• Pacific Islands Growing, Not Sinking

    • Date: 03/06/10

    Against all the odds, a number of shape-shifting islands in the middle of the Pacific Ocean are standing up to the effects of climate change. For years, people have warned that the smallest nations on the planet – island states that barely rise out of the ocean – face being wiped off the map by […]

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  • Drying Up: UN Climate Talks Running Out Of Cash

    • Date: 02/06/10

    Can stalled climate negotiations get any worse? The already fraught international climate change negotiations are facing a fresh challenge after Yvo de Boer, the outgoing head of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, revealed that the secretariat does not have sufficient funds to host two additional meetings ahead of the Cancun summit in November. […]

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  • Chicxulub Redux: A Lesson In How Science Works

    • Date: 02/06/10

    Recently this site posted an article about the extinction event 65.5 million years ago at the end of the Cretaceous period. That extinction coincided with a large asteroid impact at Chicxulub, Mexico, and occurred within the time of Deccan flood basalt volcanism in India. A new review article by 41 scientists, published in the March […]

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  • Climate Hype Destroying Trust In Science Organisations

    • Date: 01/06/10

    Federal Treasury and the CSIRO are supposed to be among the most trusted institutions in Australia. They are both supposed to be founded in objective rationalism. The Treasury building in Canberra houses the greatest collection of economic analytical and policymaking brainpower in Australia. The same, in the fields of science, goes for the CSIRO in […]

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  • Scientists Probe Antarctic Ice to Settle Climate Debates

    • Date: 29/05/10

    WEST ANTARCTICA—At a camp here on Earth’s remotest continent, American researchers have constructed a towering drill that, like a biopsy needle, periodically plunges thousands of feet into the ice to extract an exotic marrow of frozen gases and isotopes. Their work could settle a central question in the dispute over climate change, by documenting how […]

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  • Vatican Footprint Wrong-Footed

    • Date: 26/05/10

    It appears that a Roman Curia cardinal was hoodwinked when he signed a much-publicised deal in 2007 with two entrepreneurs from the United States and Hungary who were supposed to turn the Vatican into the world’s first carbon-neutral state. An item on the Notebook page in the 21 July 2007 issue of The Tablet entitled […]

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  • We Must Stop Saying ‘The Science Demands…’

    • Date: 24/05/10

    Top climate-change expert Mike Hulme tells spiked it is a scandal that scientific claims are increasingly usurping politics and morality. ‘To say that the science demands a certain policy response to climate change is just a wrong reading of the relationship between science and policy.’ Mike Hulme, professor of climate change in the School of Environmental Sciences […]

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  • The Great Dying of Thermometers

    • Date: 21/05/10

    It’s like watching the lights go out over the West. Sinan Unur has mapped the surface stations into a beautiful animation. His is 4 minutes long and spans from 1701-2010. I’ve taken some of his snapshots and strung them into a 10 second animation. You can see as development spreads across the world that more and […]

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