Snow Proves That Global Warming Doesn't Exist
It was a hot few weeks for global warming deniers like George Will and Matt Drudge. That is until a winter storm slammed the East Coast and buried any chance of intelligent conversation in a pile of dirty snow.
George Will trotted out the same shoddy reasoning that conservatives have employed for years to insinuate that global warming is a lie, first igniting a throwdown on the science blogosphere and then attempting to defend himself in a followup. (For a step-by-step analysis of Will's flaws, check out Carl Zimmer). And today, once again confusing weather with climate, Matt Drudge had a laugh at politicians grounded by the massive snowstorm that prevented them from reaching a global warming conference.
Meanwhile, back in the realm of real science, another study raises alarm. A scientist from the University of Texas calculated that the massive Wenchuan earthquakes that shook China last May might be responsible for a whole lot of carbon emissions—as much as two percent of the total world emissions from fossil fuels. That's because the quakes caused mudslides, which killed and buried trees and those trees will release their stored CO2 as they decay. The mudslides will also cause the ecosystem to lose nitrogen, with 14 percent of it spewed into the air as nitrous oxide.
Seeing that there are enough horrible realities in life that we can't control, isn't it about time to act on the things we can? George Will and other deniers want to suck us in to refighting the battle over whether humans caused global warming, a debate that should've ended years ago. The best questions now are about what to do in the future. That's a discussion worthy of a venerable columnist and his high-profile platform.
Upstreamism advocate Rishi Manchanda calls us to understand health not as a "personal responsibility" but a "common good."
- Upstreamism tasks health care professionals to combat unhealthy social and cultural influences that exist outside — or upstream — of medical facilities.
- Patients from low-income neighborhoods are most at risk of negative health impacts.
- Thankfully, health care professionals are not alone. Upstreamism is increasingly part of our cultural consciousness.
The Bajau people's nomadic lifestyle has given them remarkable adaptions, enabling them to stay underwater for unbelievable periods of time. Their lifestyle, however, is quickly disappearing.
- The Bajau people travel in small flotillas throughout the Phillipines, Malaysia, and Indonesia, hunting fish underwater for food.
- Over the years, practicing this lifestyle has given the Bajau unique adaptations to swimming underwater. Many find it straightforward to dive up to 13 minutes 200 feet below the surface of the ocean.
- Unfortunately, many disparate factors are erasing the traditional Bajau way of life.
We explore the history of blood types and how they are classified to find out what makes the Rh-null type important to science and dangerous for those who live with it.
- Fewer than 50 people worldwide have 'golden blood' — or Rh-null.
- Blood is considered Rh-null if it lacks all of the 61 possible antigens in the Rh system.
- It's also very dangerous to live with this blood type, as so few people have it.
An innovation may lead to lifelike evolving machines.
- Scientists at Cornell University devise a material with 3 key traits of life.
- The goal for the researchers is not to create life but lifelike machines.
- The researchers were able to program metabolism into the material's DNA.
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