A week ago I received an email that sparked this post. An Appeal to the Public to Not Visit Iceland Until Icelandic Whaling Stops Online environmental activist and CEO of FISH4TRAVEL, INC., Robert Bennett, is asking thousands of people every day not to visit Iceland until the country stops killing whales. A website named rescuethewhales.org . . . → Read More: From The Editor’s Desk: Is Icelandic Whaling Bad?
Dear DSN staff and readers, 2010 has been a great year for us. We hope you have enjoyed the new additions to the place (Miriam, Rickmac and Dr Bik) as much as Dr M and I have. Lots of posts on lots of different things ocean related, dominated necessarily by the oil catastrophe. We will . . . → Read More: From the Editor’s Desk: Merry Squidmas!
YouCut – a first-of-its-kind project – is designed to defeat the permissive culture of runaway spending in Congress. It allows you to vote, both online and on your cell phone, on spending cuts that you want to see the House enact. As part of the Youcut project, Representatives Adrian Smith and Eric Cantor earlier this . . . → Read More: From the Editor’s Desk: Public Funding of Science
Apparently there is a study underway that is setting out to empirically determine the ole adage that trawling is bad for the environment, as reported by New Scientist (link to pdf). This is a tale that has been handed down orally from generation to generation of conservationists. Sometimes when a story is repeated many times, . . . → Read More: From the Editor’s Desk: Benefits of Bottom Trawling and Other Assorted Fairy Tales
While I had a completely different post already 60% written for this week’s column, I was struck by a few recent posts about various ways to promote science, which I will outline here. In a sincere defense of the Science Cheerleaders project (see video below), Andrea Kuszewski makes a fascinating analogy about the OCD (obsessive . . . → Read More: From the Editor’s Desk: Quantifying Outreach to the Cult of Science
Obama’s Pledge on the Environment “We cannot afford more of the same timid politics when the future of our planet is at stake. Global warming is not a someday problem, it is now. We are already breaking records with the intensity of our storms, the number of forest fires, the periods of drought. By 2050 . . . → Read More: From the Editor’s Desk: Obama and the Environment
In 2007, there was a peer-reviewed article published by Arthur Robinson, Noah Robinson, and Willie Soon titles “Environmental Effects of Increased Carbon Dioxide.” Just focusing on the title, what is the first that comes to your mind? Do you think this is an article describing the latest research on how human-generated carbon dioxide emissions . . . → Read More: From the Editor’s Desk: Confronting Climate Contrarianism
From the Editor’s Desk is a new weekly series with posts occurring regularly on Monday. Kevin and I will trade the hot seat every other week. Each post will provide commentary on a wide variety of issues, offer solutions, and hopefully generate dialogue. Only 28 percent of the United States adult population is scientifically literate, . . . → Read More: From The Editor’s Desk: Stop Being Such a Journalist