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December 21, 2014

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5:00 PM | Most of Alaska's Permafrost Could Melt This Century
Permafrost in Alaska's iconic Denali National Park and other areas could all but disappear by the end of this century, new research suggests.

December 20, 2014

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5:40 PM | Bringing opinions on climate change closer to reality: Peter Doran
Enough! That’s Peter Doran’s opinion on the “debate” about a scientific consensus on climate change. There clearly is one — a strong one. So why do the public and the politicians think otherwise? Why the big disconnect between what the vast majority of scientists know to be fact, and what the public thinks. Dr. Doran…
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5:40 PM | Bringing opinions on climate change closer to reality: Peter Doran
Enough! That’s Peter Doran’s opinion on the “debate” about a scientific consensus on climate change. There clearly is one — a strong one. So why do the public and the politicians think otherwise? Why the big disconnect between what the vast majority of scientists know to be fact, and what the public thinks. Dr. Doran…
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3:10 AM | The Republican’s Greatest Hoax?
My friend Paul was on the Ed Show. A few classic lines:
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3:10 AM | The Republican’s Greatest Hoax?
My friend Paul was on the Ed Show. A few classic lines:

December 18, 2014

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11:12 PM | I call it as I see it–a denier is not a skeptic
The name of this blog, of course, is the Skeptical Raptor. I’m not sure how I invented that name, but I like raptors, either the fossil dinosaur version, or the living dinosaur versions, birds of prey. They both actually work as a metaphor of what I try to do–provide scientific and knowledgeable analyses of the scientific […]Continue reading «I call it as I see it–a denier is not a skeptic»
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5:00 PM | Robot Captures Views of Hidden Arctic Ecosystem
A remote-controlled underwater robot explores the underside of stable Arctic sea ice, collecting the most detailed information yet of this largely unexplored environment.
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3:36 AM | New Research on Tree Rings as Indicators of Past Climate
A new study has recently been published that looks at the ecology of bristlecone pine growth at Sheep Mountain, and the tree ring signal those trees produce, at high altitudes in the Southwestern US. This is important because tree rings are an often used proxyindicator for reconstructing past climates. Those who keep track of the…
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3:36 AM | New Research on Tree Rings as Indicators of Past Climate
A new study has recently been published that looks at the ecology of bristlecone pine growth at Sheep Mountain, and the tree ring signal those trees produce, at high altitudes in the Southwestern US. This is important because tree rings are an often used proxyindicator for reconstructing past climates. Those who keep track of the…

December 17, 2014

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10:00 PM | New York State Bans Fracking
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he would ban hydraulic fracking in New York State, citing health concerns about the controversial oil and gas drilling technique.
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5:45 PM | 2014 may be the warmest year on record
In early December I wrote a post called “2014 will not be the warmest year on record, but global warming is still real.” The very first thing I said in that post is that I was going out on a limb. I also discussed whether or not one year mattered, and I discussed the nature…
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5:45 PM | 2014 may be the warmest year on record
In early December I wrote a post called “2014 will not be the warmest year on record, but global warming is still real.” The very first thing I said in that post is that I was going out on a limb. I also discussed whether or not one year mattered, and I discussed the nature…

December 16, 2014

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11:30 PM | Greenland Ice Loss May Be Worse Than Predicted
A warming planet may lead to swifter ice loss on Greenland’s ice sheet, and faster sea level rise for the rest of the world than previously predicted, scientists said Monday.
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6:13 PM | pbsdigitalstudios: Why People Don’t Believe In Climate...
pbsdigitalstudios: Why People Don’t Believe In Climate Science. Have you watched my latest video yet? Find out why some people don’t believe in climate science: 
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5:30 PM | November in Books, 2014 On Pace for Hottest Year
With November data recorded, 2014 is on track to be the warmest year on record.
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11:02 AM | The complex wrath of the Ozone hole over Antarctica
Through its influence on atmospheric circulation, [the ozone hole] has helped to shield the Antarctic continent from much of the effect of global warming over the past half century. (Robinson & Erickson, 2014) That’s not a sentence I expected to read in a scientific paper. Most of us probably don’t think about the ozone hole that much […]
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11:02 AM | The complex wrath of the Ozone hole over Antarctica
Through its influence on atmospheric circulation, [the ozone hole] has helped to shield the Antarctic continent from much of the effect of global warming over the past half century. (Robinson & Erickson, 2014) That’s not a sentence I expected to read in a scientific paper. Most of us probably don’t think about the ozone hole that much […]
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4:04 AM | NEW VIDEO!!! Why (Some) People Don’t Believe in Climate...
NEW VIDEO!!! Why (Some) People Don’t Believe in Climate Science Despite nearly-unanimous agreement from scientists that climate change is real and humans are causing it, 4 in 10 Americans don’t agree. Why? This week I dig into the psychology and quirks of human evolution that makes climate change such an easy problem for some people to ignore, to disagree with, and put off to the future. Problem is, we don’t have time to waste. We’re running out of time… Climate […]

December 15, 2014

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11:35 PM | In Climate Talks, Soft is the New Hard – and That’s a Good Thing
Why the soft approach in the Lima climate talks is the only approach.
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9:20 PM | ‘Tis the season to be jolly…
Five days ago, a new article was published in Nature in which scientists tried to combine reliable sources to take “stock of how much life exists today and how quickly it will vanish in the future”. Of all the species that have populated the Earth during the last 3.5 billion years, more than 95% have […]
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6:17 PM | Children 'clean' oil spill with kitchen utensils in the Sundarbans
On December 9th, a tanker slammed into another vessel along the Shela River in the world's largest mangrove forest: the Sundarbans in Bangladesh. The tanker sank, spilling an estimated 75,000 gallons (350,000 liters) of fuel oil into waterways that are a part of a reserve for threatened Ganges river dolphins and Irrawaddy dolphins.
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3:04 PM | “Climate Change” Or “Global Warming?” Two New Polls Suggest Language Matters.
On Friday, a new Yale-Associated Press-NORC poll on environmental attitudes reported that just 56 percent of Americans believe global warming is happening. This seems a bit low to me given our UT... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

December 14, 2014

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9:47 PM | At Climate Talks in Lima, Not ‘Same as it Ever Was’?
An environmental journalist says the Lima summit mainly shows how climate diplomacy is racing to catch up with energy progress on the ground.

December 12, 2014

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12:00 PM | Warming Pacific Could Release Tons of Frozen Methane
The Pacific Ocean, whose waters are heating up due to climate change, may accelerate the problem by releasing millions of tons of methane gas that's stored beneath the ocean floor.

December 11, 2014

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6:40 PM | Climate Talks in Lima Set for Contentious End
Environment ministers faced mounting time pressure to shape a blueprint for the most ambitious environmental accord in history.
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4:01 PM | The BIG difference between skeptics and deniers
Here at Doubtful News we advocate science-based and evidence-based skepticism. We are not denialists. Journalist should get the hint (READ the MEDIA GUIDE TO SKEPTICISM). Bill Nye asks journalist to stop calling climate change deniers ‘skeptics’. Bill Nye and his colleagues in media and academia wrote a letter for the Skeptical Inquirer asking journalist to… Source: Doubtful News Related posts:Mann suit to procede. Also don’t say “skeptic” when you mean […]

December 10, 2014

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9:31 PM | Matt Ridley, Anti-Science Writer, Climate Science Denialist
Matt Ridley is a British journalist whom some in the science community are now quietly referring to as an “anti-science writer.” He has taken up the cause of denying the widely held and deep scientific consensus on climate change. He has a recent blog post he seems to have been compelled to write in response…
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9:31 PM | Matt Ridley, Anti-Science Writer, Climate Science Denialist
Matt Ridley is a British journalist whom some in the science community are now quietly referring to as an “anti-science writer.” He has taken up the cause of denying the widely held and deep scientific consensus on climate change. He has a recent blog post he seems to have been compelled to write in response…
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6:41 PM | New Studies Close in on Methane Leaks and Bolster Calls for Strong E.P.A. Rules
A new study finds specific, addressable sources of much of the methane leakage associated with gas drilling.
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5:23 PM | Ecuador Indigenous Activist Killed Before Climate Talks
The buried body of a missing Ecuadoran indigenous leader has been found, shortly before he planned to protest at the UN climate conference in Lima.
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