I get so irritated trying to get people to understand that toxicology is really easy to understand, if you avoid getting panicky.
Category Archives: Junk scientists
From ACSH: Upholding its tradition, a new Lancet piece on chemicals aims to scare rather than inform
The current issue of Lancet Neurology has a “sky is falling” alarm about the alleged ever-rising threat of environmental chemicals for our children’s neurological development. The authors are well-versed in this subject: not toxicology or neurology, no, we mean they are experts in the subject of trying to scare parents and the media about remote or hypothetical chemical threats. Continue reading
Courtesy of Oregon news media:
“Oregon State Police officials have quietly shut down their handwriting analysis unit, investigated for lapses in quality control, and laid off their last two examiners at a time when fewer crime cases require the work.” Continue reading
Got this on the bounce from Lee Brown, Exec with the Construction Truckers of CA.
This is an outstanding set of rules for science detection and evaluating scientific assertions.
This wonderful piece of Journalism comes from “Inside Climate News”, author, Katherine Bagley, 10th September 2012.
“While outspoken scientists of human-caused climate change in the United States endure torrents of freedom of information requests, hate mail and even death threats from skeptics, their counterparts abroad have been free to do their work without fear.
“I feel for my American colleagues and what they’ve had to deal with,” said Tim Lenton, an earth system scientist who specializes in climate tipping points at the University of Exeter in the UK. Continue reading
I have written before of my concern about Professor Stephan Lewandowsky’s cavalier misrepresentation of evidence and endorsement of underhand methods (which even included forgery by others) to peddle absurd smears of sceptics in his warmist zeal. Continue reading
10 conspiracy theorists makes a moon landing paper for Stephan Lewandowsky (Part II) PLUS all 40 questions
There were only ten positive responses.
You’d expect a professor to have done the basic research. Continue reading
Oh good grief. This item claims Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is “directly beneath the world’s largest hole in the ozone layer“. Horse spit!
As this Mines ParisTech / Armines 2008 map of the surface irradiation in UV (280 – 400 nm) for a day averaged over fifteen years (1990-2004), expressed in J/cm², clearly shows it is regions with clear air and minimal cloud cover that receive the most UV. There is no GBR “ozone hole” but simply minimal air pollution. Note the similarity with this map of mean irradiance.
“Ozone hole”. Sheesh! Continue reading
Within the next few decades, ocean acidification – an effect of global warming – could leave sea creatures along the West Coast unable to maintain their protective shells, according to a new study. Continue reading
Welcome to our 14th annual Junk Science Week, a five-day science fair extravaganza dedicated to exposing the scientists, NGOs, activists, politicians, journalists, media outlets, cranks and quacks who manipulate science data to achieve their objectives. Continue reading
Last October, at a conference in Ottawa, systems-management guru Dennis Meadows declared from the podium that it was already “too late for sustainable development.” Continue reading
Following New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s war on sugared beverages, news media seem to have sugar on the brain. An article in Tuesday’s New York Times ostensibly discusses the options involved in Choosing a Sugar Substitute. Unfortunately, the colourful feature does little to clarify the issue and far more to confuse its readers. Continue reading
New book recounts mass official craziness in policymaking Continue reading
How a now-discredited diet theory became a national mania Continue reading
In an extremely worrying development, we can add Nick Drapela’s name to the list of skeptics fired for the heresy of speaking out. This email from Gordon Fulks came around today, and I want to spread the message. Continue reading
Can anyone recall someone not these two who has generated any anti-BPA stuff? None just spring to mind. Continue reading