Major climate science denial group admits to using false temperature data

August 21, 2017 by  
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Though 97 percent of leading scientists agree that climate change is a very real threat that needs to be addressed immediately, certain factions refuse to accept mounting data on Earth’s rising surface temperatures . In fact, some groups have gone as far as to fabricate information – including the so-called Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF). The climate science denying group recently admitted to providing false data in an interview with the BBC. On August 13, 2017, the climate science denying think tank admitted to sharing “erroneous” temperature data to support Lord Lawson’s false claims he made to the BBC that global temperatures are not rising. The interview was immediately criticized by both the media and scientists, reports DeSmog . This is because Lawson was wrong to claim that the average global temperatures have “slightly declined” since 2007. In reality, the global surface temperature over this period has increased. 2014, 2015 and 2016 are now the three hottest years on record. Related: Koch brothers is launching a new, multimillion-dollar group to fight the rise of electric cars Screenshot of GWPF tweets taken on August 14, 2017. Three days after the interview, the climate change denial group tweeted that it was “happy to correct the record.” It has since removed the tweet, as requested by climate scientists Ed Hawkins . Thanks for acknowledging this Benny. Are you could to delete the original tweet so that this erroneous claim doesn't spread further? — Ed Hawkins (@ed_hawkins) August 13, 2017 Indeed. My bias, my mistake. — GWPF (@thegwpfcom) August 13, 2017 The tweets reveal that the graph was originally produced by US meteorologist Ryan Maue, who is an adjunct scholar of the libertarian group the Cato Institute. Weather forecaster and climate science denier Joe Bastardi later published the graph. Both Bastardi and Male work for the private weather consulting firm WeatherBell Analytics , which is funded by climate change deniers such as the Koch brothers. After admitting to fabricating data, the GWPF immediately tweeted that the rest of Lawson’s claims to the BBC were true — despite many being demonstrably false. Additionally, the group went right back to proclaiming that climate change is a hoax. While the situation is frustrating, at least in this instance it has been verified that  global temperatures are, in fact, increasing. Via Desmog Images via Pixabay

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Nomadic teahouse made with origami embodies Japanese minimalist beauty

August 21, 2017 by  
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Origami isn’t just beautiful—it can also be useful in architectural design. Katagiri Architecture + Design shows us how with Shi-An, a nomadic teahouse built with hundred of pieces of folded paper without the need for any glue. The minimalist and temporary structure embodies a Japanese sense of beauty and appreciation of the concept of transience. Winner of the RTFA 2017 Awards, Shi-An was constructed for the Japanese Culture EXPO 2016 at the Daidokoro in Nijo-Jo Castle in Kyoto , one of the most prestigious flat land castles constructed in the early 17th century. The round teahouse is built solely from “washi” paper, a traditional Japanese paper made from particular plant fibers, and evokes a contemporary feel within a traditional setting. Large pieces of washi paper, measuring 500mm by 1,000mm (1.64 feet by 3.28 feet), were folded eight times to create triangular units that can be inserted together with other units without the need for adhesives. The nearly seven-foot-tall teahouse can be easily constructed, deconstructed, and transported. Related: Beautiful timber pavilion unfolds like origami “This nomadic small tea house engages the spatial experience embodying the idea of Japanese simplified beauty which addresses momentality and intangibility in nature,” wrote the architects. “The cellular structure metabolizes its own body like living creatures for continuous adaptation to surrounding environments and its uses.” The teahouse features a small opening that requires users to bow their heads before entering as well as a small opening at the top to allow natural light to enter the space. + Katagiri Architecture + Design

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Scientists warn Amazon jungle faces death spiral

March 14, 2017 by  
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A new study reveals that the Amazon rainforest may face a “death spiral” of deforestation and drought over the next century. The data comes from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany, and while the entire forest is unlikely to disappear from the face of the Earth, large parts of the region are currently considered to be at risk. The study explores what might happen as climate change causes the region to experience more frequent and more intense dry seasons. While it may seem obvious that reduced rainfall causes trees to die off and forests to shrink, it’s also been shown that forest loss intensified regional droughts as well. When these two factors occur together, it can cause a self-reinforcing feedback loop that could wipe out large portions of forest. Related: A student-designed drone is hunting illegal loggers in the Amazon Rainforest It’s unclear exactly how much of the Amazon is at risk – computer models show this type of forest dieback could threaten up to 38 percent of the Amazon basin. However, researchers stress that eventually most of the Amazon forest could potentially be at risk. The future isn’t completely without hope, however: the study also found that the more diverse an area’s vegetation is, the less susceptible it is to the effects of the feedback loop. So increasing biodiversity could be a vital tool in protecting the Amazon – and other vulnerable regions – from the worst effects of climate change . The full study has been published in the journal Nature Communications . Via The Independent Images via Wikimedia Commons ( 1 , 2 )

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Rogue NASA Twitter account strikes back at Donald Trump

January 27, 2017 by  
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Yet another “rogue” Twitter account has cropped up in response to Donald Trump’s efforts to muzzle government agencies: this time, Rogue NASA is taking to social media to spread climate science. The new, unofficial account is one of a number of accounts purporting to be run by national park employees in their off hours. While the account makes clear in its bio that it’s not run by government employees, its mission is clear: to spread information about climate change in the event that Trump orders the agency to go silent.

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Trump bans EPA and USDA scientists from communicating with the public

January 25, 2017 by  
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In a set of chilling memos, staff at the Environmental Protection Agency and US Department of Agriculture were banned from all communications with the public this week. The memos forbid government scientists from speaking to reporters about their work, writing press releases, posting blog updates, or updating the agencies’ social media accounts. The EPA was also ordered to suspend all new business activities – including awarding any new contracts or grants. Voices within Donald Trump’s administration claim that this is simply a temporary measure, aimed at bringing the agencies’ communications in line with the new administration’s priorities. But with no information flowing out of the EPA, state agencies are concerned that the media blackout and grant freeze will prevent them from carrying out critical work to protect clean drinking water, test schools for lead, and revitalize toxic waste sites. Jeff Ruch, executive director for the advocacy group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, told the Boston Globe that these orders go far beyond those issued during previous presidential transitions. Related: Trump may ban the Environmental Protection Agency from funding scientific research Many fear that the gag order may be extended indefinitely, much like the years-long gag order placed on Canadian scientists under Stephen Harper’s administration. Though it’s been reversed by the country’s new Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, during the Harper years 37% of researchers were prevented from speaking to the public or media about their work, and 24% say they were directly asked to exclude or alter information. The policy caused Canadian media coverage of climate change to drop by 80% during those years, a terrifying prospect at a time when the planet is hitting record temperatures for the third year in a row . It should go without saying that altering or suppressing scientific information to fit Trump’s pro- fossil fuel agenda could be devastating to our ability to understand and respond to climate change and natural disasters. In fact, as Mashable points out , the gag order goes against the agencies’ own ethics policies, which encourage employees to promote scientific standards and communicate with the public about their research. Perhaps that’s why, as soon as the recent memo was made public , the USDA disavowed the policy and reiterated its mission to make government science available to the public. Related: Trump’s EPA pick put industries before federal environmental policies While this seems to be a positive development, environmentalists and anyone who values scientific accuracy should remain on guard. It’s clear that Trump and his cabinet have a vested interest in denying climate science and suppressing any information about it from reaching the public. Those wishing to take action to help defend government science in the US may want to check out the Scientists’ March on Washington that is currently in the planning stages. Via The Boston Globe Images via Audio Luci Store and US Army RDECOM

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Ikea, Sony commit with 112 others to science-based climate goals

December 8, 2015 by  
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A slew of multinationals pledged Tuesday at COP21 to link emissions goals formally to climate science.

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Setting up the climate chessboard

December 8, 2015 by  
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Which pieces advanced in 2015? What will their moves be in 2016?

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How ‘third way’ technologies can help turn tide on climate

December 8, 2015 by  
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How can we mimic the earth’s natural carbon-removing processes?

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It’s not just you — climate science really is impossible to read

October 14, 2015 by  
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A new report details the struggle to decode esoteric climate science for the uninitiated.

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How Big Data drives Ford’s green technology investments

November 4, 2013 by  
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The automaker uses climate science predictions to project production levels that will help meet its fuel efficiency targets.

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