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The Perfect Time to Heart a Climate Scientist

With Valentine's Day on Tuesday and climate scientists continuing to come under relentless attacks by climate skeptic groups, a new campaign has sprung up to show some love for the scientists. The brainchild of Climate Nexus, a climate change strategic communications organization, the "I Heart Climate Scientists" campaign has a Facebook page where people are submitting photos of themselves and/or their pets with signs supporting climate scientists. Supporters are also being urged to use the Twitter hashtag #iheartclimatescientists.

A message of support for climate scientists from a Facebook fan of the "I Heart Climate Scientists" initiative.

An email from Climate Nexus said: "Climate change deniers are sending hate mail and threats to dedicated climate scientists working to protect our families, finances and future. Show these hardworking experts some love — even digital hugs count this Valentine’s Day. Remind them their work is valuable, their opinions respected, and that they are not alone."

The Facebook page had more than 800 "likes" on Monday, and it showcased researchers Michael Mann of Penn State, Katharine Hayhoe of Texas Tech, and Kevin Trenberth of the National Center for Atmospheric Research as experts who need the group's support. Each of these researchers — along with many others — have received intimidating emails and phone calls from climate skeptics due to their outspokenness on climate science.

A common tactic used by some online provacateurs, such as Marc Morano of Climate Depot, has been to provide the email addresses of climate scientists, thereby encouraging readers to send them harassing messages. The I Heart Climate Scientists campaign has turned that around, posting the email addresses for a supportive audience, hoping the scientists receive positive emails instead.

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By gus speth (05072)
on February 12th, 2012

the message from serious climate researchers had been clear and clealy alarming since the 1980’s.  by the end of the 1980’s, we in the carter administration environmentral quality office were publicly calling for a ceiling on the buildup of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere of not more than 50% above the preindustrial level.  the science at that point over thirty years ago was already strrong enough to support a far-reaching public policy of rapid and steady green house gas reductions.  since then the warnings from the best scientists here and abroad have become more sophisticated and more alarming,  and of course climate has begun to change in predicted directions.  i applaud the community of u.s. climate scientists, the national academy of sciences, noaa and others.  but it is now time for them to organize something new and different- to break out of conventional roles, dramatically.  more of the same is not working, and they are being systematically out-messaged and marginalized. hate to say it but one needed step is to hire a serious washington-oriented public relations and public issue firm.  gus speth, former chair, ceq

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By Allen Rogers (Vancouver, WA 98682)
on February 14th, 2012

I love climate scientists, the HONEST ones who do not manipulate raw data to make it fit an agenda.  I respect the HONEST climate scientists who are not fixated on one minor aspect of the many factors which affect climate, but look at all factors, like ocean decadel oscillations, sunspot and cosmic radiation, Milankovitch cycles, etc. etc.  I do not love the “Climate Scientists” who deliberately distort the climate history, claiming the Midieval Warm Period, the Roman Warm Period, the Minoan Warm Period, etc, were all colder than our current climate.

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By Dr. Jean-Luc Melice (Paris)
on May 5th, 2013

I am a climate scientist

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