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- The Frigid Golden Age: Climate Change, the Little Ice Age, and the Dutch Republic, 1560–1720 (Studies in Environment and History) Dagomar Degroot September 17, 2021
- Empires of Knowledge: Scientific Networks in the Early Modern World September 17, 2021
- 1831 Proposal for a Black College in New Haven with Michael Morand: Mondays at Beinecke 9/13/21 September 16, 2021
- Spanning Oceans – Bridging Traditions: Libraries, the Global Humanities & the “Overview Effect” in a Digitized World September 16, 2021
- Noam Chomsky Lectures on Modern-Day American Imperialism: Middle East and Beyond September 15, 2021
- Lincoln Project’s Steve Schmidt “There’s a Battle for Control of MAGA Empire ” | Amanpour and Company September 15, 2021
- Calm During COVID: Mindful Breathing September 15, 2021
- Reckoning with History: Michael Morand on 1748 Map of New Haven, Mondays at Beinecke, Feb. 15, 2021 September 15, 2021
- Cartography & Colonialism: European Imaging and Imagining of the “Dark Continent” from the“Age of Exploration” to the “Scramble” for its Control September 15, 2021
- 1177 B.C.: When Civilization Collapsed | Eric Cline September 14, 2021
- Biden Pushes $3.5 Trillion Climate Change Solution September 14, 2021
- We need IMMEDIATE action to stop extinction crisis, David Attenborough – BBC September 14, 2021
- The Day the Mesozoic Died: The Asteroid That Killed the Dinosaurs — HHMI BioInteractive Video September 14, 2021
- Evolution: Extinction (PBS Documentary) September 14, 2021
- CDC director on COVID boosters, global vaccine supply, evolving virus science September 14, 2021
- The Barbary States – The Final Years September 14, 2021
- Introduction to the James Weldon Johnson Memorial Collection with Curator Melissa Barton September 14, 2021
- W E B Du Bois Collection September 14, 2021
- David Blight on James Weldon Johnson: Mondays at Beinecke, June 7, 2021 September 14, 2021
- Celebrating E.C. Schroeder’s Retirement from the Beinecke Library September 14, 2021
- Should creationism be taught in British schools? – Newsnight September 14, 2021
- Inspiring Knowledge: Professor Alice Roberts and Vesalius’ anatomy September 14, 2021
- Ethiopic Manuscripts and Global Books with Kristen Herdman: Mondays at Beinecke, June 21, 2021 September 14, 2021
- Winterthur Museum, Care in Handling, Chapter 4, Books September 14, 2021
- French Bibliomaniacs (book collectors)-CBS Sunday Morning September 14, 2021
- Collecting Rare Books – Rebecca Romney September 14, 2021
- About Bauman Rare Books September 14, 2021
- Handling Harvard’s Special Collections September 14, 2021
- Using the Reading Room and Handling Materials in the Beinecke Library September 14, 2021
- Hiroshima September 14, 2021
- Hear a $15 Million Stradivarius | Now Hear This | Great Performances on PBS September 14, 2021
- McNamara’s Folly: The Use of Low-IQ Troops in the Vietnam War September 14, 2021
- Noam Chomsky on Afghanistan (Post-9/11) September 14, 2021
- Starving for a deal: Food prices Skyrocket September 13, 2021
- Captured at Sea (Atelier: Ethnographic Inquiry in the Twenty-First Century) (Volume 3): Jatin Dua September 13, 2021
- How to Lie with Statistics by Darrell Geis Huff September 13, 2021
- How to Lie with Maps (2nd Edition): Mark Monmonier, H. J. de Blij September 13, 2021
- Whose Narrative? 20 Years since September 11, 2001 September 12, 2021
- Turning Point: 9/11 and the War on Terror | Official Trailer | Netflix September 12, 2021
- Shock and Awe Official Trailer #1 (2018) Woody Harrelson, Jessica Biel Iraq War Movie HD September 12, 2021
- Future of Work | Farming and the Technological Revolution | PBS September 12, 2021
- Does messaging with fear really work? September 12, 2021
- If I just explain the facts, they’ll get it, right? September 12, 2021
- “Turning Point”: Legacy of the U.S. Response to 9/11 Is Terror, Dome stic Surveillance & Drones September 12, 2021
- John Pilger on Afghanistan: US Military a Killing Machine! & How The Taliban Went From Ally to Enemy September 12, 2021
- Not Only What To Eat, But When To Eat It September 12, 2021
- DOJ Sues Texas Over Restrictive Abortion Law September 12, 2021
- Climate change is raising sea levels. A new study says it’s impossible to reverse September 12, 2021
- Tipping Points in our Earth System: Highly Nonlinear Cascading Feedbacks: 2 of 2 September 12, 2021
- Science Update: 2 C or not 2 C September 12, 2021
Daily Archives: September 2, 2017
In July, a new Florida state law took effect that permits any resident of the state to object to textbooks that are used in classrooms. While the law doesn’t explicitly mention science, teachers like Brandon Haught, co-founder of the non-profit Florida Citizens for Science, are concerned that the subject may get swept up in the broad legal language.
The Florida bill is the first of its kind, but there have been other attempts at passing similar ones in states across the nation. Haught and Julie Palakovich Carr, a science policy expert, talk about what the passing of this bill means for science curriculum and teachers in Florida, and other similar policies in other states.
2nd September 2017
The media avoids the subject of climate breakdown – to do otherwise is to bring the entire infrastructure of thought crashing down
By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 29 August 2017
It is not only Donald Trump’s government that censors the discussion of climate change; it is the entire body of polite opinion. This is why, though the links are clear and obvious, the majority of news reports on Hurricane Harvey have made no mention of the human contribution.
In 2016, the United States elected a president who believes that human-driven global warming is a hoax. It was the hottest year on record, in which the US was hammered by a series of climate-related disasters. Yet the total combined coverage for the entire year on the evening and Sunday news programmes on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox News amounted to 50 minutes. Our greatest predicament, the issue that will define our lives, has been blotted from our minds.
This is not an accident. But nor (with the exception of Fox News) is it likely to be a matter of policy. It reflects a deeply ingrained and scarcely conscious self-censorship. Reporters and editors ignore the subject because they have an instinct for avoiding trouble. To talk about climate breakdown (which in my view is a better term than the curiously bland labels we attach to this crisis) is to question not only Donald Trump, not only current environmental policy, not only current economic policy, but the entire political and economic system.
By Ashley Braun • Wednesday, August 30, 2017 – 13:48
With the next round of United Nations climate talks scheduled for November, eyes will be trained on how the United States chooses to engage — or not — now that President Donald Trump is withdrawing the country from the landmark Paris Climate Agreement. Yesterday, Secretary of State and former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson indicated that this process will not happen through the State Department’s Special Envoy for Climate Change, because, well, he’s scrapping the position.
In a letter to Senate Foreign Relations chair Bob Corker (R-TN), Tillerson wrote, “I believe that the Department will be able to better execute its mission by integrating certain envoys and special representative offices within the regional and functional bureaus, and eliminating those that have accomplished or outlived their original purpose.”
“The position of climate envoy was established by Barack Obama in 2009 and was filled by Todd Stern until 2016. The envoy for Obama’s last year in office was Jonathan Pershing, who left the political appointment when the government changed in January this year.
The special envoy was the US’ diplomatic figurehead, a position Stern used to become one of the major forces behind the eventual shape of the Paris deal, right down to the 11th hour wrangling over a troublesome ‘typo’ in the text.”
State Department Scales Back on Climate
The move came as part of a larger streamlining and reorganizing of the State Department, which for months has been scaling back its focus on climate issues.
Shortly after Trump’s inauguration, the State Department’s web page for the Office of Global Change, which operates under the climate envoy, switched up its description, replacing most of the original text with more passive language.
By Connor Gibson • Tuesday, August 29, 2017 – 09:55
A breakthrough study from Harvard unearths the extent Exxon has gone to in order to destroy the public’s trust in climate change science.
Last week, Harvard University researchers Geoffrey Supran and Naomi Oreskes (of Merchants of Doubt fame) published the first peer-reviewed study comparing ExxonMobil’s internal and external communications on climate change.
The abstract of the Supran and Oreskes study shows that ExxonMobil’s own scientists and executives had a much sharper understanding of climate science than the company told the public (emphasis added):
“Accounting for expressions of reasonable doubt, 83 percent of peer-reviewed papers and 80 percent of internal documents acknowledge that climate change is real and human-caused, yet only 12 percent of advertorials do so, with 81 percent instead expressing doubt. We conclude that ExxonMobil contributed to advancing climate science — by way of its scientists’ academic publications — but promoted doubt about it in advertorials. Given this discrepancy, we conclude that ExxonMobil misled the public.”
Cindy republished many of ExxonMobil’s New York Times advertorials back in 2015. This was right as investigative reporters at InsideClimate News and the Los Angeles Times revealed the extent of knowledge among Exxon’s own scientists that burning fossil fuels caused unnatural global warming.
With these revelations in mind, Cindy recalled a peer-reviewed study in the journal Public Relations Review on “advertorials” or “op-ads” that Mobil Oil paid to have published in the New York Times. The authors of that study, Clyde Brown and Herbert Waltzer, reviewed 819 New York Times advertorials that Mobil placed “every Thursday” from 1985 to 2000.
Using a subscription database called ProQuest, Greenpeace found that Exxon and Mobil’s op-ads went back at least as far as 1974, and continued until at least 2004. This was years after Exxon and Mobil merged to form the world’s largest non-government oil corporation in 1999. Combined with evidence published by reporters showing the degree to which Exxon and Mobil’s own scientists understood the global warming phenomenon and its root in human fossil fuel combustion, the advertorials take on new meaning.
These oil companies were not as naive or uncertain as they long pretended to be, up until the point that denying the science was no longer possible. It turns out, they knew the entire time, and they appear to have intentionally deceived the public.