Most people would be able to say that it was an impact by an enormous meteor that did for the dinosaurs 66 million years ago. I have written previously about the less commonly known vulcanism of the Deccan Traps which also played a likely sizeable role. Together, these two were responsible for wiping out 75%… Read More 16 Year Winter Finished The Dinosaurs
It has been some time coming but the enormous chunk of ice that has been slowly breaking away from the side of the Larsen C ice shelf has, now, broken free. The resultant iceberg is about 5800 sq km in size and weighs in in the region of a trillion tons. That means 2 quadrillion… Read More Fracture In Larsen C Ice Shelf Results In Third Largest Iceberg Ever
In a statement released last Thursday the British Antarctic Survey commented on data showing that sea ice in the Antarctic this summer reached a record new low. Satellite data shows that sea ice contracted to 2.28m sq km on February 13th beating the previous low from February of 1997. It would be easy to assume… Read More Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Low
Limitless, clean, affordable power. It has been the dream and ambition of many a politician, philanthropist and crackpot perpetual-motion-machine con artist; it is, however, a reality. At least in principal, anyway. But, Jason, how can this be; I hear you say. Well, it’s simple. At least in principal, anyway. All you have to do is… Read More Fusion: Our Saviour
I did something I don’t normally do yesterday. I got into an online debate about climate change. I was playing some silly game or other on my phone and looked in the chat room. Normally there’s just stuff about where to find energy and what enemies to kill but this time I just saw the… Read More Don’t Feed The Trolls
Researchers from Yale have discovered diesel and gasoline-like pollutants in shallow aquifers near the sites of fracking wells. Having carried out an analysis of the types and proportions of pollutants they concluded that the source of the contaminants was the water that was pumped under ground to fracture the shale bed. Published in the prestigious… Read More Fracking Pollutants Found in Aquifers
It is now generally accepted that the meteorite that caused the Chicxulub crater in Mexico 66 million years ago was responsible for the extinction of the dinosaurs; indeed half of the species that were alive at the time. What is by no means clear, however, is if it was just this or if the impact… Read More Does Mass Volcanism Equal Mass Extinction?
A frequent refrain amongst those who don’t accept evolution by natural selection as fact is that no one has ever seen evolution happening. Now, several decades ago this was true and in the vast majority of cases it would happen to slowly for us to reasonably observe within a human lifetime. Today, however, we have… Read More Bee-havioural Evolution Caught In Action