Some stuff that caught my eye this week:
Bryan Walsh at Time attempts to sort through the frack-off at Cornell.
Biotechnology to the rescue? Shhh, don’t tell the anti-GMO crowd about this one.
Steve Silberman tweets:
Between them, Gingrich and Limbaugh have had 7 marriages. And they want to abolish my one.
Did you know Israel was at war with itself?
An evangelical climate scientist (much in the news lately) explains what it will take for conservative evangelicals to really get on board with the climate concerned community:
Environmental issues and climate change carry a lot of baggage in evangelical circles. If you can dissociate the issue from Al Gore, if you can dissociate the issue from the Democratic Party, if you can dissociate it from hugging trees, from pro-choice, from evolution vs. creation, if you can strip away all of those ties and only talk about the issue of taking care of the planet God gave us and loving our neighbor as ourself, then there is hardly anyone who will not accept that message. It’s not about theology, it’s about baggage.
Jerry Coyne, picking up on that scientists-are-clueless-about-journalism Guardian article, ask his readers:
What are your complaints about science journalism? Who, in particular, doing you think is doing a really good job or a really crappy job?
We learn that Chris Mooney, author of The Republican War on Science, can envision himself being a Republican in the Make Love-Not War era. Maybe he would have penned a book called The Democratic Brain on Acid.
Richard Betts wants to widen the climate conversation. Good luck with that!
Finally, courtesy of Charles C. Mann, I’ve been made aware of this excellent essay by a geographer who looks back at his own famous 20-year old essay and an ensuing body of work by scholars that deflated the “pristine myth.” The humanized landscape theme and some of the authors (and their books) mentioned in the essay have previously been discussed at Collide-a-Scape (see here and here, for example).
Have a nice weekend.