• Notable & Quotable: Academic Groupthink

    • Date: 08/06/18
    • The Wall Street Journal

    ‘He expected everyone else in his department would sign it, so it would look really bad if he didn’t.’ From “Can Things Be Both Popular and Silenced?” by Scott Alexander at SlateStarCodex.com, May 23: Here is a story I heard from a friend, which I will alter slightly to protect the innocent. A prestigious psychology […]

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  • Carbon Dating Accuracy Called Into Question After Major Flaw Discovery

    • Date: 07/06/18
    • Colm Gorey, Silicon Republic

    Though one of the most essential tools for determining an ancient object’s age, carbon dating might not be as accurate as we once thought. When news is announced on the discovery of an archaeological find, we often hear about how the age of the sample was determined using radiocarbon dating, otherwise simply known as carbon […]

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  • New Study: Ancient Greenland Was Much Warmer Than Previously Thought

    • Date: 05/06/18
    • Northwestern University

    Discovery helps researchers understand how Greenland’s ice sheet responds to warming A tiny clue found in ancient sediment has unlocked big secrets about Greenland’s past and future climate. Just beyond the northwest edge of the vast Greenland Ice Sheet, Northwestern University researchers have discovered lake mud that beat tough odds by surviving the last ice […]

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  • Climate Change May Increase, Not Decrease Arable Land: Study

    • Date: 29/05/18
    • Press Trust of India

    Climate change could expand the agricultural feasibility of the global boreal region by 44 per cent by the end of the century, according to a study. However, the scientists warn that the same climate trends that would increase land suitable for crop growth in that area could significantly change the global climatic water balance – […]

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  • New Study: Urbanization Bias Makes China’s Early Warm Period Colder And Recent Warm Period Warmer

    • Date: 29/05/18
    • Willie Wei-Hock Soon et al., Earth-Science Reviews, Available, May 2018 a,

    Comparing the current and early 20th century warm periods in China Abstract: Most estimates of Chinese regional Surface Air Temperatures since the late-19th century have identified two relatively warm periods – 1920s–40s and 1990s–present. However, there is considerable debate over how the two periods compare to each other. Some argue the current warm period is […]

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  • Environmentalist Sounds Alarm On Coming Wave Of Toxic Solar Panel Waste

    • Date: 25/05/18
    • The Daily Caller

    A leading activist has raised concerns over the ecological impact of solar panels — a renewable energy technology widely considered to be harmless to the environment. Michael Shellenberger — the president of Environmental Progress, a nonprofit organization working to promote clean energy — detailed the real life impacts of discarded solar installation. Solar technology typically […]

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  • Global Warming Will Increase U.S. Crop Yields, New Study

    • Date: 24/05/18
    • Michigan State University

    Contrary to previous analyses, new research published by Michigan State University shows that projected changes in temperature and humidity will not lead to greater water use in corn. This means that while changes in temperatures and humidity trend as they have in the past 50 years, crop yields can not only survive – but thrive. Climate […]

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  • Marine Science Rebel Peter Ridd Sacked By James Cook University

    • Date: 20/05/18
    • Graham Lloyd, The Australian

    Peter Ridd has been sacked by James Cook University for speaking to The Australian and breaking a gag order to ­expose disciplinary action being taken against him after he criticised the quality of Great Barrier Reef ­science. Former James Cook University professor Peter Ridd. Picture: Cameron Laird. He  was also found to have broken an order that […]

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