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Claim: 59,300 Indian Suicides because Climate

Guest essay by Eric Worrall A new study claims every degree of temperature above 20C increase the likelihood an Indian farmer will commit suicide. Just one problem with this claim: Indian agricultural yields are rising (see graph above). Crop-damaging temperatures increase suicide rates in India More than three quarters of the world’s suicides occur in…

What is the Job of a Government Climate Scientist?

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Government climate scientists are apparently complaining they have been “gagged”, that they aren’t able to speak out about their results. My question – why do they think they are special? It’s Never Been Harder to Be a Climate Scientist Legal attacks, internet harassment, and a Trump-fueled “culture of fear” are…

World’s first floating wind farm emerges off coast of Scotland

By Roger Harrabin BBC environment analyst, Norway 23 July 2017 The world’s first full-scale floating wind farm has started to take shape off the north-east coast of Scotland. The revolutionary technology will allow wind power to be harvested in waters too deep for the current conventional bottom-standing turbines. The Peterhead wind farm, known as Hywind,…

Spermpocalypse Now?

From Reason Are human beings about to become extinct due to falling sperm counts? Ronald Bailey|Jul. 26, 2017 5:40 pm The BBC headline blares, “Sperm count drop ‘could make humans extinct’.” The story is based on a new systematic review and meta-regression analysis of recent trends in both sperm concentration and total sperm count. The…

Claim: Climate Threatens the Himalayan “Viagra Fungus”

Guest essay by Eric Worrall What could be worse than a climate threat to an endangered aphrodisiac fungus? Climate threatens ‘Himalayan Viagra’ fungus, and a way of life Published on 26/07/2017, 3:17am A valuable fungus reputed to be an aphrodisiac has been disappearing from the mountains of Nepal, taking with it a valuable source of…

Allowable ‘carbon budget’ most likely overestimated

From Eurekalert and the it’s worse than we thought department. Public Release: 24-Jul-2017 Penn State While most climate scientists, including the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, implicitly define “pre-industrial” to be in the late 1800’s, a true non-industrially influenced baseline is probably further in the past, according to an international team of researchers who are…