“Scientists” Determine That the Worst Year in Human History Was… 536 AD.

Guest post by David Middleton From the American Association for the Advancement of Science! in America: Why 536 was ‘the worst year to be alive’ By Ann Gibbons Nov. 15, 2018   Ask medieval historian Michael McCormick what year was the worst to be alive, and he’s got an answer: “536.” Not 1349, when the…

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A massive crater hides beneath Greenland’s ice

Elevating this from a mention in my previous Newsworthy Items post. From ScienceNews Whether the impact is related to a period of cooling called the Younger Dryas is unknown By Carolyn Gramling 2:00pm, November 14, 2018 There’s something big lurking beneath Greenland’s ice. Using airborne ice-penetrating radar, scientists have discovered a 31-kilometer-wide crater — larger…

You can always tell a Mann, but you can’t tell him much – why tree ring data (and climatic conclusions from it) sucks

From the “we only select wood for hockey stick construction” department. Steve McIntyre comes back into the fray with a scathing review of just how crappy the tree ring proxies used by Michael Mann were (and still are), and shows without the questionable stripbark portion of the data, why no “hockey stick” appears. But even…

Claim: World’s first animals caused global warming

From the University of Exeter and the “everything causes global warming and it’s bad, bad, according to our model and leaps of logic” department. The evolution of Earth’s first animals more than 500 million years ago caused global warming, new research shows. Some 520-540 million years ago, animal life evolved in the ocean and began…