• It Is Time To Adopt A ‘Red Team’ Approach In Science

    • Date: 13/05/20
    • Benny Peiser, Global Warming Policy Forum

    The coronavirus crisis is causing the biggest economic and scientific crisis since the end of the Second World War. After the pandemic we need a radical reformation of the way science is organised and funded. While tens of thousands are dying from the Covid-19 virus and hundreds of millions of people around the world are […]

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  • Insects: Largest Study to Date Confirms Declines on Land, But Finds Recoveries in Freshwater

    • Date: 01/05/20
    • German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research

    Global insect populations show highly variable local trends. Habitat destruction is the most likely cause of insect declines. A worldwide compilation of long-term insect abundance studies shows that the number of land-dwelling insects is in decline. On average, there is a global decrease of 0.92% per year, which translates to approximately 24% over 30 years. […]

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  • 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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