical imaging and radio astronomy to navigation and wireless communication, depend on the faithful transmission and detection of weak radio-frequency microwaves … signals can be transferred directly into standard optical fibres rather than copper wires …” From the Nature journal. In Computers & Technology.

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Need Rain? Save a Forest.

From nature, international weekly journal of science :


Earth & Environmental Sciences

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A large source of low-volatility secondary organic aerosol

Forests emit huge quantities of volatile organic compounds into the atmosphere and their oxidation forms secondary organic aerosols that scatter solar radiation and act as cloud seeds. The mechanism of formation of aerosol particles remains unclear, but this study identifies some of the intermediate compounds that aid aerosol formation. These findings could help improve assessments of biosphere-aerosol-climate feedback mechanisms, and the air quality and climate effects of emissions produced by vegetation.

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More on Science Denial

My first comment post on the Huffington editorial From a Boy Who Loved NASA: How 49 Heroes Lost the Right Stuff and Sullied Their Names by Shawn Otto:

Thanks, Shawn Otto, for an exceptionally well written, interesting and well documented article. I know many cases where science denial is politically motivated, but many more where folks who are not fundamentally interested in science developments, and don’t follow science news, are genuinely confused about who to believe. For former NASA astronauts to pander to the political spin is absolutely shameful. We can debate how fast the ice sheets are melting, how high the oceans will rise, what species will be at risk first, how and where human food and water resources will be impacted, and what parts of the world may become uninhabitable first, but not the direction and implication of those trends. To an unknown extent, our planet is self-healing, but to gamble on inexhaustibility is suicidal.”

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On Science Denial

My comment on an editorial about the astronauts who came out against climate change:

huffingtonpost entry
From a Boy Who Loved NASA: How 49 Heroes Lost the Right Stuff and Sullied Their Names
Commented Apr 13, 2012 at 13:42:54 in Green

Even more pointedly, Earth (the planet) isn’t registered to vote, doesn’t care, isn’t listening to the debate, and just keeps doing her own thing based on chemical and thermodynamic equilibriums we “choose” to ignore.”

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Ig Nobel Prize Awards 2011

You can find the announcements almost anywhere. I used Scientific American and Reuters.

Surely you follow the annual Ig Nobel awards? No? According to Wikipedia,

The Ig Nobel Prizes are an American parody of the Nobel Prizes and are given each year in early October for ten unusual or trivial achievements in scientific research. The stated aim of the prizes is to “first make people laugh, and then make them think”. Organized by the scientific humor magazine Annals of Improbable Research (AIR), they are presented by a group that includes Nobel Laureates at a ceremony at Harvard University’s Sanders Theater, and they are followed by a set of public lectures by the winners at MIT.

My personal favorite award for 2011:

— Americans Dorothy Martin who predicted the world would end in 1954; Pat Robertson who predicted the world would end in 1982; Elizabeth Clare Prophet who predicted the world would end in 1990; and Harold Camping who predicted the world would end on September 6, 1994, and on October 21, 2011; Lee Jang Rim of Korea who predicted the world would end in 1992; Shoko Asahara of Japan who predicted the world would end in 1997; Credonia Mwerinde of Uganda who predicted the world would end in 1999 — for teaching the world to be careful when making mathematical assumptions and calculations.

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