• Some Amazon rainforest regions more resistant to climate change than previously thought

    • Date: 21/11/20
    • University of Columbia

    New observational study demonstrates that increasing air dryness does not reduce photosynthesis in certain very wet regions of the Amazon rainforest, contradicting Earth System Models that show the opposite New York, NY—November 20, 2020—Forests can help mitigate climate change, by taking in carbon dioxide during photosynthesis and storing it in their biomass (tree trunks, roots, […]

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  • New footage reveals Netflix faked walrus climate deaths

    • Date: 19/11/20
    • GWPF

    In a GWPF video released today, Dr. Susan Crockford, a Canadian wildlife expert, provides new evidence that the 2019 Netflix documentary film series, ‘Our Planet’, withheld facts behind the controversial walrus story it promoted as evidence of climate change. If there was ever any doubt that polar bears, not climate change, were the cause of walrus falling […]

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  • In the case of Peter Ridd, we’ll soon learn whether academic freedom matters

    • Date: 16/11/20
    • Janet Albrechtsen, The Australian

    If the High Court grants Peter Ridd special leave to appeal, the court’s final determination is likely to ­reverberate across the country.  […] Everyone agrees on one thing: judges on the US Supreme Court can alter the country in profound ways. By the way, two new judges were appointed to Australia’s High Court this week, […]

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  • ‘Unstoppable’ global warming claim withdrawn by Scientific Reports journal

    • Date: 13/11/20
    • The Times

    A top scientific journal which claimed that global warming may already be unstoppable has been forced to issue a clarification after being accused of potentially causing “unnecessary despair”. Scientific Reports sought to publicise a study by Norwegian scientists with a doom-laden press release headlined: “Ending greenhouse gas emissions may not stop global warming.” After being strongly […]

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  • Biden administration expected to emphasise climate science over lunar exploration at NASA

    • Date: 09/11/20
    • Space News

    WASHINGTON — A Biden administration is likely to place more emphasis on Earth sciences at NASA and slow down the agency’s plans to return humans to the moon, and do so with a new person at the helm of the agency. The Biden campaign declared victory in its presidential campaign Nov. 7 after multiple projections […]

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  • Scientists ‘surprised’ that coral reefs recover after bleaching

    • Date: 06/11/20
    • ABC News

    “We were expecting to see widespread mortality, and we just didn’t see it ….” It was a depressing, if expected inevitability when Western Australia’s Rowley Shoals showed the first signs of mass coral bleaching earlier this year, but a follow-up survey has found a remarkable recovery looks likely to preserve the reef’s near-pristine health — […]

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  • Ancient society adapted & flourished in face of climate change, archaeologists discover

    • Date: 31/10/20
    • Cornell University

    An examination of two documented periods of climate change in the greater Middle East, between approximately 4,500 and 3,000 years ago, reveals local evidence of resilience and even of a flourishing ancient society despite the changes in climate seen in the larger region. A new study – led by archaeologists from Cornell and from the […]

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  • Policy making during crises: how diversity and disagreement can help manage the politics of expert advice

    • Date: 28/10/20
    • Alfred Moore & Michael K MacKenzie, British Medical Journal, https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m4039

    Alfred Moore and Michael K MacKenzie argue that greater openness about disagreement among diverse types of experts makes it harder for political leaders to politicise expertise. Whenever scientists provide advice to political leaders they risk their expert authority being used in ways they cannot control in order to serve political ends. At one extreme, when they […]

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