JAMA Calls for Papers of Climate Change Harm

News Brief by Kip Hansen   JAMA Network Open,  an online open-access journal of the American Medical Association,  has published  “Climate Change and Health —  Call for Papers” from authors  Drs. Frederick P. Rivara and Stephan D. Fihn, Editor and Deputy Editor of JAMA Network Open.  It is a good thing that they have published…

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Public Radio: Things Ill-Considered

Guest Essay by Kip Hansen   Public Radio is the United States’ sort-of-analog of the United Kingdom’s BBC.  While there is a National Public Radio,  the various stations in the network are independently owned, usually by public bodies like universities — and subscribe to content from NPR and other content producers such as American Public…

Climate Catastrophe News Cabal Ramps Up

Guest Essay by Kip Hansen The Columbia Journalism Review,  “The voice of journalism”, has been organizing and promoting “a project co-founded by CJR and The Nation aimed at strengthening the media’s focus on the climate crisis.”  This effort is called “Covering Climate Now”. I have covered this [propaganda] campaign before here at WUWT in an…

Caution: Pretty Pictures Can Fool You

Guest Essay by Kip Hansen   In today’s digital and Internet-of-Things  world, it is easy to transform information into images — graphs, charts and other visuals that are colorful and informative.  Modern math and statistical software packages can do it all for you with a few clicks of your mouse or taps on the screen. …

Amazon Fires Update

News Brief by Kip Hansen   The news channels, newspapers, news sites and the Twit-o-verse are full of “the Amazon is burning!”  some of this was covered in here as “Amazon Fire History Since 2003” by Les Johnson  on August 23. Years ago, I asked the question “What Are They Really Counting?”.  Always an important…

Meatless Diet?

  News Brief by Kip Hansen   From the NY Times’ seemingly unlimited stockpile of odd activist efforts on behalf of “The Climate” — we have a new entry that landed in my email box today [it could land in yours too if you subscribe to the newsletter, Climate Fwd:] —     What if…

July 2019 – Hottest July Ever?

News Brief by Kip Hansen   The press is again awash with the latest hysterical news that July 2019 was the hottest July ever!  NOAA Data Confirms July Was Hottest Month Ever Recorded by Henry Fountain  appeared in the NY Times’ barely credible feature Climate Fwd:. The piece was prompted by a NOAA Press release:…

How’d They Calculate That?

News Brief by Kip Hansen   There are two recent stories in the NY Times that bring up a curious seemingly inconsequential oddity of mathematical computing.  They are both written by Steven Strogatz — in time order they were: “The Math Equation That Tried to Stump the Internet” and then, two days later, “That Vexing…

Why You Shouldn’t Draw Trend Lines on Graphs

Guest essay by Kip Hansen What we call a graph is more properly referred to as “a graphical representation of data.”  One very common form of graphical representation is “a diagram showing the relation between variable quantities, typically of two variables, each measured along one of a pair of axes at right angles.” Here at…