I entered Trump International Hotel in Washington last Thursday with a three-person team to cover the Heartland Institute’s 13th International Conference on Climate Change. I left with two. Despite the overwhelming scientific consensus that humans are causing climate change by burning fossil fuels, this free-market think tank, which has received large sums of fossil fuel money, continues to hawk various strains of climate change denial.
A possibly unfair image of Donald Trump. Photo: Rhona Wise/AFP/Getty Images To watch Donald Trump rant and rave uncontrollably on the stump and on Twitter – praising Saddam Hussein for his disregard for civil liberties, the anti-Semitic propaganda he inadvertently borrowed from neo-Nazis is as innocent as a Disney poster – is to ponder the psychology of a party that would entrust supreme executive authority to a racist, nationalistic, power-worshipingdemagogue.
Yes, it’s worth arguing with science deniers — and here are some techniques you can use » Nieman Journalism Lab
The growing stream of reporting on and data about fake news, misinformation, partisan content, and news literacy is hard to keep up with. This weekly roundup offers the highlights of what you might have missed. Arguing with the anti-vaxxers/flat earthers/climate change deniers may feel futile, but research just published in Nature Human Behaviour suggests that it’s actually worth it and can be effective.
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A really good level headed scientific look at wildlife in and around the exclusion zone at Chernobyl.
Chernobyl is the site of the worst nuclear power plant disaster in history. The explosion, subsequent fire, and radiation that swept through the area surrounding the power plant have had devastating effects on generations of people. Thousands died, many were forced to evacuate, and the contaminated land is still not able to be farmed to this day.
According to CNN meteorologist Brandon Miller, “Over 40% of Greenland experienced melting yesterday, with total ice loss estimated to be more than 2 gigatons (a gigaton is equal to 1 billion tons).” University of Georgia climatologist Thomas Mote, an award-winning scientist who studies Greenland using satellite observations, told Miller that melting is comparable to historic melting in 2012 and a bad sign for further melting this season.
Since the start of HBO’s mini-series about the 1986 nuclear disaster, “Chernobyl,” journalists have praised the series for getting the facts of the event right, even if its creators took some creative liberties. “The first thing to understand about the HBO mini-series “Chernobyl,” wrote a reporter for The New York Times, “is that a lot of it is made up.