Global climate wrecked by volcanoes caused the largest mass extinction ever

Geologists uncover new clues about largest mass extinction ever A new study could help explain the driving force behind the largest mass extinction in the history of earth, known as the End-Permian Extinction. The event, also known as the Great Dying, occurred around 250 million years ago when a massive volcanic eruption in what is…

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My Email To The NAS, NAE, and NAM

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach As just reported here on WUWT, the National Academies of Science, of Engineering, and of Medicine recently stated that with Google funding, they are going to decide what is scientific “misinformation”. This is a terrifying possibility, because if Google decides your scientific claims are “misinformation”, your entire life’s work could…

Darwin — We’ve Got a Problem

Guest Essay by Kip Hansen   Biology has a ‘new’ problem: Speciation Reversal.  One recent paper on the topic declares: “We argue that extinction by speciation reversal may be more widespread than currently appreciated. Preventing such extinctions will require that conservation efforts not only target existing species but identify and protect the ecological and evolutionary…

Science magazine does Politics

Guest Opinion by Kip Hansen Science, the journal, is beginning to go the way of the magazine Scientific American, in that it is beginning to become an oxymoron all by itself, as SciAm did in the Forrest Mims scandal.  Science Magazine has turned itself into Politics-uber-Science. In today’s email of Science News, comes this article…

Morally Irresponsible Science

Guest Essay by Kip Hansen   Long ago and far away — that is, in August of last year and in the scientific field called Demography — a great controversy arose and sparked calls for a retraction and accusations of a scholarly paper falling “outside the bounds of scholarly decorum” and labeling its findings as…

Oh No, Not Another Precautionary Principle Article!

Guest essay John Ridgway The precautionary principle has so often been the subject of articles on this website that one is slightly embarrassed to be adding to the pile. Nevertheless, I couldn’t resist the temptation to add my own two pennyworth, particularly after reading the article posted by Neil Lock on the same subject earlier…

AAAS Apologizes — Rightfully So

Brief by Kip Hansen American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)  has apologized for emailing out a fund-raising promotion that was misleading and apparently politically motivated — that is, they have apologized to me, personally, when I contacted them with an email questioning the content of the email.   In case you have forgotten, the…