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[detective profile] The following articles should be read with utmost care. Some of them are naughty in some important sense, usually one can pick them out for their lame fearmongering character. The fact many authors are unaware or unconscious of their unseemingly blatter should not be much relevant. Sometimes specific knowledge repertoirs may be required to not fall victim of their tactics.

The Bad and the Ugly

Nasty papers or reality distortion

Ice shelves propping up two major Antarctic glaciers are breaking up and it could have major consequences for sea level rise
The systems depicted in the paper are highly unstable and have a high coeficient of roughness, and as such could only be well-represented stacking multiple snapshots of the system within a time range. Anyways, much of the photos and videos span Summer time periods in the Southern Hemisphere. The paper is actually published at end of Winter in SH (end of Summer in NH ), and much data was collected within the previous Antarctic Summer! Accumulation of new ice upstreams will push older ice, that is actually called Calving, you can see very sharp ice slobs. Glacier shrinkage happens when ice melts from the borders upwards, so you cannot really have calving at the same time as melting.
See also (a)
Animal Populations Fell by 68% in 50 Years and It’s Getting Worse
One problem here is their sample size, animals can move a lot and be hard to find, they may actually be hiding. I will comment more on this later, for now, see a video of similar subject (in English): WWF 2018 Living Planet Report Rebuttal
Para um vídeo de assunto similar em Português, veja: Relatório da WWF -- Índice do Planeta Vivo de 2018
750 million genetically engineered mosquitoes approved for release in Florida Keys
I researched about Oxitec and their chimeric mosquitoes last year a lot. About 5% of the synthetic mosquitoes released are males because Oxitec has not got a technique to remove all males. Plus, their chimeric mosquitoes are a blend of various exotic strains, so they are effectively spreading new genetic mobile elements (transposons) to environments where otherwise there was only endogenous strains. Remember Ian Malcolmn: Life finds a way.
Microplastic particles now discoverable in human organs
The title is misleading. The researches grew human tissue in petri discs and added microplastics. Then, they devloped a technique which can detect the plastic they added in the first place and are advertising that.
Saco de lixo que inativa coronavírus é aprovado em teste da Unicamp
Aqui é só uma notícia sensacionalista, o vírus só poderia ser inativado por contato com o plástico, sendo que é muito mais provável um vírus sofrer dessacação ou oxidação, pelo oxigênio ou luz forte do que pelo contato com o plástico.
PCC officials admit mistake over melting Himalayan glaciers
If only they all would apologise and get things correctly for the benefit of us all..

Global Biodiversity Outlook 5 , Plant Conservation Report 2020 and Local Biodiversity Outlooks 2 from the Convention on Biological Diversity.
I will try and comment a litlte more later but these report goals seem much more a wishlist, how feasible are they in reality? There is a lot of beautiful words and images. I fear much is vague, unpractical.
What’s causing climate change, in 10 charts
None of the charts plots Nature's carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, which would make it difficult to actually see human contribution to CO2, because it is very small, comparatively. Nature emmits at a rate of roughly 600-900 GTons of CO2/year, while humans contribute with ~40 GTons/year..
See (a) , (b) . Also, you can look for natural carbon cycle in academic books; hopefully, where they can ackowledge proportions adequately. If you need more references, I can help.

The Good

Noteworthy or distinguished papers for their soberty or relevance.

Fertility rate: 'Jaw-dropping' global crash in children being born
Population stagnation is not good, what may be lurking after is decline. We can probably grow a large world population ever healthier if we can can lay hands on cheap energy. A sociologist friend of mine alerted me of this upcoming fenomenon: Europe is going to become black. Africans will be able to enjoy what richess was stolen from them. The comments section has about 2200 comments and still most want a shrikling population! Look at how badly some websites can interpret this same data . If we have got a larger population and give them the minimum necessary health, we may have thousands more very intelligent people who can deal with any nasty problem we face, how else will we produce more geniuses?
Oscillations of the baseline of solar magnetic field and solar irradiance on a millennial timescale, Zharkova VV, 2019
Mrs Zharkova is a solar physicist. She has got one lecture on youtube and I find her very good. That is a shame how her paper was retracted by the Editors of Nature. I found their retraction note a lame excuse to try and censor her paper!
Fortunately we have got another source.


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