Earthquakes and End-of-the-World Nonsense

Thanks to David Bressan over at the “History of Geology” blog, I have recently discovered the amazing YouTube Channel of Peter Hadfield, who has a degree in geology and who is a science journalist. Hadfield’s YouTube channel has become quite popular for his videos explaining climate change, as Hadfield explains in this Guardian blog post. I  commend Hadfield for his work explaining climate change to the general public. This is important because while 97 out of 100 climate experts think humans are causing global warming, I don’t think anywhere near 97 out of 100 average US citizens think humans are causing global warming… or even think that global warming is happening at all.

I highly recommend that you check out Hadfield’s YouTube channel and the climate change videos. Today, however, I wanted to post Hadfield’s latest video about earthquakes and end-of-the-world nonsense. This video explains some science and has some snarky humour. I know I laughed hysterically when the proper British guy was making fun of the hick Americans. Maybe that makes me a bad person, but I laughed anyway. Enjoy!




Evelyn is a geologist, writer, traveler, and skeptic residing in Cape Town, South Africa with frequent trips back to the US for work. She has two adorable cats; enjoys hiking, rock climbing, and kayaking; and has a very large rock collection. You can follow her on twitter @GeoEvelyn. She also writes a geology blog called Georneys.

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  1. I found a new blog to read, and I enjoyed the video. One can’t complain about that.

  2. I think there is some inconsistency in the ‘The Greatest Scientific Myth in America’ article. Picture title says ‘… experts think human causing global warming’, while article test reveals that expert actually believe ‘that greenhouse gases are warming the planet’. Is that just me, or?.. :)

    1. Maybe the text is inconsistent, but I don’t think the scientific idea/message is inconsistent. Scientists know that humans have been releasing tons of CO2 and other greenhouse gases to the environment since the Industrial Revolution. No one can deny that– we have historical records and numbers. 97 out of 100 climate scientists think greenhouse gases are being released to the environment, and the primary source of these greenhouse gases is burning of fossil fuels by humans. Volcanic gases contribute a little, but nowhere near the anthropogenic input.

      Whenever I meet a climate change denier, I ask them if they can explain how all these anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions would *not* have an impact on the environment. Whatever the details, it’s pretty hard to explain how the emissions wouldn’t have an impact. You can argue the extent of that impact if you want, but there will be an impact.

      1. Ok-ok, whom are you arguing with? :) I never said any of those statements are false. I’m just saying article is being inaccurate, introducing logical fallacy. Hate when this happens.

        1. Sorry- didn’t mean to be argumentative. I’m on high alert, always on watch for climate skeptics, I guess :-).

          I agree that the pages is inconsistent, which can be confusing… and we certainly don’t need more confusion on this issue.

  3. Actually, Hadfield’s Australian. He does great work explaining/defending science. I’ve been following his channel for at least a year now. He has also done some wonderful videos taking down creationist mendacity. Look for the ones on carbon dating – they’re hilarious.

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