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Uncertainty? In science, 95% certainty is the gold standard

“In science, 95 percent certainty is often considered the gold standard for certainty.” - Seth Borenstein Associate Press science writer

To change the world, first change the story—Andy Goodman

"If you want to change the world for the better, first you have to change the story."

The greenhouse effect isn’t rocket science

‘The science behind the greenhouse effect was simple enough to have been widely understood by the mid 19th century, when the light bulb and ...

Skepticism vs. Denial

Skepticism = looking at all the evidence before drawing a conclusion. Denial = rejecting any evidence that does not support your preferred, ...

Scientist to write plain English?  Like asking cat to bark

"It should be possible to write about science in plain English, though asking a scientist to do that is like asking a cat to bark."— Dr. Ric ...

Responsibility (personal and for the planet) is a Republican value

"Responsibility is a big Republican theme. Why should we not take responsibility for what we are collectively doing to the climate system?" ...

Replace "ands" with "buts" and "therefores

Replace your "ands" with "buts" or "therefores." It makes for better writing —Trey Parker, writer of South Park, on the art of storytellin ...

No warming since 1998? It's like the tail wagging the dog

'When you focus on just atmospheric heat to measure global warming, it's like tracking the tip of your dog’s tail to determine its location, ...

Don't like big government? Then act now to solve climate change

"I do not want the government telling me what to do. But, the longer we wait, the worse this problem gets...then you are going to see a lot ...

Don't fear global warming but do fear local climate destabilization

"Unfortunately, the focus remains mostly on “global warming” instead of on the bigger concern—that we are disrupting the planet’s climate in ...

Climate is the canvas and weather is what is painted on it

“Climate is the canvas and weather is what is painted on it. Humans have changed the climate so now all weather is affected by us.” – Scott ...

Are models wrong? No, they're 'useful'.

“Essentially, all models are wrong, but some are useful” — George E. P. Box

A political issue? Ultimately, it's an argument of humans vs. physics

"(Climate Change) is ultimately an argument of humans vs. physics. It is not Republicans vs. Democrats, liberals vs conservatives, or envir ...

'Clean Coal'; a breakthrough —in marketing?

" 'Clean coal' represents a breakthrough —in the marketing of coal. But it does not represent a breakthrough in the burning of coal." ...

"Global Warming is a misnomer..."—John Holdren

"The popular term 'global warming' is a misnomer. It implies something uniform, gradual, mainly about tempera­ture, and quite possibly ben ...