A recent, long form lecture by Stephen Schneider that is a good primer for beginners as well as a welcome review for climate buffs.  Pay attention to how big complex ideas are communicated in simple sentences and images.

We lost Stephen Schneider today.  More later.

Monday Music Break

July 19, 2010

Gold, Guns, Girls – by Metric

We can’t fight the good fight without good music.

I’m going to start adding some to this blog. I’m open to suggestions. This first one came from Kimberley Thee, who hosted the short lived “Climate TV” interview series that I participated in this past spring. Kim is now working on a new project at http://www.socialcyclone.org/, which uses the track above as part of the background music. Looks like something worth watching….

The Mind of the Denier

July 13, 2010

Former White House attorney John Dean discusses research on the authoritarian mind, and in doing so, sheds light on the impenetrable, hermetically sealed logic loop that is climate denialism.

It happens that I came across another piece tonight from the Boston Globe, How Facts Backfire, that also discusses how science uncovers disquieting truths about democracy, media, and the mind.

“In the end, truth will out. Won’t it?

Maybe not. Recently, a few political scientists have begun to discover a human tendency deeply discouraging to anyone with faith in the power of information. It’s this: Facts don’t necessarily have the power to change our minds. “

Our continued dependence on fossil fuels compromises the security of every nation.

Climate Deniers align themselves with those that would keep us on the cycle of boom and bust, terror and war, shortage and famine.

But the world is waking up, and the professionals who take a clear eyed view of the scientific realities are leading the way.

I spent the fourth pulling together some clips I’d been saving up for weeks.

Climate change is a national security issue above all others, for every nation, and will be for several centuries. That’s if we’re lucky. Read the rest of this entry »