The Meat Wars: JAMA Stirs the Pot

Guest Essay by Kip Hansen — 20 January 2020   Rita Rubin, Senior Writer, JAMA Medical News & Perspectives,  has stirred the pot on the controversy surrounding a series of studies published last Fall in the Annals of Internal Medicine, “one of the most widely cited and influential specialty medical journals in the world.”  Her …

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2019 Indian Monsoon — Blessing or Curse?

Guest Essay by Kip Hansen — 17 January 2020   In India, the monsoons that bring the rains are not just weather or climate phenomena — they are  mystical and mythical entities —  entwined into the national character and the annual cycle of life. Now that the 2019 Southwest Monsoon is officially over, it is…

Merchants of Thirst

Guest Essay by Kip Hansen — 14 January 2020 Water tankers ply the city streets bringing essential supplies of fresh potable water to thirsty neighborhoods. “For city authorities that are already struggling to maintain the current supply as climate change strikes, let alone source additional water, tankers can seem like a safety net they feel…

GMSL Data Correction

Brief Note by Kip Hansen — 10 January 2020   Those who follow the GMSL data from NOAA may have noticed an oddity in the data from December 2019.   The oddity was seen in the .png file available at the bottom of the web page for NOAA’s Laboratory for Satellite Altimetry.  As of 31 December…

How Wrong Can One Article Be?

Guest Opinion by Kip Hansen   Is it possible for a single newspaper article to be greater-than 100% wrong?  I think that it is certainly possible that Henry Fountain, of the New York Times Climate team, has managed the near-impossible with his latest contribution to the NY Times’ Climate section titled:  “Climate Change Is Accelerating:…

Insectageddon? Maybe not . . .

  Guest Essay by Kip Hansen   Reading widely across the literature of many scientific fields broadens one’s view of the rate of scientific progress — both our increased knowledge and our “steps backwards”.  A recent piece in Nature Ecology & Evolution  represents both:  one of these advances and one of these “steps backwards”. The…

Three Graphs

News Brief by Kip Hansen — 30 November 2019   A recent study in Oceanography, the Official Magazine of The Oceanography Society, titled  “Atlantic warming since the Little Ice Age” [.pdf here], is interesting in its entirety, with an Abstract as follows:   “Radiocarbon observations suggest that the deep Atlantic Ocean takes up to several…

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…

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…