Nigerian soldiers demonstrate combat techniques for use against Boko Haram Insurgents.

Cowboys vs Farmers: Must be Climate Change

Guest essay by Eric Worrall The history of the American Wild West is being replayed on the fringes of Nigeria, as heavily armed nomadic cattle herders compete with crop farmers for access to water and land. Except this time, greens are blaming Climate Change. Nigeria faces new security threat fuelled by climate change and ethnicity…

A new lower estimate of equilibrium climate sensitivity

Steve McIntyre calls attention to a new paper  by J. Ray Bates of the Meteorology and Climate Centre, School of Mathematics and Statistics, University College Dublin, Ireland in a journal called Earth and Space Science. The paper says that equilibrium climate sensitivity (ECS) could be as low as 1°C. Here’s the abstract. Estimating Climate Sensitivity Using Two-zone Energy Balance Models Estimates of…

April 2016 Global Surface (Land+Ocean) and Lower Troposphere Temperature Anomaly Update

Guest Post by Bob Tisdale This post provides an update of the values for the three primary suppliers of global land+ocean surface temperature reconstructions—GISS through April 2016 and HADCRUT4 and NCEI (formerly NCDC) through March 2016—and of the two suppliers of satellite-based lower troposphere temperature composites (RSS and UAH) through April 2016.  It also includes…

Compulsory Courses for Any Curriculum; The Science Dilemma

Guest opinion: Dr. Tim Ball Science is pervasive directly and indirectly in every phase of modern life. While the majority are not directly involved in science, they need to understand science and how it works. It is increasingly the underlying control of social, political, and economic decisions made by them or for them. They need…