Category Archives: Commentaries & Essays

The Sad Legacy of David Suzuk

By | February 13, 2008

So David Suzuki’s next ‘Nature Challenge’ is apparently challenging students to determine if there isn’t some “legal way of throwing our so-called leaders into jail because what they’re doing [about climate change] is a criminal act”, to quote the National Post (Feb 7, 2008).

A 2,000-Year Global Temperature Record

By | February 12, 2008

Over the past decade, considerable debate existed regarding the temperature history of the Earth on the time scale of millennia. If you followed our discussion on the subject, you know that one camp would like you believe that the highly-publicized warming of the planet over the past century is absolutely unprecedented over the past few thousand years.

The American Geophysical Union’s Official

By | February 6, 2008

The American Geophysical Union (AGU) document entitled Human Impacts on Climate begins with the statement that "the earth’s climate is now clearly out of balance and is warming." It sounds ominous, doesn’t it? But if mere warming or cooling is a sign of being out of balance, one could truthfully say that earth’s climate is almost always "out… Read More »

More Ice Than Ever

By | February 5, 2008

The Washington Post recently ran a shocking above-the-fold article warning us of "Escalating Ice Loss Found in Antarctica." A new paper by Eric Rignot of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory shows a net loss of ice where most scientists thought the opposite would occur.

Examining Threats and Protections for the Polar Bear

By | January 31, 2008

As a Senator for the State of Alaska for the past 39 years, I possess a deep professional and personal interest in the status of our wildlife. Wildlife provides basic subsistence for many of the approximately 120,000 native Alaskans. Consequently, Alaskans take great pride in the sustainable management of our natural resources.

Yes, Virginia, there is a polar bear

By | January 31, 2008

Every eight-year-old knows the polar bears are drowning. “I feel sad for them,” said one friend’s kid the other day as he bundled up for school. Maybe he’d seen those TV ads featuring adorable baby bears with voiceovers by appealing children. “The ice is melting because of global warming,” lisps a little girl over pictures of polar bears… Read More »

Senate Testimony on Polar Bear Listing

By | January 31, 2008

Good morning Chairman Boxer, Senator Inhofe, and members of the Committee. Thank you for the opportunity to speak today. My name is Scott Armstrong. I am a professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. The decision on whether or not to list polar bears under the Endangered Species Act rests heavily on forecasting. I am… Read More »

Witanagemot Justice and Senator Inhofe’s Fancy List

By | January 31, 2008

Anyone interested in the intersection of science and politics has to be watching with some amusement and more than a little dismay at the spectacle of professional immolation that the climate science community has engaged in following the release of Senator James Inhofe’s list of 400+ climate skeptics. The amusement comes from the fact that everyone involved in… Read More »