Science

September 10, 2012 to September 13, 2012

2012 LTER All Scientists Meeting

The Nation's largest ecological research network will hold its triennial meeting at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado.

"The Great Disposal Service: Can It Last?"

"The earth is performing an enormous disposal service for the human race. About half of the carbon we are dumping into the atmosphere does not stay there and is instead taken up by the oceans and land. Were this not the case, scientists say, the earth would probably be warming far more rapidly. One of the biggest questions in climate science is: How long will that disposal service last?"

Source: Green/NYT, 08/02/2012

"Is the Natural Gas Industry Buying Academics?"

"Last week the University of Texas provost announced he would re-examine a report by a UT professor that said fracking was safe for groundwater after the revelation that the professor pocketed hundreds of thousands of dollars from a Texas natural gas developer. It's the latest fusillade in the ongoing battle over the basic facts of fracking in America."

Source: Mother Jones, 07/30/2012

"'Converted' Skeptic: Humans Driving Recent Warming"

"Richard Muller, a cantankerous but creative physicist at the University of California, Berkeley, who once derided climate change research, then dove in with his own reconstruction of terrestrial temperature changes and confirmed substantial warming, has now concluded that recent warming is 'almost entirely' human caused."

Source: Dot Earth, 07/30/2012

"When Agendas Meet Science in the Gas Drilling Fight"

For years, controversy has been raging over what little 'science' there is on questions related to the environmental and health impacts of the hydraulic fracturing boom. The scientific controversies may be a proxy for the conflict over the gas-extraction method itself. Billions of dollars are at stake, the debate is getting ever more intense, and its intensity challenges the objectivity of scientists, government regulators, and journalists.

Source: Dot Earth, 07/24/2012

"In Vast Effort, F.D.A. Spied on E-Mails of Its Own Scientists"

"WASHINGTON -- A wide-ranging surveillance operation by the Food and Drug Administration against a group of its own scientists used an enemies list of sorts as it secretly captured thousands of e-mails that the disgruntled scientists sent privately to members of Congress, lawyers, labor officials, journalists and even President Obama, previously undisclosed records show."

Source: NY Times, 07/16/2012

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