Tuesday, March 16, 2010

... there's an app for that!

Let's say you're in line at Starbucks on an unseasonably chilly morning, and someone says, "Damn, it's cold! Guess there's no such thing as global warming."


A) That doesn't make logical sense.
B) We know that global warming is happening.

But ...

C) Not many of us have the scientific expertise to swiftly counter crazy arguments against global warming and the human cause.

Thank goodness for Skeptical Science. On their website, they provide scientific counter-arguments for the most common claims lobbed against those of us who believe that global warming is happening. Not only do they have an easy-to-use website (just click on the skeptic's argument and get your response), but they also have an iPhone app -- for your spur-of-the-moment defenses of science.

And in case you're wondering what to say in the Starbucks line: Weather and climate are not the same thing. While we may have days of extreme weather, we are seeing an increase in daily record high temperatures. In short, in the big picture view, temperatures are increasing, even though we still get cold days.


grace said...

this is only tangentially related to your post, but i thought you might appreciate the beauty and the sidenotes:

Catfish said...

Thanks for sharing that, Grace! So beautiful.