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Environment Pollution and Climate Change

Shifting Plates, Shifting Poles, Shifting Paradigms

Arthur Viterito*
College of Southern Maryland, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata, Maryland, USA
Received date: June 09, 2017;
Accepted date: June 14, 2017;
Published date: June 21, 2017


In a 2016 study I demonstrated that seismic activity along the globe’s mid-ocean ridges was highly correlated (0.785) with global temperatures from 1979 through 2015 [1].

An update through 2016 showed a strengthened correlation (0.814) along with the new knowledge that large upticks in mid-ocean seismic activity for 1995-1996 and 2013-2014 preceded the 1997-1998 and 2015-2016 “Super El Nino” episodes by two years [2]. 
Unfortunately, neither of these studies has received broad acceptance by the climate community as they challenge an accepted canon of climate science. Specifically, the idea that increased flux of oceanic geothermal heat (as indicated by increased seismic activity in these areas) can significantly alter temperature counters the hypothesis that increasing carbon dioxide has been the primary driver of recent global temperature change.
Despite the general “non-acceptance” of this hypothesis, a recent study by Williams [3] links a seemingly unrelated geophysical phenomenon to mid-ocean seismicity; thus a new paradigm may be emerging from this important association. Specifically, Williams shows that the speed at which the North Magnetic Dip Pole (NMDP) moves is highly correlated (r=0.935) with mid-ocean seismic activity (Figure 1)...

Guess who's the Editor of  
Environment Pollution and Climate Change ?

A Note on Contemporary Publication Ethics

Arthur Viterito*
College of Southern Maryland, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata, Maryland, USA
Corresponding Author:
Arthur Viterito
College of Southern Maryland
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata, Maryland, United States
Tel: 301 934 7851
Received date: July 16, 2017; Accepted date: July 17, 2017; Published date: July 22, 2017
Citation: Viterito A (2017) A Note on Contemporary Publication Ethics. Environ Pollut Climate Change 1:e106. 10.4172/2573-458X.1000e106
Recently, this journal and I came under vicious attack by two blog sites that have fairly intolerant views on a number of environmental issues, the most notable of which is climate change. The first harsh critique was presented on a website titled...and Then There’s Physics [1]. In a May 17, 2017 posting (https://andthentheresphysics.wordpress. com/2017/05/17/seems-omics-international-will-publish-anything/), a paper published by Environment Pollution and Climate Change (EPCC) was irreverently dismissed because it questioned the nature of the atmospheric greenhouse effect. The (anonymous) author scornfully declares:
…it seems unlikely that the extremely low carbon-dioxide concentration of 0.04 percent is able to co-warm the entire atmosphere to a perceptible extent.
And an argument from incredulity to end. Brilliant! I suspect I don’t really need to say anything more. I’ve never published anything in an OMICS International journal (at least, I don’t think I have) and, after this, I certainly don’t have any intention of starting now.
The discussion went on to criticize EPCC’s publication fees as if they were unique and/or excessive. However, the author fails to disclose that publication fees are ubiquitous in the realm of academic publishing, and that many “top tier” journals have fee structures that are significantly higher that EPCC’s fees. 
Another concern raised by the author had to do with EPCC’s turnaround times on publication submissions. The author harshly criticized EPCC’s “rapid” turnaround time, yet failed to mention that most top-tier journals currently offer expedited peer review. By way of comparison, EPCC’s turnaround times are on a par with expedited reviews for the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, Journal of Climate, and Geophysical Research Letters, among others.
Shortly after this post appeared, a more vitriolic campaign was launched by a dogmatic website known as DeSmog Blog. This Britishbased site has brutally attacked a number of climate “skeptics” in the past, many of whom have had long and distinguished careers in the climate/environmental sciences [2]. The list includes such luminaries as John Coleman (founder of the Weather Channel), William Happer (endowed professor of physics at Princeton University), Jay Lehr (Executive Director of the National Association of Groundwater Scientists and Engineers), Patrick Michaels (former president of the American Association of State Climatologists), S. Fred Singer (founder of the satellite services branch of the National Weather Service) and Richard Lindzen (endowed professor of meteorology at MIT).
In an article titled “Editor of New ‘Sham Journal’ Is Climate Science Denier with Ties to Heartland Institute” DeSmog Blog’s journalist, Graham Readfearn, attacked me, the Heartland Institute, and EPCC [3]. He boldly declared that some of the papers published in EPCC were “garbage and ridiculous.” He founded his assertion on the fact that we have (to date) published “six papers claiming to refute the science linking human activity to dangerous climate change — claims that run counter to the conclusions of all the world’s major science academies.” In other words, if you buck the established line of thinking on anthropogenic global warming, DeSmog Blog will smear you as best it can...
OMICS '4th International Conference On Climate Change' presently  has no speakers, and Environment Pollution and Climate Change's publisher faces charges brought by the Federal Trade Commission alleging OMICS engages in deceptive marketing by claiming their journals follow rigorous peer review standards and have high “impact factors” 
OMICS also organizes hundreds of “conferences.”  but despite its claims, the World Meteorological Organization and the European Environment Agency said they were not involved in its "4th World Conference on Climate Change”. One organized by a group of climate science deniers who claim to be investigating climate scientists for “fraud.” Which by the way , is what one of Viteribo's "luminaries", Heartland Science Director Jay Lehr, was convicted of,  and went to Federal prison for, after falsely billling EPA for $100,000 in 1991.
OMICS journals operate on an “open access” system where articles are publicly available, but academics have to pay for their work to appear in them. Two scientists listed as editorial board members at Environment Pollution and Climate Change told DeSmog Blog they had not been aware of the nature of the climate articles being published at the journal.

One UK govenment scientist, environmental economist, Manolis Tyllianakis, said OMICS published an “acceptance letter,” purporting to be from Tyllianakis saying he accepted their offer to join the editorial board of the “prestigious journal.” despite his not having read, written, or reviewed any articles.

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