Asteroid likely caused global fires, which led to extinctions

From the AGU: Global fires after the asteroid impact probably caused the K-Pg extinction About 66 million years ago a mountain-sized asteroid hit what is now the Yucatan in Mexico…

The PR is in: the 'may haves' have it at NSF

From the National Science Foundation, another bit of Speculative Science™ note the caveat in bold, which is all they need for a headline that screams certainty: This sudden release of…

Always Trust Your Gut Extinct

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach, title from a Paula Abdul quote The backstory for today’s adventure is that this is the first scientific question I seriously researched. It is also…

Warming increases biodiversity, except when it doesn't

From the University of York  news that warming increases biodiversity. Since that’s a buzzword in the biology protectors circle, you’d think they’d be happy about this. Nope. Research reveals contrasting…

Newsflash: tropical species adapt to temperature changes

From Wiley Sciences, some interesting admissions, though I have to think that insects are far more tolerant than they give them credit for. But, take it all with a grain…

Species Extinction is Nothing New

Letter to the Editor As the global warming bubble deflates, another scare is being inflated – species extinction. Naturally the professional alarmists present this as a brand new threat, caused…

Friday Funny – screwy thinking for Earth Day

We’ve known for some time that the eco-minded tend to think that humans are a bad thing. For example, there’s the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement: That’s no joke, it is…

The Permo-Triassic Extinction: A Question of Timing

Guest post by Mark Hladik Introduction In a 31 August 2011 article A blast from the gas in the past, Anthony Watts and company at Watts Up With That discussed a…

Gradually heading to hell in a handbasket just as bad as instant doom

From the National Science Foundation: Global Extinction: Gradual Doom as Bad as Abrupt In “The Great Dying” 250 million years ago, the end came slowly The deadliest mass extinction of…

New paper from Loehle & Eschenbach shows extinction data has been wrongly blamed on climate change due to island species sensitivity

Guest post by Dr. Craig Loehle Last year, Willis Eschenbach had a WUWT post about extinction rates being exaggerated in the literature. I offered to help him get this published,…

Sudden Clovis climate death by comet – "bogus"

UPDATE 3/12/12 – a new study presents very strong evidence for the comet theory, see here Bishop Hill alerts us to this news item in Miller-McCune, a policy and research…

Oh noes! Now its global warming killing Pikas

Only one small problem with this press release below. From Wikipedia: In 2010, the US government considered, then decided not to add the American pika under the US Endangered Species…

No evidence for Clovis comet catastrophe, archaeologists say

From University of Chicago Press Journals: New research challenges the controversial theory that an ancient comet impact devastated the Clovis people, one of the earliest known cultures to inhabit North…

AGW=dead lizards? Maybe it's not the heat, but the handbags and herpetology aficionados?

I covered this story Mid May on WUWT. http://wattsupwiththat.com/2010/05/13/now-its-lizards-going-extinct-due-to-climate-change/ An email today asking if this is real science or just hype prompted me to do some research. First, below, the…

Now it's lizards going extinct due to climate change

From a press release from Villanova University, more worry. I don’t know about the researchers experiences, but my property is overrun with the Western Fence Lizard. I can hardly avoid…

Climate Change and the dinosaurs

The prevailing theory (on Dino extinction) is said to be a comet/meteor strike, evidenced in the KT Iridium layer, found worldwide. This study though suggests that even though CO2 was…

Big Bird meets Big Green

Ecotretas writes in with this sad video. =========================== First time I’ve seen an image of a big bird going down due to wind energy: The important part is at 1:57…

Global Warming not to blame for toad extinction

From a Columbia University press release, here’s a case where the early speculation of science was wrong. Originally global warming was blamed, but it turns out to be El Niño…

NOAA langoliers eat another 1/3 of stations from GHCN database

Dallas Fort Worth airport is one of hundreds of GHCN reporting stations gone missing. GHCN stations are becoming an endangered species.   2010 Thermometer Langoliers Hit List Guest post by E.M.Smith…

Where Are The Corpses?

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach Abstract The record of continental (as opposed to island) bird and mammal extinctions in the last five centuries was analyzed to determine if the “species-area”…