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:
Lincoln Project slams NC TV station’s ‘overt cowardice’ for refusing to run ad criticizing Trump supporters’ ‘Flag of Treason’
On Sunday, The Lincoln Project—a political action committee comprising anti-Trump Republicans backing Joe Biden—digitally released an ad called “The Flag of Treason,” which takes aim to President Trump’s not-so-casual embrace of racial divisiveness and his alliances with Confederate sympathizers.
It’s a provocative ad, for sure—and too provocative, it seems, for ABC11-WTVD.
Horseback riding club rolls into Houston protests to stand in solidarity with protesters
Horses are raising a hoof to support Black Lives Matter protesters in Houston, Texas Tuesday.
After several nights of protests, an urban trail riding club, Nonstop Riders, joined the efforts
“We’re here representing for all our black brothers and sisters," said Marcus Johnson, sitting atop his horse.
As the riders fists stretched toward the blue Texas sky, the protest crowd broke into cheers and applause.
Brianna Noble did the same at the protests Friday, sitting atop Dapper Dan, leading a crowd of protesters.
Even evangelical groups were disgusted by Trump’s Bible stunt: former White House faith adviser
On CNN Tuesday, former Obama White House faith and race adviser Joshua Dubois said President Donald Trump's Bible photo-op in front of the church near the White House could backfire on him with his most critical voting bloc.
"I thought it was farcical. And it is kind of blowing up in his face even in the faith community and communities that support, him like some conservative evangelical communities," said Dubois. "The reason is Jesus stood up for everyday people, including the vulnerable, and didn't believe in false displays of piety, and yesterday President Trump ordered — or was okay with — everyday people being gassed and shot with rubber bullets in order to make his way to a false display of piety."