The first snow of winter

Winter 2004's first snowfallA sneak preview of what’s to come, rather incongruous with all the colour on the leaves still on the trees. Have to remember all those winter tricks now – not parking too far into the driveway (more to shovel out), don’t leave snow on the steps to turn to ice (a painful lesson there) etc.

CJR November/December 2004: Blinded by Science

I just read a nice piece by Chris Mooney on media coverage of science issues, particularly related to climate change. He talks about how the press tend to give undeserved airtime to proponents of viewpoints which have been rejected by the scientific community, in an effort to appear balanced. What’s the solution? Pay more attention to the consensus view of experts in the field, and the accumulated literature.