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  • Climate skepticism is just bad science: "There is no cohesive, consistent alternative theory.."

    12/06/2015 1:40:40 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 113 replies
    Salon ^ | December 5, 2015 | Michael Shermer
    Climate skepticism is just bad science: "There is no cohesive, consistent alternative theory to human-caused global warming" At some point in the history of all scientific theories, only a minority of scientists-or even just one-supported them, before evidence accumulated to the point of general acceptance. The Copernican model, germ theory, the vaccination principle, evolutionary theory, plate tectonics and the big bang theory were all once heretical ideas that became consensus science. How did this happen? An answer may be found in what 19th-century philosopher of science William Whewell called a 'consilience of inductions." For a theory to be accepted, Whewell...
  • Harvard study: global warming may end threat of mummies

    03/12/2015 9:07:09 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 21 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Pedro Gonzales
    For generations, books, films, and TV have warned us of the danger of mummies. In their crypts they are relatively harmless, but when they rise from the dead and start strangling people, as they did in the Cotswolds of south central England in “Doctor Who and the Pyramids of Mars,” they become a much greater threat. But this problem may shortly be solved, thanks to global warming. The world’s oldest mummies are at risk of disappearing because of man-made climate change, according to a group of Harvard University scientists. Bodies mummified about 7,000 years ago in Chile are starting to...
  • People’s Climate Change March Defiles the Lord’s Day

    09/21/2014 8:18:32 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 41 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | SEPTEMBER 21, 2014 | JP
    Organizers of the so-called People’s Climate March expect more than 100,000 people to fill the streets of midtown Manhattan on Sunday, demanding action on global warming. It promises to be one of the largest cult gatherings in U.S. history. And it will take place two days before President Obama and world leaders gather for an “emergency” climate summit at the United Nations. The march is the brainchild of Bill McKibben, a celebrated environmental activist. In May, he issued a “call to arms” in a jeremiad published in Rolling Stone magazine, which exhorted climate change cultists to descend on New York...
  • Study rejected for publication because it was 'less than helpful' to the climate cause

    05/16/2014 11:47:16 AM PDT · by Mount Athos · 41 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | May 16th 2014 | Ben Spencer
    A scientific study which suggests global warming has been exaggerated was rejected by a respected journal because it might fuel climate scepticism, it was claimed last night. The alarming intervention, which raises fears of ‘McCarthyist’ pressure for environmental scientists to conform, came after a reviewer said the research was ‘less than helpful’ to the climate cause. Professor Lennart Bengtsson, a research fellow at the University of Reading and one of five authors of the study, said he suspected that intolerance of dissenting views on climate science was preventing his paper from being published. If he and his four co-authors are...
  • Secondhand Smoke, Lung Cancer, and the Global Warming Debate

    12/19/2010 1:42:54 AM PST · by Scanian · 21 replies · 2+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | December 19, 2010 | S. Fred Singer
    In 1993, the EPA published a report claiming that secondhand smoke (SHS -- also sometimes known as environmental tobacco smoke or ETS) causes three thousand deaths from lung cancer every year. Anyone doubting this result has been subject to attack and depicted as a toady of the tobacco lobby. The attacks have been led by a smear blog called DeSmogBlog, financed by the Canadian PR firm of James Hoggan, and have been taken up with great enthusiasm by self-styled "science historian" Professor Naomi Oreskes. The tobacco smoking issue has also become a favorite tool for discrediting climate skeptics. A prime...
  • Second-hand smoke kills 600,000 people a year: Study

    11/26/2010 3:12:48 PM PST · by JohnBrowdie · 78 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 11/16/10 | James Fanelli
    Second-hand smoke globally kills more than 600,000 people each year, accounting for 1% of all deaths worldwide, according to a new study. The alarming findings - published on Thursday in the British medical journal Lancet - are based on a survey of 192 countries in 2004. Researchers estimated that annually second-hand smoke causes about 379,000 deaths from heart disease, 165,000 deaths from lower respiratory disease, 36,900 deaths from asthma and 21,400 deaths from lung cancer. Children account for about 165,000 of the deaths, according to the researchers. "This helps us understand the real toll of tobacco," said Armando Peruga, of...
  • Browner says hacked e-mails don't change anything ["I'm sticking with the 2,500 scientists......]

    11/25/2009 11:36:39 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 103 replies · 2,673+ views
    Browner says hacked e-mails don't change anything Stephen Dinan Obama administration climate czar Carol Browner on Wednesday rejected claims that e-mails stolen from a British university show climate scientists trumped up global warming numbers, saying she considers the science settled. "I'm sticking with the 2,500 scientists. These people have been studying this issue for a very long time and agree this problem is real," said Ms. Browner, who President Obama has tapped as his chief of policy on global warming. The e-mails were hacked from the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia and have come to light...
  • ClimateGate and the Elitist Roots of Global Warming Alarmism

    11/25/2009 11:32:06 AM PST · by libh8er · 3 replies · 378+ views
    DrRoySpencer.com ^ | 11.21.09 | Dr Roy Spencer (official EIB climatologist)
    The hundreds of e-mails being made public after someone hacked into Phil Jones’ Climatic Research Unit (CRU) computer system offer a revealing peek inside the IPCC machine. It will take some time before we know whether any illegal activity has been uncovered (e.g. hiding or destruction of data to avoid Freedom of Information Act inquiries). Some commentators even think this is the beginning of the end for the IPCC. I doubt it. The scientists at the center of this row are defending themselves. Phil Jones has claimed that some of the more alarming statements in his e-mails have been taken...
  • Top Scientist Says Cancel Kyoto Follow-Up, Global Warming Science Is NOT There

    08/20/2009 10:36:15 PM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 6 replies · 781+ views
    ...The most interesting part of the Paper is where Akasofu questions whether there is enough scientific proof for the Climate Change theory to start messing with the world economy: One problem in this particular discipline of science is that scientists who base their research on computer simulations have become too arrogant, saying that they can predict the temperature in 2100, although too much is still unknown about the earth system. Ignoring natural causes of climate change and even unknown aspects of cloud physics, they rely on computer work in predicting the temperature rise in 2100. However, a computer is like...
  • European studies claim no climate effect from 9/11 grounding

    05/18/2009 6:07:59 AM PDT · by Freeport · 6 replies · 660+ views
    Flight Global ^ | 14/05/09 | Aimée Turner
    German and UK scientists have challenged the idea that the climate was significantly influenced by the absence of contrails when the US FAA grounded flights after the events of 11 September 2001. According to US scientists who studied US skies after the temporary grounding, the absence of contrails triggered variations in the Earth's temperature range by 1.1°C each day. But follow-up work by a number of scientists working independently has shown that the observed change in the daily temperature range was more likely to be a statistical quirk associated with the weather, and that contrails by themselves are likely to...
  • Klein slams Al Gore interview on oil sands [he's about as far left as you can go....]

    07/05/2006 11:54:01 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 60 replies · 2,310+ views
    Klein slams Al Gore interview on oil sands JIM MACDONALD Canadian Press EDMONTON — Alberta Premier Ralph Klein has criticized former U.S. vice-president Al Gore for comments he made in a magazine interview in which he attacked the massive oil-sands industry in northern Alberta. Mr. Gore told an interviewer in the latest issue of Rolling Stone that oil-sands processing is a huge waste of energy and creates an eyesore on the landscape of Western Canada. “For every barrel of oil they extract there, they have to use enough natural gas to heat a family's home for four days,” Mr. Gore...
  • (Vanity) Political Limerick 03-01-2006

    03/01/2006 6:03:11 PM PST · by grey_whiskers · 190+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 03-01-2006 | grey_whiskers
    See for example this thread first. The Times let itself in for flame When it published that aspartame was involved in a suit but their point, it is moot: There's neither case, lawyers, plaintiff, nor blame!
  • Marriage, Sex Fatal for Women

    02/26/2006 8:18:52 PM PST · by JackQuickFrost · 48 replies · 1,975+ views
    Hindustan Times ^ | 02/27/2006 | Vijay Dutt
    That the institution of marriage has been on the decline in Europe for quite some time is hardly news. More and more couples choose to live out of wedlock. Assorted factors, from the unique demands of modern living to independent, working women, have been cited to explain away the popularity of what would have been uncommon a generation back. But now, researchers have come up with a new explanation. A recent survey of over 10,000 people across Europe says wedding rings should come with a health warning, especially for women. Apparently, wedlock shortens a woman's life by over a year....
  • Scientists Back Dover - [85 scientists request scientists, not Judges, to define "science"]

    10/17/2005 5:36:09 PM PDT · by gobucks · 177 replies · 1,738+ views
    York Daily Record ^ | 5 Oct 2005 | York Daily Record
    An international group of scientists have filed a "friend of the court" brief with federal Judge John E. Jones III advising him that "the identification of intelligent causes is a well-established scientific practice" and asking him to allow "the freedom of scientists to pursue scientific evidence wherever it may lead." Jones is presiding over the Dover intelligent design trial. The 24-page brief — carrying the names of 85 scientists in fields including chemistry, molecular biology, mathematics, neurological surgery and environmental science — states "the definition of science and the boundaries of science should be left to scientists to debate." "Any...
  • Millions 'Wasted' Planting Trees That Reduce Water

    07/28/2005 6:17:29 PM PDT · by blam · 34 replies · 1,081+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7-29-2005 | Charles Clover
    Millions 'wasted' planting trees that reduce water By Charles Clover, Environment Editor (Filed: 29/07/2005) Millions of pounds in overseas aid are wasted every year planting trees in dry countries in the belief that they help attract rainfall and act as storage for water, scientists said yesterday. In fact, forests usually increase evaporation and help to reduce the amount of water available for human consumption or growing crops, according to a four-year study. Research on water catchments on three continents says it is "a myth" that trees always increase the availability of water. Even the cloud forests of tropical Costa Rica...
  • Study Finds One-third of Medical Studies are Wrong

    07/15/2005 6:24:23 AM PDT · by new cruelty · 19 replies · 653+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 14 July 2005 | Lindsey Tanner
    CHICAGO (AP) -- New research highlights a frustrating fact about science: What was good for you yesterday frequently will turn out to be not so great tomorrow. The sobering conclusion came in a review of major studies published in three influential medical journals between 1990 and 2003, including 45 highly publicized studies that initially claimed a drug or other treatment worked. Subsequent research contradicted results of seven studies -- 16 percent -- and reported weaker results for seven others, an additional 16 percent. That means nearly one-third of the original results did not hold up, according to the report in...
  • NFL Has A Weight Problem (Warning, Bad Science)

    03/01/2005 5:50:13 PM PST · by TypeZoNegative · 8 replies · 499+ views
    CHICAGO - It's no secret that size matters in the National Football League, but a new study suggests that a whopping 56 percent of NFL players would be considered obese by some medical standards. The NFL called the study bogus for using players' body-mass index, a height-to-weight ratio that doesn't consider body muscle versus fat. The players' union said that despite the familiar sight of bulging football jerseys, there's no proof that obesity is rampant in the league.
  • Atomic tomatoes are not the only fruit

    01/27/2005 2:11:42 AM PST · by flitton · 2 replies · 436+ views
    The Guardian ^ | 16/12/04 | Ben Goldacre
    Andrew Wakefield prize for preposterous extrapolation from a single unconvincing piece of scientific data With its place at the kernel of Bad Science reporting in the news media, this was bound to be a hotly contested category. Were there any sense in the world, a small army of media studies graduates would be carefully documenting the number of "science" or "health" stories that related to genuine published data rather than overheard rumour, and diligently measuring how closely these stories kept to the facts. In the absence of such quantitative academic work, it was sadly left to our panel to select...
  • Global warming hitting home

    09/14/2004 9:39:05 PM PDT · by farmfriend · 14 replies · 455+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | September 14, 2004 | Edie Lau
    Global warming hitting home Inland cities will adjust more easily, but deaths will rise, study says By Edie Lau -- Bee Science Writer Published 2:15 am PDT Tuesday, September 14, 2004 People accustomed to scorching summer days in Sacramento, Fresno and other inland cities will endure the heat of global warming better than those who live on the coast, a projection on the health effects of climate change in California suggests. But being used to hot weather can go only so far. Scenarios released Monday by an environmental advocacy group show that heat-related deaths in Sacramento could double, triple or...
  • Russia Puts Global Climate Pact in Doubt(Kyoto Protocol is not sufficiently grounded in science )

    09/30/2003 11:01:52 AM PDT · by getget · 54 replies · 410+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Tue, Sep. 30, 2003 | VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV
    Russia Puts Global Climate Pact in Doubt MOSCOW - A senior adviser to President Vladimir Putin outlined strong reservations Tuesday about ratifying the Kyoto Protocol, saying the pact to limit greenhouse gas emissions is not sufficiently grounded in science and would harm Russia's economic growth. Although Putin's economic adviser, Andrei Illarionov, stopped short of ruling out Russia's ratification of the protocol, which is necessary for it to take effect, his strong criticism of the agreement appeared to leave little hope for approval of the document. Illarionov, an influential adviser, spoke to reporters on the sidelines of the U.N. World Climate...