Add Galileo’s controversies to the list of stuff about which Ted Cruz knows nothing

Just as I was getting a little bored with mocking Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz, another irresistibly delicious angle has come to my attention. In an interview yesterday with a Texas newspaper, Cruz haughtily likened his own global-warming denialism with the courage of Galileo Galilei (above), the legendary Italian physicist, mathematician, engineer, astronomer, and philosopher. Cruz said: “Today the global warming alarmists are the equivalent of the flat-Earthers. You know, it used to be it is accepted scientific wisdom the Earth...

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With regard to climate change, is Alaska the canary in the coal mine?

We residents of the lower 48 states tend not to pay much attention to conditions in Alaska — a tendency we probably would do well to correct. The fact of the matter is that Alaska, ordinarily the coldest of our states, is experiencing global warming with a vengeance. How bad is it? THIS bad: Alaska is heating up at twice the rate of the rest of the country—a canary in our climate coal mine. A new report shows that warming in Alaska, along with the rest of the Arctic, is accelerating as the loss of snow and ice cover begins to set off a...

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Fact-checkers roundly debunk Fox News claim that global warming is a hoax

Last week, the British newspaper The Telegraph carried a column purporting to show that climate scientists have been fudging temperature data and thereby creating “the biggest science scandal ever.” Global-warming deniers among American right-wingers touted the column like crazy, but to little serious avail. Credentialed sources immediately shot down the story, and that was pretty much the end of that. But before we let the matter go, it behooves us to examine how the folks at PolitiFact DEBUNKED the treatment afforded the story...

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New study shows that sea-level rise is far worse than previously thought

Scientists have developed a more accurate way of measuring sea levels than previously employed, and they don’t like what they’ve found. A new study published this week in the journal Nature shows that seas have risen dramatically faster because of global warming and other factors  than had been suspected. The Washington Post has more HERE: [T]he new method involves an advanced statistical model that analyzes all of the factors contributing to sea rise. It has yielded what appears to be a much more accurate picture of the oceans...

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Prominent physicist, a former global-warming denier, admits he was wrong

Physicist Richard Muller of the University of California was a hero to climate denialists — until he started the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature project and discovered that he had been wrong. In the video below, Muller explains his conversion.  

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