This is certainly the most comprehensive paper that examines the association of air pollution, climate change and allergen exposure: “Air Pollution and Climate Change Effects on Allergies in the Anthropocene: Abundance, Interaction, and Modification of Allergens and Adjuvants” Air pollution and climate change are potential drivers for the increasing burden of allergic diseases. The molecular … Continue reading A 498 references paper on climate change and allergy
Download Here is the R sample code (PPT aspect ratio is 6:4, Youtube wants 16:9) . As ggplot2 animation packages have major difficulties to manipulate the single frames, I am combining here raw PNGs using ffmpeg. In comparison here is the original circular plot. Would require blue, green, yellow, red in the Color … Continue reading A new animation of the famous HadCRUT4 climate dataset
People may be fleeing catastrophic events in their home countries. When preparing now a lecture on medical consequences of the climate crisis ( based on the 2019 Lancet Report ) I found an intriguing piece at the UNHCR website. According to the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, there were 18.8 million new disaster-related internal displacements already … Continue reading Climate refugees
For teaching purposes I need the CO2 concentration vs earth temperature by year (Keeling curve). For that purpose we can use the Hadcrut 4 dataset created earlier while the global mean CO2 mix ratios (ppm) can be found at https://data.giss.nasa.gov/modelforce/ghgases/Fig1A.ext.txt. After unscrambling that file and merging it to Hadcrut4 we can plot it Here are the … Continue reading Correlation of earth temperature and global mean CO2
Last week I had the opportunity to attend a lecture by Johann Rockström explaining his most recent Nature commentary about tipping points “too risky to bet against”. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) introduced the idea of tipping points two decades ago. At that time, these ‘large-scale discontinuities’ in the climate system were considered … Continue reading Johan Rockström talking about tipping points
Hier eine Reihe von Link Tipps (eine Zusammenfassung aus der Scientists for Future Mailing Liste mit eigenen Ergänzungen). Fakten zählen leider hier wenig, dennoch die Sache ist nicht ganz hoffnungslos, wenn man sich die Quellen ansieht, mehrfach Rollenspiel durchgeht, am besten einen Knopf im Ohr hat mit Supportern im Publikum. George Marshall. How to talk … Continue reading Wie mit Wissenschaftsleugnern umgehen?
Another paper with more than 10,000 authors: Ripple et al. Scientists have a moral obligation to clearly warn humanity of any catastrophic threat and to “tell it like it is.” On the basis of this obligation and the graphical indicators presented below, we declare, with more than 11,000 scientist signatories from around the world, clearly … Continue reading He who has ears to hear, let him hear
The code for the plot is on Github while I suggest to prettify it using my previous theme.
There is an interesting twitter thread by @Psychologists4F about news concerning the climate crisis and how we respond to the cognitive dissonance – the mental discomfort or psychological stress experienced by a person who holds contradictory beliefs or values. There are at least four possibilities how to respond to it Change the behavior (“reduce, refine, … Continue reading Climate crisis and cognitive dissonance
There are scientists who support climate campaigns but there are also scientists who change their life style. Kim Cobb traveled to the Kiritimati coral reefs in the spring of 2016 and found, to her horror, an underwater graveyard. A climate scientist at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Cobb was alarmed to see this precious research … Continue reading Scientists who change their life style
Der geplante Tabubruch – eine kommentierte Presse- und Literaturschau. Montag 26.11.2018 Wir haben es lange gefürchtet, es wird ein verrückter Einzeltäter sein, der als erster einen genmanipulierten Menschen produzieren wird. Nature berichtet heute mittag über eine Serie von Youtube Videos, die bereits gestern am 25.11.18 hochgeladen wurden. He Jiankui, a genome-editing researcher from the Southern University … Continue reading Der chinesische Menschenversuch
An explanation of heredity can be found at the Wired interview of Carl Zimmer. People have been trying to use genetics as a form of identification for a very long time. Of course they didn’t always call it that. DNA is just a modern substitute for the old idea of blood. But in many ways … Continue reading An explanation of heredity
A Nature correspondence letter laments Universities are experiencing a crisis of purpose, focus and content, rooted in a fundamental confusion about all three. The crisis is all the more visible as their pace of social, intellectual and technological change falls increasingly out of step with that outside. Furthermore, universities are largely reactive where they should … Continue reading A crisis of purpose, focus and content
The current Greenpeace campaign attacks German car manufacturer Porsche as building climate killer machines. Porsche responds with large posters – see the online figures – that they
Micro- and macroclimate factors certainly have more influence on our health than being reflected by current research. A new PLOS study now finds that facilities built more than 50 years ago, characterised by large windows and high ceilings, had greater ventilation than modern naturally ventilated rooms (40 versus 17 air changes per hour) … Old-fashioned … Continue reading Open the window