• Newspapers Mislead Public About Polar Bear Numbers

    • Date: 19/11/14
    • Global Warming Policy Forum

    Earlier this week, the Guardian newspaper ran a headline claiming that the ‘polar bear population in frozen sea north of Alaska falls 40% in 10 years’ – a claim repeated today by the AFP news agency.              Dr Susan Crockford, a Canadian zoologist and professor with more than 35 years experience, has been highly critical […]

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  • S Beaufort Polar Bears Largely Recovered From 2004-2006 Decline, Says New Study

    • Date: 18/11/14
    • Susan Crockford, Polar Bear Science

    A bit more good news about polar bear populations, this time from an abundance study in the Southern Beaufort Sea. A paper released yesterday showed a 25-50% decline in population size took place between 2004 and 2006 (larger than previously calculated). However, by 2010 the population had rebounded substantially (although not to previous levels). All […]

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  • Climate Change Did Not Cause End Of The Bronze Age

    • Date: 18/11/14
    • Sarah Griffiths, Daily Mail

    Until now, researchers blamed the collapse of the Bronze Age on widespread changes in global temperatures. But now experts believe the huge population collapse, that took place in around 800BC, actually occurred two generations before this weather shift. The team used new statistical techniques to analyse more than 2,000 radiocarbon dates, taken from hundreds of archaeological […]

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  • First They Came For Climate Sceptics: EU Chief Scientist Forced Out By Green Lobby

    • Date: 14/11/14
    • Ben Webster, The Times

    The chief scientific adviser to the European Commission has been ousted after a lobbying campaign led by Greenpeace, which objected to her support for genetically modified crops. Professor Anne Glover had said there was no evidence of adverse impacts of GM crops and that opposing them was “a form of madness”. She revealed in an […]

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  • False Alarm: Alaska Shows No Signs of Rising Arctic Methane, NASA Study

    • Date: 14/11/14
    • NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

    Despite large temperature increases in Alaska in recent decades, a new analysis of NASA airborne data finds that methane is not being released from Alaskan soils into the atmosphere at unusually high rates, as recent modeling and experimental studies have suggested. This photo taken during the CARVE experiment shows polygonal lakes created by melting permafrost […]

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  • Drought-Defying Tomato Harvest Breaks California Record

    • Date: 12/11/14
    • Dale Kasler, Sacramento Bee

    Not even an epic drought could stop the familiar convoy of agricultural trucks hurtling down Central Valley freeways this year, brimming with freshly harvested tomatoes. Defying the state’s devastating water shortage, California farmers produced a record tomato crop. In this May 2, 2014 photo, farmworkers plant tomatoes in Yuba City.JAE C. HONG/AP The harvest came […]

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  • New Paper: Kashmir Floods Nothing New, Not Due To Climate Change

    • Date: 12/11/14
    • Global Warming Policy Foundation

    London, 12 November: A new briefing paper published today by the Global Warming Policy Foundation concludes that the most recent (September 2014) floods in the Kashmir region of India-Pakistan border which killed several dozen of people are a recurring feature of the Indian Monsoon and not linked to climate change. Whenever an extreme weather event […]

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  • Earth’s Climate More Variable Than Thought, New Study

    • Date: 10/11/14
    • Phys.org

    The earth’s climate appears to have been more variable over the past 7,000 years than often thought. This is the conclusion of a new study forthcoming online this week in the U.S. scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). In the study, scientists from the Potsdam-based Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for […]

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