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Birds Downsized Downunder

Birds downsized downunder, as described in ABC News, BBC News 14 June 2017 and Royal Society Open Science doi: 10.1098/rsos.170233, published online 14 June 2017. Three scientists at Flinders University in South Australia have carried out a review of fossils of a group of extinct birds, named megapodes, which means “big feet,” found throughout Australia. […]

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High CO2 Plants Bigger And Better

High CO2 plants bigger and better, according to reports in ScienceDaily 24 August 2016 and Global Change Biology, 2016; doi: 10.1111/gcb.13322. Experiments involving growing plants in artificially increased levels of carbon dioxide have indicated that plants grow faster with more CO2 in the short term. In order to study the long term effects of higher […]

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New Zealand Fossil Giants

New Zealand fossil giants and present day Aussie pygmies are related according to research reported in BBC News 4 January 2005. Scientists from Oxford (UK) and Canterbury (NZ) Universities have extracted DNA from an extinct giant eagle, known as Haast’s eagle that once dominated the skies of New Zealand and compared with DNA of living […]

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Warming and Cooling

“Alternate warming and cooling has occurred about every 27 years since 1470AD, well before atmospheric CO2 began to increase,” wrote Geology Prof Don Easterbrook (2 Nov 2008), for Global Research. Easterbrook is Professor Emeritus of Geology at Western Washington University, Bellingham (USA) and has correlated historical records of climate cycles with data from the Greenland […]

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Alaska Sea Ice Increased

Alaska sea ice increased in March 2009 to greater than 1979 levels. A colleague in Alaska sent us images from the National Snow and Ice Data Center Boulder Colorado showing more sea ice along the coast of Alaska than in 1979, and asked did we read about this in the media? We hadn’t. Did you? […]

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