EDITORIAL

Scientists can't be silent

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Science  04 Aug 2017:
Vol. 357, Issue 6350, pp. 431
DOI: 10.1126/science.aao4665

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  • The role of government is changing

    Christopher Coons wrote the editorial article entitled "Scientists can't be silent" (1). The role of government is changing. A variety of research funds are available in our society. One of promising research funds is called, alternative finance funding. According to Wikipedia, alternative finance refers to financial channels and instruments that have emerged outside of the traditional finance system such as regulated banks and capital markets (2). Examples of alternative financing activities through 'online marketplaces' are reward-based crowdfunding, equity crowdfunding, peer-to-peer consumer and business lending, invoice trading third party payment platforms (3). For the United Kingdom, according to the University of Cambridge and Nesta, the UK online alternative finance market reached £1.74bn in 2014 (4). In comparison, the alternative finance markets in France and Germany reached €154m (5) and €140m (6) respectively in 2014. Credit Saison, private credit card company in Japan, has had a unique permanent point program for corporate social responsibility/social contribution activities with US$0.9b where credit card customers are allowed to exchange permanent points for research donation (7). Researchers should seek not only government funding for research, but also a wide variety of funds including alternative finance funding.

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    1. Christopher Coons, "Scientists can't be silent", Science, 04 Aug 201...

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  • RE: Scientists cant be silent.

    Gentlemen. The American public rightfully questions the very concept of scientific consensus, Establishment climate science has misled the public by its blatant promotion of the global warming scare derived from climate models at the expense of empirical analysis.
    NATURAL CYCLES DRIVE CLIMATE CHANGE.
    A recent paper emphasizes the importance of the Millennial Cycle and supports earlier forecasts of a coming long term cooling .

    Harmonic Analysis of Worldwide Temperature Proxies for 2000 Years
    Horst-Joachim Lüdecke1, *, Carl-Otto Weiss2
    The Open Atmospheric Science Journal
    ISSN: 1874-2823 ― Volume 11, 2017
    Year: 2017
    Volume: 11
    Publisher Id: TOASCJ-11-44
    DOI: 10.2174/1874282301711010044
    "Abstract
    The Sun as climate driver is repeatedly discussed in the literature but proofs are often weak. In order to elucidate the solar influence, we have used a large number of temperature proxies worldwide to construct a global temperature mean G7 over the last 2000 years. The Fourier spectrum of G7 shows the strongest components as ~1000-, ~460-, and ~190 - year periods whereas other cycles of the individual proxies are considerably weaker. The G7 temperature extrema coincide with the Roman, medieval, and present optima as well as the well-known minimum of AD 1450 during the Little Ice Age. We have constructed by reverse Fourier transform a representation of G7 using only these three sine functions, which shows...

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    Competing Interests: None declared.