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TREES will not uproot themselves and embark on blood-soaked killing sprees by 2035, global warming experts have admitted. The International Panel on Climate Change confirmed the evidence had not been peer-reviewed and will now amend the section of its 2007 report devoted to ‘killer trees’. A spokesman said: "It appears the claim was not based […]

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If you own any shares in companies that produce reflecting telescopes, use differential and integral calculus, or rely on the laws of motion, I should start dumping them NOW. The conspiracy behind the calculus myth has been suddenly, brutally and quite deliciously exposed after volumes of Newton’s private correspondence were compiled and published. When you […]

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The Global Language Monitor reports that the top words of the decade were ‘Global Warming’, with ‘Climate Change’ the top phrase. ‘Global Warming’ was rated highly from the very first day of the decade. In 2008, ‘Global Warming’ was the top phrase of the year, while in 2007 it was ‘Climate Change’. That, despite eight […]

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The US is not the world

NOAA has reported that October 2009 was the 3rd coldest on record in the continental US. The average October temperature of 50.8°F was 4.0°F below the 20th Century average and ranked as the 3rd coolest based on preliminary data. For the nation as a whole, it was the third coolest October on record. If after […]

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There’s a list of 450 “peer reviewed papers supporting skepticism of ‘man-made’ global warming” making the rounds on the internet. Let’s take a closer look at it. When peer review doesn’t mean peer review Take a glance at that list, and it just leaps out at you: so many of the papers are all from […]

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What happens when climate change moves faster than plants can migrate? It’s a good question. Throughout the history of life on Earth, species have shifted where they live in response to changing environmental conditions. Abrupt changes in climate and the environment  can outpace the speed at which plants can adapt. The consequence is local extinction. […]

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A flower for our epoch

The alpine and tundra wildflower Dryas octopetala has the honour of lending its name to a period of climate change called the Younger Dryas, around 10,000 years ago, when glacial conditions rapidly set in across the higher Northern Hemisphere. Pollen from the Dryas flower suddenly began to appear in ice cores. The abrupt arrival of […]

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It has been a cold winter. How cold? “…a value large enough to erase nearly all the global warming recorded over the last 100 years.” It’s great news that 100 years of warming have been ‘erased’. One might expect to find, perhaps, that the tundra shrublands have retreated, the permafrost refirmed, villages in the arctic […]

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