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Don’t know much ’bout climatology

Dan Farber, professor of law | January 22, 2015

Why should we believe the scientists about climate change?  Nobody — not even any individual scientist — understand all the details of the 1552-page “summary” of climate science by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). So why buy into the idea that tiny amounts of gases from beneficial energy production can cause devastating global harm? Part of … Continue reading »

Global warming systemically caused Hurricane Sandy

George Lakoff, professor of linguistics | November 5, 2012

Yes, global warming systemically caused Hurricane Sandy — and the Midwest droughts and the fires in Colorado and Texas, as well as other extreme weather disasters around the world. Let’s say it out loud, it was causation, systemic causation. Systemic causation is familiar. Smoking is a systemic cause of lung cancer. HIV is a systemic … Continue reading »

The irony of Todd Akin

Dan Farber, professor of law | August 21, 2012

Missouri Representative Todd Akin’s views about rape and pregnancy are crazy, and he deserves his current political plight.  The irony is that Akin is by no means the most extreme of the current crop of Senate candidates. In fact, in a recent blog post, I decided not to lump him with the other tea party … Continue reading »

The climate misinformation nation

Jayni Foley Hein, former director, Center for Law, Energy & the Environment | May 16, 2012

Scientists are more confident than ever that climate change is happening and is largely caused by human activities.  Yet, according to a recent poll, the American public is less likely to believe that climate change is caused by humans than they were even last year. When it comes to climate science, are we a misinformation … Continue reading »

Trusting your fellow scientist

Anna Goldstein, former grad student, chemistry | March 6, 2012

In my last post, I told you that Berkeley Physics professor Richard Muller is the go-to guy for proof of anthropogenic* climate change. Maybe that strikes you as odd. Why would I look to a physicist for information about our atmosphere? Shouldn’t we be talking with UC Berkeley’s Atmospheric Sciences program instead? Of course, Muller … Continue reading »

The credibility of climate science

Dan Farber, professor of law | October 25, 2011

Climate denialists contend that climate science is either the result of a conspiracy of some kind  or of groupthink plus institutional incentives to support alarmist predictions.  The conspiracy theory makes even less sense than most conspiracy theories, because there would have to be hundreds, perhaps thousands of people involved, scattered across the world at  numerous … Continue reading »