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New paper debunks ‘ocean acidification’ scare, finds warming increases pH

Via the Hockey Schtick: A paper published Friday in Climate of the Past reconstructs water pH and temperature from a lake in central Japan over the past 280,000 years and clearly shows that pH increases [becomes more basic or alkaline] due to warmer temperatures, and vice-versa, becomes more acidic [or "acidified" if you prefer] due…

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Video: Why science reporter Seth Borenstein at the Associated Press is more about ‘New Catch Phrases’ and less about science

Worth repeating, in their own words on video, from Pierre Gosselin’s “No tricks Zone”: Amazing…AP Reporter Seth Borenstein Emphasizing Value Of “New Catch Phrases” To Hype Up Climate Stories! By P Gosselin on 20. Oktober 2014 For the media, at least for the AP’s Seth Borenstein (seen at left in the video), it’s not about…

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Red or Blue pill? Light sensitive diatoms may hold key to a big portion of the climate puzzle

From the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research: In between red light and blue light: Leipzig researchers discover new functionality of molecular light switches Diatoms play an important role in water quality and in the global climate. They generate about one fourth of the oxygen in the Earth’s atmosphere and perform around one-quarter of the global…

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FEMA edict to U.S. states: ‘Provide a Climate Plan or Lose Funding’

h/t TriplePundit – FEMA, the US Federal Emergency Management Agency, has issued draft guidance which demands that states include an assessment of climate risk in their 5 year disaster plan, or risk losing federal funding. According to the FEMA draft guidance; “Key concepts under consideration include strengthening specific requirements for: …assessing future risk in light…

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California trees ‘smart response’ to drought

Via WUWT reader NEO in “Tips and Notes” – Research ecologist Nathan Stephenson crawled around magnificent Giant Forest, checking young giant sequoias for damage from California’s three-year drought. Instead of stressed-out plants, he found young trees that looked pretty happy, he said. But at some point, he glanced upward and saw something startling. “The foliage…