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Mythbusters

Things that aren’t the way some people believe


Study: Nearby Wind Turbines Do Not Effect House Values

Written by , on September 7, 2013

The California Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has conducted an analysis of more than 50,000 home sales near 67 wind facilities in 27 counties across nine U.S. states. The study found no impact of nearby wind turbines on home property values. Ben Hoen, the lead author of the report, said that “This is the second of […]  Read more »

Which Came First: The CO2 or the Warming?

Written by , on March 4, 2013

Data collected from Antarctic and Greenland ice cores seems to show CO2 levels rising centuries after temperature increases. However, new research suggests that this may be a misinterpretation of the evidence. Scientists have been using bubbles of air trapped in the ice when it was formed to detemine the CO2 level in the air at […]  Read more »

Research Shows Ocean Iron Ferilization Costly and Ineffective

Written by , on December 14, 2012

Daniel Harrison, a postgraduate research engineer at the University of Sydney, has published results of research demonstrating that fertilisation of the ocean with iron does not store carbon long enough to be an attractive contributor to climate management. Ocean iron fertilisation is a process that attempts to encourage phytoplankton growth in regions with unused nutrients […]  Read more »

Default Meat

Written by , on August 16, 2011

The conventional wisdom is that it takes as much as 10 units of grain to produce one unit of meat with the equivalent nutritional value. George Monbiot has recently pointed out that we should be comparing the amount of land and water required to grow meat with the land and required to grow plant products […]  Read more »

Can Gas Be a Bridge to a Sustainable Future?

Written by , on July 6, 2011

The Post-Carbon Institute has published a report which claims to shatter the "myth" that natural gas can be a bridge fuel between oil and coal and a renewable energy future for the United States. Without gas from shale, the US Energy Information Administration estimates that gas production will fall by 20% by 2035. However, replacing […]  Read more »

Greenland Ice Sheet Not Slipping into the Sea

Written by , on January 27, 2011

Until now, it had been thought that melting ice could form a slippy layer at the bottonm of the Greenland ice sheet causing it to slide rapidly into the sea. Now, a study by Professor Andrew Shepherd of the University of Leeds, has shown that this is not happening. Professor Shepherd’s team used satellite imagery […]  Read more »

How Warming Sometime Makes It Cold

Written by , on December 27, 2010

Northern Europe and northern parts of the United States and Asia are currently experiencing extreme cold and, particularly, heavy snow falls. We have long been told that this sort of thing is just a weather variation that can happen even if the climate as a whole is getting warmer. But new research from NASA’s Goddard […]  Read more »

How Much Electricity Does the Internet Really Use?

Written by , on June 22, 2010

The media is fond of quoting claims that the internet will soon be using more power than the airline industry, that it will consume half of all the electricity produced or that two Google searches release as much CO2 as boiling a kettle of water. The Google search myth arose from a Times article in […]  Read more »

Coral Isands May Be Shifting – Not Sinking

Written by , on June 17, 2010

For years, we have been warned that low-lying coral island states will be drowned by rising sea levels. Now the first analysis of the data broadly suggests the opposite – most have remained stable, while some have even grown, despite rising sea levels, over the last 60 years. Nanumea Atoll, Tuvalu (NASA image) Paul Kench […]  Read more »

Booming European Offshore Wind – Also Good for Marine Life

Written by , on January 19, 2010

Despite continuing difficulties getting funding for large projects, Europe’s offshore wind power generating capacity grew by 54% in 2009. A total of 199 wind turbines, with a combined capacity of 577 megawatts, were installed at eight new offshore wind farms connected to the European grid in 2009.   The European Wind Energy Association expects ten more […]  Read more »