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African lions on the hunt prowl the edge of a herd, single out one buffalo, then hunt as a pack to separate the individual from the herd and bring it down.   In The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars, … Continue reading

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Guest post by ClimateBites contributing author John Russell.   In November 2011 Dana N. at Skeptical Science produced this striking animated graph called ‘The Escalator.’   The graph clearly demonstrates how critics cherry-pick short periods of time to convince themselves that … Continue reading

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We have to address the fears.     That is my #1 take away climate communication message from the AGU meeting in San Francisco. For many skeptics, resistance to accepting climate science stems primarily from fear, not ignorance or misinformation.    … Continue reading

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Uh oh.   Did you know that your efforts to correct climate misinformation could be backfiring?   That you may be inadvertently be reinforcing the very myths you seek to dislodge? For a quick self-check, download this short guide, The … Continue reading

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This stunning expose of “cherry-picking”—the “skeptic’s” favorite logical fallacy—takes climate charts to a new level.  

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The recently-released BEST* study—which led prominent climate skeptic Dr. Richard Muller to finally accept that “global warming is real“—carries an important lesson for all communicators:    Don’t drive honest skeptics into a corner.   

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Dr. Katharine Hayhoe has a knack for crystal clear graphics.    She strips away the clutter, so the key point jumps out at you. This simple graph delivers a knock-out punch to a favorite cherry-picking ploy:

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“When you counsel someone, you should appear to be reminding him of something he had forgotten, not of the light he was unable to see.”            — Baltasar Gracian (1601-1658) Gracian’s aphorism is a nice touchstone for “tone,” which is … Continue reading

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More all-time favorite climate cartoons in Tools/Humor/Cartoons. We also link to large, searchable  online collections of cartoons related to climate/weather/environment.     Unfortunately, the vast majority of ‘toons are either 1) hostile to climate science, 2) grim and bitter, or 3) both. … Continue reading

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Here’s a great metaphor for explaining why minor errors — inevitable in any large scientific undertaking — do not invalidate  climate science. Skeptics want you to view climate science as a house of cards:   If you pull one card from … Continue reading

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