As some may know, I work on historical climate data. Quite often we have to hide the work we do in bigger proposals that solve some practical problems. (I also got funding from general programs.)

So I am really happy that Belgium has a program where the aim is to get the foundation right, rather than to produce something that can be published in Nature.

Only Belgian federal institutions can apply, but I am posting hoping more countries will follow.

"In countries including China, India and Germany, it’s now cheaper to build a new large-scale solar farm than it would be to run an existing coal or gas-fired plant, according to BNEF."


21 studies looked at text differences before and after . One found that 20-30% had additional analysis. Up to 30% different conclusions.

New study by Mario Malički on 121 preprints in BioArXiv found:

* published in above average journals
* 7% had a change in authorship
* 90% of abstracts changed (24% copy editing)
* Changes mostly added information
* 6% had new p-values in abstract
* 7% changes in sample size.

Articles should get a peer review statement.

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Humans are interesting.

The number of repositories in Serbia exploded after a 2017 mandate. But most of the material uploaded is not mandated to be uploaded (older articles, posters, institution not affected, ...).

TIME: The 100 Most Influential People of 2021

Friederike Otto and Geert Jan van Oldenborgh

The scientists are recognized for their work on event attribution, i.e., quantifying how much an extreme event is related to climate change.

The tribute is written by climate activist .

I guess that is the first time I know people on the TIME 100 list.

Is that getting old? 🤡

It is great to see young people campaigning hard to fight , but disheartening how they see the future.

One reason that the future looks so bleak is the impression that no progress has been made. An early indicator of success is the coal sector hurting like a dog.

"Most plans for new plants scrapped since . Report by climate groups found more than three-quarters of projects were discarded after the deal was signed"

!! It is a good day. 🤓

The rise and fall of... (well, you find out)

I guess Potholer did not want to put and in the title not to be blocked again by the algorithm.

Here are the numbers! 🛢️
In order to be below 1.5 °C warming (50 % probability) we need to keep 60 % of all oil and gas and 90 % of all coal underground.

I should probably not spread preprints from another field, but this is cool. Read at your own risk; let's see what science says in a few years. But ...

From mutations in the genome, they have estimated how old moms and dads were when they had kids, which they call "generation time".

The peak generation time is just before the beginning of the .This suggests a different social structure during the last glacial period.

Following this feature article:

and their mention of, some of my colleagues where mentioning other assisted tools such as

Some of them require sign-up, whereas some don't. The only intellegent search engine I have used so far is

What do you use?

Climate Change Is The Greatest Threat To Public Health, Top Medical Journals Warn

The rapidly warming climate is the "greatest threat" to global public health, more than 200 medical journals are warning in an unprecedented joint statement that urges world leaders to cut heat-trapping emissions to avoid "catastrophic harm to health that will be impossible to reverse."

The editorial, which was published in leading journals such as The Lancet, The New England Journal of Medicine and the British Medical Journal, says the world can't wait for the COVID-19 pandemic to pass before addressing climate change.

#ClimateChange #ClimateCrisis #ClimateActionNow

Tracking across countries during the COVID-19 pandemic with the World Mortality Dataset

A really interesting article on , which compares these numbers to estimates of COVID deaths and previous pandemics.

There are even countries with less deaths than normal, mostly because measures reduced deaths. It shows how accurate the reported death numbers are.

They created a database, which will be maintained during the pandemic.

Hackers of the world unite.

A colleague just told me about yet another threat. He forwarded it to the FBI. This far-right campaign of hate against journalists, scientists, activists and LGBTQ+ people is the main threat to the freedom of speech. The police does not seem to do much.

Is there something we can do? If you gather a lot of these threats, could you do statistics? Pinpoint the time zone, holidays, speech patterns? Correlate this with open speech? Help gather as much info as possible?

Addendum 3 - Universities in #Mastodon / #Fediverse

New #universities recently joined Mastodon:

@unigreifswald University of #Greifswald, Germany
@unituebingen University of #Tübingen, Germany
@h2international International Office of the #Magdeburg-Stendal #University of Applied Sciences #hsmagdeburgstendal, #Germany

New #Students#association:
@MyAegean #MyAegean, non-profit voluntary initiative by students, University of the #Aegean, #Greece

@VictorVenema #universitäten

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20% of unvaccinated people would get a shot if they got paid leave.

The original covid relief bill included paid sick leave for people with covid. That benefit expired last December, and Democrats failed to renew it after taking the presidency, the House and the Senate.


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An interesting response to Twitter's staged rollout of "you must be logged in to view tweets" surveillance misfeature ... would be for sites to ban Twitter links.

I've been having that discussion with one popular tech discussion forum. They're considering the option.

On Reddit, such a block could be implemented individually by mods of key forums, as well as by Reddit admins themselves.

On the Fediverse and Diaspora, instance and pod admins can ban links to Twitter, or rewrite those to go through other interfaces (#Nitter and #Threadreader being the most viable presently).

And of course Facebook could do this, though given current Antitrust scrutiny, this might not be warmly embraced.

Note that the audience isn't merely Twitter, but those who rely on Twitter to spread messages and outreach. Given Twitter's relatively small direct userbase, the extended reach of links matters strongly. Breaking that reach kills Twitter's use value.

#twitter #surveillance #SurveillanceCapitalism #boycott

I’d like to help others make better free and open source software so I’m making this standing offer: I’ll review a project's README for free. If you're interested, follow the link below. If you know of someone who might be interested, send the link to them.

Samsung can deactivate remotely your TV. Apple opens a door on your phone because you could be potentially a bad guy, Google spies on everything you do or say. So this is the new thing, uh? Well, I see my future me using an ungoogled phone, a CRT TV, a rescued dot matrix printer and a spartan GNU/Linux system. The more I know about the modern technology, the less I like it. #privacy

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