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Don’t Believe the Mt. Etna CO2 Meme

Have you seen this floating around on Facebook or Twitter?

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Don’t believe it. Don’t believe one word of it. Check this out. It’s a link to the Snopes article explaining why it’s not true. Simply, Mt. Etna releases the same amount of carbon dioxide in an eruption as a small European country does in one day. It’s rather insignificant when compared to the world.

I’ve seen this going around on Facebook with people believing every word of it. They’d take the word of a meme that cites no legitimate sources over the consensus of more than 99% of climate scientists. They say it’s a hoax or conspiracy. “They” are climate change deniers, people who have no formal training in climate science or atmospheric science. They are people who have no idea what science is.

I will fight against ignorance. When you understand the science, then I’ll take you seriously. If you look at all evidence and come to an unbiased conclusion, then I’ll listen. Unfortunately, all the people I’ve seen arguing that climate change isn’t happening are doing so from a political point of view, or they feel that local economics are more important than the future of our planet and the lives of our children and grandchildren. Such arrogance. Such self-centred righteousness.

Ever Watch the Moon Pass In Front of the Earth? Incredible

I saw this earlier. This animation is from several still images of the moon passing in front of the Earth. The images were taken from the DISCOVR spacecraft about 1.6 million km away from the Earth. It’s a quick video, so it won’t take much of your time.

I don’t think there’s ever been a video or set of images like this before.

Just a note about the moon. You may notice that the leading edge is green. This is not because it’s a photoshopped fake. It’s because they take three images in different colours: red, blue, and green.  The green image just happened to be the last one taken, and the moon had already moved a bit, so that’s why it has a green fringe on the leading edge. There’s an argument on Facebook about this, and some people are claiming it’s a conspiracy. Those people just don’t understand how images are made from spacecraft. They don’t just take a colour photo, they take three monochrome photos at three different wavelengths that correspond to red, blue, and green. Then they combine the images to give a true colour image. Since there is a thirty second delay between the three images, this green offset is the result.

Anyway, incredible set of images!

That’s Not a Scientific Argument

I had an interesting discussion with someone this weekend about nuclear fission and nuclear fusion. He has his doubts about fusion being a safe and clean energy source because it has the word “nuclear” in it. I explained that the fuel sources and waste products are totally different and the processes are totally different. One has radioactive materials, the other does not. One can have an uncontrollable chain reaction that leads to a meltdown, the other just stops if energy input ceases.

Here are some other arguments that are not scientific and are therefore not valid in a scientific discussion:

The Bible says so

Uh, no. The Bible is so incredibly not scientific. Religion is based on belief, not research using experimentation, data gathering, analysis, and so on.

This conspiracy theory website says so

You don’t know how many people I know who keep quoting conspiracy theory websites as if they’re the truth. No, they’re not. Sorry, they are so flawed in their thinking, they keep ignoring half of the information and focusing on one aspect. Give me an actual scientific paper to support your argument.

The vaccine has mercury in it, so it’s dangerous!

It may have mercury in it, but it’s in a molecular compound, not elemental mercury. It’s elemental mercury that’s dangerous, not the compound. Our body doesn’t break that down. It’s not the only chemical people say is dangerous. Another is formaldehyde. Vaccines contain less formaldehyde than a pear. In fact, our own bodies naturally have things such as formaldehyde, arsenic, and we’d die if we didn’t have other “dangerous” chemicals such as sodium or potassium.

So, what’s your favourite unscientific argument?

Is There a Conspiracy Against Me?

Do you ever feel like you can’t get anything done because everything that can prevent you from doing anything is doing just that?  That’s how I feel right now.

Yesterday, I said I’d be getting to work on writing.  Well, during the time that I could’ve written yesterday, everyone had to talk to me.  I couldn’t do anything during the day.

Last night, my daughter refused to sleep until about 1 am.  She kept talking, crying, demanding to sleep in a different location, and was just plain noisy.  I lost a couple hours of writing time.  And by that time, I was too tired to do any writing.

This morning, my daughter’s nursery driver came at the last possible moment.  I lost about 45 minutes of writing time.

Well, I have about an hour this morning to do some work.  I’ll probably share it between the writing course and actual first draft writing.  Hopefully I’ll have better luck today.