Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
The rollout of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s fifth assessment report was met with a number of irresponsible and downright ridiculous media claims, all of which attempted to cast doubt on the harsh truths the report delivered about man-made climate change.
The biggest offender in the media circus? Perhaps not surprisingly, it was Fox News. What should be shocking, though, is just how much doubt that one network managed to sow. Throughout August and September, according to a new analysis from Media Matters, 69 percent of the guests featured on Fox News were climate skeptics. A full three-quarters of the time climate change was mentioned on the network, it was done so in a way that questioned its legitimacy.
The above chart shows how out-of-touch Fox News is with the overwhelming consensus of climate scientists. As Mother Jones points out, the network overrepresented deniers by a factor of 23.
CBS gets a special mention, too, for overrepresenting climate deniers. According to Media Matters, skeptics monopolized 20 percent of the network’s coverage.
In instances where climate deniers were given the podium, it should be noted, they were almost always unqualified to be making such claims. On Fox News, 73 percent of the featured doubters had no background in climate science. Instead, it was bloggers, media pundits and political figures — many on the payroll of the fossil fuel industry — who did the majority of the talking:
Lindsay Abrams is an assistant editor at Salon, focusing on all things sustainable. Follow her on Twitter @readingirl, email email@example.com.More Lindsay Abrams.
NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins
On December 28, 2013, Expedition 38 crew member Mike Hopkins participating in the second of two space walks to replace a degraded pump module on the International Space Station. (NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio is reflected in his helmet!)
The Soyuz TMA-10M
The Soyuz TMA-10M headed towards the International Space Station with crew members from Expedition 37 onboard.
40 years ago the Apollo 8 mission flew up to the moon, orbited it ten times and then returned to Earth. This picture was taken from that flight and shows the Earth as it seemingly rises in similar fashion to a sunrise.
Sunrise from Expedition 36
NASA Flight Engineer Karen L. Nyberg of Expedition 36 took this photo of the sun rising -- a sight they saw nearly 16 times per day due to the speed of the International Space Station's orbit around the earth.
A pair of NanoRacks CubeSats -- nanosattelite spacecrafts carrying experiments -- were launched by Expedition 38.