• The Limits of Knowledge and the Climate Change Debate

    • Date: 24/09/16
    • Brian J. L. Berry, Jayshree Bihari and Euel Elliott, Cato Journal

    The “debate” over climate change — which is really, in Matt Ridley’s terms, a “war” absent any real debate — has potentially done grave harm to the scientific enterprise. The question of whether climate change is produced by anthropogenic global warming (henceforth AGW) has triggered an increasingly contentious confrontation over the conduct of science, the […]

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  • Academic Absurdity Of The Week: Fake Peer Reviews

    • Date: 23/09/16
    • Steven Hayward, Power Line

    Using automatic text generation software, computer scientists at Italy’s University of Trieste created a series of fake peer reviews of genuine journal papers. The research team was able to influence the peer review process in one in four cases by throwing fake reviews into the mix. I’m guessing that the number of Power Line readers who take in […]

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  • The Inevitable Evolution of Bad Science

    • Date: 22/09/16
    • Ed Yong, The Atlantic

    “As long as the incentives are there, then rewards will be there for those who can cheat the system, whether they do so intentionally or not.” Bacteria, animals, languages, cancers: all of these things can evolve, which we know from the work of legions of scientists. You could argue that science itself also evolves.  Researchers […]

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  • New Report Refutes EPA’s CO2 Endangerment Finding

    • Date: 19/09/16
    • ICECAP

    The results of a new report invalidate each of the Three Lines of Evidence in The EPA’s CO2 Endangerment Finding. On December 15, 2009, EPA issued its Green House Gas (GHG) Endangerment Finding, which has driven very significant and costly regulations beginning with CO2. Focusing primarily on the time period since 1950, EPA’s Endangerment Finding predicated on […]

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  • New Paper Questions Reliability Of Eurasian Tree-Ring Chronologies For Reconstructing Climate History

    • Date: 16/09/16
    • Lena Hellmann et al., Environmental Research Letters

    By revealing complex climate constraints on the productivity of Eurasia’s northern forests, our results question the a priori suitability of boreal tree-ring width chronologies for reconstructing summer temperatures. Diverse growth trends and climate responses across Eurasia’s boreal forest Lena Hellmann et al (2016) Environmental Research Letters, Volume 11, Number Abstract The area covered by boreal forests accounts for ~16% of […]

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  • 2015/16 El Niño Driven By Peak Solar Activity, Chinese Scientists Say

    • Date: 10/09/16
    • Wen-Juan Huo and Zi-Niu Xiao, Chinese Academy of Science

    Did the 2014 solar peak trigger strong 2015/16 El Niño warming? Wen-Juan Huo and Zi-Niu Xiao, two physicists at the Chinese Academy of Science, have published new research today suggesting that the strong 2015/16 El Niño event occurred right after the 2014 solar peak and may be directly linked to strong solar activity. The Chinese scientists found a significant positive […]

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  • GWPF TV: Is The Ozone Hole Really Mending?

    • Date: 06/09/16
    • GWPF TV

    Claims of an ozone recovery are premature. Many expect to see such a recovery in the future, but it hasn’t been reliably seen just yet. The ozone hole has become one of the great scientific stories of our time. In the mid-1980s it was realised that chlorofluorocarbons –  released from such things as refrigerators – […]

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  • Eco-Scare Debunked: Cancer Research UK Refutes Claim Child Cancer Rose 40%

    • Date: 05/09/16
    • Harriet Agerholm, The Independent

    A leading cancer charity has challenged the claim modern life is largely responsible for a 40 per cent hike in cancer among young people. A spokesperson from Cancer Research UK said the statistic was misleading because it did not account for population growth. The theory environmental factors, such as eating junk food, were responsible for […]

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