Bill Nye, also known as the Science Guy, wants people to understand climate change in an age where long-established theories like evolution are being disputed vocally by anti-science types like Ken Ham.
And what better way to illustrate complicated science in the age of smartphones than to do it with emojis?
On his YouTube channel, The Watercooler, Nye explains in less than two minutes the role of carbon dioxide (CO2) in climate change.
“Carbon dioxide’s good. It holds in heat, keeps our Earth toasty and warm for us humans… It’s the rate that we’re changing things that’s causing all this trouble.”
In 1750, there were about 250 parts per million of CO2 in the atmosphere. Now, he says, there are over 400 parts per million. While there were only about 1.5 billion people on Earth in 1750, there are now nearly 7.3 billion.
What to do? Nye stressed the importance of expanding wind and solar energy and making it efficient.
“And then if we had a better battery or a better system of batteries, or a better scheme of electrical energy storage, we could – dare I say it? Change the world.”
His commentary, though put in lighthearted terms, comes at a time when scientists this month published the results of a massive study in the journal Science Advances that found the sixth mass extinction in the world’s 4.5 billion-year history is underway, PRI reports.
“Our global society has started to destroy species of other organisms at an accelerating rate, initiating a mass extinction episode unparalleled for 65 million years,” the authors say.
And yet, politicians continue to deny the science behind climate change and thus have refused to do anything meaningful enough to stop it.
This situation was summed up earlier this year when Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Oklahoma) took to the Senate floor to “disprove” climate change exists by throwing a snowball at the senate president, the Washington Post reports. Inhofe is the author of a book on climate change called The Greatest Hoax.
Watch Nye’s short emoji lecture on climate change here:
Matt Gaetz forgot which network he was on: Surprised CNN anchor said ‘I’ve never been called Sean Hannity’
Rep. Matt Gaetz seemed to confuse cable news networks during a Thursday appearance
Gaetz was interviewed by CNN's Chris Cuomo, who aggressively challenged Gaetz on the facts as the Florida Republican attempted to defend President Donald Trump.
Despite the fact Cuomo's interview was nothing like the puff segments Gaetz is used to on Fox, the congressman seemed confused by the end.
"Congressman, you are always welcome, wherever I am, at nine or eleven, whenever," Cuomo said.
"Thanks Sean," Gaetz replied.
"Did you just call me Sean?" Cuomo asked. "Did you just call me Sean?"
Internet debates ‘the dumbest thing Brian Kilmeade has ever said’
Fox News personality Brian Kilmeade has received a great deal of attention -- and criticism -- during the Trump era.
Kilmeade co-hosts one of the President's favorite shows, "Fox and Friends," with Steve Doocy and Ainsley Earhardt on weekday mornings. He also a show on the Fox News Radio network and frequently appears on "The Five."
The former Ultimate Fighting Championship play-by-play sportscaster has also been harshly criticized for the type of comments that make the show a favorite for the president.
Journalist Molly Jong-Fast, who was widely praised her interview of Lisa Page, decided to explore Kilmeade's comments.
Giuliani’s potential witness tampering in Ukraine is impossible to separate from Trump: Judiciary Democrat
On Thursday's edition of MSNBC's "The Beat," Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) broke down how Rudy Giuliani's misconduct in Ukraine is "inseparable" from President Donald Trump's.
"To everyone who asks whether we are moving too quickly, I say the president's lawyer is moving quickly to continue to ask a foreign government to cheat our elections, and doing nothing is completely off the table," said Swalwell, who sits on the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees, the two most crucial committees in the impeachment inquiry. "We have to secure our elections. We have powerful, uncontradicted evidence now. And now is the time to hold the president accountable and determine just which impeachment articles we should proceed with."