American climate change denial: the opinions of others defened by illogical arguments

Introduction: The vast majority of Americans accept the reality of climate change.  Most also seem to understand that climate change will be bad for us humans.  However, this doesn’t seem to have much effect on American behavior.  Furthermore, some American … Continued

Red herring logical fallacies are flopping around in way too many arguments

Introduction: A red herring is a type of logical fallacy that misdirects an argument through the introduction of irrelevant information.  This tactic is either disingenuous or clumsy and is all too common amongst anti-intellectuals and politicians. Background: Logical fallacies: Logical … Continued

Crystals are not magic! vanadinite edition

Introduction: Vanadinite is a beautiful crystal (Figure 1).  However, some woo practitioners, who are inspired by its attractiveness and inhibited by their own ignorance, think that this mineral has magical powers.  This is not the case. Vanadinite background: Firstly, vanadinite … Continued

Anthropogenic climate change and ground water—we’re doing it wrong

Introduction: Yes, climate change and global warming are happening.  Yes, this is largely the fault of us humans (it’s anthropogenic).  Unfortunately, these changes are already resulting in detrimental consequences.  Our ground water reserves, which are supremely important, are one of … Continued

The deadly Johnsons Landing Landslides and the importance of natural hazard monitoring during anthropogenic climate change

Introduction: Years ago, I conducted field research for my Master’s degree in the Kootenay Rockies in British Columbia (BC), Canada.  It was a great time in a rugged backcountry.  Most of that work was done near the shores of Kootenay … Continued

We’ve polluted hadal zones (deep sea trenches) before we could even explore them

Introduction: Researchers have just found pollutants that were banned since the 1970’s have become concentrated in today’s deep-sea environments (hadal zones).  These pollutants are likely toxic (Figure 1) and seem to be stuck in the food chain. Background: What pollutants … Continued

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