New ‘Climate Science Posts’ sidebar

You asked for a sidebar on climate science, and you got it!

I’ve put up a few possibilities, but I’d like to know what you think should go there.  I don’t think it should be more than 5 to 7 posts, aimed mostly at new visitors (who actually comprise a substantial fraction of visits on any given day).

The full list of my posts on climate science that you can choose from are here.

Hmm.  Looking  at that category makes me realize that it also has posts in it on the disinformers and confusionists.  Maybe I need a new category for  them so that the “science”  category just has articles on climate science.

I’m not  averse to writing an overview post on  climate science basics, but it  might be better just to create a post that links to some of the best resources on CP and the blogosphere on climate science, things like In must-see AGU video, Richard Alley explains “The Biggest Control Knob: Carbon Dioxide in Earth’s Climate History” and, of course, Skeptical Science.

So feel to propose content/links for an “Intro to climate science” post.

16 Responses to New ‘Climate Science Posts’ sidebar

  1. Bill W says:

    Quick take: great idea, Joe. But I’d put the science sidebar above the “most popular posts” (or even higher) to make it easier for new readers to find. As it is, you have to scroll down quite a bit to see it.

  2. Dean says:

    I think that the skepticalscience blog has a good balance of science that is accessible to the public. Their newest post now is “The Fake Scandal of Climategate”. So I would include them in a short list.

  3. DreamQuestor says:

    If I may offer a word of friendly advice, you might make some more space by eliminating the reviews category. The review from Rolling Stone, for example, presupposes that we actually care about anything in that magazine. It seems more like an ego trip than anything useful.

    I think it might also help our cause to emphasize positive developments in climate science in the climate science sidebar: e.g. scientists have solved a specific climate-related mystery or some government/organization has made significant progress reducing emissions. All too often, climate hawks are accused of being too gloomy. I have met many people who think the problem is just too difficult to solve. It would be nice to be able to point to your blog to refute such pessimism.

  4. Paulm says:

    #2 it is gloomy I am afraid.

  5. Steven Leibo says:

    Maybe I am too impressed by prestige and fame but I would put links to authoritative organizations and people from NASA to the National Academy of Sciences, From Cambridge U. to MIT, from the Vatican to some of the mainstream protestant organizations and each link should go to the most definitive statement on their sites that confirms their concern about the climate crisis. Meanwhile I would also have a link to quotes by famous individuals around the world, conservative and liberal alike who have expressed concern. It really is not hard to find such material. I once started a debate with tea party types with nothing but global warming related quotes from famous conservatives. It was quite effective.

  6. RobM says:

    I think you should just tell everyone to read James Hansen’s Storms of My Grandchildren. No additional information is required.

  7. Jared says:

    I would add the NAS article “Expert Credibility in Climate Science”

  8. “I’m not averse to writing an overview post on climate science basics”…

    I’d love that as I want to develop info graphics on climate change that non-readers may actually look at!

  9. Piguibnum says:

    Hi i am new to this community and i am very pleased to have joined it ,i will try my best to be dedicated :)

  10. David B. Benson says:

    Gerrie Rousseau — Please do some graphics along the lines of
    Drought, no water, no food.
    Deluge, no food either.

    Could start with

  11. harvey says:

    The republican party has been taken over by Facists.
    The propaganda they spew would be admired by Goebells.
    Remember, truth does not count, just what you can make people believe.

  12. Thanks. I too would suggest a posts section with just the science and not the deniers. It would be great to have such a link to send to those who want some basic education and refuting of mis-information.

  13. Dear Friends,

    Given the general mind-set, the one driven in our time by economic globalization and the global political economy, it is difficult to believe how change to whatsoever is sustainable could occur. The mantra of endless growth of unsustainable lifestyles and too-big-to succeed corporations appears pervasive and unassailable.

    Gigantic, multinational conglomerates are adamantly engaged in the production of goods (both needed and unnecessary), business and finance, the marvelous edifices housing the great religions, large-scale agriculture, the military complexes. These entities are the actual constructions that drive the process of economic globalization and give the global political economy its leviathan-like structure.

    What you are reporting appears correct. It seems to me that two things could happen. First, an internet-driven transformation of global human consciousness will somehow occur in order to bring about necessary changes in the self-serving, destructive behavior of the fossil fools among us. Second, something embodied in this shift in human consciousness will give rise to completely unexpected, somehow interlocking events like the one which occurred at the city of Jericho in ancient times when “the walls fell down”. Even the leviathans of human enterprise in our days could crumble.

    Recently we witnessed the near collapse of some of the giants of the automobile industry and the virtual implosion of investment houses and big banks on Wall Street. Are the titans of big business and finance not only “too-big-to-fail” but also “too-big-to-succeed” precisely because they are soon to become patently unsustainable on a planet with size, composition and ecology of Earth?

    We have also seen in the past several years the poisonous fruits to be derived from extolling as ‘virtues’ outrageous greed, obscene overconsumption and relentless hoarding of wealth by many too many leaders. Never in the course of human events have so few stolen so much from so many….with a sense of pride. That these people reward each other with medals and awards for their pernicious activities is shameful. I believe we can agree that the unbridled overgrowth activities of the masters of the universe now overspreading the surface of Earth can much longer stand neither the test of time nor the biophysical limitations of the planetary home we are to inhabit and not ruin, I suppose. Following self-proclaimed masters of the universe down a primrose path could be the wrong way to direct the children to go.

    The children deserve the chance of facing the prospect of a future that is good enough. I am no longer thinking of leaving the children a better world than the one that was given to their elders. That appears out of reach now. It remains my hope that the elder generation, with responsibilities to assume and duties to perform, will do better than we doing now by changing our ways for the sake of keeping Earth fit for habitation by children everywhere. As examples, we could pay our debts instead of mortgage the children’s future; we could clean up the ecological messes that have been made in the course of the past 65 years; we could eschew “bigger is better” and “the biggest is the best” in favor of “small is beautiful”, doing more with less, and embracing the spirit of living well by living more simply and sustainably.

    Perhaps changes toward sustainable lifestyles and right-sized enterprises are in the offing.

    And perhaps we have been travelling down a long road over hundreds upon hundreds of years, a road of growing production and distribution capabilities, of wanton overconsumption and reckless hoarding, and of unbridled overpopulation. These activities have been occurring for a long time on a small scale, but only recently exploded in seemingly uncontrollable ways, within the natural world we inhabit and without sufficient regard being given either to human limits or Earth’s limitations. An improbable combination of narcissism, arrogance, foolhardiness and greed blinded leadership to the practical requirements of living on Earth; to the “rules of the house” in our planetary home. Too many leaders decided to willfully behave like kids who were left alone and given the run of the house by their overseers. All the rules were ‘forgotten’ or simply ignored. Laissez faire, whatever will be will be, living without limits and all that ruled!

    The children tore everything up and made a big mess. When they realized what they were doing, they felt stuck as if between a rock and hard place. Do they stop their destructive activities or else choose to keep tearing up the house? This is a tough choice for kids at play. Who knows, perhaps they will not be caught red-handed at what they have been doing. And if they are caught, they could always blame the wreckage on other bad boys. How many times have we seen kids at play and men at work blaming their wrongdoing on others and not ever taking responsibility for their own dishonest, deceitful or destructive behavior?

    Either the choice to turn back and begin the clean-up or the choice to keep tearing things up is fraught with danger. From a kid’s (or fossil fool’s) perspective they could face more danger by trying to clean up the mess they made than they would be exposed to by continuing with their rampage. Either choice presents its own challenges and threats. After all, so much damage has already been done. There is no longer any easy way forward, that is for sure, even under the best circumstances.

    What to do here? Now what? These are the questions, I suppose.

    Sincerely yours,


  14. Hank Roberts says:

    The human fingerprint in global warming (correct link, to Advanced level)

    This is the basic science answering the question about taking responsibility.

  15. Daniel Ives says:

    I agree with Hank and a few other posts above. The most important info to have in the climate science sidebar is “We’re (humans) responsible” and “This is what we face if we don’t act.” Maybe one post for “It is happening” but no more than one.