Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Climate change denial? There’s an app for that.

Here’s the idea behind the Just Science app: integrate all major existing databases of land and sea surface temperature records from 1800 through 2009, color code them so they’re readily understood, superimpose them on a map of the world--and load it all into an app. 

Then let people noodle around with the app, zooming into specific areas or years, and leave them to determine what the science tells them.
Admittedly, the people who created the app have been convinced by the data that climate change is real, but that’s their point: the data convinced them and it will convince others--including laypeople--who are given the same raw data as well. 
Those who play with the Just Science “get” the reality of climate change, says Nick Orenstein, the developer.  “The young barista at my go-to coffee shop in the Mission district of San Francisco got it.The old Republican Texan Judge from Wichita Falls at a fancy Dallas wedding got it. The lawyers at a birthday party got it. ... Everyone can get it, and should get it. It’s just science, y’all, and if taught properly it ain’t that hard to understand the fundamentals. The pictures speak for themselves.”
And the app is free, y’all. Download it here.


  1. DaveOnFidalgo ...March 8, 2012 at 8:01 AM

    Got it, thanks.  Although it's probably not the science, or lack of it, that drives the deniers.  It's the profit margins of the status quo.  Is there an app for that?

  2. Hmmm, good point, Dave. Somebody get started on that profit margin app right away! 

    But I think there are many people--let me categorize them as folks likely to watch Fox News--who listen to the minority of deniers and haven't heard that the majority of scientists recognize the reality of climate change. Imagine these folks getting ahold of this app and taking a look themselves. 

  3. DaveOnFidalgo ...March 8, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Let's hope...

  4. I dunno.  My mind is made up already.  Are you trying to confuse me with facts?

  5. Yeah, it's a nice, optimistic hope...

  6. Exactly. Opening a window to allow in the sweet fresh winds of transparency to dry up the murky puddles of confusion and delusion in your brain pan.

  7. So you want crusts of dried delusion and confusion in my brain pan?  Like sea monkies, it takes only a few drops ofliquidto bring them all swarming to life again.  ;-)

  8. Oooh, love the image of swarming sea monkies in the brain pan! (It actually explains so much...)