Survey: WeatherCasters Coming Around on Climate Change


Notes To Ponder:

Had to do it :) Be sure to watch the second clip of Pippa the “Weather-girl” going rogue.

Originally posted on Climate Denial Crock of the Week:

One of the frustrations for climate communicators over the years has been the unwillingness of TV weathercasters to come to grips with climate change.  That’s a big deal, because for a large majority of citizens, the weather guy or gal is the closest thing they ever see to an actual atmospheric scientist.
Most of them are not meteorologists, but rather communication specialists with (maybe) some met 101 courses in their transcript. Many are employed by extremely conservative media organizations, and are loathe to be seen as promoting a “liberal agenda” (science!).

For several years, there have been ongoing efforts by a number of top flight scientists and communicators to reach out and answer questions for this group.  It may be that these efforts, and the accelerated pounding by Mother Nature, are having an effect.

A new survey offers a glimmer of hope.

Below, Pippa the Weather Girl goes Rogue!

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Making Sense of Climate Science Denial


Starting April 28, 2015 Australia’s University of Queensland launches a remarkable first in “open to all” climate denial education. “Making Sense of Climate Science Denial” is the brainchild of John Cook, Queensland Global Change Institute climate communication fellow, and founder of climate science myth debunking website, Skeptical Science.

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2015/apr/21/university-offering-free-online-course-to-demolish-climate-denial

A seven week course – free, and open to all who register – includes interviews with top scientists, lessons on climate science, psychology of popular myths and how people respond to them.

In a perfect world the likes of James Inhofe, Marco Rubio and propagandists at Heartland Institute would register – if for no other reason than to learn their reigning days of asinine stupidity are numbered. “Students” from over 130 countries have signed-up by the thousands to learn how climate denial “fact” is skillfully twisted into mythical “truth”.

“97% of climate scientists agree that humans are causing global warming; however, less than half of Australians are aware of humanity’s role in climate change, while half of the US Senate has voted that humans aren’t causing global warming. This free course explains why there is such a huge gap between the scientific community and the public. Our course looks at what’s driving climate science denial and the most common myths about climate change.” – John Cook

Register on the link below.

https://www.edx.org/course/making-sense-climate-science-denial-uqx-denial101x#!

Another great link from politifact

http://ecowatch.com/2013/09/17/lies-from-climate-change-denying-heartland-institute/

 

Hubble Turns 25


April 24, 2015 marks the 25th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope. Instead of pondering the nuts and bolts of Hubble’s quarter century mission – I offer a symphony composed by Russell Steinberg – a musical expression inspired by, and set to images taken by Hubble.

http://www.space.com/29148-hubble-space-telescope-history-25-years.html

2015 Surrey Vaisakhi – Black and White


Last Saturday’s Vaisakhi celebration in Vancouver might be considered a warm-up for today’s festival in Surrey. Work dictated I preside over brunch, leaving my husband to capture some of the estimated 250,000 participants in black and white.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/15574096@N00/with/16929726480/

When in Drought, Find a Beaver


Notes To Ponder:

Pondering climate change, dire predictions of continued regional global drought and dwindling wetlands brought me back to the humble Beaver.

Originally posted on notestoponder:

I learned something interesting about the Beaver of all things. Once the backbone of  Canadian fur trading, this rather large rodent may adorn our nickel, yet is considered nothing more than a nuisance. Their fur of little value in a world  of synthetic fabric draped political correctness,  the Beaver  inhabit a realm known as pest. In parts of Canada like Porcupine Plains, Saskatchewan they even have a bounty on their seemingly worthless hides.

Not so fast people. According to David Suzuki they could be the most important animal on our planet. It seems their relentless dam building serves a special purpose. By creating ponds, they trap water destined to evaporate from small streams. By building dams they make deep ponds out of trickles the summer sun would have turned to dry creek beds.

Dr Glynnis Hood studied the impact of beavers on water levels in a given landscape. Elk Island…

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New Horizons’ First Colour Photo of Pluto


NASA’s New Horizons probe left Earth over 9 years ago.  Where does nine years find Horizons? 4.8 billion Km. from Earth, barely 3 months away from Pluto and able to transmit the first colour photograph of Pluto and its largest  moon Charon.

This image of Pluto and its largest moon, Charon, was taken by the Ralph color imager aboard NASA's New Horizons spacecraft on April 9 Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute

Still 115 million Km. away, New Horizons first image is being called a “preliminary reconstruction”.  Mark July 14 on your calendar as the anticipated date New Horizons officially enters the “Pluto system” – close enough to capture detailed surface images of areas no wider than a few kilometers, despite traveling at speeds of 50,000 Km/hour.

Discovered by Clyde W. Tombaugh in 1930, Pluto’s brief distinction as ninth planet from the Sun fizzled in 2006 with International Astronomical Union rewriting the definition of “planet”. Tiny Pluto, abut half the width of America, has since answered to the name “dwarf planet”. Size isn’t everything – Pluto holds a planetary designation unique in our solar system, that of “binary planet”. Binary because the largest of Pluto’s 5 known moons is so close in size.

Ponder New Horizons – consider a decade of relentless travel across many billion kilometers of space. Keep in mind New Horizons path, science can’t draw a straight line, gas up a probe, send it on a road trip – consider plotting a course through the labyrinth of space, one that depends on gravitational pull of planets and their moons for propulsion.

I was an 8 years old dreamer when we landed on the moon. The world stopped, holding a collective breath to mark science fiction dissolving into science reality. It saddens my inner dreamer to ask how many 8 year old children today even care about remarkable space missions. Fantastic accomplishment might be commonplace these days, that doesn’t make them ordinary. New Horizons is an extraordinary realization of science. Take a moment to grasp the enormity of mankind’s progress.

http://earthsky.org/space/new-horizons-first-color-pic-of-pluto?utm_source=EarthSky+News&utm_campaign=2fa2f02ccf-EarthSky_News&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c643945d79-2fa2f02ccf-393970565

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