“Science Made Stupid” – Carbon Dioxide & Bird Nest Edition
Guest “just when you thought climate ‘science’ couldn’t get any dumber” by David Middleton
AUGUST 5, 2020
Bird nests attract flying insects and parasites due to higher levels of carbon dioxide
Flying insects and parasites are often vectors for disease, but a mosquito needs to first find someone before they can bite them. In a recent study published in Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, researchers examined bird nests in order to understand how insects and parasites detect gases such as carbon dioxide and methane as a way to locate their hosts.
The researchers focused on blue tit bird nest boxes located in a deciduous forest in central Spain. They found that the nests contained more biting midges when concentrations of carbon dioxide were higher inside the nest compared to the forest air.
With the looming threat of climate change, rising carbon levels will affect every aspect of our ecosystem—from the largest to the smallest organism. “Predictions expect an increase of diseases in northern latitudes due to climate change,” he says, “But factors like gas concentrations and temperature may affect the incidence of diseases,” as well.
First, the easiest bit:
The researchers focused on blue tit…
Now for the low hanging fruit…
They found that the nests contained more biting midges when concentrations of carbon dioxide were higher inside the nest compared to the forest air.
WTF does that have to do with this?
With the looming threat of climate change, rising carbon levels will affect every aspect of our ecosystem—from the largest to the smallest organism.
“Carbon levels”? WTF? Unless you’re working in a coal mine, the air has no “carbon levels.”
The midges are attracted to the nests because the carbon dioxide level inside the nest was significantly higher than background… And this only occurred when nestlings were present. Rising carbon [dioxide] levels have frack all to do with midges being attracted to the nests. Rising carbon dioxide levels would increase the background concentration. If anything, this would make the CO2concentration in nests with nestlings less anomalous, relative to background.
Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution earns a Science Made Stupid award.
Science Made Stupid: How to Discomprehend the World Around Us is a 1985 book written and illustrated by Tom Weller. The winner of the 1986 Hugo Award for Best Non-Fiction Book, it is a parody of a junior high or high school-level science textbook. Though now out of print, high-resolution scans are available online, as well as an abridged transcription, both of which have been endorsed by Weller . Highlights of the book include a satirical account of the creationism vs. evolution debate and Weller’s drawings of fictional prehistoric animals (e.g., the duck-billed mastodon.)
According to Bloomberg, a combination of cold, stale air allowed the virus to spread over such a long distance, raising concerns that the same might happen at meat plants worldwide.
And while the virus is significantly less deadly than originally thought, it can lead to significant disruptions, as it takes between two weeks and several months to recover. Some patients still report symptoms, though how contagious they are is yet to be seen.
The Tonnies outbreak is believed to have been caused in May by a single employee who infected the rest of their co-workers in the plant’s dismantling area, where temperatures hover around 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
…lead study author Jeffrey Shaman, PhD, of Oregon State University,…
The conclusion, they say, is clear: “Outbreaks of influenza typically occur in winter when low absolute humidity conditions
strongly favor influenza survival and transmission.” They add that “these findings also suggest that humidification of indoor air, particularly in places where transmission to those at high risk for
complications, such as nursing homes and emergency rooms, may help decrease the spread and toll of influenza during influenza season.”
The study is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
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But now, welfare groups and transmission company SA Power Networks have
asked the Australian Energy Markets Commission to change market rules to
impose a charge on household exporters.
They argue that under the current system, households without solar could be
unfairly burdened with the cost of augmenting power networks to cope with the increase of new panels, which is already placing a strain on the network in states with heavy solar penetration like South Australia.
… the state’s grid is already
reaching its capacity to support household solar networks…
Solar owners furious
… But welfare groups including the Australian Council of Social Service and
St Vincent de Paul Society are backing the move to charge people who export power.
… without change, households who cannot afford solar could be unfairly penalised for the cost of maintaining
So far, over half a million hectares of land in this region of the world have been treated with pesticides, and, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), that has saved enough crops to cover basic cereal requirements for nearly 8 million people.
But treating huge swathes of land with pesticides is terrible for biodiversity. Even if you don’t care a thing for locusts, there are clearly other animals to consider. As farmers grow desperate to preserve their crops, more of them are indiscriminately spraying pesticides.
Bill Hansson, a chemical ecologist from the Max Planck Institute in Germany, told Bloomberg he’s worried that we will kill other crucial insects, such as bees, in the process.
24 June 2020.
More than 8.5 million people have been affected by the torrential downpours that soaked the region between the end of May and June 15, according to a report by China National Radio.
The economic losses have been estimated at 20 billion yuan (US$2.8 billion).
… Guo Xun, a research fellow at the China Earthquake Administration in Beijing, said the dam was not at risk of collapse.
The structure was designed to deal with “once-in-a-millennium” water levels of 175 metres and flows of up
to 70,000 cubic metres per second, he was quoted as saying in a report by Global Times.
“The current 147-metre water level and 26,500 cubic metre per second flow are absolutely safe,” he said.
— Joe Truzman (@Jtruzmah) June 25, 2020
Experts from the Washington-based Centre for Strategic and International Studies, cited by the news agency, in turn, said that Khojir purportedly has “numerous tunnels, some suspected of use for arms assembly”. The International Atomic Energy Agency has previously said Iran might have conducted tests of explosives for nuclear weapons on the site where the overnight blast purportedly took place, but they didn’t have solid evidence to prove Tehran indeed performed such tests. Iran strongly denies allegations that it is pursuing the development of nuclear weapons:
— Joe Truzman (@Jtruzmah) June 25, 2020
Iranian Defence Minister Davoud Abdi announced on 26 June that the explosion was caused by a leak in one of the gas tanks: The AP says, citing satellite images, that the Khojir facility indeed hosts gas storage. At the same time, Iranian officials stated that the blast took place in a “public area” that was uninhabited and thus led to no casualties.
By B.N. Frank
Cities AND countries have taken action to ban, delay, halt, and limit
5G installation as well as issue moratoriums due to severe health and
safety warnings (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. 11, 12). In fact, the majority of scientists worldwide oppose deployment until studies prove it’s safe. Of course, proving it’s safe is unlikely to happen any time soon since there are already studies that prove it’s NOT SAFE.
Opposition to 5G is worldwide. Many in Australia have been protesting deployment and continue to do so. One municipal council has agreed to conduct a safety investigation because of this.
DESPITE their admitted lack of the required scientific
expertise, Mornington Peninsula Shire officers have been ordered to
investigate alleged health issues surrounding the 5G telecommunications
The councillors’ decision to investigate what is essentially a
federal government responsibility was made in response to 700-signature
petition expressing concerns that the introduction of the 5G technology
could endanger health.
Fears of health risks from 5G have sparked street protests in
Australia, including Melbourne, where marches have often been combined
with those opposing vaccines.
Since 2018, there have been reports of people and animals becoming sick after 5G was turned on (see 1, 2, 3, 4). Decades of research indicates that exposure to other sources of Electromagnetic Radiation (aka “Electrosmog”) can cause symptoms and illness too. That’s why so many health experts and organizations (including the World Health Organization and American Academy of Pediatrics) have been recommending that we decrease our exposure – not increase it.
“CARRYING CAPACITY” refers to the number of people a region can sustainably support without degrading the environment. As most liberals will admit, Americans use way too many resources for their share of the earth’s land. In fact, the U.S. has the largest ecological footprint in the world.
The carrying capacity for the U.S. is 200 million — with the current population at 319 million. By 2050, the U.S. Census Bureau estimates the nation’s population will be 439 million — more than double its carrying capacity. Yet the Left won’t give up its sophistic arguments for increasing the U.S. population.
The U.S. takes in roughly 1 million immigrants a year. The top countries of originfor immigrants are Mexico, India, China, the Philippines, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Vietnam, South Korea, El Salvador, and Iraq, based on 2013-2014 data — all countries with much lower resource use than the U.S. And these immigration numbers don’t even include asylum seekers, refugees, and illegal aliens. Another important aspect to consider is that these populations have many more children than the average native-born American, which further increases the country’s population track.
The Left admits that these immigrants move to the U.S. to improve their standard of living. But try engaging any of them in a conversation about immigration’s negative impact on the environment, and you’ll be met with cries of “racism” and accusations that the White man is just trying to keep all of his inventions for himself. Isn’t it strange how they’ll say that Westerners need to have fewer children to help the environment, but think it’s racist to want fewer immigrants, especially those from populations with high birth rates?
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