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A Discernible Human Influence on Global Climate

Featuring: 
Benjamin D. Santer, Ph.D.

Eugenie C. Scott

Date: 
May 31, 2014
Location: 

SkeptiCAL 2014
Oakland Asian Cultural Center
388 Ninth Street
Oakland, California

 

Human-caused climate change is not a hypothetical future event. It is real, and we are experiencing it in our lifetimes. Despite the compelling evidence of human effects on global climate, there is a continuing need for scientists to answer the question "How do we know it’s us?" Fingerprint studies use complex computer models of the climate system to understand how geographical patterns of temperature and moisture (and many other climatic variables) may change in response to human influences. SkeptiCAL 14The message from this body of research is that observed changes in many different (and independently-measured) aspects of the climate system cannot be explained by natural causes alone.

There are several common criticisms of IPCC and NAS "discernible human influence findings." Rather than simply dismissing such criticism, it is more powerful to perform the research necessary to determine whether the criticism has scientific validity. Scientific responses to two incorrect claims are illustrative: that "global warming stopped in 1998", and that computer models systematically underestimate the observed decadal variability of atmospheric temperature.

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NCSE webinar: Debunking and confronting science denial

Featuring: 
Shauna Theel, John Cook, & Joshua Rosenau

Joshua Rosenau

Time: 
1:00pm
20:00 UTC / 4PM EDT
Date: 
May 28, 2014

Please register for NCSE webinar HERE. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

 

How should we respond when a weathercaster on TV says climate change isn't happening, or a school board member says evolution shouldn't be taught, or another parent at the playground repeats long-debunked claims about vaccine risks, or a student in class repeats a canard about the age of the earth? What do we do as individuals who care about science (even if we aren't experts on the science under attack)? How can local networks of science education advocates respond to such instances of science denial?

Our first instinct is usually to try correcting the false statement, but too often that drags us into an endless discussion, or into topics where we don't know enough details to debunk every claim. Fortunately, there are resources out there to help fill in the blanks on common claims, and time-tested techniques to move people away from their false beliefs.

A panel of experts in the field will describe these resources and the techniques they've found effective, and webinar participants will have time to ask questions and practice their debunking skills. Participants without any experience will learn how to avoid common pitfalls and gain the confidence to confront science denial on their own, and experienced debunkers will have a chance to hone their skills and share their own experiences.

The panel will include Shauna Theel from the climate and energy project at Media Matters for America, John Cook of SkepticalScience.com and the University of Queensland's Global Change Institute, and be moderated by NCSE's Josh Rosenau. Shauna will discuss her work addressing media misstatements and how citizens can correct the record. John will describe the debunking resource SkepticalScience.com and the Debunking Handbook he co-authored, and Josh will talk about the experience he's gained debunking science denial at NCSE.

Human Evolution: What Do We Know and How Do We Know It?

Featuring: 
Eric Meikle, Ph.D.

W. Eric Meikle, Ph.D.

Time: 
12:00pm to 2:00pm
Date: 
May 27, 2014
Location: 

Oakland, California

 

 

A presentation to the
Retired Public Employees' Association of California

 

For more information: 

See the RPEA website

A Marriage Made In Heaven: How Religious Right Politics Is Damaging Louisiana Lawmaking

Featuring: 
Barbara Forrest, Ph.D.

Time: 
7:00pm
Doors open at 6:30
Date: 
May 22, 2014
Location: 

Town Hall
22161 Level Street
Abita Springs, Louisiana

 

Forrest is a member of the board of directors of the National Center for Science Education and a former member of the board of trustees of Americans United for Separation of Church and State. She is a co-founder of the Louisiana Coalition for Science which has worked to protect science education in Louisiana public schools.

Her scholarly area of expertise is the analysis and criticism of intelligent design creationism.

She was an expert witness for the plaintiffs in the first legal case involving intelligent design, Kitzmiller vs. Dover, Pa. Area School District which was won by the plaintiffs in 2005. She was featured in a 2007 Peabody Award winning NOVA documentary on public television stations about the Kitzmiller's successful challenge of intelligent design creationism called "Judgement Day: Intelligent Design On Trial."

She has appeared on Larry King Live, ABC Nightline and the BBC's Horizon documentary about the intelligent design creationism issue. She has also appeared on National Public Radio's Science Friday hosted by Ira Flatow and Culture Shocks hosted by Rev. Barry Lynn of Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Appearance sponsored by

Progressive Northshore Democrats

and the

Northshore Democratic Women's Club

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Revolutionizing Science & Mathematics Education: the global change challenge

Featuring: 
Mark McCaffrey (NCSE)

Mark McCaffrey

Time: 
9:00am
Date: 
May 19, 2014
Location: 

University of California
Berkeley, California

 

A Plenary presentation at the

Mathematics of Planet Earth:

Workshop on Global Change

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Why do people reject good science? Reflections on the evolution and climate science wars

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D.

Eugenie C. Scott

Time: 
4:30pm
Date: 
May 18, 2014
Location: 

Coast Kamloops Hotel & Conference Centre
1250 Rogers Way
Kamloops, British Columbia

 

 

Scientists are often puzzled when members of the public reject what we consider to be well-founded explanations. They can’t understand why the presentation of scientific data and theory doesn’t suffice to convince others of the validity of “controversial” topics like evolution and climate change. Recent research highlights the importance of ideology in shaping what scientific conclusions are considered reliable and acceptable. This research is quite relevant to both the evolution wars and the public’s opposition to climate change.

Presentation at the
Imagine No Religion Conference
sponsored by the
Kamloops Centre for Rational Thought

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Call from White House with Mark McCaffrey (NCSE), Frank Niepold (NOAA), et al.

Featuring: 
Mark McCaffrey (NCSE)

Mark McCaffrey

Time: 
2:00pm
21:00 UTC / 5pm Eastern
Date: 
May 5, 2014
Location: 

Call-in number: 1-702-589-8300
Participant ID: 7705706#

Join the conference call on: NCAnet Education affiliate group efforts on implications and potential of NCA as educational tool

NCSE Webinar: Using the National Climate Assessment in Classrooms and Communities

Featuring: 
Minda Berbeco, Ph.D.

Minda Berbeco, Ph.D.

Time: 
11:00am
18:00 UTC / 2pm Eastern
Date: 
April 30, 2014
Location: 

This is a free webinar.

Register HERE

How will climate change affect our communities? How can we evaluate news stories about the effects of climate change in your area? What can you do to reach out to your local media and educators, to encourage them to explore the local impacts of climate change?

It can be hard for teachers and others seeking to inform the public about climate change to stay on top of the best science. Not only are climate change deniers invested in obscuring that science, but the science itself is advancing rapidly, making it hard for non-specialists to stay up to date. Fortunately, help is on the way through the National Climate Assessment.

This report from the US government—due in May—evaluates, integrates and assesses observed and projected impacts of climate change across the country, examining how climate change will affect different communities and regions. It will be a tremendous resource for teachers, for parents, and for anyone trying to connect global climate change to local concerns.

To learn how we can make the best use of this tool, join us for a discussion with a panel of climate change specialists. These specialists will address how you can use the report to learn how climate change is already affecting your community, how to bring climate change to the forefront of local media coverage, and how teachers can use the report to bring climate change into classrooms.

Panelists will include: Emily Cloyd, Public Participation and Engagement Coordinator for the National Climate Assessment at USGCRP, the federal agency developing the National Climate Assessment; Paige Knappenberger, media relations associate at Climate Nexus, who tracks media coverage and helps communities connect with media outlets to address climate change; Amanda Rycerz, research officer at Habitat 7, website developers of for NCA. Moderator Minda Berbeco is a Programs and Policy Director at NCSE specializing in climate change, working with parents and educators to support the good teaching of climate change science in public schools.

Global Changes, Local Impacts

Featuring: 
Minda Berbeco, Ph.D.

Minda Berbeco, Ph.D.

Time: 
4:30pm
23:30 UTC / 7:30pm Eastern
Date: 
April 16, 2014
Location: 

This is a free webinar.

Register HERE

How can educators teach children about local impacts of climate change? Where can they find good resources for activities and up-to-date scientific information from reputable sources? Minda Berbeco will be talking about the newly released National Climate Assessment, a scientific and governmental resource that demonstrates the local impacts on climate change and projections for the future. She will present on how to bring the NCA into the classroom, and what vetted resources are available. We will focus on resources to make climate change local and relevant.

This webinar is hosted by the

Will Steger Foundation

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Everything Evolves – including Creationism

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D.

Eugenie C. Scott

Time: 
7:00pm
Date: 
March 28, 2014
Location: 

University of the Fraser Valley
Abbotsford Campus
British Columbia, Canada

 

Evolution is the inference that living things have descended with modification from common ancestors, and it infuses and informs all of biology. But the antievolutionists – young-Earth creationists, University of the Fraser Valleyintelligent design supporters, and the like – have also “descended with modification” from common ancestors, as demonstrated at the Kitzmiller vs. Dover trial over the legality of teaching intelligent design. Clearly, creationists have adapted to a hostile legal environment by modifying their form!

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