Best of Tamino: Urging an Open Mind

More Summer Reading:

Thanks to DeSmogger Brian D., we now have this well-categorized version of The Best of Tamino, a veritable celebration of debunkery courtesy of the clearest writing statisticians around. Brian's recommended (and annotated) reading list is posted below.

The Computer Models Are All Wet -- But the Skeptics are Wetter!

US and British researchers have confirmed the link between warmer climate and an increase in powerful rainstorms, according to a study that underscores one of the challenges of global warming.The researchers even found that the increase of extreme rainfall was higher than what has been predicted in current computer models, according to the study published in the journal Science.

C'mon, Sue Us: Please Sue Us

Frank Bi has a wonderful petition over at the International Journal of Inactivism, calling for hacks like Christoper Walter (the lurid Viscount Monckton of Brenchley) to find the courage of their alleged convictions and sue Al Gore and NASA's James Hansen for fomenting the global scientific “conspiracy” about climate change.

Really, if these guys had a shred of evidence - or dignity - they'd bring their vacuous argument before a judge and let the case be tested. I, personally, would love to see a jury trial - a serious opportunity to put the evidence before a dozen people who would test Hansen's science against Monckton's palaver.

Summer Reading

DeSmog fans will likely know about Tim Lambert at Deltoid - a smart Australian scientist who does fabulous work debunking some of the ridiculous denier talking points. But he has recently been pointing to some contributors who are also raising the bar: Robert Grumbine (Penguindreams ) at MoreGrumbineScience, and Tamino, who plays the deniers for fools at Open Mind. (Hat tip to VJ).

These guys are adding significantly to the quality science debunking that we have come to expect from RealClimate, the kind of stuff that leaves the deniers sputtering because, well, it's all about science and they're, well, not.

Why do Oragutans care about global warming?

30 years ago, the famous naturalist Louis Leaky agreed to send an extraordinary young woman named Birute Galdikas deep into the wilds of Borneo to do the one thing she desired to do more than anything. Galdikas wanted to study and understand the life of the 'elusive red ape' - the Orangutan.

Today Dr. Birute Galdikas is considered one of the foremost experts on Orangutans. To this day she remains in Borneo, huddled in the dense peat swap forests - surrounded by foreign owned palm oil plantations, poachers, illegal loggers and gold miners - a single voice fending off the rapidly developing world and defending the last of these great apes.


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