'Randy Schekman, a US biologist who won the Nobel prize in physiology or medicine this year and receives his prize in Stockholm on Tuesday, said his lab would no longer send research papers to the top-tier journals, Nature, Cell and Science. Schekman said pressure to publish in "luxury" journals encouraged researchers to cut corners and pursue trendy fields of science instead of doing more important work. The problem was exacerbated, he said, by editors who were not active scientists but professionals who favoured studies that were likely to make a splash. The prestige of appearing in the major journals has led the Chinese Academy of Sciences to pay successful authors the equivalent of $30,000 (£18,000). Some researchers made half of their income through such "bribes", Schekman said in an interview.'
'A wildfire season that began with dire warnings that dry conditions had set the stage for a year of flames across California and the West turned out to be among the quietest of the past decade. Although 2013 was marked by two high-profile blazes, one in California and the other in Arizona, nationally the total wildfire acreage, 4.15 million, is far below the 10-year average of 6.8 million acres.'
Monthly RSS satellite temperature anomalies for the Arctic, 60N to 82.5N, are shown below, with the 12-Month running averages...There is clearly a rise in temperature since 1979, most of which seems to have occurred between 1995 and 2003...Since 2003, temperatures appear to have been pretty flat'
Morano: 'The organization [NAS] is virtually 100% dependent on government funding. So when they do a study like this – and they've done other studies in the past – you know the outcome of these studies before they do them.The actual funding quote from new study is: 'The sudden changes in the climate is full of uncertainties. The world can prepare by better monitoring,' Morano offers. 'And it goes on [to say that] because of budget cuts and aging satellites, we have fewer measurements than we did a few years ago.'
'When the NAS is advocating for a carbon tax, it's not too surprising that all [their] reports are going to fall in line.'
Pielke Jr.: 'There is even evidence in our paper (see our Figure 2) that the period before 1970 saw more intense hurricane landfalls than the period since. Older data from the North Atlantic and Western North Pacific (which together represents 64% of all global intense landfalling hurricanes 1970-2010 and 69% of all hurricanes) indicates that landfalling intense hurricanes in these two basins occurred at a 40% higher rate from 1950-1969 than 1970-2010. There were 9 intense landfalls in 1964 and 1965 in just these two basins, which equals the global record for all basins post-1970.