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Coalition backs ‘cloud-brightening’ trial on Great Barrier Reef to tackle global heating

A government-backed research program to make the Great Barrier Reef more resilient to global heating will spend $4.7m this financial year developing technologies that could shade corals and make clouds more reflective during marine heatwaves. The announcement confirms the development…

5,000 years of history of domestic cats in Central Europe

(Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun) The history of human and cat relationships began 10,000 years ago. Its origins, however, still remain a mystery mainly due to scarcity of research material. Gaps in our knowledge in the subject are successfully filled by a group of researchers from the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toru?. Dr Magdalena Krajcarz has made an attempt to find ancestors of domestic cats in Neolithic Central Europe. An article discussing the topic has recently been published in PNAS.

A proposed new mission to Venus

The proposed VERITAS mission to Venus is one of the finalists for NASA’s Discovery Program. If selected, it will revolutionize our knowledge about the planet’s geology and how this formerly habitable world became a fiery wasteland.

Jurassic fossils from northeastern China reveal morphological stasis in the catkin-yew

(Science China Press) Dong and colleagues studied well-preserved plant fossils from the Middle-Late Jurassic Daohugou Bed in eastern Inner Mongolia, northeastern China. These fossils closely resemble the extant catkin-yews Amentotaxus. They provide unequivocal evidence that the catkin-yews have undergone little morphological change over at least ~160 million years. Like ginkgo, the catkin-yews are living fossils that provide an important new example of evolutionary stasis.

Emissions slashed today won’t slow warming until mid-century – The Economist

Jul 11th 2020 MUCH OF the international effort thus far to combat climate change has focused on cutting emissions of greenhouse gases, chief among them carbon dioxide. That is, of course, a rational approach. Global average temperatures are roughly 1.1°C…

Virginia Is Circling The Green New Drain

It took the newly empowered Virginia Dems less than six months, but the state is now paying a heavy price for the last election. Obvious is the ruinous transformation spawned by the pandemic and the never-ending anarchy resulting from BLM-themed…

The End Is Nigh! Revisiting The Climate Dumpster Fire

In November 2009, the Hadley Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia in Britain* was hacked, releasing thousands of files suggesting a covert mega-operation to propagate an “anthropogenic global warming” myth. The evidence showed that data was tampered…