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12 years 3 months ago

After having come across an ad in the New York Times, I thought it would be useful with a set of guidelines for scientists in relation to the media. Although the contents of this ad is discussed at ...

12 years 4 months ago

'The information age is being sabotaged!' This statement should be the head lines of the media. Why? Our modern society depends to a large degree on information, know how, science, education, media, and the Internet.

The success of the progress of our society - the success of medicine and health has prolonged the average life expectancy and the global human population is growing so fast that it's becoming a problem - is probably in part derived from successful theories and rational thought. We have stopped burning witches because of bad harvests, and most of us have stopped in believing in ritual sacrifices. Science is in part to 'blame'.

The scientific method is at heart of this, and its pillars are reproducibility, objectivity (empirical data decide), hypothesis...

12 years 5 months ago

To deal with climate change, one needs to needs to involve two different strategies: mitigation and adaption. Mitigation aims at reducing the CO2 emissions whereas adaption involves taking measures to reduce the vulnerability. There is no question of whether we need to adapt, since there is climate change in the 'pipe line': the response to the imbalance of the energy budget of Earth's climate system is delayed due to e.g. the world oceans' massive inertia.

When it comes to mitigation, there need to be actions that involve everybody – at least in the rich...

12 years 7 months ago

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<p style="margin-bottom: 0in;">If we could more skilfully predict severe episodes several months ahead, such as the 2003 heat wave in Europe, the 2005 hurricane season in the north Atlantic/Caribbean, or the 1993 wet spell in the US, our society could avert more damages and save both money and pain.</p>
<p style="margin-bottom: 0in;">According to the newsletter of the <a href="http://www.agu.org/...

12 years 8 months ago

<p>I think a congratulation is in order &ndash; to the American people and to planet Earth. Finally, the US gets a president who over some time has understood that we have some big problems: 'Change we can believe in'. One of the big issues, I think, is global climate change <span style="color: #008080;">(more on this on <a href="http://www.realclimate.org">RealClimate.org</a>)</span>.<br /><br />What is the real reason for...

12 years 9 months ago

How much time does science get in the media where you live? Or does the appearance of science amount to little more than mad scientists in Hollywood movies and advertisement for skin lotion? Then ask - How many real science journalists do you think work in the media?

If the answer to the first is less than 5 minutes per day and 'few' for the latter, then the chances are that your society does not really appreciate knowledge. Knowledge tends to be derived from scientific research.

Compare media cover of science with the time slot that sports get...

12 years 10 months ago

<p><span style="font-size: 9pt; font-family: ">Let me introduce myself: I usually blog for RealClimate.org and occasionally for One-degree (climate.weather.com), where I write about issues that I know well: climate science.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> </span><span style="font-size: 9pt; font-family: "><br /> Here at JustMeans, I will step outside my field of expertise, and ask questions about things that do not seem to make sense. There is a risk that things do not make sense because I'm ignorant about the issue....