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I knew coral reefs were in trouble, but I didn't know it was THIS bad!
Happy Birthday, Earth Day! What on Earth honors Earth Day’s 42nd anniversary on April 22nd with a collection of Earth Day fun facts.
Let’s take a look at the climate-change-related topics that appear in today’s comic strip:A selective mistrust of scientists, especially with regards to certain hot-button issues.
Do you love your mobile electronic devices with a passion? Are you deeply concerned about our changing climate? Now you can indulge your intense passion and profound fear at the same time!
Which of the following statements is accurate, and which is outlandish?-Letting animals graze in an arctic region as they did in the last ice age will keep permafrost frozen and lower the area’s temperature.-Letting trees grow naturally in drought-riddled regions leads to more fertile soil.-Plowing a field causes rain.
Early November brought Alaska its worst storm in decades. It was described as “historic,” “epic,” and “massive.”While there is debate about the effect anthropogenic climate change has on current weather, there is increasing evidence Alaska’s recent storm (and, even more clearly, coastal hurricanes) have human fingerprints all over them.
Welcome to the final installment of the “What on Earth?” Climate Change Conspiracy Theory Week. If you haven’t seen our earlier installments, please use the links at the bottom of this post to satisfy all your climate change conspiracy needs.
In our third installment of Climate Change Conspiracy Theory Week, we take on the greedy climate scientists who tell us our planet is warming just so they can continue their lifestyle of lavish parties, reality show franchises and tricked-out Hummer stretch limos.
We start What on Earth? Climate Change Conspiracy Theory Week with a very popular one: climate scientists falsify data. Scientists have been portrayed as incompetent idealogues, who use fake science “crap” to help along global warming.
One reason I’m skeptical about global warming is that it hasn’t been studied for very long. I know scientists in the 1970s were worried about an ice age instead of global warming. Did they start studying global warming in the 80′s??
We can all take steps to cumulatively reduce our society’s use of fossil fuels. Energy efficient light bulbs, recycling, and taking public transportation to name a few. Saying these efforts don’t matter is like saying your vote doesn’t count — the sentiment is understandable but untrue. People can say the same thing about voting, but we occasionally have very close elections don’t we?
This summer, two Canadian ice shelves that were in place before Europeans settled the area have been melting … a lot.
The world gets warmer. Frozen ground melts. Stuff that’s been trapped in the ice now escapes and adds to the greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. The world gets even warmer. And on it goes…
. The good folks at 350.org, a global campaign and network that works with grassroots organizers in 188 countries, are at it again. They’ve planned another one of their wild and wacky worldwide rallies for tomorrow, September 24, 2011. It’s … Continue reading →
X Let’s hear it for energy efficiency! It reduces climate-warming CO2 emissions from power generation. It makes the replacement of highly productive fossil fuels with alternative energy sources a little less daunting. And it got a boost from 2007’s Energy … Continue reading →
CHECK OUT OUR SPECIAL APPEARANCE ON THE HUFFINGTON POST! Hope you enjoy the new WOE there AND here on Science Friday. We’d love to hear your comments. The rabbit (or is it a hare?) in today’s strip wants the cockroach … Continue reading →
Research firm IBISWorld has identified the United States’ top 10 fastest growing fields during the span between 2000 and 2016. Their findings are encouraging to anyone who wants to see growth in environmentally-friendly industries. Voice Over Internet Protocol Providers … Continue reading →
. One of the biggest obstacles to using solar power on a massive scale is our lack of a proper storage system — after all, the sun doesn’t shine 24/7. Now MIT Chemistry professor Dr. Daniel Nocera has announced the … Continue reading →
. “How can scientists know what happened 100,000 years ago? I’m not buying it!” “The planet’s not getting warmer — in fact, it’s getting colder!” “Any changes we see are because of natural cycles.” If you have made these statements, … Continue reading →
. “What on Earth?” Auto Week concludes. Let’s add this up: Bebbo and Kito have recently talked about a solar panel design that’s twice as effective as traditional panels at pulling energy from sunlight, technology that dramatically reduces the lost … Continue reading →
Engines roaring… tires screeching… solar panels gleaming… To effectively combat global warming, the international community will ultimately have to stage the fight with a coordinated, large-scale effort. In the meantime it’s encouraging to see people, towns and businesses taking … Continue reading →
Climate change could cause 70% of U.S. counties to face water shortages or similar issues by 2050. When the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change shared the Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore in 2007, some friends of mine wondered … Continue reading →
The equation behind human-induced climate change is as simple as 1+2=3. Welcome to Global Warming 101. It’s the first of a four-part series aimed at the staunchest of climate change skeptics. Rather than having the goal of convincing skeptics manmade … Continue reading →
A-E ACID RAIN Pollution can cause acid rain which has reduced fish population numbers, decreased biodiversity, killed trees, damaged cars’ paint jobs, and more. It’s affected parts of Europe, Canada, China, Taiwan the United States. Government regulation has gone a … Continue reading →
The red fox moves into his smaller cousin’s territory and acts like he owns the place. As climate change warms up the Arctic, conditions become less and less favorable to the arctic fox. It’s harder to find their normal diet … Continue reading →
Things are heating up at the North Pole, so Mr. Kringle night want to explore his options. The Catlin Arctic Survey team spent three months in the Arctic measuring ice thickness and doing analysis. They found the ice is thinner, … Continue reading →
97% of climate scientists believe humans cause global warming. At least it’s not unanimous. Suppose you were feeling out of sorts and went to your family doctor, a general practitioner. The G.P said you had a serious illness that needed … Continue reading →
It’s time for preseason football which means…Bebbo and Kito will disagree, as always. Bebbo must have read the Philadelphia Eagle’s Go Green website. Kito must have read, well, whatever he reads. Not surprisingly, everyone’s favorite horned puffin has a less … Continue reading →
Chris asks: I know scientists use tree rings and ice cores to look for information about climate change. Looking at a tree stump someplace or a sliver of ice at the South Pole? So what? How is that supposed to … Continue reading →
. Ingrid asks: Heavy snows like we had last winter proved to me that global warming is not reality. But I have to admit that the heat waves and droughts a lot of the country got this summer make me … Continue reading →
. Paul asks: Why do people say the climate is warming when I’ve read the world has actually been getting cooler since 1998? Answer: People who make that statement have targeted 1998 because it is the warmest year in history. … Continue reading →
. It may be time to rewrite a classic. Rodgers & Hammerstein’s legendary 1943 musical “Oklahoma!” boldly proclaimed, “You’re doin’ fine, Oklahoma. Oklahoma, OK!” These days, not so much. The past 12 months in Oklahoma have been interesting, to say the … Continue reading →
. Oil makes the world go ’round. You’ve probably heard that was money’s job, but there’s a strong case to be made for oil. We need fossil fuels to make our society function in the manner to which we’ve become … Continue reading →
. Here are a few links for toy companies that are making efforts to be planet-friendly. By no means is this list complete, but I thought it might give readers an idea of how manufacturers are handling the challenge. Please … Continue reading →
. STORY UPDATE 8/13/11: The Prez was in Holland yesterday!!! It was barely over a week ago that I read the story of Obama’s plans to visit Holland. Mayor Dykstra received an email last Thursday announcing the visit, about which … Continue reading →
. Today we talk about flatulence: the most man-made of man-made greenhouse gases. While the topic is giggle-inducing, the fact is that methane and carbon dioxide produced by livestock raised on large-scale farms are contributing significantly to climate change. A … Continue reading →
. In the 1978 film Superman, the Man of Steel’s nemesis (Lex Luthor) plots to trigger a massive earthquake along the San Andreas Fault. Since his plan calls for everything west of the fault line to crash into the ocean, … Continue reading →
. Throughout history, humans have enjoyed a very comfortable climate on Earth, due to the naturally occurring greenhouse effect. So, c’mon kids! Let’s review the greenhouse effect! (Maybe if we ACT like it’s fun, it WILL be. Fake it ’til … Continue reading →
. Your creative idea could be chosen to appear in the September 23rd edition of What on Earth? which highlights Moving Planet, the worldwide event being planned by Bill McKibben’s 350.org environmental organization. Entering the contest is easy: Think of … Continue reading →
. The amount of Northern California land ripe for premium grape-growing (yes… I’m aware of the pun) could be reduced by 50% in the next 30 years. Not only that, researchers say their findings are conservative, since they’re assuming temperatures … Continue reading →
. Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum to Glenn Beck on Fox News: “Drill everywhere…There is no such thing as global warming.” See? Climate scientists sadly needed thousands of dedicated professionals and millions of worldwide tests & readings over the course … Continue reading →
. Environmental writer Andrew Revkin’s tumblelog recently highlighted a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that inspired today’s “What on Earth?” The study analyzed sediment layers along the east coast of the U.S., concluding that sea … Continue reading →
A drawing of you could appear in the July 15th “What on Earth?” comic strip. Here’s how: Use the “What on Earth?” Facebook page to get us your name and photo Tell us your favorite “What on Earth?” character — Bebbo the … Continue reading →
. Two stories caught my eye recently. The first presented an open letter from Australian scientists who are taking to task denialists who perpetuate the phony debate over the existence of anthropogenic climate change. These skeptics capitalize on lay people’s … Continue reading →
. LIDAR: It’s part laser, part radar, ALL awesome. Especially when it comes to figuring out just how much capacity forests have to soak up all that pesky carbon dioxide we’re spewing into the atmosphere. LIght Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) … Continue reading →
. From the Yale e360 article by William Laurance, Distinguished Research Professor and an Australian Laureate at James Cook University in Queensland, Australia: Much attention has been paid to how global warming is affecting the world’s polar regions and glaciers. … Continue reading →
. The Lowe’s home improvement chain is teaming up with California-based Sungevity to make solor power more accesible to the masses. Some California Lowe’s locations will feature customer-friendly self-help kiosks that will email a solar panel installation estimate to the … Continue reading →
. From the UN website: “The UN General Assembly, by its resolution 55/201 of 20 December 2000, proclaimed 22 May as The International Day for Biological Diversity… The UN General Assembly expressed… its deep concern about the continuing loss of … Continue reading →
. When it comes to the effects of climate change, scientists don’t always get it right. Contrary to the belief of many skeptics, though, climatologists’ miscalculations are often due to UNDERestimation, rather than some hysterical exaggeration of global warming’s potential … Continue reading →
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