The Total Myth of Ocean Acidification, Part Deux: The Scientific Basis

Guest essay by David Middleton Here’s a shocker… I’ve actually never seen Hot Shots! Part Deux.  As much as I love stupid comedies, I’ve never actually seen the movie.  But I do love to use the “part deux” bit… and part trois, quatre, etc.  Anyway, I digress…  In part un, we discussed the evolution of…

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They shrink horses, don't they?

From the University of Nebraska-Lincoln . Tom Nelson quipped earlier today that he hadn’t noticed any pygmy horses near the equator where it is warmer. Study: Evolution of earliest horses driven by climate change New research offers evidence of rising temperatures’ effects on body size When Sifrhippus, the earliest known horse, first appeared in the…

Paleopessimism by Proxy

Carbon release and global warming now and in the ancient past From the National Oceanography Centre Our findings suggest that humankind may be causing atmospheric carbon dioxide to increase at rates never previously seen on Earth – Dr Ian Harding, June 7, 2011 The present rate of greenhouse carbon dioxide emissions through fossil fuel burning…

Ancient "Hyperthermals" aka global warming, more frequent than previously thought

Ancient “Hyperthermals” a  Guide to Anticipated Climate Changes Scripps researchers document the history of sudden global warming events, impacts on marine life By Mario Aguilera, Scripps Institute News (h/t to Dr. Leif Svalgaard) Sediment samples in the lab of Richard Norris obtained by the Ocean Drilling Program reveal the mark of “hyperthermals,” warming events lasting…

Ancient natural global warming

Arctic environment during an ancient bout of natural global warming Scientists are unravelling the environmental changes that took place around the Arctic during an exceptional episode of ancient global warming. Newly published results from a high-resolution study of sediments collected on Spitsbergen represent a significant contribution to this endeavour. The study was led by Dr…