February 2, 2007 The Pump Handle

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released the policymakers’ summary of its 2007 report today, and it was at once a momentous occasion and nothing new. Nothing new, that is, to the people who’ve been following the science for the past few decades and had already figured out that humans are causing global warming and […]

February 2, 2007 The Pump Handle

By David Michaels The Guardian newspaper reports that The American Enterprise Institute (AEI), the think tank/public relations firm, has offered scientists and economists $10,000 to undermine the report on global warming issued today by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). According to the report, AEI “offered the payments for articles that emphasize the shortcomings” […]

February 2, 2007 The Pump Handle

In addition to the blogging related to the IPCC (which will be getting its own post), this past week saw lots of discussion on the issue of open-access science journals, following the news that a group of big publishers opposed to open access had hired “the pit bull of public relations,” Eric Dezenhall. Andrew Leonard […]

February 1, 2007 The Pump Handle

Friday, February 2, 2007 (3:30 AM EST): Tune in to listen to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) webcast announcing the Working Group I’s approval of their Fourth Asssessment Report.  There’s no doubt the global warming naysayers will critique the IPCC’s report with gusto.  But, as Naomi Oreskes writes in “Undeniable Global Warming” in today’s Washington Post “the chatter of skeptics is distracting us from the real issue: […]

February 1, 2007 The Pump Handle 1Comment

Congressman George Miller (D-CA), Chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee says the Secretary of Labor has some explaining to do.  Miller asserts that essential provisions of the MINER Act,* signed into law in June 2006 under the watchful and tear-filled eyes of Sago families, have not been implemented promptly or evenly. 

February 1, 2007 The Pump Handle

By Liz Borkowski  Last week, Revere at Effect Measure used extremely drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR TB) as an example of why the world needs a resilient and robust public health infrastructure (and just a few days later, an article on an XDR outbreak in South Africa made it to the New York Times’ list of the […]

January 31, 2007 The Pump Handle

Yesterday, the US House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held a hearing on “Allegations of Political interference with the Work of Government Climate Change Scientists.” As committee chair Henry Waxman noted in his opening statement, the committee had been investigating this matter for several months, and had good reason to be concerned:

January 29, 2007 The Pump Handle

When workplace disasters make headlines, worker health and safety advocates have an opportunity to push for better legislation and enforcement. Recent news stories follow up on the response to last year’s mining disasters and the 2005 explosion at BP’s Texas City refinery. (As always, Jordan Barab’s Confined Space has comprehensive back stories to these disasters.) […]