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Warren Buffet’s vice chair: Gore’s ‘not very smart’ & ‘an idiot’, but became filthy rich investing in ‘global warming’

Climate Depot - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 08:53
Warren Buffett’s vice chairman, Charlie Munger, told a small meeting of investors that former Vice President Al Gore is “not very smart” and “an idiot” but was still able to make “$3 or $400 million in your business” by “obsessing” about “global warming.” “Al Gore has hundreds of millions dollars in your profession. And he’s an idiot. [...]

Community land titles alone will not protect forests [Letters (Online Only)]

PNAS Early Edition Articles - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 14:11
Blackman et al. (1) assess the forest cover impacts of providing indigenous Peruvian communities with formal title to land they have long inhabited. We applaud the authors’ use of high-quality forest change data and rigorous causal methods; both are critical gaps in the land tenure and forest change literature (2)....

Reply to Robinson et al.: Building the evidence base on the forest cover effects of community titling [Letters (Online Only)]

PNAS Early Edition Articles - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 13:10
We thank Robinson et al. (1) for their thoughtful comments on our article (2). We agree with their main point, which is that our findings about the link between titling and forest cover change are context- and time-specific, and do not necessarily generalize to other countries and other periods. However,...

DNA-PK facilitates piggyBac transposition by promoting paired-end complex formation [Genetics]

PNAS Early Edition Articles - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 12:10
The involvement of host factors is critical to our understanding of underlying mechanisms of transposition and the applications of transposon-based technologies. Modified piggyBac (PB) is one of the most potent transposon systems in mammals. However, varying transposition efficiencies of PB among different cell lines have restricted its application. We discovered...

Cloning the sigma2 receptor: Wandering 40 years to find an identity [Commentaries]

PNAS Early Edition Articles - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 12:10
Scientists have endeavored to understand sigma receptors for over 40 y. Although most agree that they are important, there is little agreement on anything else. In their behavioral classification of opioid receptors in 1976, Martin et al. (1) proposed three groups of compounds illustrating three distinct opioid receptor classes (mu,...

Multiparity improves outcomes after cerebral ischemia in female mice despite features of increased metabovascular risk [Neuroscience]

PNAS Early Edition Articles - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 12:10
Females show a varying degree of ischemic sensitivity throughout their lifespan, which is not fully explained by hormonal or genetic factors. Epidemiological data suggest that sex-specific life experiences such as pregnancy increase stroke risk. This work evaluated the role of parity on stroke outcome. Age-matched virgin (i.e., nulliparous) and multiparous...

Nucleotide-dependent farnesyl switch orchestrates polymerization and membrane binding of human guanylate-binding protein 1 [Biochemistry]

PNAS Early Edition Articles - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 12:10
Dynamin-like proteins (DLPs) mediate various membrane fusion and fission processes within the cell, which often require the polymerization of DLPs. An IFN-inducible family of DLPs, the guanylate-binding proteins (GBPs), is involved in antimicrobial and antiviral responses within the cell. Human guanylate-binding protein 1 (hGBP1), the founding member of GBPs, is...

Versatility of presenilin 1 [Commentaries]

PNAS Early Edition Articles - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 12:10
Mutations in PSEN1 and PSEN2 genes, encoding presenilin 1 (PS1) and presenilin 2 (PS2), respectively, cause autosomal-dominant Alzheimer’s disease (ADAD) (1, 2). The precise mechanism by which PS1 mutations lead to AD is under active investigation. Multiple theories have been suggested to explain the role of PS1 and PS2 mutations...

2016: Another ‘Very Quiet’ Year For Tornadoes – Continues decline since 1970s – ‘No EF-5 events’ last year

Climate Depot - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 10:51
Tornado Stats For 2016–Another Quiet Year https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2017/06/23/tornado-stats-for-2016-another-quiet-year/ By Paul Homewood   NOAA have been very slow in releasing the final tornado data for 2016, but it is finally out now. As the provisional indicated at the time, last year was another very quiet year for tornadoes, and continued the pattern of a lower level compared [...]

‘In search of a gender neutral glacier’ – ‘Paper proposes a feminist glaciology framework’ 

Climate Depot - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 10:29
in search of a gender neutral glacier http://climatechangepredictions.org/uncategorized/8341 A critical but overlooked aspect of the human dimensions of glaciers and global change research is the relationship between gender and glaciers. While there has been relatively little research on gender and global environmental change in general (Moosa and Tuana, 2014; Arora-Jonsson, 2011), there is even less [...]

Sign a petition for Australia to pull out of the Paris Agreement

Climate Depot - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 10:27
Sign a petition for Australia to pull out of the Paris Agreement http://joannenova.com.au/2017/06/sign-a-petition-for-australia-to-pull-out-of-the-paris-agreement/ Let’s get Australia out of the pointless Paris Agreement which will cost trillions, hurt the poor, kill birds, bats, whales, and not change global temperatures by any measurable amount. This is a very well reasoned petition written by someone very familiar with [...]

Alam Carlin: ‘Why I Spend So Much Time and Effort on Climate Skepticism’ 

Climate Depot - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 10:27
Why I Spend So Much Time and Effort on Climate Skepticism http://www.carlineconomics.com/archives/3697 I am sometimes asked why I spend so much time on climate skepticism. Why not just ignore the climate issue and let the climate alarmists have their way at the expense of everyone else, particularly the less wealthy? The full answer can be [...]

David Whitehouse: The Global Warming Hiatus Is Real – ‘EPA’s Pruitt has a point backed-up by science’ 

Climate Depot - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 10:25
David Whitehouse: The Global Warming Hiatus Is Real http://www.thegwpf.com/scott-pruitt-is-right-the-global-warming-hiatus-is-real/ The global warming ‘hiatus’ is the most talked about and researched topic in climate science Few things illustrate the poor state of the communication of climate science better than the reaction to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt’s comments about global temperatures in the past 20 [...]

Perry speaks out for Yucca Mountain

World Nuclear News - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 10:16
The USA has a moral obligation to address its nuclear waste issue, and restarting the Yucca Mountain licensing process and committing to establishing an interim storage facility for used fuel will accelerate the fulfilment of that obligation, US Energy Secretary Rick Perry this week told House and Senate appropriations subcommittees.

Arctic Warming Reverse! New Study Finds Winter Arctic Sea Ice ‘To Increase Towards 2020’ 

Climate Depot - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 10:16
Arctic Warming Reverse! New Study Finds Winter Arctic Sea Ice “To Increase Towards 2020” http://notrickszone.com/2017/06/23/arctic-warming-reverse-new-study-says-winter-arctic-sea-ice-to-increase-towards-2020/ It is not uncommon to hear from Europe’s media that climate change is to blame whenever a weather anomaly occurs on the old continent. The reason for the climate change of course gets attributed to man and fossil fuel emissions. [...]

WaPo Warmist Claims EPA Issued ‘A Declaration Of War’ By Taking Down Climate Change Website

Climate Depot - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 10:15
WaPo Weatherman Claims EPA Issued ‘A Declaration Of War’ By Taking Down Climate Change Website http://dailycaller.com/2017/06/23/wapo-weatherman-claims-epa-issued-a-declaration-of-war-by-taking-down-climate-change-website/ ‘It included a vibrant kids’ site’ — gReader Pro

Sierra Club: The Big Problem With Environmentalism Is ‘Unsustainable Whiteness’

Climate Depot - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 10:15
Sierra Club: The Big Problem With Environmentalism Is ‘Unsustainable Whiteness’ http://dailycaller.com/2017/06/23/sierra-club-the-big-problem-with-environmentalism-is-unsustainable-whiteness/ ‘White privilege and racism within the broader environmental movement is existent and pervasive’ — gReader Pro

Toshiba granted extension to accounting deadline

World Nuclear News - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 09:38
Japan's Toshiba Corporation has been granted an extension to the deadline for the submission of its audited earnings results for the 2016 financial year, which ended on 31 March. At the same time, the company has slightly revised its annual loss estimate.

US court blocks WCS sale

World Nuclear News - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 09:17
A US court has blocked EnergySolutions Inc's $367 million acquisition of Waste Control Specialists LLC, ruling in favour of an antitrust filing against the merger by the US Department of Justice.

Climatologist defends Sec. Perry: AMS ‘being paid by government to agree with consensus through billions of dollars in grants’

Climate Depot - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 16:48
By Dr. Roy Spencer Yesterday, the American Meteorological Society (AMS) sent a letter to DOE Secretary Rick Perry, scolding him for the following opinion he uttered in a CNBC interview on June 19. Quoting from a Washington Post article: Asked in an interview on CNBCs “Squawk Box” whether he believed that carbon dioxide was “the primary control knob [...]
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