The climate science is clear: it’s now or never to avert catastrophe | Bill McKibben

Disastrous global heating will soon become irrevocable but despite politicians inaction millions are taking to the streets to fight the planets fever The one thing never to forget about global warming is that its a timed test. Its ignoble and dangerous to delay progress on any important issue, of course if, in 2020, America continues to ignore the healthcare needs of many of its citizens, those people will sicken, die, go bankrupt. The damage will be very real. But that damage wont make it harder, come 2021 or 2025 or 2030, to do the right thing about healthcare. appeal But the climate crisis doesnt work like that. If we dont solve it soon, we will never solve it, because we …

Tiny deer-like animal thought lost to science photographed for first time in 30 years

(CNN)A tiny deer-like creature about the size of a rabbit has been photographed in the wild for the first time in three decades in southern Vietnam, delighting conservationists who feared the species was extinct. Scientists had thought the tiny creature, which had been among a list of 25 “most wanted” lost species compiled by Global Wildlife Conservation (GWC), had fallen victim to habitat loss and intensive hunting for the illegal wildlife trade. Wire snares are widely used in the region. Details of the rediscovery were published Monday in the scientific journal Nature Ecology & Evolution. After interviewing villagers and forest rangers near the beach city of Nha Trang, the team of scientists set camera traps for five months in areas …

Cervest raises 3.7M for Earth Science AI platform to predict climate effects

Climate risk, including extreme events and the related pressures our environment, are fundamentally affecting the way businesses and governments operate — both tactically and strategically. Increasing climate volatility is causing food supply disruptions and increasing pressure on Enterprises (including financial institutions, insurers and producers) to disclose what’s going on. The trouble is, while there is a lot of data about all this, its complexity, incompleteness and sheer volume is too vast for humans to process with the tools available today. So just as the climate changes, we are faced with “data chaos.” Equally, other parts of the world suffer from data scarcity, making it much harder to provide useful and timely analysis. So the challenge is to address these issues …

Strike a contrapposto pose to look more attractive, science says

Study finds pose makes waist-to-hip ratio seem lower on one side and looks more appealing Dancers do it, Instagrammers do it, even the Venus de Milo does it. When it comes to striking a pose, it seems the only way is contrapposto. Now research has shed light on why the attitude is so appealing. Experts say the pose, which involves standing with weight predominantly on one foot with a slight twist in the upper body, makes the waist-to-hip ratio appear strikingly low on one side of the body. A low waist-to-hip ratio reflecting studies have suggested the most popular imaginary women have even lower ratios in particular a very small waist a finding that might help to explain the appeal …

Australians Have Accidentally Been Eating A Fish Unknown To Science

It seems the people of Australia have been happily munching away on a species of fish unknown to science. The newly described species is a type of grouper and has been christened Epinephelus fuscomarginatus. Back in 2000, Queensland Museum fish expert Jeff Johnson was shown photographs of a mystery grouper by a fisherman. Despite seeing more images over the years, he failed to get hold of any physical specimens, as they kept being sold for food. However, in 2017, Johnson came across five of the creatures waiting to be sold at a fish market in Brisbane. He bought the fish and set to work. “As soon as I saw them, I thought they were probably a new species, so I purchased …

Bella Hadid Is The Most Beautiful Woman In The World, Science Says! – Perez Hilton

Bella Hadid was just named the most beautiful woman in the world… Are you surprised?! The supermodel snagged the title after it was calculated she has what constitutes as the perfect face, according to the Greek Golden Ratio of Beauty Phi which measures physical perfection. The declaration was made by London-based plastic surgeon Dr. Julian De Silva who found Hadid to be the “clear winner” among today’s biggest stars. In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar on Wednesday, De Silva said he found the 23-year-old’s mug to be 94.35 percent “accurate” to the Golden Ratio after measuring her eyes, eyebrows, nose, lips, chin, jaw, and facial shape, making her the “closest to the ancient Greeks’ idea of perfection.” Inneresting! But how exactly did this …

‘There are no excuses left’: why climate science deniers are running out of rope

Guardian environment correspondent Fiona Harvey recalls being heckled at the House of Commons, and explains how attitudes to climate have shifted in the last decade The shouted words rang out across the packed parliamentary corridor: Fiona Harvey is the worst journalist there is. Shes the worst journalist of them all, because she should know better. They were the words of Lord Lawson, former UK chancellor of the exchequer, turned climate denier and now the 97% of the worlds climate scientists whose work shows human responsibility for global heating, and failure to give equal weight to the tiny number of dissenters. As the science of climate chaos has become vastly clearer in the past two decades, and the warnings more stark, …

How vested interests tried to turn the world against climate science

For decades fossil fuel majors tried to fight the consensus just as big tobacco once disputed that smoking kills In 1998 a public relations consultant called Joe Walker wrote to the American Petroleum Institute (API), a trade association representing major fossil fuel companies, with a proposed solution to a big problem. In December the previous year, the UN had adopted the Kyoto protocol, an international treaty that committed signatory countries to reducing their greenhouse gas emissions in order to avert catastrophic climate breakdown. Reducing emissions represented a direct threat to the profits of fossil fuel companies and the API was working on an industry response. As promised, attached is the Global Climate Science Communications Plan that we developed during our …

Revealed: top UK thinktank spent decades undermining climate science

UKs Institute of Economic Affairs has links to 14 members of Boris Johnsons cabinet The UKs most influential conservative thinktank has published at least four books, as well as multiple articles and papers, over two decades suggesting manmade climate change may be uncertain or exaggerated. The Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) has issued publications arguing climate change is either not significantly driven by human activity or will be positive. The group is one of the most politically influential thinktanks in the UK, and boasts that 14 members of Boris Johnsons cabinet, including the home secretary, foreign secretary and chancellor, have been associated with the groups past and current initiatives. Despite a Climate Accountability Institute,calculates how much carbon is emitted throughout …

Trump administration’s war on science has hit ‘crisis point’, experts warn

Nonpartisan taskforce of ex-government officials reports almost weekly violations of norms meant to safeguard objective research The treatment of science by the Trump administration has hit a crisis point where research findings are manipulated for political gain, special interests are given improper influence and scientists are targeted for ideological reasons, a nonpartisan taskforce of former government officials has warned. Safeguards meant to ensure that government research is objective and fully available to the public have been steadily weakening under recent administrations and are now at a nadir under Trump, recent sharpiegate scandal, in which Trump erroneously claimed a hurricane would hit Alabama, subsequently holding up a doctored map. Officials at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration were reportedly pressured to …