Dispatches E-News: Early Sparks, Science Lenses & Giving Up On Climate Change? (06/20/18)

Early Sparks of Interest

“A scientist in her laboratory is not a mere technician: she is also a child confronting natural phenomena that impress her as though they were fairy tales.” — Marie Curie

“What is a scientist after all? It is a curious person looking through a keyhole — the keyhole of nature — trying to know what is going on.” — Jacques Cousteau

How does one find their professional path in life? For many scientists, it started in childhood from immersion in the natural world. These experiences sparked their imagination and inspired them to pursue science as a career. Featuring Lela Schlenker, Ken Heck, Ramana Sidhaye, Ryan Parker, Whitney Scheffel, and Kristin Koehler.


GulfCast: Jim Verhulst: Life Through the Lens of Science

Today’s insights are from Jim Verhulst, a journalist and editor at the Tampa Bay Times. Jim has spent his career helping readers make sense of current events, often through the lens of science. But when it came to conceptualizing the magnitude of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Jim himself needed some scientific help.

This episode was recorded during a live event hosted by The Story Collider: Stories About Science.


Linguistic Analysis Shows Oil Companies Are Giving Up On Climate Change

As the prime movers of fossil fuels, oil companies don’t like talking about climate change. But sometimes outside pressure forces companies to do things they don’t like: That’s where “corporate social responsibility” (CSR) reports come in. Issued annually by many large companies, these reports assess performance beyond the bottom line like environmental protection and/or human rights.

More than three-quarters of oil companies release CSRs. This is where they would typically address the hairy issue of climate change, affected by their own products. Unfortunately, thanks to that culpability, they’re increasingly inclined to avoid the topic. Progressively fewer reports mention the phrase “ climate change,” as demonstrated by the chart below, which is part of a new paper by Sylvia Jaworska, a linguist at the University of Reading in the UK.

Photo courtesy of Robert King (Reuters).


Dispatches from the Gulf 1: Science • Community • Recovery
In the years after Deepwater Horizon – the biggest oil spill in U.S. history – a global team of scientists is working together to understand its environmental impact on humans, wildlife, and the ecosystem with the ultimate goal of learning how to better cope with future oil spills.
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Dispatches from the Gulf 2: Research • Innovation • Discovery
Experience remarkable stories from the unprecedented scientific mission to comprehensively study the impact of Deepwater Horizon and find new ways to ease the devastation. Includes the never-before-documented drama of bottlenose dolphins struggling to survive, and the capture of one of the world’s largest predatory sharks.
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