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Four iPhone Apps to Shut Up Climate Change-Doubters

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If you've got a friend, relative, or famous radio personality who makes a point of doubting the effects or even the existence of climate change—especially if that person cites a snowstorm as evidence—we've got a few apps that'll learn 'em good, and then teach 'em how to make up for the damage they've done.

skeptical scienceSkeptical Science: John Cook, creator of Skeptical Science, created this iPhone app as a handy go-to reference for deflecting questions (and embarrassing the questioner) on the subject of climate change. Got a friend who doubts mass climate change is the result of human impact? This app will teach you how to make him look like a complete idiot. Free. [iTunes via Treehugger]


JungfrauJungfrau Climate Guide: This guide is designed to show tourists to Switzerland's Jungfrau region how climate change has affected its scenic mountains and valleys—but should work just as well around the globe. If, for example, you walk over and stand in front of a glacier, the app will tell you how much smaller it is now than it used to be, and provide pictures of the same glacier 100 years ago to prove its point. Have you been to Jungfrau, Limbaugh? I think not. $9.99. [iTunes via CNET]

Now that you've taught your foolish, uninformed friend/relative/Fox News Host about both the scientific and practical effects of climate change, he'll be crushed. Here are a couple apps to help him right his wrongs.

GreenmeterGreenmeter: In case you weren't aware, you can't just give up on reducing the environmental impact of your car after you buy it. Greenmeter gathers information on your vehicle's power and fuel efficiency, and evaluates your driving before giving you tips on how to reduce fuel consumption and lessen the pain your car hands out to the air around it. It's also good for non-hippies who are just kind of cheap and want to learn how to save gas cash. $5.99. [iTunes via Greenmeter]


GreenYouGreenYou: GreenYou calculates your carbon footprint, including the ways you kill the planet just by traveling, eating, and living, and then gives you tips on how to reduce that effect. Useful! $0.99. [iTunes via Treehugger]

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  • Daryle Hier

    Some people believe Elvis is still alive - that's be a gnarly site.

    It's never been "proven" that man has much to do with global warming. If it did then those darn Norsemen have a lot of explaining to do.

    I'd say this is a joke but have realized for some time that global warming enviro's believe it like its a religion and no amount of logic, common sense or reality will change their thesis. But to be on Fast Company? Shame on you.

  • Jay Hochstetler

    Sara, no, in order to comment here, you have to be a subscriber. I believe in climate change - the climate has ALWAYS been changing. But I don't believe in the "science" that has had retraction after retraction and case after case of repressed or manipulated data. "Settled science" does not require such tactics - a political agenda does. I am bothered by a business publication such as Fast Company appearing to be suckered into the political correctness without questioning and evaluating the evidence and asking hard questions. My respect for journalism of any strip continues to lessen because their biases show though more and more. If you don't see the bias, it is because your bias lines up with theirs.

  • Linda Post

    Seems like perhaps the "Fox news host" inclusion in the feature was the catalyst for many of these comments. Climate change is indeed a fact. And it is happening faster than scientists originally predicted. And if your far-right-of-center sensibilities are terminally insulted by a satirical piece like this, you just don't have a sense of humor. Sorry.

  • Sara Olsen

    apparently the article here was circulated among some climate change skeptic yahoo group and they've all come here to bash FC. this comes across to me as a transparent effort to intimidate FC through comments that are all written from the exact same point of view-- it feels almost staged.

  • Justin Roff-Marsh

    OMG. With this article, you finally have me convinced. You guys really are a bunch of wankers!

  • NoahRobischon

    @James This was meant primarily as satire. I'm sorry you didn't take it that way.

  • Dan Nosowitz

    Well, this turned out to be quite the heated comments section! Which, unfortunately, wasn't exactly what I had envisioned--I was trying to present a light, slightly over-the-top post from one point of view, not (as some commenters seem to think) my own opinions. I think if you look at it that way, as a light satire, people would be a lot, well, less offended at what's basically an iPhone app roundup. It kills me to have to explain myself like this, but evidently my tone wasn't coming across as intended, so...Just as an example, in the section on Skeptical Science, I note that this app is expressly designed to enable people to embarrass others during an argument, which is a very silly raison d'etre--not that those people actually ARE "complete idiots," but that this app exists, essentially, to make people feel dumb. Another one is in the last section, on GreenYou, which is (let's be honest) pretty obvious hyperbole. I don't really think the average person is killing the planet by living.

    It's a sensitive issue, I know, but where's the fun in satirizing something that isn't?

  • james FC


    As a manager at Fast Company, did you or anyone else posting on here give your blessing to publishing this piece of crap article?

    Putting the validity of the argument aside for the moment, does anybody there see the error of publishing a column like this anywhere other than on an editorial page?

  • Tyler Adams

    @James Yes, anyone who seriously uses a heatwave as an argument for climate change is just as stupid as someone who uses a snowstorm as an argument against it. There, people on both sides of the argument can be completely and utterly stupid. Again, this isn't really helping to improve the discourse on such a vital (or not vital, if that's you opinion) topic...

  • Douglas Wolf

    So many dupes for every "sky is falling" hysteria that comes along. The American union education system has done its job well.

  • james FC

    "someone who uses a snowstorm as an argument against climate change isn't worth talking to."

    But someone like Al Gore who used a heat wave as an argument FOR climate change is worthy of Nobel Prize, etc, etc, etc

    Please go back and read the comments again.

  • Tyler Adams

    Wow, this post certainly touched a nerve. I'm a little surprised at some of the comments. If you disagree with the tone of the article, well, fair enough. However, there are some valid points. I find hard to believe any of the above commenters believe climate change doesn't exist at all. Or that humans on some level aren't having a negative impact. And as Greg S. points out above, there does need to be better discourse regarding this subject. That said, at least this post is obviously snarky. Whereas last week all of the pundits were using the snowstorms (as this article references) as a reason why global warming doesn't exist (in a non-snarky way). That is just stupid. I'm fine with having a conversation and healthy debate, but someone who uses a snowstorm as an argument against climate change isn't worth talking to.

  • Douglas Wolf

    Dan Nosowizt has no idea who is behind the climate change charade. Follow the money not so witz.

  • Greg Robertson

    Great article. It's sad that so many still think climate change IS in debate among actual climate scientists who aren't on the FauxNews payroll, but they're not the target for these apps anyway. What's also sad, of course, is how often cluelessness and humorlessness intersect among the comments here. Oh well. Keep up the good work.

  • John Sims

    How terribly disappointing. The tone of the article is offensive in so many ways. I hope this sort of thing will not continue here. There's plenty of room for honest debate. To promote apps that will help someone look like an idiot is unworthy of this magazine.

  • Chase Cabanillas

    Clearly a pretty thoughtless article and like other readers I am most disturbed by the useless antagonistic language. Reading through it a second time is so ridiculous, is it possible that this is a satirical spoof? Maybe the author would like to post a response to put us all at ease. Between this and yesterday's Obama infographic article I am starting to wonder about this publication....

  • Rick Presley

    Skeptical science? Really? They seem more skeptical of the skeptics of global warming than the science behind BOTH sides of the argument. If ever there was evidence for Orwell's (1984) Newspeak, an website the swallows the party line putting "Skeptical" in its name demonstrates that we have arrived. Nice to have the Thought Police on the job.

  • John Plummer

    Usual tone from those far left of center is to state or imply all who disagree are less than intelligent. Instead of dealing with the argument they question the intellect. When caught in lie they change the subject. Unfortunately it appears that Fast Company has decided to expose their own bias.