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04/19/2007


Bill Nye Scolds Climate Change Denying Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn

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This Sunday on Meet the Press, Bill Nye "The Science Guy" and Republican Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (TN) sat down with David Gregory to discuss the science of climate change and whether a correlation can be discerned between America's recent bouts of extreme weather and human created climate change. However, the conversation was stunted by Congresswoman Blackburn's apparent refusal to concede that climate change is real, man-made or possibly influencing weather events such as the Polar Vortex or the drought in California, as Time points out:

“Neither [Bill Nye] nor I are a climate scientist. He is an engineer and actor, I am a member of Congress. And what we have to do is look at the information that we get from climate scientists,” said Blackburn. “There is not agreement around the fact of exactly what is causing this.”

Nye was less than receptive to the congresswoman's introduction of "doubt" into the equation:

“We have overwhelming evidence that the climate is changing. That you cannot tie any one event to that is not the same as doubt about the whole thing,” said Nye. “There is no debate in the scientific community. I encourage the Congresswoman to really look at the facts. You are our leader. We need you to change things, not deny what’s happening...For me, as a guy who grew up in the U.S., I want the U.S. to lead the world in this,” he said. “These are huge opportunities, and the more we mess around with this denial, the less we’re going to get done.”

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White House: 'Don't Believe' That Cold Weather 'Disproves Global Warming' - VIDEO

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The Obama administration is hitting back at global warming deniers and conservatives using cold spells like the recent one brought on by the "polar vortex" as evidence that global warming is not real, in a video posted to the White House website.

Says Obama's science adviser, John Holdren, in the clip: "If you've been hearing that extreme cold spells, like the one we're having in the United States now, disproves global warming, don't believe it."

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Jon Stewart's Angry Balls Blast Wingnuts Denying Climate Change Over Cold Weather: VIDEO

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Jon Stewart's pipes are bursting over conservative pundits denying global warming because of all the cold weather around the country such as - guess who - Donald Trump and the trio at Fox & Friends. The War on Christmas is over and The War on Carbon is on!

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Philippines Delegate Launches Hunger Strike in Emotional Speech at UN Climate Change Conference: VIDEO

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Naderev "Yeb" Sano, a member of the Philippines Climate Change Commission, received a standing ovation a the UN Climate Change conference in Warsaw Tuesday after delivering an emotional speech about the effects of Typhoon Haiyan on his homeland and family and announcing that he was beginning a hunger strike to demand action from the body on climate change.

CNN:

Sano said he will refrain from eating during the 12-day conference "until a meaningful outcome is in sight." He called for "concrete pledges" to the Green Climate Fund -- a U.N. fund aimed at helping developing nations reduce their climate change emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change -- and said he will continue to fast "until we see real ambition on climate action in accordance with the principles of the convention."

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NASA Predicts Drastic Temperature And Precipitation Changes By 2100: VIDEO

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Look out world, things are heating up! A recent study of global climate models has NASA predicting large and uneven temperature and precipitation shifts over the next 87 years (or until the year 2100). A new video indicates the fluctuations through shifting bands of heat and rainfall, and the results don't look pretty.

Of particular interest is the high temperature increase in North America, beginning with the northern stretches of Canada and moving down towards the States. Snow melt, NASA says, will cause less sunlight to be reflected back to space causing that continent to heat up at a faster pace than others. Similarly, the oceans are going to feel the heat less than the rest of Earth's land masses because of their greater ability to absorb the sun's energy. 

Gizmodo reports on NASA's model:

To produce visualizations that show temperature and precipitation changes similar to those included in the IPCC report, the NASA Center for Climate Simulation calculated average temperature and precipitation changes from models that ran the four different emissions scenarios. The final products are visual representations of how much temperature and precipitation patterns would change through 2100 compared to the historical average from the end of the 20th century.

The video shows a scenario where carbon dioxide concentrations reach 670 parts per million by the time we hit 2100. We're currently at 400 parts per million.

Pretty scary, and fascinating, stuff!

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Campaign Proposes Naming Hurricanes After Climate Change Deniers: VIDEO

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A worthy effort:

Since 1954, the World Meteorological Organization has been naming extreme storms after people. But we propose a new naming system. One that names extreme storms caused by climate change, after the policy makers who deny climate change and obstruct climate policy.

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