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Climate Change worriers attempt to formally create new Epoch: the Anthropocene

From the fear and self-loathing in Capetown department, Josh had this take on it awhile back. Phys.org reports: The Anthropocene, or “new age of man,” would start from the mid-20th century if their recommendation—submitted Monday to the International Geological Congress in Cape Town, South Africa—is adopted. That approval process is likely to take at least…

New research shows that 13,000 years of repeated human occupation by British Columbia's coastal First Nations has enhanced temperate rainforest productivity. CREDIT Will McInnes/Hakai Institute

Surprise: humans had positive effect on rainforest environment

From the UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO: People enhanced the environment, not degraded it, over past 13,000 years Human occupation is usually associated with deteriorated landscapes, but new research shows that 13,000 years of repeated occupation by British Columbia’s coastal First Nations has had the opposite effect, enhancing temperate rainforest productivity. Andrew Trant, a professor in the Faculty…

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The Perils of Consensus

Victor Grauer writes: The film, “The Big Short,” and the book, “No One Would Listen,” offer instructive object lessons on the dangers of blindly accepting a consensus, no matter how convincing it might sound. The following is lightly edited version of a comment originally submitted to the RealClimate blog, but predictably it wound up in…