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:
‘He’s empty’: Psychiatrist warns Trump is in a ‘psychotic-like state’
Dr. Lance Dodes warned that things were going to get worse under President Donald Trump in 2017. That's precisely what happened.
"Is that what we're seeing this week?" MSNBC host Lawrence O'Donnell ased the psychiatrist.
"Absolutely. Donald Trump, because he has a fundamental need to be all-powerful and all loved, can't stand challenges," Dr. Dodes said. "And the nature of democracy is that it challenges people. We have more than one opinion. So the more -- it was predictable once he got into a position where people would challenge him, there are two parties, he would become more unhinged.
I think Trump’s people sit around ‘thinking up new ways to be cruel’: Senator
On Wednesday's edition of MSNBC's "All In," Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) tore into the Trump administration for its treatment of migrant children, as yet more reports come in of children being denied basic services in squalid conditions, and as Trump considers ways to get around the federal consent decree placing limits on how long they can be detained.
"We already know from so many child specialists that detaining children in these kinds of facilities does irreparable damage to them," said Hirono. "There are alternatives to family detention this administration could care less about ... the only way to get around the consent agreement is by getting around it by proposing or having this rule, which will be immediately challenged. They want to detain families indefinitely, children indefinitely, held in situations that do them absolutely no good when there are alternatives."
Maddow: You have to watch what the lying White House does — and not what they say
MSNBC host Rachel Maddow opened her show with a quick assessment of her thoughts on the ridiculous that the president of the United States regurgitated into the mouths of his supporters Wednesday.
She began by noting that they don't do press briefings at the White House anymore; instead, they've turned to talking to the president directly as he enters or exits the building to go off on his campaign trips or vacations.
"Today the president held a long one of these," she said. "One of the ones where he tried to push everyone's buttons, the president is denouncing the prime minister of our allied Denmark. He's calling her nasty. That will get some headlines. The president attacked American Jews for a second straight day today, saying they have dual loyalty because they're Jews. Americans of other religions don't have that dual loyalty or his suspicions of dual loyalty, Jewish-Americans do, because of their religion."