How scientific causation came to be solidified in the tobacco use vs. lung cancer death rates era, relevance to climate skeptics now

By Seth Miller, see Newsfeed for the whole article, June 2017 Data credit: cancer.org, original image slightly reformatted by me in Tableau Long before research exposed evidence that humans cause global warming, science made another sensational claim — that smoking caused lung cancer.  That case has been proven beyond doubt. But there is a science story from this era that is mostly forgotten: The battle …

Declining precipitation in Colorado River Basin worsened by rising temperatures

Scientists found that another factor affected the runoff ratio: temperature. Over the last few centuries, the runoff ratio was reduced when temperatures were warmer. And the influence of temperature strengthened during drier years: When the snowpack was shallow, warm temperatures reduced the runoff ratio more than when the snowpack was deep, further exacerbating drought conditions. The low runoff ratios seen …

Not just in Athens: Signs of democracy and collective government in early MesoAmerican cities

Excerpt from an article by Lizzie Wade, in Science Magazine, March 2017 Archaeologists now say these “collective societies” left telltale traces in their material culture, such as repetitive architecture, an emphasis on public space over palaces, reliance on local production over exotic trade goods, and a narrowing of wealth gaps between elites and commoners. Intrigued by such outliers, Blanton and …

Climate science – it’s a lot older than you think!

The field of climate science stretches back almost 200 years. That’s right: scientists have been studying our planet for that long.  Read down to learn more! One of the biggest myths about climate science – a myth that has been deliberately fostered, for decades — is that we just don’t know that much, yet.  The field is still in its …