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Our Climate, Scumpism is Denialism

Where we share information on climatology and the changing Earth's climate.

With of course a special thought for deniers and those who would profit from denial.

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A snip for the planet

Started by Davy. Last reply by Chris May 2, 2015. 18 Replies

Blokes, it's time to man-up and face the snip - the future of the planet could well depend upon your decision, argues Dr Paul Willis who is the director of …Continue

Tags: consumption., resource, global, contraception, Vasectomy

Off Shore Wind Farms an Unforeseen Bonus

Started by Davy. Last reply by Lester Unega Waya Apr 3, 2014. 5 Replies

Off Shore Wind Farms an Unforeseen BonusOffshore wind turbines like those being planned off the East Coast could one day do double duty for residents, according to a new study.Scientists at the…Continue

Tags: electricity, generation, turbine, force, farm

Not just the Koch brothers: New study reveals funders behind the climate change denial effort

Started by Davy. Last reply by Chris Jan 12, 2014. 3 Replies

A new study conducted by Drexel University's environmental sociologist Robert J. Brulle, PhD,exposes the organizational underpinnings and funding behind the powerful climate change counter-movement.…Continue

Tags: denial, Climate

NASA: Climate Change Evidence

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Comment by Neal on September 24, 2012 at 11:29am

Exactly. West Nile Virus spreading is not because of climate change. 

Comment by Michel on September 24, 2012 at 10:56am

@Chris - Here's what I'm expecting to hear: There's no such thing as climate change, so these findings cannot be evidence for it. And the science on biology is not settled. Scientists just discovered what had been there all along.

Comment by Chris on September 24, 2012 at 10:36am

Birds catching malaria in Alaska

Birds can catch malaria at least as far north as Fairbanks, Alaska, a new study confirms. And at the rate climate is expected to change, the risk zone for avian malaria might stretch beyond the Arctic Circle by 2080.

Throughout much of continental North America, malaria-causingPlasmodium parasites have been hitchhiking inside mosquitoes from bird to bird for eons. But many long-exposed bird species don’t get particularly sick because they’ve developed some degree of tolerance over time. What’s worrisome about the northward creep of malaria risk is that parasites might reach bird populations that haven’t been exposed, explains disease ecologist Ravinder Sehgal of San Francisco State University.

People aren’t at risk: The 80-plus species of Plasmodium that cause avian malaria don’t infect humans, nor do the five that cause human malaria affect birds. Climate may also change transmission risk for the human form of the disease, but with its own pattern.

Genuine made-in-Alaska malaria transmission showed up in several Fairbanks birds, Sehgal and his colleagues report September 19 inPLOS ONE. The researchers could tell the parasites had attacked locally because one bird, an infected myrtle warbler, was too young to have migrated yet and the remainder, all black-capped chickadees, stay in Alaska year-round.

Previous studies in the region hadn’t distinguished between local transmission and infections picked up elsewhere. So the new paper gives the first evidence of avian malarial transmission in the upper reaches of North America, Sehgal says.

What that shift might do to bird populations will depend on the bird species, says conservation geneticist Robert Fleischer of the Smithsonian Institution’s Center for Conservation and Evolutionary Genetics in Washington, D.C. A species of malarial parasite that had appeared relatively benign elsewhere in the world has swept into Hawaii. Some birds may cope, but in others the parasite is “very virulent and deadly,” he says. Now some of the native birds can survive only high in the safety of mountain slopes, where it’s too chilly for the parasite-carrying mosquitoes to thrive.

Rising temperatures may already be pushing avian malaria upslope in Hawaii, says Carter T. Atkinson of the U.S. Geological Survey’s Kilauea Field Station in Hawaii National Park. On the island of Kauai, transmission has shifted to higher elevations as researchers have observed temperatures increasing.

The disease may expand its reach in Alaska too, Sehgal and his colleagues predict. With a climate model, they find that the temperatures and rainfall levels of places where Alaskan mosquitoes can transmit malarial parasites could arrive north of the Arctic Circle by 2080.

There’s also the other end of the Earth to worry about. Sehgal frets that as the Antarctic warms, penguins may have to cope with malaria.

Comment by Chris on September 20, 2012 at 8:00pm

Here's an advertisement from 1921 about clean coal. 

How Big Coal Keeps America Stupid

Comment by Michel on September 13, 2012 at 12:46pm

Comment by Doone has Fremdschämen on September 12, 2012 at 10:16pm

Global Warming Animation of the Day

Comment by Michel on September 11, 2012 at 1:35am

Interesting correlation between free-market believers and climate change deniers. But not a surprise: climate change demonstrates the failure of the "benevolent" free-market.

Free market = unbridled instincts (and imagination.)

Comment by Chris on September 10, 2012 at 10:47pm

Gee…Deniers More Likely to Be Conspiracy Nuts. Go Figger.

Well, hit my head and call me shorty…..Who could’ve seen this coming?

Medical Express:

More than 1000 visitors to blogs dedicated to discussions of climate science completed a questionnaire that queried people’s belief in a number of scientific questions and conspiracy theories, including: Princess Diana’s death was not an accident; the Apollo moon landings never happened; HIV causes AIDS; and smoking causes lung cancer.

The study also considered the interplay of these responses with the acceptance of climate science, free market ideology and the belief that previous environmental problems have been resolved. The results showed that those who subscribed to one or more conspiracy theories or who strongly supported a free market economy were more likely to reject the findings from climate science as well as other sciences.

The researchers, led by UWA School of Psychology Professor Stephan Lewandowsky, found that free-market ideology was an overwhelmingly strong determinant of the rejection of climate science. It also predicted the rejection of the link between tobacco and lung cancer and between HIV and AIDS. Conspiratorial thinking was a lesser but still significant determinant of the rejection of all scientific propositions examined, from climate to lung cancer.

More here

Comment by Chris on September 10, 2012 at 10:36pm

It's about time someone started a Climate group. I've been thinking about doing so for a long time. I don't know why I didn't.

Thanks for starting it Michel.

Comment by Doone has Fremdschämen on September 10, 2012 at 7:27am

Humans predicting the weather

September 10, 2012 to Statistics by Nathan Yau

Nate Silver says the weatherman is not a moron.

Still, most people take their forecasts for granted. Like a baseball umpire, a weather forecaster rarely gets credit for getting the call right. Last summer, meteorologists at the National Hurricane Center were tipped off to something serious when nearly all their computer models indicated that a fierce storm was going to be climbing the Northeast Corridor. The eerily similar results between models helped the center amplify its warning for Hurricane Irene well before it touched down on the Atlantic shore, prompting thousands to evacuate their homes. To many, particularly in New York, Irene was viewed as a media-manufactured nonevent, but that was largely because the Hurricane Center nailed its forecast. Six years earlier, the National Weather Service also made a nearly perfect forecast of Hurricane Katrina, anticipating its exact landfall almost 60 hours in advance. If public officials hadn’t bungled the evacuation of New Orleans, the death toll might have been remarkably low.

I like the bit later in the article that describes the number crunching machine and how humans are involved in the analysis. The National Weather Service has heavy-duty computing power to process data coming from weather stations across the country, but the computer is still bad at doing a lot of things.

To most people, statistics means plugging numbers into an advanced calculator that spits out values, without much thought involved. Those people don't work with data.

 

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