Bill McKibben: Towns, Cities Going 100% Renewable Will Defeat Washington And Big Oil

Guest essay by Eric Worrall For once Bill McKibben is right – if all the towns and cities in the world went 100% renewable, big oil would be crushed, and Washington’s bipartisan infatuation with Fossil Fuels would be defeated. The only problem with this plan: renewables are expensive, and they are not a viable replacement…

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New Paper: "Reconciling divergent trends and millennial variations in Holocene temperatures"

Guest post by David Middleton This appears to be a fairly high resolution regional Holocene climate reconstruction of North America and Europe… Reconciling divergent trends and millennial variations in Holocene temperatures Jeremiah Marsicek, Bryan N. Shuman, Patrick J. Bartlein, Sarah L. Shafer & Simon Brewer Nature volume 554, pages 92–96 (01 February 2018) doi:10.1038/nature25464 Abstract…

Surprise: Coastal waters are absorbing more carbon dioxide

From the UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE Coastal water absorbing more carbon dioxide Findings may help scientists understand how much carbon dioxide can be released while still limiting global warming As more carbon dioxide enters the atmosphere, the global ocean soaks up much of the excess, storing roughly 30 percent of the carbon dioxide emissions coming from…

Weird Science: Bacteria that poop gold nuggets

From the New University of Halle and the “best infection ever” department comes this bit of weird science that I found interesting. These bacteria produce gold by digesting toxic metals High concentrations of heavy metals, like copper and gold, are toxic for most living creatures. This is not the case for the bacterium C. metallidurans, which has…

Former Aussie PM Kevin Rudd

Alleged Climate Policy Related Deaths: Former Aussie PM to Sue

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Former Aussie PM Kevin Rudd has announced he will sue the government owned Australian Broadcasting Corporation, over accusations he ignored safety warnings about his green home insulation initiative. Kevin Rudd suing ABC over home insulation report in Cabinet Files Allegation he ignored warnings of risks to safety of installers ‘is…