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 consequences of a warmer Earth A new study, by scientists from the Universities of York, Glasgow and Leeds, involving analysis of fossil and geological records…

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Texas A&M says freshwater hurricanes grow stronger

From Texas A&M University , a claim that fresh water intensifies hurricanes. At first blush, the concept seems wonky to me, as I don’t think there’s much difference between the heat content potential of fresh -vs- saltwater. Though, it might simply be that freshwater deltas have higher temperature of outflowing water to start with, exacerbated…

Cliff Mass pans Hansen's PNAS paper

Cliff writes to me to tell me about this essay: Climate Distortion. I’m happy to draw attention to it. He writes: This week, with great fanfare,  NASA scientist James Hansen and associates released a paper “The Perception of Climate Change”  in the journal PNAS that claims that recent heat waves and droughts were caused by…

NASA's James Hansen's big cherry pick

From NASA:  Research Links Extreme Summer Heat Events to Global Warming A new statistical analysis by NASA scientists has found that Earth’s land areas have become much more likely to experience an extreme summer heat wave than they were in the middle of the 20th century. The research was published today in the journal Proceedings…

Wild Speculation on Climate and Polar Bears

By Dr. Pat Michaels at World Climate Report, reposted with permission. Here is another big one from PNAS. For those who don’t know, PNAS stands for the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and it has gained the unfortunate reputation for publishing scientific research articles that regularly get knocked out of the park within…

New evidence of Younger Dryas extraterrestrial impact

From the University of California – Santa Barbara Study finds new evidence supporting theory of extraterrestrial impact (Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– An 18-member international team of researchers that includes James Kennett, professor of earth science at UC Santa Barbara, has discovered melt-glass material in a thin layer of sedimentary rock in Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and…