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FALLACY WATCH: "The science isn't settled."

Posted in News Last updated on: Monday, 01 August 2016

FALLACY WATCH:

This is the go-to statement for politicians defending fossil fuels when climate dangers are raised. It has the ring of reasonableness: the speaker is no ostrich hiding from the facts but simply maintains a threshold for belief that hasn't been met. And it's certainly true that science is constantly changing its mind. So where's the fallacy?

VESTED INTERESTS: Naked and unafraid in Wyoming

Posted in News Last updated on: Monday, 11 July 2016

VESTED INTERESTS: Naked and unafraid in Wyoming

The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) call for the no-bones-about-it teaching of evolution and human-caused climate change. States can choose whether to use them or not. In Wyoming, a committee of science teachers spent eighteen months studying the standards and voted unanimously to adopt. But in a state dominated by the oil, gas, and coal industries, the legislature voted them down. The surprise was the naked explanation offered by the Board of Education's chairman, Ron Micheli: "They're very prejudiced in my opinion against fossil-fuel development."

NOW I GET IT: The power of the big picture

Posted in News Last updated on: Saturday, 18 June 2016

NOW I GET IT: The power of the big picture
Seeing behind things--the coal mine behind your light switch, the downed forest behind your burger--is central to solving the environmental crunch and a major focus of Eyes Wide Open.  But looking down from high above might be even more important.  Looking behind gives us added information, but looking down tells us what it means.  It does this by zooming out so we can see much more space and time, putting our facts in a larger context.  The big picture is a bolt of lightning, starkly illuminating issues and giving us sudden clarity.

STOP, LOOK, THINK: Eyes wide open on meat

Posted in News Last updated on: Sunday, 11 September 2016

STOP, LOOK, THINK: Eyes wide open on meat

 

You probably eat meat once or more a day without giving it a thought.  Socrates' response: "The unexamined life isn't worth living."  What about the unexamined diet?

Instead of mindlessly swallowing, many are looking closely at the meat on their plates.  High meat-eating levels, like high energy use, are woven into Western culture, a point of pride.  That diet is now spreading worldwide.  What could be the problem with something so widely eaten?  The issues fall into two main categories.

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