News From Vostok Ice Cores

Guest essay by Richard Taylor Introduction Our current understanding climate was influenced profoundly by the publication (J.R. Petit, et al., 1999) of deuterium (2H) measurements from metre 8 to metre 3310 of the Vostok ice-core, indicating the temperature of the nearby atmosphere from 1800 to 421000 BC. Some authorities claim, and many believe, that unprecedented…

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Reuters: Trump EPA to Repeal the Clean Power Plan

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Reuters reports that the Scott Pruitt’s EPA is circulating a document proposing a total repeal of the Obama era Clean Power Plan, but they may replace the Obama plan with a new CO2 reduction plan. Trump EPA to propose repealing Obama’s climate regulation: document Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The…

Trees to be barcoded

DNA barcoding technology helping monitor health of all-important boreal forest UNIVERSITY OF GUELPH The Boreal forest is essential to Canada and the world, storing carbon, purifying water and air and regulating climate. But keeping tabs on the health of this vulnerable biome has proven to be a painstaking and time-consuming undertaking – until now. Cutting-edge…

Dueling science: Yesterday – “Soil will accelerate global warming” Today – “Soil holds potential to slow global warming”

Yesterday, I posted a press release on a paper that suggested soil was going to accelerate global warming. Now today, we have the opposite; “Soil holds potential to slow global warming”. Collectively, I don’t think climate science has a clue either way. Climate solution in soil? Soil holds potential to slow global warming, Stanford researchers…

Claim: general public can’t read hurricane forecast tracks

From the “another failure of public education” department and the UNIVERSITY OF UTAH: Interpreting hurricane forecast displays can be difficult for general public Utah study finds the two commonly used methods are often misunderstood by novice viewers The 2017 hurricane season has highlighted the critical need to communicate a storm’s impact path and intensity accurately, but…

So What Happened to Expertise with the IPCC?

Guest essay by John Ridgway It was late evening, April 19, 1995, that the crestfallen figure of McArthur Wheeler could be found slumped over a Pittsburgh Police Department’s interrogation room table. Forlorn and understandably distressed by his predicament, he could be heard muttering dumbfounded astonishment at his arrest. “I don’t understand it,” he would repeat,…