Oops: One Of Greatest Mass Extinctions Was Due To An Ice Age And Not To Global Warming

1) Oops: One Of Greatest Mass Extinctions Was Due To An Ice Age And Not To Global Warming
Science Daily, 6 March 2016 The Earth has known several mass extinctions over the course of its history. One of the most important happened at the Permian-Triassic boundary 250 million years ago. Over 95% of marine species disappeared and, up until now, scientists have linked this extinction to a significant rise in Earth temperatures. But researchers have now discovered that this extinction took place during a short ice age which preceded the global climate warming. It’s the first time that the various stages of a mass extinction have been accurately understood and that scientists have been able to assess the major role played by volcanic explosions in these climate processes.

2) New Study: More Arctic Sea Ice Now Than For Nearly All Of The Last 10,000 Years
No Tricks Zone, 2 March 2017 In a new paper (Stein et al., 2017), scientists find that Arctic sea ice retreat and advance is modulated by variations in solar activity. In addition, the sea ice cover during the last century has only slightly retreated from the extent reached during coldest centuries of the Little Ice Age (1600s to 1800s AD), which had the highest sea ice cover of the last 10,000 years and flirted with excursions into year-round sea ice. –Kenneth Richard

3) Climate Alarmists Use Photoshop And Fraud To Deceive
PowerLine, 6 March 2017 Watts Up With That has a funny instance of warmist deception. You may have seen the headline, I did: Antarctica hits record high temperature at balmy 63.5°F. Where? Base Esperanza. Where is Base Esperanza in relation to what we normally think of as Antarctica? A long, long distance away. Base Esperanza is close to Tiera Del Fuego and not far from Africa, so warm temperatures there are not exactly shocking. Plus, the weather phenomenon that caused the recent high temperature is well understood and has nothing to do with global warming. Now we get to the really fun part: the photo that accompanied the alarmist MSN article. “If you magnify the picture 500%, the penguins become extremely pixilated, the ice chunk less so, and the background rocks even less so, a fingerprint of 3 different photographs with different resolutions that have been overlain.” So the whole thing is a fake. –John Hinderaker

4) Global Warming Slowdown? The Argument Is As Clear As An Unseasonal Blizzard
The National, 4 March 2017 The continuing debate [about the global warming slowdown] does highlight the limitations of science as a means of checking “alternative facts”. Telling if the entire Earth is getting warmer is a different ball game. Simply collecting readings from weather stations is not going to be enough. Finally, there is the problem of deciding if any detected trend is real or just a fluke. The textbook way of deciding is to use so-called significance tests, statistical methods that show the chance of getting the observed results, assuming they are a fluke. The argument over the strength of global warming shows how difficult climate research really is. It also shows the naivety of thinking that on “hot button” issues such as global warming, science can debunk fake news in a flash. –Robert Matthews

5) This Bill Would Block EPA From Using ‘Secret Science’ To Write Regulations
The Daily Caller, 6 March 2016 The bill stipulates EPA advisers “shall have no current grants or contracts from the [EPA] and shall not apply for a grant or contract for 3 years following the end of that member’s service on the Board.” “This bill would ensure that scientists advising EPA on regulatory decisions are not the same scientists receiving EPA grants,” said Texas Republican Rep. Lamar Smith, chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. Smith also introduced a bill to prevent EPA from using “secret science” to develop major regulations. Republicans argue EPA and other agencies shouldn’t be able to base regulations on non-public scientific data. –Michael Bastasch

6) German High Court: Federal Agency Has Right To Denounce Critical Science Journalists
Global Warming Policy Forum, 6 March 2017 A German High Court has decided that the Federal Environmental Agency has the right to publicly denounce science journalists who report critically about climate issues. In the US, government agencies are calling some journalists “Fake News” in order to discriminate against them. In Germany that would be impossible, right? Wrong. A federal agency, which is under the responsibility of the Ministry of the Environment, has attacked journalists in the same way. Unfortunately, however, there is no court in Germany to protect the freedom of the press. –Michael Miersch