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December 18, 2014

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9:26 PM | UN Climate Negotiators Ink Deal in Lima
Negotiators have reached a deal at United Nations (UN) talks in Peru, setting the stage for a global climate pact in Paris in December 2015. The agreement, dubbed the Lima Call for Climate Action, for the first time in history commits every nation to reducing its rate of greenhouse gas emissions. “As a text, it’s not perfect…
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5:00 PM | Robot Captures Views of Hidden Arctic Ecosystem
A remote-controlled underwater robot explores the underside of stable Arctic sea ice, collecting the most detailed information yet of this largely unexplored environment.
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3:44 AM | Storms a Boon for Rain Water Harvesters
More Northern California residents are harnessing winter storms and cashing in on local rebate programs for rainwater harvesting.

December 17, 2014

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7:20 PM | Arctic Temperatures Are Rising Twice As Fast As Anywhere Else On Earth
A comprehensive review of the state of the Arctic reveals some troubling information about rising temperature rates, which are more than double those of anywhere else on Earth, as well as some strange new habitat changes for polar bears. Read more...
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5:57 PM | Paths to Decarbonization: A Live Twitter Q&A
@UNSDSN is hosting a live Twitter Q&A on Friday, Dec. 19, from 1-2 p.m. EST with Jim Williams, chief scientist at Energy and Environmental Economics Inc. and lead author on the U.S. Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project report. You can send in your questions before and during the live chat on Twitter or Facebook by using #USDDPP.
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5:38 PM | New evidence for a massive flood on the Mackenzie River 13,000 years ago
The Northern Hemisphere suddenly cooled about 12,800 years ago in an event named the Younger Dryas. Scientists have debated the cause for many years. One widely-believed explanation is that the massive but long gone Lake Agassiz in central Canada rapidly flooded fresh water east down the St. Lawrence River into the northern Atlantic Ocean. That pulse of fresh water interfered with warm ocean currents and triggered the cooling.
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1:00 PM | GeoTalk: Nick Dunstone, an outstanding young scientist
 Nick Dunstone, the winner of a 2014 EGU Division Outstanding Young Scientists Award, who studies the Earth’s climate and atmosphere, including how they are impacted by natural variation and anthropogenic emissions talks to Bárbara Ferreira, the EGU Media and Communications Manager, in this edition of GeoTalk. This interview was first published in our quarterly newsletter, GeoQ. First, could you introduce yourself and tell us a bit about what you are working on at the moment? […]
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1:00 PM | GeoTalk: Nick Dunstone, an outstanding young scientist
 Nick Dunstone, the winner of a 2014 EGU Division Outstanding Young Scientists Award, who studies the Earth’s climate and atmosphere, including how they are impacted by natural variation and anthropogenic emissions talks to Bárbara Ferreira, the EGU Media and Communications Manager, in this edition of GeoTalk. This interview was first published in our quarterly newsletter, GeoQ. First, could you introduce yourself and tell us a bit about what you are working on at the moment? […]

December 16, 2014

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11:30 PM | Greenland Ice Loss May Be Worse Than Predicted
A warming planet may lead to swifter ice loss on Greenland’s ice sheet, and faster sea level rise for the rest of the world than previously predicted, scientists said Monday.
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7:15 PM | Ocean Acidification Causing Pacific Oyster Die Off
Oysters are sensitive to increasingly corrosive seawater, and it's causing commercial oyster operations to fail.
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5:49 PM | Climate Science: What You Need To Know via jtotheizzoe: Climate...
Climate Science: What You Need To Know via jtotheizzoe: Climate change is happening now, it’s happening fast, and human activity is causing it. This is what the vast majority of climate research tells us and what more than 97% of climate scientists agree on. Hopefully you’re the kind of person that trusts in science and agrees with all that. Good for you! I like your style.  But if a climate change denier walked up to you at a party, and said you were wrong, because climate […]
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5:30 PM | November in Books, 2014 On Pace for Hottest Year
With November data recorded, 2014 is on track to be the warmest year on record.

December 15, 2014

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12:00 PM | Imaggeo on Mondays: A single beam in the dancing night lights
Research takes Earth scientists to the four corners of globe. So, if you happen to have a keen interest in photography and find yourself doing research at high latitudes, chances are you’ll get lucky and photograph the dancing night lights: aurora (or northern lights), arguably one of the planet’s most breath taking natural phenomenon. That is exactly the position Matias Takala, a researcher at the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI), was in when he was able to take this […]

December 14, 2014

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9:30 PM | Climate Accord Struck in Lima; Key Decisions Postponed
In the early hours of Sunday morning, bleary-eyed dealmakers from nearly 200 countries and the European Union set a framework for an agreement that would take an unprecedented approach to slowing climate change.

December 13, 2014

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2:44 AM | Northern California Ski Slopes Reopen After Storm
Bay Area Storm Brings Fresh Snow and Ski-Worthy Conditions to the Sierra Nevada

December 12, 2014

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9:21 PM | What Is Climate Change?
Explore this QUEST interactive graphic to see major climate zones in the United States and how climate differs from weather.
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9:20 PM | Evidence of Global Warming
Explore how rising sea levels, increases in ocean heat and melting glaciers indicate a warming planet in this interactive.
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9:19 PM | What Are Greenhouse Gases and Where Do They Come From?
Explore different types of greenhouse gas, from carbon dioxide to fluorinated gas, in this interactive graphic.
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9:18 PM | The Keeling Curve Explained
Explore the Keeling Curve, which has measured CO2 levels in the atmosphere since 1958, in this interactive graphic.
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9:17 PM | How Do Greenhouse Gases Work?
Find out how greenhouse gases trap heat in the Earth's atmosphere with this interactive graphic.
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9:16 PM | Water Vapor's Role in Climate Change
Learn how water and the Earth's climate directly affect each other in this interactive graphic.
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9:15 PM | Career Spotlight: Earth System Scientist and Terrestrial Ecologist
Jennifer Holm is an Earth systems scientist and terrestrial ecologist who uses models to study how forests respond to climate change.
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9:10 PM | Career Spotlight: Research Technician
Chris Wong is a research technician at University of California Berkeley where he investigates how trees like redwoods and sequoias function.
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9:05 PM | Career Spotlight: Water Quality Specialist
Melanie Harrison is a water quality specialist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. She helps protect and restore threatened and endangered fish species.
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9:00 PM | Career Spotlight: Water Program Director
Heather Cooley is a director at the Pacific Institute where she uses data to understand and make recommendations about California’s water supply.
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12:00 PM | Warming Pacific Could Release Tons of Frozen Methane
The Pacific Ocean, whose waters are heating up due to climate change, may accelerate the problem by releasing millions of tons of methane gas that's stored beneath the ocean floor.

December 11, 2014

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9:41 PM | Negotiations Heat Up in Closing Stages of UN Climate Change Conference
Optimism at the outset of the 2014 United Nations Climate Change Conference twentieth Conference of the Parties in Lima, Peru, has given way to the hard work of reaching high-level resolution prior to the December 2015 UN meeting in Paris. Among the challenges is disagreement about regular auditing of carbon emission pledges. The European Union…
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8:46 PM | ‘Pineapple Express’ Soaks Bay Area
The precipitation flooding many parts of the Bay Area is part of a low pressure system that is both common and uncommon during California's winter months.
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8:46 PM | ‘Pineapple Express’ Soaks Bay Area
The precipitation flooding many parts of the Bay Area is part of a low pressure system that is both common and uncommon during California's winter months.
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7:30 PM | Talking Climate: a New Guide to More Effective Communication
What motivates people to accept or reject climate change? Do financial incentives prompt us to change behavior, or are public recognition and belonging to a social trend more effective? What do personal and political values have to do with attitudes toward climate change? A new guide to climate change communication comes out this week with some of the answers.
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