Wildfires Engulf Thousands Of Acres As The Solar Eclipse Nears (Synopsis)

“I’d rather fight 100 structure fires than a wildfire. With a structure fire you know where your flames are, but in the woods it can move anywhere; it can come right up behind you.” -Tom Watson The solar eclipse we’ve all been waiting for is just two weeks away. Yet even though you’ve got your … Read moreWildfires Engulf Thousands Of Acres As The Solar Eclipse Nears (Synopsis)

Heartland’s ‘6 Reasons To Be A Climate-Change Skeptic’ Are Six Demonstrable Lies (Synopsis)

“Climate change does not respect border; it does not respect who you are – rich and poor, small and big. Therefore, this is what we call ‘global challenges,’ which require global solidarity.” -Ban Ki-moon Earlier this week, the executive editor of the Heartland Institute published a declaration that he was a climate change skeptic, and … Read moreHeartland’s ‘6 Reasons To Be A Climate-Change Skeptic’ Are Six Demonstrable Lies (Synopsis)

Humanity needs science to survive and thrive (Synopsis)

“Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson The enterprise of science is one of the most misunderstood in all of society. Some view it as its own religion; others view it as a political ideology gussied up in smart-sounding clothes; still others view it … Read moreHumanity needs science to survive and thrive (Synopsis)

Ask Ethan: Could We Save The Earth By Migrating It Away From The Sun? (Synopsis)

“I would argue that in any habitable zone that doesn’t boil or freeze, intelligent life is going to emerge because intelligence is convergent.” -Simon Conway Morris Someday, in the far distant future, the evolution of the Sun will cause it to heat up and emit so much energy that the Earth’s surface will reach a … Read moreAsk Ethan: Could We Save The Earth By Migrating It Away From The Sun? (Synopsis)

One Critical Mission Is Now The Make-Or-Break Future For NASA Earth Science (Synopsis)

“There is, then, no water that is wholly of the Pacific, or wholly of the Atlantic, or of the Indian or the Antarctic. The surf that we find exhilarating at Virginia Beach or at La Jolla today may have lapped at the base of antarctic icebergs or sparkled in the Mediterranean sun, years ago, before … Read moreOne Critical Mission Is Now The Make-Or-Break Future For NASA Earth Science (Synopsis)

The World Is Wasting Our Irreplaceable Helium, And Nobody Cares (Synopsis)

“Oh Beautiful for smoggy skies, insecticided grain, For strip-mined mountain’s majesty above the asphalt plain. America, America, man sheds his waste on thee, And hides the pines with billboard signs, from sea to oily sea.” -George Carlin When you think of helium, you very likely think of balloons, birthday parties, and blimps. But this inert, … Read moreThe World Is Wasting Our Irreplaceable Helium, And Nobody Cares (Synopsis)

There’s no science behind denying climate change (Synopsis)

“Whether humans are responsible for the bulk of climate change is going to be left to the scientists, but it’s all of our responsibility to leave this planet in better shape for the future generations than we found it.” -Mike Huckabee It only makes sense that scientists should debate and argue over the findings in … Read moreThere’s no science behind denying climate change (Synopsis)

Cutting Science Funding Today Costs Us More Overall (Synopsis)

“For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.” -Carl Sagan The President of the United States just released his proposed budget for the next fiscal year, and there are some big losers in the scientific world. The EPA, the NIH, … Read moreCutting Science Funding Today Costs Us More Overall (Synopsis)

The First Climate Model Turns 50, And Predicted Global Warming Almost Perfectly (Synopsis)

“Greenhouse gases are the second most important factor for climate, after the Sun.” -Syukuro Manabe In 1967, a groundbreaking paper in climate science was published, detailing the inputs and feedbacks for the first accurate climate model. You don’t have to look far to find contentions that climate models are wrong, inaccurate and unreliable: 8 of … Read moreThe First Climate Model Turns 50, And Predicted Global Warming Almost Perfectly (Synopsis)