• Chinese Scientists: It Was Warmer In China During Medieval Warm Period Than Today

    • Date: 29/04/20
    • Zhixin Hao, Maowei Wu, Yang Liu, Xuezhen Zhang & Jingyun Zheng, Journal of Geographical Sciences, January 2020

    ‘For China as a whole, the longest warm period during the last 2000 years occurred in the 10th–13th centuries’ Abstract: The Medieval Climate Anomaly (MCA, AD950-1250) is the most recent warm period lasting for several hundred years and is regarded as a reference scenario when studying the impact of and adaptation to global and regional […]

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  • Genetically Engineered Rice Can Resist Heat Waves And Can Produce Up To 20% More Grain

    • Date: 25/04/20
    • Science Magazine

    A team of geneticists has engineered plants so they can better repair heat damage. And in a surprise, the change made plants more productive at normal temperatures. As plants convert sunlight into sugar, their cells are playing with fire. Photosynthesis generates chemical byproducts that can damage the light-converting machinery itself—and the hotter the weather, the […]

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  • Scientists Criticise UK Government’s ‘Following The Science’ Claim

    • Date: 24/04/20
    • The Guardian

    Ministers accused of abdicating political duty to narrow field of opaque expertise on Covid-19 Experts have voiced growing frustration over the UK government’s claim that it is “following the science”, saying the refrain is being used to abdicate responsibility for political decisions. They also raised concerns that the views of public health experts were being […]

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  • Systemic Misuse of Scenarios in Climate Research and Assessment

    • Date: 22/04/20
    • Roger Pielke Jr and Justin Ritchie, SSRN

    The misuse of scenarios in climate research means that much of what we think we know about our collective climate future may be incomplete, myopic or even misleading or wrong, and as such, “uncomfortable knowledge”” Abstract Climate science research and assessments have misused scenarios for more than a decade. Symptoms of this misuse include the […]

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  • Climate Change Not a Major Factor in Spread of Dengue Fever

    • Date: 21/04/20
    • Infectious Diseases in Children, March 2020

    Last year, researchers estimated that 60% of the global population will be at risk for dengue by 2080, citing climate change as a potential factor in the disease’s spread. We asked Duane J. Gubler, ScD, FAAAS, FIDSA, FASTMH, chair of the Global Dengue & Aedes-Transmitted Diseases Consortium and emeritus professor of emerging infectious diseases at Duke-NUS Medical […]

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  • COVID-19 Could Help Solve Climate Riddles

    • Date: 18/04/20
    • Scientific American

    Pollution declines from pandemic shutdowns may aid in answering long-standing questions about how aerosols influence climate As the world scrambles to contain the spread of COVID-19, many economic activities have ground to a halt, leading to marked reductions in air pollution. And with the skies clearing, researchers are getting an unprecedented chance to help answer […]

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  • Bornean Treeshrews Can Take the Heat

    • Date: 17/04/20
    • The University of Chicago Press

    Some small mammals could be more resilient to higher temperatures than first thought, with greater variability between species. As human activity shapes Earth’s climate, animals must increasingly adapt to new environmental conditions. The thermoneutral zone — the ambient temperature range in which mammals can maintain their body temperature without expending extra energy — is a […]

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  • Who Will Win The World’s Biggest Scientific Experiment In History?

    • Date: 08/04/20
    • GWPF

    We are moving into one of the biggest scientific experiments of all time. Since the invention of the telescope, the Sun’s activity has been recorded by counting the number of sunspots on its surface.  According to these records, the number of sunspots rises and falls in an eleven year cycle.  But scientists have detected a […]

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