Clinton Impeachment

The Final Report looks back at the most troubling days of the Clinton presidency. The Final Report: Clinton Impeachment : channel.nationalgeographic.com
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On WAMU-NPR: Religion, Science, and the Climate Divide [Framing Science]

Tomorrow at 130pm, I will be a guest on WAMU's Kojo Nnamdi Show to discuss the communication challenge on climate change and strategies for overcoming political polarization.

Also as guests from Copenhagen will be Richard Cizik, formerly VP of the National Association of Evangelicals and Eric Chivian, director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard University. In 2008, Cizik and Chivian were named among Time magazine's 100 most influential people.

Earlier this year in a paper published at the journal Environment, I discussed the efforts by Cizik and Chivian in partnering on intiatives that span the political gridlock on climate change.

More details on the segment are here which you can also listen to online either live or archived.

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COP15 Behind the Scenes: Free bicycles for delegates

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Jan Pronk on Kyoto Protocol and Copenhagen Cop15 Negotiations.wmv

Interview with Jan Pronk on Kyoto Protocol and Copenhagen COP15 Jan Pronk is former Minister of Housing, Spatial Planning and Environment (1998 2002) and former Minister for Development Co-operation (1989 1994) of The Netherlands. Pronk was also the Chairman 6th Conference of Parties UN Convention on Climate Change (2000-2001) and Special Envoy Secretary General United Nations for the World Summit on Sustainable Development (2001-2003). He chaired the Kyoto Protocol negotiations. He is a ...
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What Climategate? [The Primate Diaries]

There has been much ado about the hundreds of pages of stolen e-mails from climate scientists at the University of East Anglia. The reality of course is that this is about creating a wedge by those who are opposed to the regulations necessary to circumvent climate change and is not about the scientific realities. This strategy has been understood for nearly a decade and has even been acknowledged by those involved.

As The New York Times reported in 2003:

Most scientists believe that [global] warming is caused largely by manmade pollutants that require strict regulation. Mr. Luntz [a lobbyist for the Republicans] seems to acknowledge as much when he says that "the scientific debate is closing against us." His advice, however, is to emphasize that the evidence is not complete. "Should the public come to believe that the scientific issues are settled," he writes, "their views about global warming will change accordingly. Therefore, you need to continue to make the lack of scientific certainty a primary issue."

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US Government announces more open government data!

So far its been a good week for open government data (and its only Tuesday)! After yesterday’s announcement from UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown, today the US Government’s Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra and Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra gave a live webcast from the Whitehouse to announce the release of the new Open Government [...]

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Risky Parasitic Twin Surgery

After a surgical procedure to remove her parasitic twin, three-year-old Lakshmi's recovery appears to be going remarkably well. The Girl With Eight Limbs Revisited : SUN DEC 20 8P et/pt : channel.nationalgeographic.com
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The ScienceBlogs Guide to Holiday Shopping for Scientists [Page 3.14]

If your loved ones are at a loss this holiday season as to what shiny objects might most set your cardiac muscle aflutter, quick! You're running out of time. But you are not alone! It's tougher to shop for science nerds than might be imagined. After all, a Sagan lover is not a Kevin J. Anderson lover is not an Arthur C. Clarke lover, and you really have to be careful even with generic gifts - you wouldn't want to send a fruit basket to a psychologist, would you?

And of course, as geeky as some of us truly are, nobody really needs a periodic table shower curtain or a cheeky mug. We like science, we don't so much like playing into the stereotype of the cheerfully overzealous mad scientist.

Below are some more refined choices for the science lover, luscious tomes and glittery objets d'art you would be proud to have displayed on your wall or bookshelf or coffee table even if you didn't know your Dilophosaurus from your Diplodocus (you don't? why not?).

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Odds and (Book)Ends

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And of course, if you can't make up your mind, you can always just give to a favorite charity on your scientist's behalf. Happy holidays!

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How the Inuit Are Solving the Climate Crisis [The Primate Diaries]



Maana (Now), Directed by Félix Pharand D.

As part of the United Nations COP15 Climate Change Conference is the Indigenous Voices on Climate Change Film Festival. Included in the festival is this humorous story of one Inuk teenager who is disturbed by how the climate crisis is affecting his community and sets out to do something about it.

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COP15 Highlights, day 2 - December 8, 2009

Watch highlights from day 1 of the United Nations Climate Change Conference 2009 (COP15) - recorded on December 8, 2009
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OLPC Needs to Make XO Laptop Benfits Obvious

As Nicholas Negroponte would say, One Laptop Per Child is an education project, it's not a laptop project. So here are the education related achievements of the OLPC project to date:

Uruguayans love XO laptops

1. 1.5 million children are now using the XO laptop every day. Most if not all children, teachers and parents involved are very positive about the experience, at least if you look at all those hundreds of videos that have been published on the Internet which for the past 4years, I have been aggregating at http://olpc.tv from all the pilot deployments from around the world.It's only a matter of time before more politicians unlock more funding for many more millions of laptops to be deployed.The beginning of the research and development of educational tools, contents, digitalized curriculum are being collaboratively thought for by thousands of teachers and education planners and researchers in all those countries involved.

Although, the deployment of XO laptops has been mostly a success as far as I have seen on the online videos and as far as I have been able to read on most Google News items that have been published everyday for the past 4 years, OLPC globally I think still have a lot more convincing to do in the Education department.

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