Where the plants are – new global fluorescence map

First-of-its-kind fluorescence map offers a new view of the world’s land plants Scientists from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., have produced groundbreaking global maps of land plant fluorescence, a difficult-to-detect reddish glow that leaves emit as a byproduct of photosynthesis. While researchers have previously mapped how ocean-dwelling phytoplankton fluoresce, the new maps…

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Further Evidence for my Thunderstorm Thermostat Hypothesis

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach For some time now I’ve been wondering what kind of new evidence I could come up with to add support to my Thunderstorm Thermostat hypothesis (q.v.). This is the idea that cumulus clouds and thunderstorms combine to cap the rise of tropical temperatures. In particular, thunderstorms are able to drive…

Australia! Say YES – to an election on carbon tax

Guest post by Ruth Bonnett In late 2010, I wrote about how bad science can give rise to bad policy.  My Christmas message to farmers in Australia and around the world: I am an urban dweller who just happens to think that the ‘unsettled science’ and restriction of technology has brought about bad policy by…