• Did Thomas Kuhn Kill Truth?

    • Date: 15/09/18
    • David Kordahl, The New Atlantis
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    A debate on the nature of truth turns into a squabble over whether the father of the “paradigm shift” threw an ashtray at Errol Morris’s head. In 2011, the filmmaker and writer Errol Morris published a series of five articles that may rank as the oddest production of his long and varied career. The first began like […]

  • ‘Green’ Home Heating Fuels Causing ‘Extreme Levels Of Air Pollution’

    • Date: 15/09/18
    • The Irish Times
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    The increasing use of solid fuels such as wood chippings and peat products to heat homes is causing “extreme air pollution” in Dublin, scientists at NUI Galway have found. The fuels, which are marketed as being “green” and “climate-friendly”, are causing “extraordinarily high levels of pollution” threatening human health, according NUIG’s centre for climate and air pollution […]

  • Arctic Icebreaker Encounters Most Difficult Ice Conditions In 15 Years

    • Date: 15/09/18
    • High North News
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    A Swedish icebreaker on the way to the North Pole has encountered heavy ice conditions and had to stop just before the North Pole. The Swedish icebreaker Oden embarked to the North Pole from Svalbard last week but encountered difficult ice conditions not seen in one and a half decades. The captain of the Oden icebreaker described the ice […]

  • Out-Trumping Trump: European Nations Urge Subsidy Extension For Coal Plants Beyond 2030

    • Date: 14/09/18
    • Montel
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    Six European nations have called for government subsidies to be extended to coal-fired plants in capacity mechanisms beyond 2030, according to a working paper published earlier this month.   France, Poland, Ireland, the UK, Greece and Hungary demanded a “suitable and realistic transition period for existing installations that do not yet meet the emission[s] criteria”, […]

  • Japan: From Climate Leader To Coal Leader As Energy Security Tops Agenda

    • Date: 14/09/18
    • Michiyo Morisawa, Nikkei Asian Review
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    It is strange that a population so careful about their local environment, willing to help reduce local factory pollution and clear up sports stadiums can seem somewhat uninterested in doing much about climate change. In 1997, Japan was at the forefront of climate action. The birthplace of the Kyoto Protocol, an international agreement committing countries […]

  • Hurricane Florence Is Not an Omen About Climate Change

    • Date: 14/09/18
    • David Kreutzer, The Daily Signal
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    In today’s hyper-politicized world of climate science, hardly a thunderstorm passes without somebody invoking the “scientists say” trope to blame it on carbon emissions. The logic seems to be: If it’s bad, it was caused by carbon emissions, and we are only going to see more and worse. More and worse floods, droughts, tornadoes, and […]

  • New Research: Hurricane Frequency Steady Or Declining

    • Date: 14/09/18
    • Kenneth Richard, No Tricks Zone
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    The peer-reviewed scientific literature robustly affirms that land-falling hurricane frequencies and intensities have remained steady or declined in recent decades.  So have droughts, floods, and other extreme weather events.  But the editorial board of The Washington Post spurns this scientific evidence and inexplicably blames politicians and “those who deny” climate change for landfalling hurricanes and the associated […]

  • Germany Is Razing A 12,000-Year-Old Forest To Make Way For A Coal Mine

    • Date: 14/09/18
    • Quartz
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    Germany may have set laudable goals for its ambitious “Energiewende”—or shift to a low-carbon economy—but it is still struggling to free itself from fossil fuels, in particular electricity generated from coal’s dirtier cousin lignite. In the latest demonstration of this struggle, an ancient forest is about to be razed in order to expand what is already Europe’s largest opencast […]

  • Green No More: German Police Clear Anti-Coal Protesters

    • Date: 13/09/18
    • Associated Press
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    KERPEN, Germany (AP) – German police forcibly removed protesters from tree houses Thursday as they sought to free the way for parts of an ancient forest to be cleared next month for new coal strip mining. Police were hoisted on platforms by cranes to the up-to 25-meter (80-foot) high tree houses constructed on wooden tripods […]

  • Fracking Helped Make The US The World’s Oil King

    • Date: 13/09/18
    • The New York Post
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    Move over, Russia — and Saudi Arabia, too: The United States is now the world’s largest producer of crude oil. “US crude-oil production exceeded that of Saudi Arabia for the first time in more than two decades,” the US Energy Information Administration reported Tuesday. “In June and August, the United States surpassed Russia in crude-oil […]

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