Oh the irony! Pine Beetle outbreaks help cool the planet

From Oregon State University College of Forestry some news that some people who want to blame pine beetle outbreaks on global warming won’t like.  It seems there is a benefit. “Albedo effect” in forests can cause added warming, bonus cooling CORVALLIS, Ore. – Wildfire, insect outbreaks and hurricanes destroy huge amounts of forest every year…

The Incredible Shrinking Frog

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach In the New York Times, there’s an article on some research that suggest a slight shrinkage of plants and animals with warming. In the “you can’t make this up” department, here’s the illustration: Figure 1. A big frog collected a while ago and a small frog collected more recently, which…