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  • Jack 3:21 am on November 24, 2017 Permalink |
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    Ridiculous Science 

    Just when you thought it was safe to fire up the Hummer, there comes some devastating news from our friends in the climate change industry.

    Global warming may be making bearded dragons more stupid.

    No really, this is not a joke.

    Obviously you’re praying that it is because the last thing any of us would want – dear God, anything but that – would be for arguably the world’s most popular and friendly, frilly-necked reptilian pet from Australia to be dropping a few IQ points as a result of man’s selfishness, greed and refusal to change his carbon-guzzling lifestyle.

    Here, though, is the headline in black and white at Phys.Org:

    Climate Change may be making Bearded Dragons less Intelligent.

    And here is what “scientists” are saying, apparently, in this peer-reviewed study for the Royal Society.

    A team of researchers affiliated with the University of Lincoln in the U.K. has found evidence suggesting that as the planet heats up due to global warming, the bearded dragon may become less intelligent. In their paper published in the journal Royal Society Open Science, the group describes exposing incubating bearded dragons to warmer than normal air temperatures and then testing their intelligence.

    Over the past several years, scientists have been finding that creatures great and small are smarter than commonly assumed. This is the case for , the people-friendly reptile from Australia. Some studies have shown, for example, that they are able to note the behavior of their peers and then copy it if it offers a reward. Such behavior offers a means for testing the intelligence of individuals among a group.

    To find out what impact rising temperatures might have on the bearded , the researchers incubated 13 eggs, seven in a warmer than normal 30 degrees Celsius nest and six at the normal 27 degrees C. After they hatched and grew older, the researchers tested the intelligence of all the lizards by exposing them to a video showing a bearded dragon opening a sliding door and then testing them to see if they could or would imitate the behavior for a reward—prior research showed that opening a screen door is something the lizards can only learn if they see another lizard do it first.

    The researchers report that fewer of the  that incubated in the warmer pens were able to mimic the lizard on the video than those that had incubated at normal temperatures—and those that did succeed did so at a much slower pace. This, the researchers suggest, indicates that as the planet warms, animals across the globe will be impacted in some unexpected ways. For the bearded dragon, it could spell serious trouble if they become less intelligent, making them less able to adapt to change. The researchers also note that their results are similar to those of researcher Jonathan Webb—he found that exposing geckos to warmer temperatures in the nest made them not only duller but less likely to survive once released into the wild.

    Oh please, no. Say, it ain’t so. Not just the Bearded Dragons. But the geckos too???

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  • Jack 2:50 pm on November 14, 2017 Permalink |
    Tags: ben wolfgang, chinese pollution, , , indian pollution, paris climate accord, , ,   

    Exposed…Again 

    The Paris climate pact is off to a rocky start due to a huge increase in Chinese pollution this year, researchers said Monday in a report that finds U.S. emissions are still dropping despite President Trump’s decision to pull the nation from the global agreement.

    Several studies released by the Global Carbon Project and presented Monday at a United Nations climate conference in Germany say that worldwide carbon emissions are projected to rise about 2 percent in 2017 after they’d been flat for three years, according to preliminary estimates of this year’s data.

    The culprit, the data show, is China, which had kept its emissions in check in recent years but now is seeing a massive uptick in pollution. Under the Paris pact, China agreed to cap its emissions by 2030, meaning it’s free to ramp up pollution between now and then.

    China’s uptick in 2017, which comes after a 1 percent drop in 2015 and flat emissions last year, largely is due to the country’s increased use of fossil fuels.

    More broadly, researchers say the data show the Paris agreement so far is not working as intended.

    “Global commitments made in Paris in 2015 to reduce emissions are still not being matched by actions,” said Glen Peters, a research director at CICERO Center for International Climate Research.

    “It is far too early to proclaim that we have turned a corner and started the journey towards zero emissions. While emissions may rise 2 percent in 2017, it is not possible to say whether this is a return to growth, or a one-off increase,” said Mr. Peters, who led one of the studies that was included in the sweeping Global Carbon Project study.

    Chinese emissions are projected to rise by 3.5 percent this year, according to the study. China is the world’s largest polluter and accounts for nearly 30 percent of all worldwide carbon emissions.

    India’s emissions also are expected to rise by 2 percent, though that’s a much smaller rise than in recent years.

    U.S. emissions, meanwhile, are projected to decline by 0.4 percent in 2017. That’s less of a decline than in recent years, research shows, but still underscores that technological advancements and a market shift away from coal in America are having tangible impacts.

    European emissions also are expected to decline slightly this year.

    The news comes as virtually every country in the world has signed on to the Paris agreement. Signed in late 2015, the deal required the U.S. to cut its emissions by at least 26 percent by 2025 when compared to 2005 levels. But Mr. Trump shelved that commitment in June, saying the agreement was unfair to the U.S. and let other major polluters — such as China and India — off the hook.

    Monday’s data appear to back up his contention.

    Researchers say the new information underscores how difficult it is to control emissions, especially from countries such as China, despite the Paris accord.

    “The slowdown in emissions growth from 2014 to 2016 was always a delicate balance, and the likely 2 percent increase in 2017 clearly demonstrates that we can’t take the recent slowdown for granted”, said Robbie Andrew, a senior researcher at CICERO who also co-authored the studies.

    Highlights of the report can be found here.

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  • Jack 2:45 pm on October 16, 2017 Permalink |
    Tags: , children's book, , crowd funding, , , michael mann, , ,   

    On Books 

    Michael Mann is writing a children’s book about climate change.

    Don’t all rush to donate at once – you might break the internet – but he wants you to pay for it through crowdfunding.

    The book is called The Tantrum That Saved The World.

    Michael Mann knows all about tantrums. Probably his biggest was the one that led him to sue Mark Steyn for having had the temerity to suggest that his now-infamous Hockey Stick was fraudulent. The case has been grinding on for six years now: as Steyn says “the process is the punishment”. Also, the alarmists funding it really can’t afford for it ever to be resolved because the disclosure requirements may open a can of worms so huge that the $1.5 trillion a year climate industry may never recover.

    His other big toys-out-of-the-pram moment was when he sued Canadian climatologist Tim Ball who had jested that Mann “should be in the State Pen, not Penn State.”

    Both, of course, will likely be exceeded by the Mother of all Tantrums Mann throws if and when he loses both cases, when his reputation is left even more tattered than it is already, and when his vexatious lawsuits succeed in exposing “climate change” as probably the biggest fraud in the history of science.

    About “saving the world”, however, Mann knows not quite so much.

    Perhaps he is leaving that part to his co-author, Australian writer-illustrator Megan Herbert.

    Herbert is dealing with the story side of the book, which involves a little girl called Sophia and – with wearisome inevitability – a polar bear.

    Mann, meanwhile, claims he will explain the “science” of climate change.

    In one section, for example, he will “tell the stories of the climate refugees our heroine encounters.”

    Ah yes. That will be “climate change refugees” as in the ludicrous myth briefly promoted by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). In a 2005 paper – subsequently withdrawn – UNEP claimed that there would be 50 million climate refugees by 2010.

    The actual number of “climate refugees” which has emerged since is a big fat zero.

    “We wrote this book because in our view nothing like it exists,” the authors claim in their Kickstarter appeal.

    Clearly they can never have been anywhere near a school in any Western nation because had they done so, they would find the classrooms full of such books, all spouting the same junk-scientific global warming propaganda about vanishing polar bears and melting icecaps and sinking Pacific Islands and imperilled future generations.

    Still, if you’re interested in purchasing a copy, the good news is that it is sustainably printed, FSC certified, uses biodegradable vegetable dye and with carbon offsets.

    Personally I think they are missing a trick. If only they’d used soft tissue paper and packaged in it in a roll, I think a lot more of us might have been interested.

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    • Jack 3:09 pm on October 16, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Quick! Hide your children. A monster is on the loose once again.

      This is what they do. They program kids from a very early age but once again they have been caught. I’m very surprised someone hasn’t sued Mann for pandering his lies. It’s long overdue and if it does happen I hope he loses his shirt because he definitely WILL lose.

      “Nuff said”….

  • Jack 1:42 pm on October 11, 2017 Permalink |
    Tags: charles darwin, colin fernandez, , gm crops, , insect resistance   

    Rapid Evolution 

    A major study into crops genetically modified to repel pests has found that insects are rapidly developing resistance.

    They found that bugs had developed resistance that substantially reduced the efficacy of the GM crops in 16 cases as of 2016 – compared to just 3 cases in 2005.

    It took just five years for the bugs to be able to shrug off the poisons produced by the GM crops in the 16 areas where bugs developed resistance.

    WHAT DID THEY DO?

    Researchers looked at 36 cases looking at how insects respond to the GM crops, modified to produce an insect-killing protein called Bt.

    Bt is so called because it is derived from a bacterium called bacillus thuringiensis, which is also used as a spray-on insecticide.

    In its spray form less likely to spread resistance as it rapidly breaks down in the environment.

    They found that bugs had developed ‘resistance that substantially reduced the efficacy of the GM crops in 16 cases as of 2016 – compared to just 3 cases in 2005.

    It took just five years for the bugs to be able to shrug off the poisons produced by the GM crops in the 16 areas where bugs developed resistance.

    GM crops are illegal to grow in the UK – with exceptions granted for scientific research, but widely grown around the world.

    Researchers looked at 36 cases looking at how insects respond to the GM crops, modified to produce an insect-killing protein called Bt.

    Bt is so called because it is derived from a bacterium called bacillus thuringiensis, which is also used as a spray-on insecticide.

    In its spray form less likely to spread resistance as it rapidly breaks down in the environment.

    Bruce Tabashnik and Yves Carriere in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences analysed the global data on Bt crop use and how insect pests adapt, publishing the results in the journal Nature Biotechnology.

    The countries where the GM crops were grown include the US, Brazil, China, Philippines, Spain, Australia and Mexico.

    Professor Tabashnik said: ‘When Bt crops were first introduced in 1996, no one knew how quickly the pests would adapt.

    ‘Now we have a cumulative total of over two billion acres of these crops planted during the past two decades and extensive monitoring data, so we can build a scientific understanding of how fast the pests evolve resistance and why.’

    While 16 out of the 36 cases showed resistance, 17 did not. A further three showed ‘early warnings of resistance’.

    The researchers said that a way of slowing the development of resistance was by planting ‘refuges’ of non-GM crops close to the GM crops.

    This increases the chance that a bug that has genes that resist the killer protein will mate with one that has not – making it less likely the resistant genes will be passed on.

    Professor Tabashnik said: ‘Perhaps the most compelling evidence that refuges work comes from the pink bollworm, which evolved resistance rapidly to Bt cotton in India, but not in the U.S.’

    He added: ‘These plants have been remarkably useful, and resistance has generally evolved slower than most people expected,’ he said. ‘I see these crops as an increasingly important part of the future of agriculture. The progress made provides motivation to collect more data and to incorporate it in planning future crop deployments.’

    Anti-GM crop campaigners said the findings show GM crops are acting as predicted – and spreading resistance to insects.

    ‘We always expect the pests to adapt. However, if we can delay resistance from a few years to a few decades, that’s a big win’, said Professor Tabashnik.

    Liz O’Neill of GM Freeze said: ‘This study confirms a very simple truth: if you try to outwit nature, it’s evolution that wins.

    ‘The author of the study described measures that have in some cases delayed the development of resistant insects by a few years as “a big win”.

    ‘That tells us all we need to know about the GM industry’s vision for the future of farming, biodiversity and our natural environment.’

    Pat Thomas of Beyond GM said: ‘There have been increasing reports that super bugs are developing resistance to the Bt toxin but this report very starkly shows that technofarming with GMOs just does not work and in fact makes life harder for farmers in the long by run ruining crops and livelihoods.’

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  • Jack 9:54 am on October 5, 2017 Permalink |
    Tags: australia, , , , great barrier reef, , paul krugman,   

    Fake News 

    The Great Barrier Reef is recovering ‘surprisingly’ fast, according to Australia’s state propagandist ABC.

    Optimism is rising among scientists that parts of the Great Barrier Reef that were severely bleached over the past two years are making a recovery.

    Scientists from the Australian Institute of Marine Science this month surveyed 14 coral reefs between Cairns and Townsville to see how they fared after being bleached.

    The institute’s Neil Cantin said they were surprised to find the coral had already started to reproduce.

    This will come as precisely zero surprise to anyone here at Breitbart.

    As I’ve reported before:

    Great Barrier Reef Still not Dying Whatever Washington Post Says

    and

    Only Gullible Fools Believe The Great Barrier Reef is Dying

    But the “Barrier Reef is dying” scare – and believe me, it won’t be the last we hear of it – was never about the facts. Always, but always, it was and is about the narrative.

    Because the Great Barrier Reef is a world heritage site which has lots of pretty fish in it and looks photogenic on endless Discovery Channel documentaries it is the perfect poster child for the “world is dying and it’s all man’s fault because climate change” movement.

    Liberal media outlets like to report on it because scare stories sell and because it elides with their “progressive” politics.

    Scientists – who really should know better – like to ramp it up because it grabs them media attention and attracts funding from compliant governments keen to be seen to be doing something about this apparently major problem.

    Green propagandists big it up because a) it generates donations from the well-meaning, gullible fools who buy this nonsense and b) because it’s a chance to smear their opponents as heartless and uncaring and scientifically ignorant.

    Here’s one example of ‘b’ from a Soros-funded attack dog site. It’s titled “Breitbart‘s James Delingpole denies the danger of the Barrier Reef”. (Wow! That Delingpole! He sounds so EVIL!)

    You might ask – given that the facts are not on their side and given that, inevitably, they are going to be proved wrong – why they keep putting out these fake news stories.

    Simple. It’s because of what you might call the Krugman Effect.

    Paul Krugman...

    Paul Krugman…

    Compare and contrast the public response.

    When Paul Krugman posts his fake news lie about Trump being responsible for a cholera outbreak in Puerto Rico, he gets over 8,000 retweets and 18,000 likes.

    But when he runs his half-assed and shamelessly unapologetic correction, only a few hundred show much interest.

    Increasingly, this is how the regressive left rolls. True to the principle that “a lie is half way round the world before the truth has got its boots on”, it cheerfully promotes fake news stories knowing that they will remain in the public consciousness long after the tiny correction has been run.

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