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September 30, 2014

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12:21 PM | Sculpting Tropical Peaks
Max Cunningham, a graduate student at Lamont-Doherty, traveled to Costa Rica's Mount Chirripó this past summer to test the idea that mountain glaciers carved the summit we see today. He and his colleagues hope to eventually pin down when Chirripó's high-elevation valleys eroded into their current form. Check out a recap of their 2014 field season.

September 29, 2014

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11:39 PM | The Connection Between California’s Drought and Climate Change
Climate change is making the weather pattern that's responsible for California's drought more likely, according to a new study from Stanford.
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8:05 PM | Cloudy climate change: How clouds affect Earth’s...
Cloudy climate change: How clouds affect Earth’s temperature As the Earth’s surface temperature gradually rises, it has become vital for us to predict the rate of this increase with as much precision as possible. In order to do that, scientists need to understand more about aerosols and clouds. Jasper Kirkby details an experiment at CERN that aims to do just that. View full lesson: […]
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7:16 PM | This year, sea ice records are being set in the Antarctic
Lots of ice surrounds Antarctica, while Arctic melt moderates.
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6:27 PM | Alaska mountain glaciers retreating due to climate...
Alaska mountain glaciers retreating due to climate change Tighten your seat belt! This runway is made of ice. Welcome to Ruth Glacier, deep inside Alaska’s Denali National Park and Preserve. Some of the visitors are here for recreational activities, such as backcountry skiing, but this is no vacation for University of Maine paleoclimatologist Karl Kreutz and his team. For them, time on the ice is all part of the job. With support from the National Science Foundation, the scientists are […]
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1:36 PM | Map Monday: Will Global Warming Drown Your Hometown?
You may recently have read about climate change and North Carolina for all the wrong reasons, entailing laws designed to forbid the mentioning of the term “climate change” as well as outright banning... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

September 27, 2014

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6:27 PM | Humanity Breaks an Ominous Record SciShow News explains an...
Humanity Breaks an Ominous Record SciShow News explains an ominous record that Homo sapiens just broke: the highest levels of carbon dioxide emissions, the leading factor in global warming. Hank explains what it means, and what we can do. Uploaded by: SciShow. Support on Subbable.

September 26, 2014

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12:05 AM | Are Consumers or Corporations Responsible for Reducing Carbon Emissions?
From KQED Education Do Now: Climate change has been on the minds of a lot of people with the release of the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report and the third National Climate Assessment. Who is responsible for curtailing carbon emissions?

September 25, 2014

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7:55 PM | 8 Ways We Can Strengthen Development and Increase Climate Resilience
President Obama this week announced a set of actions designed to help populations here and abroad develop better resilience against drought, sea level rise and other consequences of a changing climate. At The Earth Institute, the International Research Institute for Climate and Society has been working on these issues for years -- making regular climate forecasts, insuring farmers against bad weather, and using data to better anticipate outbreaks of disease, manage water resources and improve […]
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5:49 PM | Join the Crowd: Scenes from the Climate March
Student Jane Rebecca Marchant was one among the hundreds of thousands who joined the People’s Climate March Sunday, and she took a lot of photos. You can see her photo essay on the march on the website of the Morningside Post, the student-run newspaper at the Columbia School of International and Public Affairs.
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1:39 AM | Long-Range Forecast: Less Snow for Skiers, Less Water for California
A new federal report affirms what scientists have been saying for years: California's "bank account" of snow-melt water may be overdrawn within decades.

September 24, 2014

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11:21 AM | Arctic sea ice extent
Bit of a departure from Scottish snow this afternoon: the Met Office put out a blog post yesterday on the minimum Arctic sea ice extent being reached for this year (probably) and briefly… Continue reading →

September 23, 2014

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9:50 PM | Image of the Changing Season
It was inevitable. Fall has arrived.
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8:30 PM | Obama Urges Global Action on Growing Climate Threat
President Obama urged all nations to act against climate change, warning that time was running out.
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3:37 PM | Amazon Rainforest Seen Burning From Space
A dramatic photo taken from International Space Station shows multiple fires raging in South America's Amazon rainforest. Continue reading →

September 22, 2014

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7:03 PM | The Rockefellers Are Selling Off Their Oil Investments to Re-Invest In Clean Energy
Back in 1870, American entrepreneur John D. Rockefeller entered the emerging oil industry by founding the Standard Oil Company. His company dominated the industry, controlling around 90% of the country’s refineries and pipelines by the 1880s. Many people were critical of Rockefeller and Standard Oil. On multiple occasions, the company was accused of colluding with railroad companies and using predatory pricing to take out its competitors. Finally, in 1911, […]

September 21, 2014

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10:18 PM | Global carbon report: emissions will hit new heights in 2014
By Pep Canadell, CSIRO and Michael Raupach, Australian National University As heads of state gather in New York for tomorrow’s United Nations climate summit, a new report on the state of the world’s carbon budget tells them that greenhouse emissions hit a new record last year, and are still growing. The Global Carbon Project has […]
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8:26 PM | Organizers Hope U.N. Climate March Will Be Largest In History
Streets in New York City and other towns are being taken over by marchers Sunday in what organizers hope will be the largest climate change protest in history.

September 19, 2014

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10:09 PM | NOAA: Hottest August On Record. Ocean Temperatures Smash Old Record
The NOAA, National Climate Data Center has released the global summary of temperatures this summer. It was the hottest June-August period on record, and August was also the hottest on record globally. Ocean temperatures were also hottest on record. NASA, and the Japanese Metr. Agency also compile the data (using a slightly different method ), and they also showed record temps. Here is the data from NCDC: Global Highlights The …
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7:34 PM | Tanzania Launches Plan to Fight Climate Impacts on Agriculture
Vital Signs is a key part of Tanzania’s new Agriculture Climate Resilience Plan, which presents a strategy for sustainable agricultural development in the face of shifting rainfall patterns and other effects of a changing climate.
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4:47 PM | Why This Climate Scientist Is Taking to the Streets
In my early years I didn’t talk about the politics of global warming much. I didn’t bring it up with friends or family, let alone engage in any public way. It seemed to me unseemly for a scientist to be vocal on a political issue related, even indirectly, to his own research. Wouldn’t that be an indication of bias, of a lack of scientific impartiality? But I have changed my mind.
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3:18 PM | Scottish winter weather
Following on from my previous post about September weather, it seems appropriate (for my research and blog) to look at winter weather specifically for Scotland. This post again uses Met Office data. I… Continue reading →
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11:00 AM | New York Climate Change March Could Draw 100,000
Here's what you need to know about the Sunday protest planned ahead of the UN's climate change summit in New York City. Continue reading →

September 18, 2014

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8:31 PM | The Cost of Fixing Climate Change
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions could boost the economy rather than slow it, according to a new study by the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate. Better Growth, Better Climate: The New Climate Economy Report finds that roughly $90 trillion will be spent in the next 15 years on new infrastructure around the world. Adopting rules that redirect that…
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5:35 PM | Too Many Penguins Is the Best Kind of Problem
If you wish your internet procrastination breaks involved fewer weird Facebook relatives and more animal hordes, you’re in luck. The citizen-science enablers at the Zooniverse have just launched a new project called Penguin Watch. You can count penguin babies, squint at rocks, and be back to work before your coffee cools. And help scientists, if […]The post Too Many Penguins Is the Best Kind of Problem appeared first on Inkfish.

September 17, 2014

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10:44 PM | Climate Change Is Making Trees Grow Rapidly
Climate change seems to be altering forests, by making trees grow faster. Continue reading →
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4:55 PM | Photo Essay: Open House at Lamont-Doherty
Bend a rock. Channel your historic 'birthquake.' Check out rocks, fossils, sediment cores and more at Lamont's Open House on Saturday, October 11.
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3:34 PM | What Everyone Should Know About Climate Change
Climate scientist William D’Andrea of the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory asked young scientists attending a symposium last October, "What do you wish everyone knew about climate change?" He turned the responses into this video, which covers the topic pretty well.
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2:00 PM | Seeking Earth-Like Alien Worlds in the 'Venus Zone'
Exoplanet hunters have just made it easier to identify alien Venuses, in the hopes that doing so will lead to the discovery of more alien Earths.

September 16, 2014

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2:00 PM | Fossil Burrows Shed Light on Great Plains' Roots
The Great Plains didn't evolve in a vacuum. Ancient rodents helped shape the ecosystem we know today. Fossil burrows are helping scientists figure out how.
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