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  • Pediatricians group recommends 'affirmative care' for transgender youth

    09/17/2018 2:26:29 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    NBC "News" ^ | September 17, 2018 | by Tim Fitzsimons
    For the first time, the American Academy of Pediatrics published a policy statement that calls for gender-affirming health care for all transgender and gender-diverse (TGD) youth. The policy, which was posted online Monday and will be published in the next issue of the journal “Pediatrics,” is aimed at pediatricians who “are focused on promoting the health and positive development of youth that identify as TGD while eliminating discrimination and stigma.” Noting that the field is “rapidly changing,” the AAP said in a statement that its new policy aims to address the disproportionate health risks faced by trans youth, like “high...
  • 'Climate change moving faster than we are,' says UN Secretary General (barf alert)

    09/10/2018 2:33:37 PM PDT · by Ennis85 · 52 replies
    BBC News ^ | 10th September 2018 | Matt McGrath
    UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has said that if the world doesn't change course by 2020, we run the risk of runaway climate change. Mr Guterres said he was alarmed by the paralysis of world leaders on what he called the "defining issue" of our time. He wants heads of government to come to New York for a special climate conference next September. The call comes amid growing concerns over the slow pace of UN negotiations. Mr Guterres painted a grim picture of the impacts of climate change that he says have been felt all over the world this year,...
  • Climate change: Protests held ahead of California summit (barf alert)

    09/09/2018 6:11:03 AM PDT · by Ennis85 · 13 replies
    BBC News ^ | 8th September 2018 | BBC News
    Environmentalists have held protests around the world demanding stepped up measures against climate change, ahead of a summit in California next week. Politicians, business leaders and celebrities will attend the Global Climate Action Summit, whose sponsors include the UN, Facebook and Google. Thousands protested in Paris, days after France's environment minister quit over perceived policy failures. The demonstrations have been organised by the group 350.org. In all, more than 900 protests were held in 95 countries, the group said. On Friday, Pacific island nations declared climate change to be the "single biggest threat" they face. The protests began on Saturday...
  • Heatwave: 2018 was the joint hottest summer for UK

    09/03/2018 8:01:22 AM PDT · by Ennis85 · 33 replies
    BBC News ^ | 3rd September 2018 | BBC News
    2018 was the joint hottest summer on record for the UK as a whole, and the hottest ever for England, the Met Office has announced. It said highs for summer 2018 were tied with those of 1976, 2003 and 2006 for being the highest since records began in 1910. England's average temperatures narrowly beat those seen in 1976, they added. The heatwave saw soaring temperatures across much of the UK throughout June and July. Dry, sweltering conditions for weeks on end gave way to a more average August, said the Met Office. To the nearest 0.1C, all four years -...
  • Online Bettors Can Sniff Out Weak Psychology Studies

    08/29/2018 6:09:45 PM PDT · by Blood of Tyrants · 7 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | Aug 27, 2018 | Ed Yong
    Psychologists are in the midst of an ongoing, difficult reckoning. Many believe that their field is experiencing a “reproducibility crisis,” because they’ve tried and failed to repeat experiments done by their peers. Even classic results—the stuff of textbooks and TED talks—have proven surprisingly hard to replicate, perhaps because they’re the results of poor methods and statistical tomfoolery. These problems have spawned a community of researchers dedicated to improving the practices of their field and forging a more reliable way of doing science. These attempts at reform have met resistance. Critics have argued that the so-called crisis is nothing of the...
  • Junk Science and Leftist Folklore Have Set California Ablaze

    08/17/2018 6:54:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 08/16/2018 | Bruce Thornton
    The Left Coast is burning. Oregon is fighting 13 wildfires encompassing 185,000 acres. California is battling 19 fires, including tornados of fire called "fire whirls," which have gobbled up 577,000 acres and left eight dead. A good progressive who never lets a crisis go to waste, Governor Jerry Brown told Californians, “With climate change, some scientists are saying that Southern California is literally burning up.” He warned that man-made global warming created a “new normal,” and that “more serious predictions of warming and fires to occur later in the century, 2040 or 2050, [are] now occurring in real time.” A...
  • Not all meat is created equal (Group calculates carbon footprint of meats, cheeses)

    07/19/2011 3:44:30 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 75 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 7/19/11 | Cameron Scott
    A new report issued by the Environmental Working Group calculates the carbon footprint of meats, cheeses, and a smattering of other foods. The results are good news for those who avoid red meat as well as vegans. They are not good news for vegetarian cheese lovers like this blogger. Special shout-out to those of you who eat baby sheep: You suck! Lamb is the single most carbon-intensive meat, .. (beef 2nd) Cheese comes out ahead of pork, farmed salmon, chicken and canned tuna. .. What it means, in practical terms: -Eating one less burger a week, is like driving 320...
  • Supermassive black hole found in tiny galaxy, wowing researchers

    08/14/2018 6:31:50 PM PDT · by ETL · 36 replies
    FoxNews.com/Science ^ | Aug 14, 2018 | Chris Ciaccia
    A supermassive black hole has been found at the center of a tiny galaxy, a rare find. What makes the discovery even more unique is that it has been located in an ultracompact dwarf galaxy, stunning researchers. The findings, published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, note that the galaxy Fornax UCD3 is part of a set called ultracompact dwarfs (UCDs), a very rare set of galaxies. "We have discovered a supermassive black hole in the center of Fornax UCD3," said the study's lead author, Anton Afanasiev, in a statement. "The black hole mass is 3.5 million...
  • Carbon Dioxide ‘Leak’ in Southern Ocean May Have Warmed Earth for 11,000 Years

    08/13/2018 3:01:24 PM PDT · by ETL · 42 replies
    Sci-News ^ | Aug 1, 2018 | News Staff / Source
    “We think we may have found the answer. Increased circulation in the Southern Ocean allowed carbon dioxide to leak into the atmosphere, working to warm the planet,” said Princeton University’s Professor Daniel Sigman, co-author of the study. For years, researchers have known that growth and sinking of phytoplankton pumps carbon dioxide deep into the ocean, a process often referred to as the ‘biological pump.’ “The biological pump is driven mostly by the low latitude ocean but is undone closer to the poles, where carbon dioxide is vented back to the atmosphere by the rapid exposure of deep waters to the...
  • Beware those scientific studies -- most are wrong, researcher warns

    07/06/2018 7:40:10 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 23 replies
    Yahoo AFP ^ | July 5, 2018
    Washington (AFP) - A few years ago, two researchers took the 50 most-used ingredients in a cook book and studied how many had been linked with a cancer risk or benefit, based on a variety of studies published in scientific journals. The result? Forty out of 50, including salt, flour, parsley and sugar. "Is everything we eat associated with cancer?" the researchers wondered in a 2013 article based on their findings. Their investigation touched on a known but persistent problem in the research world: too few studies have large enough samples to support generalized conclusions. But pressure on researchers, competition...
  • Climate change deniers tend to be old, white and racist, study finds

    06/20/2018 1:23:28 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 130 replies
    Metro UK ^ | June 20, 2018 | by Rob Waugh
    There’s a ‘type’ when it comes to climate change denial it turns out – and it’s a pretty simple one: old, white and racist. Researchers found that American voters with the highest levels of racial resentment were far more likely to dispute the idea of man-made climate change. Researcher Salil Benegal at DePauw University analysed data from American National Election Studies – and found that Republicans with high racial resentment scores were 84% likely to disagree with man-made climate change. Previous Pew research has shown that climate change deniers tend to be old and white. The scores were measured on...
  • How climate change can cause depression, anxiety: ‘We will all be affected’

    06/12/2018 1:06:32 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 32 replies
    Global News - Canada ^ | June 11, 2018 | By Dani-Elle Dubé
    Canada’s climate is getting hotter and wetter and it may have an impact on your mental health. That’s what experts are warning as Canada’s climate continues to shift dramatically, causing severe flooding in many parts of the country, and even droughts and fires in parts of the Prairies and the West Coast. It’s extreme weather events like those experienced in the 2016 wildfires in Fort McMurray and the 2013 floods in Toronto that can trigger mental-health disorders such as anxiety and depression, as well as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). And while some may believe these events are few and far...
  • Don’t laugh, we’re closer to a bipartisan solution on climate change than you realize

    06/05/2018 12:12:17 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 55 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/05/18 | Mark Reynolds
    Ask a typical person concerned about global warming if they think Congress will enact a bipartisan solution to climate change, and the response is likely to be a derisive laugh. For millions of Americans who watch cable news shows or read the papers, such cynicism is easy to come by. Democrats and Republicans can barely get together on keeping the government from shutting down. How in the world could they ever come together on an issue as politically divisive as climate change? But in the past decade, the findings and predictions of climate scientists have been validated by real-world evidence:...
  • Women retain and carry living DNA from every man with whom they’ve had sex with

    06/01/2018 2:11:19 AM PDT · by free_life · 154 replies
    Mindfoster ^ | May 2018
    Women retain and carry living DNA from every man with whom they have sexual intercourse, according to a new study by the University of Seattle and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. The study, which discovered the startling information by accident, was originally trying to determine if women who have been pregnant with a son might be more predisposed to certain neurological diseases that occur more frequently in males. But as the scientists picked apart the female brain, the study began to veer wildly off course. As it turns out, the female brain is even more mysterious than we previously...
  • We’re asking the wrong questions about pot

    05/27/2018 6:16:38 AM PDT · by Steve Schulin · 93 replies
    PoliticsDiscussion.com ^ | May 27, 2018 | Judith Grisel (prof - neuroscience, Bucknell U)
    ... The offspring of partying adolescents, specifically those who used THC, may be at increased risk for mental illness and addiction as a result of changes to the epigenome — even if those children are years away from being conceived. The epigenome is a record of molecular imprints of potent experiences, including cannabis exposure, that lead to persistent changes in gene expression and behavior, even across generations. Though the critical studies are only now beginning, many neuroscientists prophesize a social version of Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring,” in which we learn we’ve burdened our heirs only generations hence.
  • Anyone put any stock in IQ, IQ organizations?

    05/22/2018 1:02:49 PM PDT · by fwdude · 128 replies
    self | May 22, 2018 | fwdude
    I know that FReepers tend to be the most intelligent people on the planet, if not the salt-of-the-earth, generous beings in existence. So, does anyone give any veracity to IQ (Intelligence Quotient) test scores? Has anyone had theirs tested? Any FReepers who are members of Mensa? Reason I'm asking is that I've never (knowingly) had mine tested. Also, a friend who is really down on himself needs a pick-me-up, and I'm going to mention having his IQ tested as an ego boost, since I know he's at least average. I know this score is mostly irrelevant as far as competence,...
  • GOP lawmaker says rocks falling into ocean to blame for rising sea levels

    05/18/2018 6:50:03 AM PDT · by Ennis85 · 56 replies
    The Hill ^ | 17th May 2018 | AVERY ANAPOL
    A Republican lawmaker on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee said Thursday that rocks from the White Cliffs of Dover and the California coastline, as well as silt from rivers tumbling into the ocean, are contributing to high sea levels globally. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) made the comment during a hearing on technology and the changing climate, which largely turned into a Q&A on the basics of climate research. Climate scientist Philip Duffy testified before the panel, addressing lawmakers’ questions about climate change, according to E&E News. "The rate of global sea-level rise has accelerated and is now four...
  • Trump’s NASA Chief: 'I Fully Believe and Know the Climate Is Changing'(barf alert)

    05/17/2018 3:54:10 PM PDT · by Ennis85 · 58 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 17th May 2018 | MARINA KOREN
    The new administrator of nasa held a town hall Thursday at the agency’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. Jim Bridenstine is about four weeks into the job, and his path here was mired in controversy. After a few opening remarks, he started taking some questions. The first was about what Bridenstine thinks makes him qualified to be the head of nasa. The second was, as the moderator put it, “one more easy one—because it’s about climate change.” Bridenstine laughed. So did many in the room. It was an uncomfortable question. Bridenstine, as a Republican in Congress, has a record of denying...
  • Winter Olympians call for action on climate

    04/24/2018 1:19:45 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 24, 2018 | BY MARK REYNOLDS AND MARIO MOLINA
    One of the most electrifying moments of the 2018 Winter Olympics came when American cross-country skier Jessie Diggins surged from behind in the final seconds to win gold for her and teammate Kikkan Randall in the team sprint. It was a gutsy feat. Future Olympians may not get a shot at the dream Diggins achieved in PyeongChang. That’s because climate change is warming our winters, reducing our snowpack, and shortening our seasons - all changes that make it difficult to participate in snowsports. Diggins and four other winter Olympians - Stacey Cook, Arielle Gold, Maddie Phaneuf, and David Wise -...
  • Florida and Texas are expected to take the biggest economic hit from climate change

    04/24/2018 1:26:28 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 70 replies
    Market Watch ^ | April 24, 2018 | By Ciara Linnane
    Florida and Texas are the two states expected to suffer the greatest economic damage from climate change, according to a new study from Science magazine. The study used a model that aimed to calculate the future impact on each state’s gross domestic product (GDP) from events including hurricanes, storm surges, changes in agricultural yields, changing electricity demands, changes in mortality rates, changes to the labor supply, rising sea levels and rising crime rates. The study comes amid a concerted effort by climate activists to help the U.S. meet the goals of the Paris Accord of limiting temperature change to below...