Deconstructing the Climate Demagoguery of the Wine Country Wildfire Tragedies

Guest essay by Jim Steele Director emeritus Sierra Nevada Field Campus, San Francisco State University and author of Landscapes & Cycles: An Environmentalist’s Journey to Climate Skepticism As sure as the winds will blow, climate demagogues hijack every human tragedy to amplify fears of rising CO2 concentrations. Despite that fact other critical factors were keys…

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Our dizzy Universe: Hubble discovers ‘wobbling galaxies’

From the ESA/HUBBLE INFORMATION CENTRE Hubble discovers ‘wobbling galaxies’ Observations may hint at nature of dark matter Using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered that the brightest galaxies within galaxy clusters “wobble” relative to the cluster’s centre of mass. This unexpected result is inconsistent with predictions made by the current standard model of dark…

New tool in tracking climate change: bat poop

From the UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA (USF HEALTH) and the “bat signal” department comes this story about crap science paleo-guano. Bat Poop: A Reliable Source of Climate Change People have long known that bat guano – the polite term for what the flying mammals leave on the floors of caves where they live worldwide – is a…

Another ‘adjustocene’ moment – cooling the oceans in the distant past makes the present temperature ‘unparalleled’

From ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FÉDÉRALE DE LAUSANNE and the “adjusting the past” department: The oceans were colder than we thought A team of EPFL and European researchers has discovered a flaw in the way past ocean temperatures have been estimated up to now. Their findings could mean that the current period of climate change is unparalleled over…

Claim: The Anthropocene started in the mid 1950s

From the AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY Determining when humans started impacting the planet on a large scale Humans have so profoundly altered the Earth that, some scientists argue, our current geologic epoch requires a new name: the Anthropocene. But defining the precise start of the era is tricky. Would it begin with the spread of domesticated…