Shock news: mammals adapt to changing climate

From Brown University it seems we need a new variation on the popular bumper sticker: Over 65 million years North American mammal evolution has tracked with climate change Rise and fall of groups of fauna driven by temperature PROVIDENCE, R.I. — History often seems to happen in waves – fashion and musical tastes turn over…

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Rahmstorf’s new heat wave cherry twisty

Dr. Roger Pielke Jr. says exactly what I thought: this new paper from Rahmstorf is untrustworthy. He writes: Here is another good example why I have come to view parts of the climate science research enterprise with a considerable degree of distrust. A paper was released yesterday by PNAS, by Stefan Rahmstorf and Dim Coumou,…

Mars had temperatures as high as 64°F in the past

Wet and Mild: Caltech Researchers Take the Temperature of Mars’s Past The meteorite called ALH84001 is sliced to show its interior. Found in the Allan Hills ice field in Antarctica in 1984, the four-billion-year-old rock is one of the oldest in the world. The meteorite likely originated just below the surface of Mars. About 16…

Uranium munching microbes

From Michigan State University Microbes generate electricity while cleaning up nuclear waste EAST LANSING, Mich. — Researchers at Michigan State University have unraveled the mystery of how microbes generate electricity while cleaning up nuclear waste and other toxic metals. Details of the process, which can be improved and patented, are published in the current issue…

Pat Michaels on aerosols, China coal, and lack of recent warming

The Current Wisdom: The Lack of Recent Warming and the State of Peer Review by Patrick J. Michaels Boston University’s Robert Kaufmann and colleagues recently published a paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences examining the causes of the recent dearth of “global warming.” They concluded that it’s simply natural variability, augmented…

Prey and predator model of clouds

From the Weizmann Institute of Science – Eat, Prey, Rain Photo: Tamar Deutsch What do a herd of gazelles and a fluffy mass of clouds have in common? A mathematical formula that describes the population dynamics of such prey animals as gazelles and their predators has been used to model the relationship between cloud systems,…