Views on Global Warming Change with the Weather
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A local change in the weather does not make the case for global warming. But unprecedented events in many parts of the world might amount to convincing evidence of climate change, especially when they were predicted. Also, Iraq's first suicide bombing during Ramadan. On Reporter’s Notebook, will release of 6000 teacher performance reports in Los Angeles help education reform?
Banner image: A Pakistani flood survivor shifts his animals on a high ground at the flooded area of Pathan Wala on August 15, 2010. Photo: Banaras Khan/AFP/Getty Images
Suicide Bombing in Iraq as US Presence Winds Down ()
In Baghdad today, a suicide bomber killed dozens of people at an army recruiting office and injured many more. It’s the first major attack during Ramadan, with US forces scheduled to withdraw from combat at the end of this month. Stephen Farrell is there for the New York Times.
- Stephen Farrell: Reporter, New York Times
Views on Global Warming Change with the Weather ()
Surveys show that public opinion on climate change quite literally shifts with the weather. Now there's a more persuasive kind of evidence. The recent spate of extreme weather -- flooding in Pakistan, Fires in Russia, landslides in China and unprecedented extremes in the US -- appears to confirm predictions made by earlier models of global warming, according to the World Meteorological Organization. Dmitry Medvedev says it's "a wake-up call to all… heads of state." But, when it comes to tough decisions about industrial policy, skeptics are ahead of the game. The political will to take action is as variable as the weather. The world is getting warmer, whether industrial greenhouse emissions are the cause or not. Is there need for some action before it's too late?
- Oliver Morton: Energy and Environmental Editor, The Economist
- Gavin Schmidt: Climate Scientist, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
- Myron Ebell: Director of Global Warming and International Environmental Policy, Competitive Enterprise Institute
- Michael Hanlon: Science Editor, Daily Mail
- Anthony Leiserowitz: Director, Yale University's Project on Climate Change Communication, @ecotone2
LA Times to Publish 'Value-Added' Teacher Scores ()
Los Angeles Unified, America's second largest school district, has been shaken by the release of reports on 6000 teachers. In records obtained by the LA Times, a so-called “value added” system showed that effective LAUSD teachers raised test scores by 17 points in English and 25 points in Math. Kids with the worst teachers sometimes regressed. The Times named some of the best and worst teachers and promises to publish the records of all 6000. The teachers' union calls it “an attack on the profession.” The Obama Administration says it's the way to go. Jay Matthews is education reporter for the Washington Post.
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