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New Research for week #25, 2019

Posted on 25 June 2019 by SkS-Team 49 publications for this week.  The last paper in this week’s list features Skeptical Science volunteer and highly cited researcher Stephan Lewandowsky along with Skeptical Science founder John Cook as first and second…

Answers to Key Questions in Oregon’s Climate Change Walkout – The New York Times

A partisan legislative standoff in Oregon persisted on Monday, as Republican state lawmakers stayed clear of the state Capitol for the fifth day in a row in an effort to block a climate change bill that Democrats are pressing to…

7 haunting songs sung by whales

Scientists have been studying humpback whale songs for decades, but their meaning remains mysterious. (Photo: Shutterstock) Whales were in dire straits in the 1960s, reduced to a shadow of their former glory by more than a century of overzealous hunting….

New research shows an iceless Greenland may be in our future

New research shows that Greenland may be ice-free by the year 3000. This research uses new data on the landscape under the ice to make breakthroughs in modeling the island’s future. The findings show if greenhouse gas concentrations remain on their current path, the melting ice from Greenland alone could contribute as much as 24 feet to global sea level rise by the time it disappears.

Study predicts more long-term sea level rise from Greenland ice

(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Greenland’s melting ice sheet could generate more sea level rise than previously thought if greenhouse gas emissions continue to increase and warm the atmosphere at their current rate, according to a new modeling study. The study, which used data from NASA’s Operation IceBridge airborne campaign, was published in Science Advances today.

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Marijuana use increases, shifts away from illegal market

A new article reports that, based on analysis of public wastewater samples in at least one Western Washington population center, cannabis use both increased and substantially shifted from the illicit market since retail sales began in 2014.

Marijuana use increases, shifts away from illegal market

A new article reports that, based on analysis of public wastewater samples in at least one Western Washington population center, cannabis use both increased and substantially shifted from the illicit market since retail sales began in 2014.

Sea otters have low genetic diversity like other threatened species, biologists report

Sea otters have very low genetic diversity, scientists report. Their findings have implications for the conservation of rare and endangered species, in which a lack of genetic diversity can increase the risk of extinction.