A piece of news that has been causing some feelings of grief can be found at http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/mysterious-earthen-rings-p... ... which is all about human made earth structures, ditches and circular formations, found in the Amazon rainforest of Bolivia, and apparently were there before the jungle - which is the mystery.
Climate change news
At http://phys.org/print323856790.html ... there is a report on study that derives from an ice core section. It was analysed for various chemical traces in a laboratory (several cores from different locations on Antarctica) and the results are said to be an accurate and precise recontruction of historic volcanic sulphate emissions - in the southern hemisphere.
Mainstream media with their very serious face expression firmly stuck to the front of their heads have informed the world that penguins are on the verge of a cataclysmic decline as a result of global warming - even though the Antarctic sea ice is greater than it was and the Antarctic ice cap is as sound as it could possibly ever be.
At http://phys.org/print321534287.html ... according to recent CAGW hype we should all be scared - the West Antarctic ice sheet is melting. In reality the problem involves the Thwaites glacier - but that has been enough to make a stir (in spite of the fact Antarctic sea ice is growing year on year). Now, we have a paper that actually explains what is happening with the Thwaites glacier - and global warming is not responsible.
Major new climate change project by Dr David Evans - see http://joannenova.com.au/2014/06/big-news-part-i-historic-development-ne... ... produced without any funding whatsoever (apart from personal donations). No government handouts (grants), no environmentalist input, deep pockets (from the renewables mafia), hedge funds, banks, oil companies, all the normal villains involved in CAGW alarmism - none of that. Zilch.
An interesting post at www.bishop-hill.net/blog/2014/6/13/the-inhumanity-of-the-environmentalis... ... which is a bit political - but raises an interesting issue. Does opposition to genetically modified food, which is claimed to make it possible to feed the world if growing conditions worsen as a result of climate change, mean they would have turned a blind eye to people dying in the Irish potato famine - and will they avert their eyes if a major famine as a result of global cooling occurs in the near future? What is the object of having NGOs.
At http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/06/05/chinese-study-implies-that-the-mod... ... is this another instance of Chinese science overtaking Western science. The latter has become bogged down in peer review and political shenanigans, contrary science suppressed and heretics ostracised. Are the Chinese making another Great Leap Forward and leaving the West floundering in their slipstream.
We had a wonderful television story from Canada the other week, a polar bear that became friends with a dog. They enjoyed a bit of scampering around and fun-fighting and the polar bear went on to return each year to renew his friendly aquaintance with the dog - even bringing some of his mates with him. In normal circumstances the polar bear would have eaten the dog but this did not happen. The dog was quite clever, in fact, as instead of barking in fear he initiated the play.
Michael Mann came to prominence in the climate science world with his notorious hockey stick graph that did away with the medieval warm period and the little ice age - and it had an incredibly upturned blade leading up to 1998. At that time most of Joe Public were dupes and swallowed this exercise in data manipulation hook line and sinker - and it was used by the IPCC to browbeat the lowbrow politicos. However, some people were older and well read in more sober accounts of past climate - such as those of HH Lamb, and did not swallow the tale.