The US State Department’s reaction is ambivalent. President Mohamed Nasheed was a strong advocate for action on climate change and won the presidency in the first truly democratic elections after former president Maumoon Abdule Gayoom’s 30-year reign. Via DemocracyNow!
Just in case you needed some practice accepting uncomfortable new modifications to your worldview.
Fossil-fuel interests, says Gavin Schmidt, a climate researcher at NASA, “have adopted a shoot-the-messenger approach. It’s been a very successful strategy. They have created a chilling effect, so other [scientists] won’t say what they think and the conversation in public stays bereft of anyone who knows what they are talking about.” Schmidt cofounded RealClimate.org, a forum for climate scientists to “provide a quick response to developing stories and provide the context sometimes missing in mainstream commentary.” Meanwhile, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a vocal opponent to limiting greenhouse gas emissions, is suing NASA for the release of Schmidt’s personal emails.” —
Toni Feder, Physics Today
Pretty chilling stuff. Not sure what constitutes felony intimidation, but hopefully some of these people see some repercussions for terrorizing climatologists.
The question by itself is invalid of course.
Points are infinitesimal and have no spatial extent - that is they have no area or length, just a set of coordinates that determines their position in space.
But we have to represent a point with something and most people represent them with a little circle. Earlier today I was thinking to myself, “Why not another shape?” Maybe a square or a star or anything. It occurred to me though that points and circles have something in common: they are rotationally symmetric. If you draw a circle on piece of paper, you can spin it around as much and in any direction you want and it will still look the same. The same is true for any single point.
It might be a trivial point (get it?), but it made me grin a little bit when I realized that a little circle probably is the best representation for a point.
A fairly accurate summary.