“How dare you!” Will Happer “calls methane ‘irrelevant’ to climate”.

Guest eye-rolling by David Middleton From the American Association for the Advancement of Science of America… In unpublished paper, former White House climate adviser calls methane ‘irrelevant’ to climateBy Scott Waldman, E&E News Nov. 27, 2019 , 12:35 PM Originally published by E&E News A climate skeptic with ties to the White House is back—this…

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Revisiting Day One of the Cenozoic Era

Guest geology by David Middleton Cenozoic Era: The Era of New Life Who would have ever guessed that details about the first day of the Cenozoic Era might have been preserved the stratigraphic record? Sep 09, 2019Rocks at Asteroid Impact Site Record First Day of Dinosaur Extinction AUSTIN, Texas — When the asteroid that wiped…

Toba Superuption: Perfect Analogy to the “Climate Crisis”

Guest “never mind” by David Middleton From Real Clear Science… How Did Humans Survive Our Near Extinction?By Ross Pomeroy – RCP Staff Roughly 75,000 years ago, Indonesia exploded. A great supervolcano in Sumatra erupted, spewing an estimated 2,800 cubic kilometers of magma and rock into the air. Ash may have been deposited as far as the Indian Ocean, the…

No Hockey Sticks: Studies Reveal Long-Term Lack of Warming

A new temperature reconstruction, using proxy temperature measurements from locations in central Asia, has revealed that there has been no warming in the past 432 years. by Vijay Jayaraj The Global Warming “Hiatus” or Pause The word “hiatus” became popular in recent years after the discovery of a pause or hiatus in global warming. There…

What Caused Madagascar’s Megafauna Extinction?

Guest post by David Middleton What rapidly wiped out Madagascar’s megafauna between 700 and 1000 AD? Climate change? Meteors? Over-hunting? President Donald J. Trump? Nope. It appears that agriculture may have killed the beasts… Last of the giants: What killed off Madagascar’s megafauna a thousand years ago? March 29, 2019 Giant 10-foot-tall elephant birds, with…

Shocker: study shows past forest fires occurred mainly in humid, warm periods

Researchers at the University of Bonn used drill cores to trace back the fires of the past 600,000 years – favorable climate induced growth promoting larger fuel loads was the biggest factor. Highlights: Fire intensity and temperature were largest during warmer periods of earth history. The fires did not mainly occur during particularly dry periods as assumed, but in comparatively humid and…

“Terrifying Sea-Level Prediction Now Looks Far Less Likely”… But “marine ice-cliff instability” is “just common sense”

Guest AEUHHH???? by David Middleton A Terrifying Sea-Level Prediction Now Looks Far Less Likely But experts warn that our overall picture of sea-level rise looks far scarier today than it did even five years ago. ROBINSON MEYER JAN 4, 2019 One of the scariest scenarios for near-term, disastrous sea-level rise may be off the table…

Permian Extinction… Because Climate Change!

Guest eye roll by David Middleton From Real Clear Science… The Two Great Killers of ‘The Great Dying’ By Ross Pomeroy – RCP Staff The Siberian Traps in northern Russia are picturesque. The expansive region is graced with serene slopes that jut into striking plateaus. Hiding behind this beauty, however, is a calamitous history, revealed…

Back to the Cretaceous! Because… CLIMATE CHANGE!

Guest AEUHHH??? by David Middleton We are heading for a New Cretaceous, not for a new normal Peter Forbes is a science writer whose work has appeared in New Scientist, The Guardian, The Times, Scientific American and New Statesman, among others. His latest book, co-authored with Tom Grimsey, is Nanoscience: Giants of the Infinitesimal (2014).…