attribution science.

When a drunk driving accident happens we have no problem implicating alcohol, even though there are countless other elements of the situation that may have contributed.  We all agree though that drunkenness enhances the likelihood of the event.  So we punish drunk drivers.

The climate change ‘debate’ is still focused on the claim that individual weather events can’t  be linked to human activites, which, as it turns out, is false.  Scientists are making great progress in understanding the connection.  What follows from this is that eventually it may lead to accountability; industries being held to blame for death and loss of property.   No wonder there is a ‘war on science.’

Read how scientists are building a body of evidence to attribute individual weather events to climate change here.

 

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this, my lemonade.

One major problem in the world of travel is the high stakes involved with every adventure.  We paint our experiences extraordinary in order to justify the cost, and perhaps to sound culturally sensitive.  I think that each travel experience has its value even if some are less picturesque and blissful than others.  Hell, I’ve been to some places that are serious dumps and in the end I think I can generally say that I am better for having visited.  It’s not the destination after all, but the path we take to get there, right?  Some journeys just happen to take us to places it’s best to keep on moving through.

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what a scientist looks like.

“Why is everyone wearing glasses?”

I’m standing with my six-year-old daughter outside of the entrance to the Science Night hosted by her elementary school.  Families of children at the school were invited to delve into the world of discovery at an array of demo and workstations and of course to eat greasy pizza and have sugary drinks.  (I swear, my kids learned all their bad eating habits at school…).  Students were told in advance that there would be some sort of door prize if they showed up looking like a scientist.

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