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The Quality of Temperature Station Siting Is Critical for Determining Temperature Trends

At the fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), held on December 17, I presented research conducted by myself, Evan Jones, John Nielsen-Gammon, and John R. Christy that analyzed the 30-year trend of temperatures for the continental United States since 1979. We found the temperature trends measured by unbiased ground-based weather stations in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) U.S. Historical Climatology Network (USHCN) were two-thirds as a high as NOAA’s...

A Grand Exploration of the ‘Evolution of Everything’

Review of The Evolution of Everything: How Ideas Emerge, Matt Ridley (Harper, 2015), 368 pp., ISBN-10: 0062296000, ISBN-13: 978-0062296009; $18.44.  For those whom I convince to buy this book, it is likely you will e-mail me a thank-you when you get to the final page. This book is the culmination of author Matt Ridley’s intellectual life and is the most informative book I have ever read. Ridley, a widely published science writer, goes back several thousand years in human history to trace “...

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