Plastics: Science is Winning

Guest Essay by Kip Hansen — 18 October 2019   Science is beginning to win in the long battle over misinformed anti-plastic advocacy.  It has been a long time coming.  The most recent paper on the subject of pelagic plastic (plastic floating in the oceans) is from a scientific team at the Woods Hole Oceanographic…

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Modern Scientific Controversies Part 7: The Meat War

Guest Essay by Kip Hansen  —  10  October 2019   Prologue:  This is part of  an occasional  series of essays that discusses ongoing scientific controversies, a specific type of which are often referred to in the science press and elsewhere as “Wars” – for instance, one essay covered the “Salt Wars1” and another the “Obesity…

Epidemiology, Diet Soda and Climate Science

Guest Essay by Kip Hansen – 6 October 2019 “Epidemiology is the study and analysis of the distribution (who, when, and where), patterns and determinants of health and disease conditions in defined populations. “ “It is the cornerstone of public health, and shapes policy decisions and evidence-based practice by identifying risk factors for disease and…

Monarch Migration: 2019

Guest Essay by Kip Hansen The 2019 Fall Monarch butterfly Migration has begun and is in full swing. Here in the Central Hudson Valley of New York, monarch caterpillars are still pupating and emerging as the Monarch Super-Generation.  The monarch pictured here is recently emerged and resting on a collard leaf in our garden in…

JAMA Calls for Papers of Climate Change Harm

News Brief by Kip Hansen   JAMA Network Open,  an online open-access journal of the American Medical Association,  has published  “Climate Change and Health —  Call for Papers” from authors  Drs. Frederick P. Rivara and Stephan D. Fihn, Editor and Deputy Editor of JAMA Network Open.  It is a good thing that they have published…

Public Radio: Things Ill-Considered

Guest Essay by Kip Hansen   Public Radio is the United States’ sort-of-analog of the United Kingdom’s BBC.  While there is a National Public Radio,  the various stations in the network are independently owned, usually by public bodies like universities — and subscribe to content from NPR and other content producers such as American Public…

Historical European Sea Level Records

Guest Essay by Kip Hansen   I have been working on another sea level related essay and in the process stumbled upon a paper published in 1990 by the Permanent Service for Mean Sea Level (PSMSL).  The title is: “On The Availability Of  European Mean Sea Level Data  by P.L. Woodworth, N.E. Spencer and G.…

Climate Catastrophe News Cabal Ramps Up

Guest Essay by Kip Hansen The Columbia Journalism Review,  “The voice of journalism”, has been organizing and promoting “a project co-founded by CJR and The Nation aimed at strengthening the media’s focus on the climate crisis.”  This effort is called “Covering Climate Now”. I have covered this [propaganda] campaign before here at WUWT in an…

Caution: Pretty Pictures Can Fool You

Guest Essay by Kip Hansen   In today’s digital and Internet-of-Things  world, it is easy to transform information into images — graphs, charts and other visuals that are colorful and informative.  Modern math and statistical software packages can do it all for you with a few clicks of your mouse or taps on the screen. …

Amazon Fires Update

News Brief by Kip Hansen   The news channels, newspapers, news sites and the Twit-o-verse are full of “the Amazon is burning!”  some of this was covered in here as “Amazon Fire History Since 2003” by Les Johnson  on August 23. Years ago, I asked the question “What Are They Really Counting?”.  Always an important…