Droughts Dry Up Amazon’s ‘Green Lungs’...

Jul 22, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By Tim Radford / Climate News Network   VIA TRUTHDIG     A reduction of the Amazon rainforest’s canopy is contributing to climate change. (Phil Blackburn via Flickr) This piece first appeared at Climate News Network. LONDON—Researchers have confirmed once again that if the Amazon rainforest is one of the planet’s “green lungs”, it may be running short of breath. Repeated drought and tree loss mean that there is increasing risk that the forest may one day cease to be a “sink” for atmospheric carbon released by the combustion of fossil fuels. But even as climate scientists shake their heads in distress, plant taxonomists may be holding their heads in despair. They have just been told that so rich and various are the trees of the great Brazilian rainforest that another three centuries may...

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For the first time, scientists explore the atmosphere of an Earth-sized exoplanet...

Jul 20, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Speaking of Science By Rachel Feltman washington post Artist’s view of planets transiting a red dwarf star in the TRAPPIST-1 system. (NASA, European Space Agency and Space Telescope Science Institute) Forty light years away in the constellation Aquarius, a trio of planets orbit a small, cool star. They are worlds quite unlike our own, tidally locked so that each has a face in constant day and another in eternal night. But now two of these exoplanets have become a little less mysterious. Researchers have begun to examine their atmospheres, and have showed that at least two of the worlds have small, contained atmospheres — like the ones that surround Earth, Venus or Mars. Their results were published Wednesday in Nature. [Why NASA’s top scientist is sure that we’ll find signs of alien life in the next decade]...

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Why one of the world’s best fossil sites is full of severed bird feet...

Jul 20, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Speaking of Science By Brian Switek WASHINGTON POST One of the isolated legs found in Germany. (Gerald Mayr) Prehistoric creatures aren’t exactly renowned for their table manners. Most dinosaurs, for example, were incapable of chewing and had to swallow their food whole. But some ancient eaters were messier than others. And in southwestern Germany, something especially sloppy left severed bird feet strewn about a dense fossil boneyard. The Messel Pit is one of the greatest fossil sites in the world. Within stacks of 47-million-year-old oil shale is an unmatched record of life in and around an ancient lake. There are early mammals preserved down to their fur, pairs of turtles that somehow died in the middle of mating, dozens of plant species and more than 1,000 bird skeletons. It’s the closest paleontologists can...

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The Scale of Global Wildlife Crime Is Massive, Reveals Shocking New Report...

Jun 21, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Environment The United Nations’ first-ever World Wildlife Crime Report reveals broad corruption facilitating illegal trade in plants and animals. By Apoorva Joshi / Mongabay   VIA ALTERNET Ivory Crush Event Photo Credit: italy.usembassy.gov The report was produced by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime using data on thousands of species and seizures from more than 120 countries. It found that trafficking is faciliated by widespread corruption at many levels of government and society, and that crimes are generally not restricted to certain countries. To better fight wildlife crime, officials urge a stepping-up of enforcement and monitoring, as well as increased transnational cooperation. Wildlife trafficking is a global problem, revealed the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in their first-ever World Wildlife Crime Report. Released late last month, the report finds, among...

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THESE REAL-LIFE CYBORGS HACK THEIR BODIES WITH CHIPS, MAGNETS AND OTHER TECH...

Jun 19, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   Health & Science These real-life cyborgs hack their bodies with chips, magnets and other tech How cyborg artist Neil Harbisson senses invisible colors Embed Share Play Video1:29 Neil Harbisson is a contemporary artist and cyborg activist best known for having an antenna implanted in his skull and for being officially recognized as a cyborg by a government. (Washington Post Live) By Abigail Abrams Moon Ribas is a self-proclaimed cyborg, but not the kind that super­hero fans will recognize from comic books. The 30-year-old Spanish choreographer has a small magnet implanted in her arm that allows her to feel earthquakes as they happen anywhere in the world. Her implant receives data from a mobile app that collects seismic activity from geological monitors around the globe. When an earthquake happens, the implant vibrates inside...

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A CURIOUS COLD SPOT IN THE ATLANTIC HAS SCIENTISTS THINKING THEIR WORST FEARS HAVE COME TRUE...

Jun 13, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   by Cat DiStasio  INHABITAT View Slideshow Scientists have observed record high temperatures around the world all summer long. People everywhere are suffering from the intense heat, and the higher temps have contributed to the increasing western drought, wildfires, and all manner of environmental destruction. All points on the globe seem to be hitting new peaks on the thermostat, except for one. There is a curious cold spot in a map of ever-warming ocean waters, showing a “blob” of cooler-than-expected water in the northern Atlantic Ocean, and it has climate scientists more than just a little freaked out. climate change, global warming, melting glaciers, glacial melt, warming oceans, record high temperatures, noaa, atlantic ocean, atlantic circulation The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported data from the first eight months of the year...

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SCIENTISTS CONCLUDE OCTUPUS DNA IS NOT FROM THIS WORLD...

Jun 11, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]  JOURNAL NATURE A new study has led researchers to conclude that Octopuses (NOT Octopi) have Alien DNA. Their genome shows a never-before-seen level of complexity with a staggering 33,000 protein-coding genes identified, more than in a human being.   The oceans of our planet hide countless mysteries that could perhaps help answer numerous mysteries of life itself. During the last couple of decades, marine biologists have made small but steady progress towards a deeper understanding of nature and life. A group of researchers decided to do some science and chose the cephalopods in order to try and break down their DNA code, hoping to understand them better. The octopus, squid, and cuttlefish are integrated into the coleoid sub-class of the molluscs. They have an evolutionary history that goes back over 500 million years,...

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CO2 TURNED INTO STONE IN ICELAND IN CLIMATE CHANGE BREAKTHROUGH...

Jun 10, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] THE GUARDIAN Radical new technique promises a cheaper and more secure method of burying CO2 emissions underground instead of storing it as a gas Site close to the Hellisheidi geothermal powerplant, where CO2 was injected into volcanic rock. In two years it was almost completely mineralised. Photograph: Juerg Matter/Science Damian Carrington   Carbon dioxide has been pumped underground and turned rapidly into stone, demonstrating a radical new way to tackle climate change. The unique project promises a cheaper and more secure way of burying CO2 from fossil fuel burning underground, where it cannot warm the planet. Such carbon capture and storage (CCS) is thought to be essential to halting global warming, but existing projects store the CO2 as a gas and concerns about costs and potential leakage have halted some plans. The new...

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WHY THE ENVIRONMENTAL WORKING GROUP ISN’T BACKING THE TOXIC CHEMICALS COMPROMISE...

Jun 9, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Health & Science Most chemicals used in everything from cleaners to candy bars have never been reviewed by either the EPA or the FDA. This measure won’t change that. By Scott Faber MOYERS & CO There are surprisingly few regulations on the use of chemicals in the USA (Photo: Daderot, via Wikimedia Commons) (Editor’s Note: Several weeks ago, a rare thing happened in Washington: Members of the House and Senate, Democrats and Republicans, announced a bipartisan compromise on a long-awaited bill to modernize the nation’s regulation of toxic chemicals. It won the support across the ideological gamut, from the American Chemistry Council to the White House. The legislation passed the House last month on a lopsided 408-12 vote and the Senate followed suit Tuesday evening, approving the measure on a voice vote. So what’s...

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THERE’S A MINI-EARTH IN ARIZONA THAT’S TEACHING US TO SAVE THE REAL ONE...

Jun 9, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Newsweek By Nina Burleigh  GRIST This story was originally published by Newsweek and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. As scientists model dire predictions of environmental disasters from human-caused climate change, and global political instability in our nuclear-tipped world revives the possibility of that Armageddon, the fantasy that we might someday be able to flee the wreckage and sustain ourselves on some ersatz Earth is increasingly appealing. Unfortunately, attempts to create a suitable substitute habitat have not yet succeeded. As far as anyone knows now, Earth, abused and getting more damaged thanks to our unsustainable habits, really is all we got. The urgency and poignancy of this fact was the subject of dozens of talks last month at an environmental summit for young leaders sponsored by One Young World,...

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COMING SOON: CARBON CAPTURE PLANTS THAT SUCK CO2 OUT OF THE AIR...

Jun 5, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] FUTURISM Climeworks Swiss company Climeworks is building a carbon capture and storage facility near Zurich which will be operational by September or October. The company intends to sell the collected CO2 to third parties. Carbon Emissions Storage The effects of climate change are becoming more and more evident as carbon emissions and global temperatures continue to rise. By the 2030s, the Earth’s oceans will suffer major oxygen loss everywhere. Between 2030 and 2050, as many as 250,000 people may die as a result of the social and environmental effects of climate change. Fortunately, efforts are being made to help reduce our carbon output around the world by turning to renewable energy sources. More recently, scientists have devised another line of attack against climate change—carbon capture and storage. To put it in simple terms, carbon capture involves sucking greenhouse gasses from...

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SCIENCE AND POLICY ON VACCINE SAFETY SCIENCE: ‘ABSENCE OF EVIDENCE’ ABUSED AS ‘EVIDENCE OF ABSENCE:’ PART 1...

Jun 4, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] THERE IS A DISTURBING AND CONSISTENT trend in the vaccine safety literature for government-affiliated researchers in the misinterpretation of negative results from studies of specific, serious adverse events from vaccines, such as autism, encephalopathy, ADHD, and other serious neurological injuries. Here’s the (il)logic flow: Conduct a retrospective epidemiological study (case/control, or cohort) with a relatively small samples size (few patients). Do not publish any power analysis showing that you had sufficient sampling effort to conduct significant effect. Analyze the data (we won’t go into cherry picking results here, but that, as well as “analyzing to result” both happen when a positive association is found, but the researchers wish to keep the result from public view). Find no or weak association. Lament the high confidence interval. Conclude something sciency-sounding, like:”The relative risk of severe neurologic...

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FIRST FRAUD: DR. PAUL THORSEN AND THE ORIGINAL AUTISM “DANISH STUDY”...

Jun 2, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By J.B. Handley  AGE OF AUTISM.COM In my last post Frantic: CDC’s Dr. Diane Simpson Travels the World to Find Dr. Poul Thorsen, I detailed the desperate world travel of Dr. Diane Simpson, a CDC employee tasked with proving, at all costs, that thimerosal in vaccines was not causing autism. If desperate times call for desperate acts, than there is no desperate act more extreme than the study ultimately published due to Dr. Simpson’s world travel, Thimerosal and the Occurrence of Autism: Negative Ecological Evidence From Danish Population-Based Data . More than any other, this study has been used to club our community over the head that thimerosal couldn’t possibly cause autism. Of course, it was published in Pediatrics, a journal that appears to have no standards whatsoever if a paper written by...

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HERE’S WHAT ACTUAL CLIMATE SCIENTISTS THINK OF TRUMP’S NEW ENERGY PLAN...

Jun 2, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Emily Atkin CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: AP Photo/Scott Heppell Presidential contender Donald Trump gestures to the media on the 17th fairway on the first day of the Women’s British Open golf championship on the Turnberry golf course in Turnberry, Scotland, Thursday, July 30, 2015.   If Donald Trump is elected president, America’s approach to energy and the environment will be drastically different than it is today. Trump made that clear last week, when he laid out his full energy policy proposal for the first time in Bismarck, North Dakota. In that speech, Trump said he would roll back president Obama’s climate change regulations, build the Keystone XL pipeline, and “cancel” the landmark Paris climate agreement. In a nutshell, Trump promised to undo almost every major policy developed in the last decade intended to...

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THE BOILING POT

May 31, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   Richard Heinberg  POST CARBON INSTITUTE On the surface, things appear normal. The status quo of life in America circa 2016 isn’t to everyone’s liking, but at least the system is still working after a fashion. The price of oil is going up a bit: that means the cost of driving is also creeping higher, but steeper prices provide a little welcome relief for an oil industry otherwise teetering on the brink of financial ruin. There are tiresomely long lines at airports, but that means people have the wherewithal to pay for plane tickets. Most people are disgusted with the presumptive U.S. presidential candidates, but at least the machine of electoral politics is still marginally functioning. The stock market is up, unemployment is down. We’re muddling through. Or are we? Beneath the lid,...

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THE HOUSE SCIENCE COMMITTEE HATES SCIENCE AND SHOULD BE DISBANDED...

May 18, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] The House science committee has become a national embarrassment, and does more harm than good. Let’s get rid of it J.D. Trout   Lamar Smith (Credit: AP/Harry Hamburg) As if named by a Congressional Office of Dark Irony, The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology really seems to hate science. Its current chair, Lamar Smith, R – Tex., is a climate change denier, seeing a conspiracy in the overwhelming scientific consensus on human-caused global warming, where the vast majority of experts in the world see only good science. In the last four or five Congressional sessions, the attacks on science made by the majority membership of HCSST have become increasingly unhinged and prolonged. Rather than acting on House Resolutions that advanced the aims of science, Lamar Smith assumed the role of small-government...

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SCIENTISTS MAY HAVE FOUND THE KEY TO MOTIVATING PEOPLE TO ACT ON CLIMATE CHANGE...

May 7, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Alejandro Davila Fragoso CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: AP Photo/Bullit Marquez Motivating people to act on climate change is a constant struggle for governments and nonprofits. But a new study may have found how best to frame the issue to inspire people not just to act, but also to give. In a study published in Climatic Change Wednesday, researchers found people may donate up to 50 percent more money to a cause when encouraged to think about a problem in collective terms, instead of appealing to personal responsibility. In other words, climate action campaigns like the ones Canada and the European Union have launched may do better when they call for us to act, instead of asking you to act. “We’re operating on a lot of baked-in assumptions on how to motivate people,” lead...

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DEAD ZONES DEVOUR OCEAN’S OXYGEN...

May 4, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Tim Radford / Climate News Network   VIA TRUTHDIG     Extremes of heat deprive fish of the oxygen they need to survive near the ocean surface. (Naren Gunasekera via Flickr) This piece first appeared at Climate News Network. LONDON—Scientists in the US have identified a new hazard in a world in which the climates change and the oceans warm: measurable stretches of the seas could become sapped of oxygen. They say that parts of the southern Indian Ocean, the eastern tropical Pacific and the Atlantic are already less oxygen-rich because of global warming. And oxygen deprivation could become increasingly widespread across large regions of ocean between 2030 and 2040. Anyone who has ever kept a home aquarium knows that, in the summer, the fish in the tank are more likely to...

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THE NORTH POLE IS MOVING, AND NOW WE KNOW WHAT’S CAUSING IT — US...

Apr 26, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Hard Science FUTURISM NASA/JPL-Caltech In Brief Something strange is happening to our planet. Around the year 2000, the North rotational pole started migrating eastward at a vigorous clip. Now, scientists at NASA have figured out what’s going on…and humans are behind it. You might not feel it personally, but Earth’s rotational spin axis—is shifting. Around the beginning of the 21st century, scientists started noticing that the North rotational pole was moving eastward. Now, scientists from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory believe they have a plausible reason as to why. Human Disturbances Earths rotational axis is constantly shifting – that’s nothing new. It’s because Earth (and any other planet in existence) isn’t a perfect sphere. It’s imperfect, cover with bumps and chasms. “If you take a chunk of material from some area, you are breaking...

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CLIMATE DENIERS GET A REALITY CHECK...

Apr 21, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Tim Radford / Climate News Network  VIA THINK PROGRESS     Emissions at a coal-fired power station in the U.S., where only 12 percent of people know there is strong scientific agreement about climate change. (Andrew Hart via Flickr) This piece first appeared at Climate News Network. LONDON—In what should, in a rational world, have been an entirely unnecessary research project, US scientists have once again explored familiar ground and arrived at a familiar conclusion: 97% of climate scientists agree that climate change is happening—and that it is caused by humans. Since the governments of 195 nations have de facto already accepted this, and collectively vowed at the UN climate conference in Paris last December to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel combustion and contain global warming if possible to...

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SCIENTISTS LOOK TO SOIL TO SAVE EARTH FROM OVERHEATING...

Apr 18, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Tim Radford / Climate News Network   VIA TRUTHDIG     Four-fifths of annual emissions from fossil fuel combustion could be retained by soil, climate scientists believe. (Ron Nichols / NRCS via Flickr) This piece first appeared at Climate News Network. LONDON—Climate scientists anxious to find ways to limit atmospheric greenhouse gases have started to look at the ground beneath their feet. They calculate that although the world’s soils already hold 2.4 trillion tonnes of gases in the form of organic carbon, there’s room for more. Scientists from the US and Scotland report in Nature journal that with a few changes to agricultural practice, there would be room for another 8 billion tonnes. “In our fight to avoid dangerous climate change in the 21st century, we need heavyweight allies,” says Dave Reay, a...

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HOW A PAPER PLANT IN ARKANSAS IS ALLEGEDLY POISONING THE PEOPLE OF CROSSETT...

Apr 13, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Tech & Science By Emily Crane Linn NEWSWEEK The Georgia-Pacific’s aeration pond in Crossett, Arkansas. The paper and plywood plant employs a large amount of the surrounding community and many in the area blame the plant’s pollution for the severe health issues residents are facing. Nicolaus Czarnecki/ZUMA/Alamy “Let me give you a sketch of the neighborhood,” Leroy Patton said as he put his car in Park on the side of Lawson Road. He took his toothpick out of his mouth and used it to point to an empty house, an abandoned doll lying facedown in the weeds in front of the hollow structure. The Lawson couple used to live here, Patton says; the street was named for them. “They’re dead from cancer and stroke.” He pointed to another property. “Down here is Pat....

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WHEN BAD THINGS HAPPEN TO GOOD SCIENCE JOURNALS...

Apr 11, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Climate by Joe Romm CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: Shutterstock   A deeply flawed new study tries to challenge the basic scientific understanding that “wet areas are likely to get wetter and dry areas drier in a warmer world.” This Nature article has been justifiably criticized for both its methodology and for ignoring a vast literature that contradicts it. “It is sad for the science,” when “papers like this gets published and get attention,” according to Kevin Trenberth, a leading expert on how climate change impacts the hydrological cycle. “This paper does some useful things but … the extrapolations, model evaluations and conclusions are not justified!” Let’s start with the basic science — and the basic reason I’m surprised this article made it through peer review and got published in Nature. The study “Northern Hemisphere...

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WE’RE TELLING OUTER SPACE ALL ABOUT OUR BIGGEST EARTH MISTAKES...

Apr 8, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Maria Starovoytova / Shutterstock By Suzanne Jacobs   GRIST Don’t answer right away, but here’s a question for you: “How will our present environmental interactions shape the future?” This is what the people behind Edinburgh-based nonprofit A Simple Response to an Elemental Message are asking the public as they put together a kind of time capsule of this current moment in the Anthropocene. Later this fall, they’ll beam that time capsule into space, where our words will propagate for eons upon eons, probably outlasting all of humanity and whatever climate change havoc we’ve wrought on this Earth. So, you know, choose your words wisely. The project, a collaboration between researchers at the Edinburgh College of Art, the U.K. Astronomy and Technology Center, the Royal Observatory of Edinburgh, and the University of Edinburgh, is less an attempt to convince E.T. that we have a moral compass and understand...

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GENETICALLY MODIFIED CROPS CAN THRIVE AS THE WORLD WARMS...

Apr 4, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By Alex Kirby / Climate News Network  VIA TRUTHDIG     Rice harvesting in Indonesia. (Curt Caremark / World Bank via Flickr) This piece first appeared at Climate News Network. LONDON—Genetically engineering photosynthesis in plants could take advantage of rising global temperatures and increased levels of carbon dioxide, US scientists say. They believe this could achieve much higher yields on the same amount of land and help to stave off the prospect of widespread hunger as human populations increase. Researchers at the University of Illinois report in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B on their experiments with an enzyme that can determine the rate of photosynthesis—the way that plants use light to produce oxygen and organic compounds—and a molecule linked to plant growth They say field tests have shown that their...

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EVEN WORSE THAN IMAGINED: SEA LEVELS WILL RISE NEARLY DOUBLE THAN THE PREVIOUSLY CONSIDERED “WORST-CASE SCENARIO” DEVASTATING STUDY REVEALS...

Mar 31, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] New research suggests that the landmark Paris accord may be insufficient to prevent catastrophic sea level rise Michael Garofalo   SALON.COM NASA’s DC-8 flies over the Brunt Ice Shelf in Antarctica, October 26, 2010. (Credit: Reuters/Michael Studinger) In December 2015, representatives of 195 nations reached a watershed climate agreement widely hailed as a crucial step towards preventing the most devastating threats posed by climate change. The agreement, which requires nearly every country to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, was met with jubilation by the thousands of delegates gathered for the Paris summit.“This is truly a historic moment,” said United Nations SSecretary General Ban Ki-moon. “For the first time, we have a truly universal agreement on climate change, one of the most crucial problems on earth.” But new research suggests that the terms of the landmark...

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SCIENTISTS MAY HAVE FOUND A WAY TO PREDICT HEAT WAVES – 50 DAYS IN ADVANCE...

Mar 31, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Shutterstock By Xian Chiang-Waren GRIST Normally, I don’t trust the weather forecast to know the difference between sunshine or showers even a few days out. But a new study just published in Nature Geoscience indicates that meteorologists are close to being able to predict heat waves on the East Coast up to 50 days before they occur. The advance warning could help big cities, utilities companies, transit systems, and agricultural operations prepare for extreme temperatures — and, hopefully, prevent serious disruptions like power blackouts.“There are many possible health, economic and other impacts of these hot temperatures and advanced warning can only help,” as climate scientist Jonathan Overpeck of the University of Arizona told the Associated Press. But how is it even possible? So glad you asked. Basically, the study’s authors found a strong correlation between water temperatures in the north-central Pacific Ocean...

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BREAKING: Pressure to censor VAXXED documentary at Tribeca Film Festival came from the Nazi-linked Sloan Foundation, headed by CFR member Paul Joskow...

Mar 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Monday, March 28, 2016 by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger (NaturalNews) As the story on the censorship of the VAXXED documentary continues to unfold, we are learning that Robert De Niro was pressured by none other than the Sloan Foundation in New York to blacklist the independent documentary. The Sloan Foundation is so named from Alfred P. Sloan, a Nazi collaborator and eugenics depopulation promoter. It’s no coincidence that his own beliefs on using medical interventions to reduce race-targeted populations coincides perfectly with the stated depopulation goals of Bill Gates (whose financial web of influence is woven across the entire vaccine propaganda landscape). What led me to connect the dots on this is a short piece from Celia Farber of The Turth Barrier, who originally noticed the Sloan Foundation link. As admitted on...

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METHANE EMISSIONS ARE SPIKING, BUT IT MIGHT BE MORE COW THAN CAR...

Mar 17, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Natasha Geiling CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: Shutterstock Since 2006, atmospheric levels of methane — a greenhouse gas 86 times more potent than carbon dioxide over a 20-year period — have steadily been on the rise. For years, scientists weren’t sure what was behind the rising levels of methane, but they had a few ideas: namely an increase in fossil fuel-related emissions. Now, a new study is pointing to a different culprit: agriculture-related methane emissions, especially from livestock and rice production. Published last week in the journal Science, researchers from New Zealand’s National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) found that the majority of methane released into the atmosphere since 2006 was produced by bacteria, pointing to sources like agriculture — rather than sources like fossil fuel production or the burning of organic...

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SCIENTISTS FIND MYSTERIOUS, REPEATING RADIO BURSTS EMANATING FROM SPACE...

Mar 15, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Off World Credit: Odisha Sun Times  VIA FUTURISM In Brief Scientists discover repeating fast radio bursts coming from the far edge of the galaxy, overthrowing notions that FRBs are non-repeating in nature. Signals In the Night While sifting through various observation results made using the world’s largest radio telescope, McGill University PhD student Paul Scholz discovered something very rare—repeating fast radio bursts. Admittedly, it’s not as dramatic nor as action-packed as when Jodie Foster’s character in the 90s sci-fi movie Contact discovered radio transmissions from outer space, but Scholz’s discovery of ten additional bursts from the direction of FRB 121102 is certainly an exciting discovery in its own right. Until Scholz’s new findings, repeating fast radio bursts (FRB) were—no pun intended—unheard of. All incidents of FRBs are recorded to be non-repeating in nature. This has...

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