New research shows that 13,000 years of repeated human occupation by British Columbia's coastal First Nations has enhanced temperate rainforest productivity. CREDIT Will McInnes/Hakai Institute

Surprise: humans had positive effect on rainforest environment

From the UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO: People enhanced the environment, not degraded it, over past 13,000 years Human occupation is usually associated with deteriorated landscapes, but new research shows that 13,000 years of repeated occupation by British Columbia’s coastal First Nations has had the opposite effect, enhancing temperate rainforest productivity. Andrew Trant, a professor in the Faculty…

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Modern Scientific Controversies Part 2: The Great Barrier Reef Wars

Guest Essay by Kip Hansen   Prologue:  This is the second in a series of several essays that will discuss ongoing scientific controversies, a specific type of which are often referred to in the science press and elsewhere as “Wars” – for instance, this essay covers the Great Barrier Reef Wars.  The purpose of the…

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Claim: GMO Crops are good for Climate Change

Guest essay by Eric Worrall A new schism appears to be opening in the green movement, comparable to the divisions over the climate benefits of nuclear power, about whether GM crops could help save us from Climate Change. Genetically Engineered Crops Are Safe and Possibly Good for Climate Change The National Academy of Sciences reaffirmed…

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What did ExxonMobil Know and when did they know it? (Part 3, Exxon: The Fork Not Taken)

Guest post by David Middleton This just keeps getting more hilarious… Exxon Confirmed Global Warming Consensus in 1982 with In-House Climate Models The company chairman would later mock climate models as unreliable while he campaigned to stop global action to reduce fossil fuel emissions. Lisa Song, Neela Banerjee, David Hasemyer Sep 22, 2015 Steve Knisely…