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More settled science consensus: the formation of coal in the Caboniferous looks to be “grounded in abiotic processes”

Researcher cites a tendency in science to ignore, rather than go after, theories believed to be false. Two Stanford geologists are disputing the decade-old explanation of the large amount of coal accumulated during the Carboniferous Period. Associate Professor Kevin Boyce and Postdoctorate Research Fellow Matthew Nelsen collaborated with scientists across the country to release a…

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Briffa embraces tree ring uncertainty in new study, gives ‘message to the paleoclimate community’

From the UNIVERSITY OF OTAGO and the “one tree doesn’t work anymore” department: Uncertainties in tree-ring-based climate reconstructions probed Current approaches to reconstructing past climate by using tree-ring data need to be improved on so that they can better take uncertainty into account, new research led out of New Zealand’s University of Otago suggests. Tree…

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This just in: Ice Age postponed due to global warming!

Guest post by David Middleton, featured image borrowed from Meadow Heights PTA.   Global warming caused by fossil fuel emissions is blamed by scientists for intensifying storms, raising sea levels and prolonging droughts. Now there’s growing evidence of a positive effect: we may have delayed the next ice age by 100,000 years or more. The…