Climate gets a good rap

By Phil Plait | August 22, 2011 10:45 am

I see a lot of amateur rap videos made to support one cause or another, some good, and some, um, not so good.

This one, though, is really good: I’m A Climate Scientist [one or two moments may be NSFW]:

I LOLed a few times at this, and it makes a good point. We need more climate scientists speaking up, especially if they can do it in a way that connects to people.

Yo.

Tip o’ the thermometer to Ellen Ward.


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Comments (22)

  1. noen

    The NSFW version is sweet.

  2. Hampus

    OH MY GOD THAT WAS AWESOME

  3. QuietDesperation

    Yeah, ’cause that rap thing is what them cool kids are into today.

    Wake me when they make the progressive death metal / jazz fusion version.

  4. Pline

    Sometimes fighting the incessant BS of the deniers gets a little bit depressing. I’m glad we’ve got an upbeat set o’ climate scientists givin’ it some song ‘n’ dance!

  5. Floyd

    The problem with modeling: if the results of a model are “Inconvenient” to someone (say, a company that ) they will claim the results from that model aren’t right, and ignore the model.

  6. Patrick

    Oh yeah, I remember when this was new, in May.

  7. MartinM

    The problem with modeling: if the results of a model are “Inconvenient” to someone (say, a company that ) they will claim the results from that model aren’t right, and ignore the model.

    That’s more a problem with reality.

  8. Anne Ominous

    I don’t see how a rap song that attempts to popularize the conflation of two different issues (whether climate change is real, and whether it is human-caused) is anything to celebrate, from a scientific viewpoint.

    Unless, of course, the purpose isn’t really to promote actual science in the first place.

    And the people who are singing it, as best I can tell, are about as much “climate scientists” as my neighbor’s Labrador Retriever.

  9. MartinM

    I don’t see how a rap song that attempts to popularize the conflation of two different issues (whether climate change is real, and whether it is human-caused) is anything to celebrate, from a scientific viewpoint.

    Precisely where did it do that?

  10. Regner Trampedach

    Anne Ominous @ 8: There is no conflation, but they do say independently:
    a) that climate change is real, and
    b) that it is caused by us 7 billion humans.
    Oh, and I’m happy for your neighbor’s Labrador Retriever – getting a PhD in climate science can’t be easy for a human (at least it isn’t in astronomy), much less so for a canine.
    Cheers, Regner

  11. Keith Bowden

    @ Regner:
    Hmmmm. Where’s the “Like” button? LOL!

  12. noen

    Anne Ominous:
    “…as best I can tell”

    Because as we all know, you are the one we all go to if we want to know if someone’s CV is correct of not.

    Timothy Leslie, PhD Student at Climate Change Research Centre

    Dr. Jason Evans:
    “I am a senior research fellow at the Climate Change Research Centre at the University of New South Wales. My research involves general issues of water cycle processes over land, and how we can change them, largely through changes in land use and changes in climate. I focus at the regional (or watershed) scale and study processes including river flow, evaporation/transpiration, water vapor transport and precipitation.”

    Took all of a minute to look up.

  13. Charlie Foxtrot

    HA! Awesome…
    and Aussie, so extra awesome :)

    For the international audience, Andrew Bolt is an Australian opinion columnist in the employ of a Murdoch newspaper – with the typical science-ignoring opinions about Climate Change.

    Alan Jones is a radio talking head, shock jock, with all that baggage. (Currently trying to hype up a ‘Convoy of No Confidence’ of truckies driving to Parliament House to protest the new Carbon Tax. Got about 300 people and 200 trucks. Bit of a fizzer, really)

    Thanks for sharing that find, Phil!

  14. Messier Tidy Upper

    @ ^ Charlie Foxtrot : Yep indeed. The anti-carbon tax convey was such a fizzer it’s been dubbed the “convoy of no consequence.” ;-)

    Andrew Bolt is one of Australia’s most strident & prominent Climate Contrarians – and now has his own TV show too. :-(

    What Bolt doesn’t have is any scientific qualifications in climatology or, far as I know anything else.

    @ 6. Patrick : “Oh yeah, I remember when this was new, in May.”

    Yeah, I recall seeing this and wondering if the BA would blog about it. I thought of sending it to him a few months ago after it starrerd on one popular ABC (?) show but thought it might’ve been too Aussie~centric inits references for a wider audience. Glad toee the BA’s found it and disagrees on that. Guess it’s still new to many folks and not too dated relatively. :-)

  15. Messier Tidy Upper

    D’oh! Typos. :-(

    That’s supposed to read :

    I thought of sending it to him a few months ago after it starred on one popular ABC (?) show [Hungry Beast - ed] but thought it might’ve been too Aussie~centric in its references for a wider audience. Glad to see the BA’s found it and disagrees on that.

    More about Andrew Bolt here :

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Bolt

    &

    http://scienceblogs.com/deltoid/2011/01/andrew_bolt_vs_percentages.php

    & on Alan Jones (the radio “shock jock” not the 1980 Formula 1 champion!) here :

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Jones_(radio_broadcaster)

    too if folks are curious.

    I gather from what I’ve heard / read about the Fox news prominent “talking heads” like Limbaugh and Hannity that Bolt and Alan Jones would be our Aussie equivalent. Sorta maybe?

  16. Messier Tidy Upper

    For an even better biographic summary see :

    http://sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Andrew_Bolt

    for Bolt.

    Meanwhile also on things Aussie climate change & Bolt~wise check out :

    http://scienceblogs.com/deltoid/2011/08/freeping_oursay.php

    Where Bolt is trying to hijack an online poll / question survey thingummy site.
    Whilst :

    http://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2011/08/22/abraham-v-monckton/comment-page-1/#comment-20092

    Gives more on Climate Contrarian versus Climate Scientist debates.

    PS. Hope it’s okay to post links to other science blogs here. Please let me know if this breaches “netiquette” and I won’t do so again.

  17. redartifice

    It was made for the TV show Hungry Beast- the guy portraying Alan Jones is one of the cast members/reporters

  18. andrew

    i love it because of the fact they’re aussies!!!! oi oi oi

    there has been WAAY to much BS on climate change in this country!

    and i did LOL quite a bit…. the parody of alan jones! and the rado station was 2BS LOL!

    and i especially LOL’d at the “peer reviewed” – “in your face” PWN

    seriously tho… i’m technically not a climate scientist, even tho i DID study that at uni… and i feel outraged by the “debate” in Australia at the moment :(

  19. MoMan

    Fabulous video, which can be very useful to impress the crowd that doesn’t or can’t read peer-reviewed journals. Spread it far and wide.

  20. Ellen

    SQUEE! I’ve been cited in print.

  21. Bruce

    Absolutely pathetic. Trying to indoctrinate kids with a lame rap song? The warm-mongers have really hit rock bottom.

    Next thing you know, they’ll be making a mocumentary to try to convince people that global warming is real. Oh wait, that already happened. And it didn’t work.

  22. ginckgo

    G’day Bruce! You’re doing it wrong. If you want to make fun of the way deniers troll climate change related comments, you need to throw in a reference to the hockey schtick, the cold snap in NZ and “THERE’S NO CONSENSUS!!!1!” -

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