Category Archives: climate change

NYT: Science can’t save us from our “apocalyptic future”, but can philosophy help?

Roy Scranton served in the Army for four years (2002-2006), is now a doctoral candidate in English at Princeton, and, in October, published a book called Learning to Die in the Anthropocene: Reflections on the End of a Civilization. He just reprised his thesis in the philosophy column “The Stone” at the New York Times in a […]

The New York Times prints a FAQ piece on climate change

It’s hard for most of us to keep up with the issue of global warming, which I don’t see as a “controversy” because virtually all scientists agree that anthropogenic warming is happening and that we’re in trouble. But unless you’re a weather fanatic, there’s simply too much information and discussion out there. Is there a place you can go to […]

Those pesky atheist scientists: wrong about God, wrong about global warming

Before I show you a political cartoon sent by a reader, let’s remind ourselves how much more atheistic American scientists are than their fellow citizens. Below is an excerpt from a piece I wrote last March for the New Republic: Surveying American scientists as a whole, regardless of status, a different Pew poll showed that only 33% admitted belief in God, […]

Accommodationism in Nature: A prestigious scientific journal lauds the Pope on global warming, neglects his retrograde stance on birth control

Many people were excited by Pope Francis’s Encyclical on Global Warming, for Francis acknowledged that global warming is largely caused by humans, and also has a disproportionate effect on the poor. Although I’m not sure how much a Pope’s words on such issues can affect public policy, especially given the inertia of nations and the influence of […]

A letter from an angry climate-change denialist: give your response

UPDATE: Our emailer insists on being named, so named his shall be as requested in the missive below: Bernard Arthur Hutchins Jr You Must Acknowledge Intellectral Property Jerry – I make it three days now since I asked you to put my name on the item on your blog that was MY intellectual property which YOU posted without giving the source. […]

Nick Cohen on the Pope and global warming

On Friday I reported on the reactions of Lawrence Krauss and Steve Pinker to the Pope’s new global-warming encyclical. Their reactions were mixed, but mostly negative, largely because the Pope, while calling attention to the problem, neglected one of its main causes: overpopulation and the ensuing generation of greenhouse gases. The Pope in fact dismissed the […]

Krauss and Pinker on the Pope’s misguided climate-change bicycle

Scientific American asked physicist Lawrence Krauss to comment on Pope Francis’s long encyclical on global warming. Krauss’s piece, “Ideology subsumes empiricism in Pope’s climate encyclical,” gives to the Pope with one hand but slaps him with the other. Krauss lauds the Pope for the his no-nonsense acceptance of anthropogenic global warming, and his warning that climate change has the most severe […]

Pope Francis’s Encyclical: The Movie

I remember when Archie Bunker used to talk about the “Pope’s Bicycle” (he also said the Pope was “inflammable”). Archie was of course referring to encyclicals, or letters from the pontiff sent to all Catholic bishops.  You might know that Pope Francis’s Bicycle on Climate Change, due to be published in three days, was leaked to the press […]

Florida bans the terms “global warming” and “climate change” in state environmental reports

Thank Ceiling Cat that some newspapers are still doing investigative reporting—and are good at it. Yesterday’s Miami Herald has a longish report by Tristam Korten revealing that, on orders from the governor and his minions, state officials are not permitted to use the terms “global warming” or “climate change’ in environmental reports or talks. What we […]

Climate researcher wins bet with climate-change skeptic over warming

A climate-change skeptic got pwned. According to the PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (my links): Late 2009, in the run-up to the international climate conference in Copenhagen, PBL climate researcher Bart Strengers had an online discussion with climate sceptic Hans Labohm on the website of the Dutch news station NOS (in Dutch). This discussion, which was […]


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