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Neil Wagner is a Creative Director, illustrator, and creator of the "What on Earth?" comic strip and blog appearing on ScienceFriday.com

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Choose Your Weapon in the Fight Against Climate Change

(14) Comments | Posted March 18, 2013 | 9:44 AM

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Today's post marks What on Earth's final appearance. The experience over these past few years of producing over 200 comic strips (and blogs) has been a fulfilling one. Part of that fulfillment comes from knowing I found a way to use my lifelong love...

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Obama's Pipeline Decision an Easy One

(26) Comments | Posted March 6, 2013 | 5:17 PM

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The decision to reject construction of the Keystone XL pipeline should be an easy one for the Obama Administration. Mind you, "easy decision" is a relative term when it comes to the President of the United States. All decisions a POTUS faces are complex...

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Gambling With Our Climate

(12) Comments | Posted February 21, 2013 | 7:02 AM

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Climate change is loading the dice for extreme weather - or haven't you heard? The oft-repeated dice analogy didn't fully resonate for me until I read this quote from heavy-hitting climate scientist Michael Mann:

One often hears the misleading claim that no...
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Let's Get Real About Global Warming Trends

(112) Comments | Posted February 1, 2013 | 2:48 PM

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"Global warming stopped 16 years ago, reveals Met Office report quietly released..." -- David Rose, The Daily Mail
"Global warming hasn't stopped by any objective measure; it is proceeding right on schedule. In many respects... it is well ahead of schedule." --...
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As the Climate Goes, So Goes the Economy

(26) Comments | Posted January 16, 2013 | 11:00 AM

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The financial costs linked to climate change represent the biggest threat to the global economy, according to Nobel Prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz of Columbia University.

Stiglitz, who has served as both chief economist of the World Bank and Chairman...

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Climate Change Made Some Noise in 2012

(9) Comments | Posted January 3, 2013 | 9:27 AM

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While Bebbo is unconvinced that the pop culture prowess of "Gangnam Style" can make us forget our climate is in crisis, that doesn't mean 2012 provided no hope for our fight against global warming. It appears the U.S. -- Earth's second-biggest...

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Climate Change Consensus Is Virtually Unanimous

(217) Comments | Posted December 11, 2012 | 10:41 AM

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A recent analysis of papers appearing in peer-reviewed science journals shows published scientists to be virtually unanimous in their agreement that human-produced carbon dioxide emissions are a significant cause of global warming. You are free to disagree with my characterization of the...

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Global Warming Is a Measurable Fact

(3) Comments | Posted November 29, 2012 | 2:04 PM

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Global warming is real. Statistics unequivocally prove Mother Earth is on a hot streak. Deal with it.

Have doubts? Join me for What on Earth Descriptive Analogy Time (WoeDAT!) Imagine you're a sports fan whose favorite team's record has been above .500 for 332...

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Hurricane Sandy: Predictions of Conditions Came to Fruition

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2012 | 11:27 AM

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Damnit! I hate it when I'm right! - NYPD Lieutenant John McClane

First off, for those not acquainted with the career of fictional police detective John McClane, check out the "Die Hard" movie franchise. Some of the best action movies of all...

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Reptile Extinction: Man's Climate Impact Doing What Nature Couldn't

(2) Comments | Posted October 30, 2012 | 6:20 PM

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Some signs of climate change are conspicuous. Hurricane Sandy, for instance. Other signs, such as the precarious predicament of the tuatara is less so. The tuatara is on the road to extinction. Why is the tenuous existence of this simple little lizard...

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The Greener the Economy, the Greater the Economy

(8) Comments | Posted October 17, 2012 | 5:28 PM

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Facts can be funny things and the fact is, some people don't look at the facts when assessing the economic impacts of environmentally friendly business practices.

There has been an ugly rumor floating around that sustainable energy is bad business. Witness the recent U.S....

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Climate Costs Cause Concern

(5) Comments | Posted October 2, 2012 | 3:35 PM

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In talking about folks who are concerned about man-made global warming, much-publicized climate change skeptic (and part-time meteorologist) Anthony Watts recently told PBS, "They want to change policy. They want to apply taxes and these kinds of things may not be the...

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Climate Change Giveth and Taketh (But Mostly Taketh)

(28) Comments | Posted September 12, 2012 | 10:28 AM

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Climate Denial World is a strange and wonderous place. The inhabitants of Climate Denial World live in an atmosphere unrestrained by facts, science, or statistical likelihood.

Here on Planet Earth, our climate scientists are virtually unanimous in their assessment of...

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Carbon Emissions in U.S. Have Dropped. Could "Not Bad" Be Good?

(3) Comments | Posted August 29, 2012 | 11:02 AM

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The U.S. Energy Information Agency recently reported that the United States -- the all-time career leader in greenhouse gas emissions -- has lost a step. And that's a good thing. America's carbon dioxide output for the first quarter of this year dropped...

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Global Warming Has Arrived: The Ultimate Unwanted Houseguest

(96) Comments | Posted August 16, 2012 | 10:15 AM

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"...my colleagues and I have revealed a stunning increase in the frequency of extremely hot summers, with deeply troubling ramifications for not only our future but also for our present.


...for the extreme hot weather of the recent past, there is virtually...

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It's Time to Inspect the Greenhouse Effect

(1) Comments | Posted August 1, 2012 | 12:10 PM

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"The so-called Greenhouse Effect is a Myth"
- Atmospheric Physicist James Peden, formerly a scientist at South Africa's Atomic Energy Corporation

"Ascribing 'greenhouse' effect properties to the Earth's atmosphere is not scientifically substantiated."
- Dr. Habibullo...

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McKibben's Climate Change Masterpiece Is Strictly by the Numbers

(51) Comments | Posted July 24, 2012 | 11:33 AM

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Bill McKibben's recent piece in Rolling Stone, "Global Warming's Terrifying New Math", is probably (pound for pound) the best piece ever written about the dire straights anthropogenic climate change has presented the human race.

I can't improve upon Mr. McKibben's words, but...

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Climate Change Brings Rising Seas, Drier Droughts and Wilder Wildfires

(4) Comments | Posted July 18, 2012 | 12:40 PM

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The NOAA recently determined that the May 2011-April 2012 timeframe was the warmest 12 month period on record for the contiguous U.S., as Bebbo and Kito recently discussed. But pity that poor timeframe, because it has already been eclipsed by...

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Empire State Building Builds Statement Against Anti-Green Construction Myths

(9) Comments | Posted July 2, 2012 | 4:38 PM

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If asked to imagine a green building, what would you see with your mind's eye? A fragile-looking glass and steal box? Maybe a garden and solar panels covering the roof? A sign out front that reads something like, "Sustainably Grown Organic Tofu Cooperative?"

Perhaps...

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No Break in the Breaking News That Our Climate Is Breaking

(153) Comments | Posted June 22, 2012 | 9:43 AM

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These are the best of times and the worst of times for the climate change cartoonist field. On the plus side, there is no problem coming up with new ideas -- there are new, horrifying climate findings being reported every day. On the down...

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