Archives for January 2007

Global Climate Change Report

Writing from England, I’ve noticed great coverage in the newspapers regarding the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Report on Global Climate Change. The first phase of the report will be released on Friday in Paris. Pre-publication reports indicate that CO2 emissions have caused global warming, and the indicators such as as the reduction in glacial ice (continental and […]

Teaching About Climate Change

There was an article today in the New York Times New Warnings on Climate Change by Andrew Revkin. Revkin is a science reporter for the NY Times, and author of book on climate change entitled The North Pole Was Here: Puzzles and Perils at the Top of the World. The book is for 6th graders […]

NASA's Earth-Sensing Satellites Getting Old

Satellites orbiting the earth have provided Earth Scientists will information that is used to study many parameters important to scientific investigation of Planet Earth. Paramters such as sea level, motions of the earth, glacial ice, and others are measured. In a report, Earth Science and Applications from Space: National Imperatives for the Next Decade and […]

NASA’s Earth-Sensing Satellites Getting Old

Satellites orbiting the earth have provided Earth Scientists will information that is used to study many parameters important to scientific investigation of Planet Earth. Paramters such as sea level, motions of the earth, glacial ice, and others are measured. In a report, Earth Science and Applications from Space: National Imperatives for the Next Decade and […]

Risk Assessment Plan Judged "Flawed" by National Research Council

The Bush administration’s Office of Management and Budget prepared a plan to change the rules determining whether chemicals and other products pose risks to human health. The plan was reviewed by The National Research Council, and they concluded that the report was seriously flawed, should be thrown out, and the OMB should start all over! […]

Risk Assessment Plan Judged “Flawed” by National Research Council

The Bush administration’s Office of Management and Budget prepared a plan to change the rules determining whether chemicals and other products pose risks to human health. The plan was reviewed by The National Research Council, and they concluded that the report was seriously flawed, should be thrown out, and the OMB should start all over! […]

Stem Cell Bill Passes House

Today the US House of Representatives passed another stem cell bill by a vote of 253 to 174. The bill would authorize federal support for research using stem cells derived from excess embryos that fertility clinics would otherwise discard. President Bush vetoed the bill the last time it came to his desk, and he has […]

California: The Environmental Action State

In the past year the Governor of California has challenged the “environmentally challenged” to listen to scientific research on important issues about the environment, health, biological research, and respect for work. In a Washington Post article, many of these ideas were summarized on the heels of Gov. Schwarzenegger’s State of the State Address. There are […]

Continents A-G0-Go

There was very interesting article in the NY Times online newspaper today entitled Long-Term Global Forecast? Fewer Continents. The article discussed plate tectonics, and the work being done by some geologist in using data to make predictions about the where the plates and continents will be 50 million to 100 million years into the future. […]

The Federal Budget Stymies Science Research

Since I am in the Washington DC area, I thought it was appropriate to write about an issue that crosses science research with the U.S. Congress. Last year, Congress passed only 2 (military & domestic security, eg. the wars in the Middle East) out of 11 spending bills, and froze the rest at 2006 levels. […]

The Grand Canyon and Noah's Flood

Huh? I was listening to a local radio show today, when I heard the show’s host claim that rangers at the Grand Canyon National Park can not tell visitors the age of the Grand Canyon because it might offend creationists. And in the Canyon bookstore is a book for sale that claims that the Grand […]

The Grand Canyon and Noah’s Flood

Huh? I was listening to a local radio show today, when I heard the show’s host claim that rangers at the Grand Canyon National Park can not tell visitors the age of the Grand Canyon because it might offend creationists. And in the Canyon bookstore is a book for sale that claims that the Grand […]

Teaching Global Warming and Climate Change

I thought I would start the new year on the subject of global warming or global heating, as some have called it. How should the topic of global warming be approached in a middle or high school class? That’s what I’d like to talk about. In 2006, there were a number of events that called […]