Expert credibility in climate change — PNAS.
Although preliminary estimates from published literature and expert surveys suggest striking agreement among climate scientists on the tenets of anthropogenic climate change (ACC), the American public expresses substantial doubt about both the anthropogenic cause and the level of scientific agreement underpinning ACC. A broad analysis of the climate scientist community itself, the distribution of credibility of dissenting researchers relative to agreeing researchers, and the level of agreement among top climate experts has not been conducted and would inform future ACC discussions. Here, we use an extensive dataset of 1,372 climate researchers and their publication and citation data to show that (i) 97–98% of the climate researchers most actively publishing in the field surveyed here support the tenets of ACC outlined by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and (ii) the relative climate expertise and scientific prominence of the researchers unconvinced of ACC are substantially below that of the convinced researchers.
Sperm whale faeces may help oceans absorb carbon dioxide from the air, scientists say. (read more…)
Academy researchers and biologists discuss the possible future of the world’s oceans. View here!
After the 2007 Cosco Busan oil spill near the Bay Bridge, scientist Peter Roopnarine used a novel approach for assessing the effects of the toxic sludge on the Bay’s food chain. (read more…)
(Oakland Tribune and Contra Costa Times)
BioForum: Adapting to Climate Change (Q&A Session) (view here).
SAN FRANCISCO (May 24, 2010) – New reports are surfacing every day about the immediate impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on Gulf Coast wildlife, especially as the oil reaches the sensitive marshlands along the coast. But how will these communities be affected over time? (read more…)
A very interesting, frustrating and depressing story. (read more…)
Rome is one of the cities where the health effects of climate change will be most severe, researchers predict. (Nature)
Increased heat and humidity predicted to have biggest health impact in valleys and coastal cities. (read more…)
I often wonder how people arrive at their stations in life, and if they belong there. In the case of Mr. Hayward, I would suggest not. Apollo 13 was a tragedy, the Deep Horizon spill is a disaster. (read more…)