Climate scientists plan campaign against global-warming skeptics [via The Los Angeles Times]
Some 700 members of the American Geophysical Union have agreed to form a rapid-response team to speak out about the realities of climate change, a topic with virtually universal support in scientific circles but with a growing number of skeptics in and out of politics. The move is in no small part due to Republicans’ takeover of the House Tuesday and subsequent vows to investigate the EPA and climate change researchers. “This group feels strongly that science and politics can’t be divorced and that we need to take bold measures to not only communicate science but also to aggressively engage the denialists and politicians who attack climate science and its scientists,” said Scott Mandia, professor of physical sciences at Suffolk County Community College in New York.
Pompeii ruin collapses amid claims site mismanaged [via The Daily Telegraph]
A house once used by gladiators before fights almost 2,000 years ago in Pompeii collapsed Saturday morning, realizing fears of mismanagement and creeping decrepitude of the UNESCO World Heritage site. Culture Minister Sandro Bondi said the cause appeared to be “rain water that had infiltrated the House of the Gladiators when it was restored with cement at the end of the Second World War after suffering bomb damage.” Funding for conserving Pompeii, which is visited annually by more than 2 million people, has been slashed in recent years, and archaeologists are concerned about continuing degradation if preventive measures are not enacted quickly.
The Queen joins Facebook [via The Guardian]
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II joined Facebook today, Buckingham Palace announced this weekend, but there’s no way to friend or poke her. Technically, the monarchy now has a fan page where news and photos about the Queen and the royal family will be posted. “Facebook is probably the last bastion of social media the Royal Household had not yet entered, and the Queen is keen to be fully signed up to the 21st century,” an anonymous royal aid said. “All plans for the Facebook page have been sent to the top, and the Queen has very much taken the lead on this.” A Royal Twitter account was launched in 2009.