Could spraying particles into marine clouds help cool the planet?

From Eurekalert Public Release: 25-Jul-2017 University of Washington The idea of geoengineering, also known as climate engineering, is very controversial. But as greenhouse gases continue to accumulate in our atmosphere, scientists are beginning to look at possible emergency measures. A new University of Washington study looks at the idea of marine cloud brightening, which a…

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Predatory Journals Hit By ‘Star Wars’ Sting

From the “may the Farce be with you” department and the Neuroskeptic Blog @ Discover By Neuroskeptic | July 22, 2017 4:57 am A number of so-called scientific journals have accepted a Star Wars-themed spoof paper. The manuscript is an absurd mess of factual errors, plagiarism and movie quotes. I know because I wrote it. Inspired…

Campaigning on climate science consensus may backfire, warn scholars

We don’t have a “Boy Who Cried Wolf” catergory~ctm l  From Eurekalert  l Public Release: 23-Jul-2017 Taylor & Francis Group l Climate change campaigns that focus on correcting public beliefs about scientific consensus are likely to backfire and undermine policy efforts, according to an expert commentary published today in Environmental Communication.  l The six authors of…

Queensland chief scientist Professor Suzanne Miller sidelined over fraud charges

Breaking News: From the “trust me, I’m a scientist department” comes this story from soon-to-be-50%-renewables Queensland.  By Peter Campion Photo: Professor Miller was appointed to the role of chief scientist in December 2016. (Supplied: Tom Greenard) The Australian ABC is reporting that Professor Suzanne Miller has been stood aside as Queensland’s chief scientist after being…

Another paper confirms “the pause” in global warming – cites issues with methods of obtaining average temperature

Spatiotemporal Divergence of the Warming Hiatus over Land Based on Different Definitions of Mean Temperature Chunlüe Zhou & Kaicun Wang Abstract Existing studies of the recent warming hiatus over land are primarily based on the average of daily minimum and maximum temperatures (T2). This study compared regional warming rates of mean temperature based on T2 and T24 calculated from hourly observations…