Which Nation is Most Vulnerable to Climate Change?

Tuvalu… No. The Seychelles… No. Bangladesh… No. Kiribati… No. Vanuatu… No. The Solomon Islands… No. Guest post by David Middleton The Country Most Vulnerable to Climate Change By Hakim Abdi June 12, 2017 Of the 186 countries assessed in a recent survey of climate vulnerability, Chad was rated most in peril. A combination of high…

What’s the Recovery Rate from Extinction?

Guest post by David Middleton It’s at least 67% among the Incilius genus of toads. AMPHIBIANS Frog not sighted in 30 years and declared extinct reappears in Costa Rica Published June 07, 2017 SAN JOSE –  Costa Rican scientists reported Tuesday the reappearance of an endemic frog species that had not been sighted for three decades. It…

Science Gone Stupid

Guest post by David Middleton This is perhaps the dumbest article I’ve ever read… How to avoid the stigma of a retracted paper? Don’t call it a retraction By Martin Enserink Jun. 7, 2017 , 12:30 PM AMSTERDAM—In 2012 Richard Mann, a mathematician at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom, received some very bad…

California Once Again Tops the U.S. Clean Tech Leadership Index… But Falls a Penny Short of the Highest Electricity Prices in the Lower 48

Guest post by David Middleton The featured image is a photo of a greenschist from the French Alps. For some reason, the following article from EcoWatch and the NRDC made me think of something that sounds like greenschist: Top 10 States Leading the Renewable Energy Revolution  By Ralph Cavanagh California continues to lead the way on…

Now That Trump Has Defeated Paris, He’s Taking on Montreal!

Poste invité par David Middleton Sacré bleu ! Trump Budget Attacks Montreal Protocol, Reagan’s Crown Jewel May 24, 2017 David Doniger The Trump FY18 budget proposal slashes funding to support compliance with the Montreal Protocol, Ronald Reagan’s treaty to save the ozone layer. The cut—which appears to be on the order of 40 percent—welches on…

Rather Than Following the Money… “Follow the Ideology”!

Guest post by David Middleton Dr. Alex Berezow, founding editor of Real Clear Science, posted a great essay on the American Council on Science and Health website: Ideological Conflicts Of Interest Are Worse Than Financial Ones By Alex Berezow — May 31, 2017 “Follow the money!” activists shout. The money trail, according to this logic, always leads…