Hockey Stick, XKDC Style

Notice the change at the bottom of the graph? Anyway you look at it that sudden change is alarming. It is worth noting that, nothing presented here is new, but XKCD author Randall Munroe is a master in making complex topics and difficult to grasp issues of scale easily approachable.

How the media gets science wrong

John Oliver explains it nicely, the instead of the imaginary TODD conference, I recommend the very real Bad ad Hoc Hypotheses Festival BAHfest! Or If you prefer the news cycle in comic format PhD Comics has you covered:

Harper Conservatives: The anti-data party

If we are going to survive this century, we need to move away from decision-based evidence-making and truly make evidence-based decisions. Public access to publicly funded science would help ensure that the government relies on the facts, not on ideology. Science is too important to democracy to be kept in a government vault. -Elizabeth May... Continue Reading →

The Canadian War on Science: A long, unexaggerated, devastating chronological indictment

Originally published by John Dupuis Apr 2006. One Tonne Challenge funding stopped Apr 2006. Tories muzzle environmental scientist Mark Tushingham, told not to appear to promote his novel about climate change (More info: 1.) May 2006. Environmental Groups Call on Ambrose to Resign as Chair of International Kyoto Negotiations Oct 2006. Circumpolar ambassador job axed Oct 2006. Canadian Ambassador for the Environment... Continue Reading →

Bah Humbug!

Physicists who want to protect traditional Christmas realize that the only way to keep from changing Christmas is not to observe it. (via xkcd) That is all.

A new normal

Unsurprisingly XKCD nails it, but head on over there to read the mouseover text, I am sure it perfectly describes more than a few Planet3.0 readers (and writers!). And we wouldn't want it any other way.

1000 ways to die in Ecuador

Way #256: Becoming Arapaima food These carnivorous arapaima were 2.5 meters long and very hungry Thankfully they don't have any teeth so all their food has to fit down their throats, so we were relatively safe. Way #512: This No one in their right mind would ever get on a rickety rope swing 70 meters... Continue Reading →

Silence of the labs

The CBC's Fifth estate devotes 1 hour to exploring the sorry state of federal science in Canada. The link above takes you to CBC's official page which might not work for some people outside of Canada, but thankfully someone has posted it to YouTube. Only briefly touched upon at the end of the Silence of... Continue Reading →

It’s not the spill that matters

The recent approval of the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline by National Energy Board and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act review panel has brought a renewed flurry of attention to the project. The media here in Canada has run several stories in recent weeks discussing what the approval means for the pipeline and what if anything... Continue Reading →

Bah Humbug!

Physicists who want to protect traditional Christmas realize that the only way to keep from changing Christmas is not to observe it. (via xkcd) That is all.

Canada’s climate policy delayed again

At this rate Canada's emission regulations should be ready by 2025. Canada is once again delaying emissions regulations in the oil and gas sector, despite major pipeline projects that continue to put intense scrutiny on the energy industry’s environmental track record ... The regulations were first promised seven years ago, and Alberta has recently criticized... Continue Reading →

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