Monday, August 9, 2010

Want to deny climate change? Yeah, there's an app for that

Sure, climate deniers don't keep pace with most advancements of modern society -- you know, like the science they're supposed to study and be "experts" on. But they seem to have embraced one of the greatest technological developments in recent history: the iPhone.

Generation-Y skeptics rejoice! Apple recently approved an iPhone app, "Our Climate," which so neatly compiles the many cherry-picked arguments into a single app without a mess of contradictions -- i.e. "Our Climate" frequently touts CO2 as plant food, but mentions nothing of that important little thing called water and the increasing severity of drought. The app contributors include notable climate deniers, such as Richard Lindzen and Roy Spencer,. (To see screenshots and read about all the ways in which "Our Climate" keeps its users "informed," click here).

iPhone apps are meant to make our lives easier, right? Why should we refuse climate deniers such convenience?

The most alarming part of this story, reported here, is the growing popularity of this app. Downloads are surging to the point that Apple is promoting it on the front page of their app store! Check it out:

There are more than 230,000 Apps in the App store -- only 40 Apps are featured in this front page category at any time!

This is disappointing because, in the past, Apple has seemed to be a friend of the environment. In 2009, they quit the U.S. Chamber of Commerce over its position on climate change. Greenpeace ranks them fifth out 18 tech companies on their "Guide to Greener Electronics." And seeing those "greenest family of notebooks" ads, you'd think Apple would want to maintain that eco-friendly image. A company as large as they are might want to more vigilantly monitor one of their biggest means of consumer outreach.

I guess you can't blame Apple for the spike in "Our Climate" downloads. After all, the top selling movie in iTunes right now is “Kick A$$” – a make-believe comedy about people pretending to be superheroes…kinda like make-believe claims by people pretending to be climate experts.