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November 27, 2014

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1:11 AM | Climate Politics With Hank Green! In this episode of Thought...
Climate Politics With Hank Green! In this episode of Thought Café Today, Jon and Hank Green tackle the issue of climate change. Following the September NYC UN Summit on Climate Change, Hank talks about his hope for the future of the climate, the reluctance of many world leaders when it comes to addressing their country’s emissions, and the sense of urgency we should feel when it comes to implementing concrete measures to deal with this issue. Plus, we find out what grades Hank and […]

November 26, 2014

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7:36 PM | Why are Past Surface Temperatures and CO2 Concentrations Important?
By burning fossil fuels for heating, electricity, transportation and other purposes, humans add CO2 to the atmosphere. Yet, by comparing ways in which the Earth’s temperature, CO2 concentration, sea level and ice sheets have changed in the past, we are able to learn valuable lessons about the climate system of today and tomorrow.
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5:49 PM | Dizzying heights: Prehistoric farming on the ‘roof of the world’
Archaeological findings pose questions about genetic resistance in humans to altitude sickness and genetic response in crop plants to flowering times and ultraviolet radiation tolerance. Archaeological discoveries from the ‘roof of the world’ on the Tibetan Plateau indicate that from 3,600 years ago, crop growing and the raising of livestock was taking place year-round at … Continue reading →
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12:42 PM | Life on Earth’s Cold Shoulder – Film
The talented folk down at the University of Derby’s TEL Media Production have whipped up this short introduction to the fascinating world of glacier microbes. We hope it makes you question whether […]
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1:20 AM | Stalled Clean Power Alternative to PG&E Looms Large in New S.F. Electricity Law
A city-run alternative to PG&E could rake in millions for San Francisco but faces opposition from the business sector.

November 25, 2014

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10:34 PM | Best Map of Ocean Currents Created From Space
The European Space Agency's GOCE satellite no longer exists, but its data is helping map the world's oceans Continue reading →
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10:29 PM | “Real” experts’ on climate change? Really?
The Heartland Institute has produced a new propaganda poster on climate change. Here it is: And this is what they say about it: This poster presents clear and undeniable evidence that the debate is not over. Looking out from this poster … Continue reading →
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10:29 PM | “Real” experts’ on climate change? Really?
The Heartland Institute has produced a new propaganda poster on climate change. Here it is: And this is what they say about it: This poster presents clear and undeniable evidence that the debate is not over. Looking out from this poster … Continue reading →
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9:15 PM | Data From Satellites Confirm: Glaciers Are Retreating
Glaciers are having a hard time all around the world. A new book outlines the findings of a years-long effort by researchers and research groups across the world. Titled…
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3:39 AM | This Bird Flies South for the Winter
Migrating south in the winter is a behavior that Antarctic scientists share with many species of birds, although the scientists fly just a bit further south. For the IcePod team it was time to join the migration so they could test their equipment in the most challenging environment the Earth has to offer.

November 24, 2014

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7:27 PM | Hottest Year Ever, and Amazing Gecko-Man Getup! by...
Hottest Year Ever, and Amazing Gecko-Man Getup! by scishow: SciShow News explains the latest climate weirdness, and why the Global Warming Hiatus wasn’t really what it sounded like. Plus, see how humans have harnessed the climbing power of the gecko! Support on Subbable: https://subbable.com/scishow
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2:00 PM | California Utilities and Solar Companies Battle Over Electricity Prices
Solar companies in California have long been able to tell homeowners they can save a lot of money on power bills by going solar. Now PG&E is proposing a rate change the company says will be more fair for everyone. But solar companies say it’s simply an attack on their industry.

November 23, 2014

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10:15 PM | Things warm up as the East Australian Current heads south
By Jaci Brown, CSIRO Occasional erratic bursts southward of the East Australian Current (EAC) are thought to have moderated the weather of south-east Australia this autumn and winter and they continue to introduce tropical and sub-tropical marine species to Tasmanian waters. Ocean monitoring by Australia’s Integrated Marine Observing System is providing scientists with significant new […]
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2:30 AM | Heavy Snow Boosts Flooding Risk for New York State
Record-breaking snowfall that buried towns near Buffalo, New York, and killed at least 14 people posed a major flooding threat Saturday with temperatures forecast to rise.

November 21, 2014

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3:16 PM | Does Uber Make Cities More Energy Efficient?
It seems you can’t read an article about new mobility or the sharing economy without stumbling across Uber; the mobility service that sprung up in 2009 to only five years later become valued at more... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

November 20, 2014

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11:52 PM | California Drought: A Glimmer of Hope For Winter Rain And Snow
But given the state of long-range forecasting, climatologists admit that the glimmer could be a mirage.
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3:00 PM | Darfur Stoves Project
Since the Darfur crisis began in 2003, women living in the refugee camps walked for up to seven hours outside the safety of the camps to collect firewood for cooking, putting them at risk for violent attacks. Now, researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have engineered a more efficient wood-burning stove, which is greatly reducing both the women's need for firewood and the threats against them.

November 19, 2014

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11:13 AM | GEOS-5 Computer Model Provides High-Resolution Look at Key Greenhouse Gas
A new computer model called GEOS-5 has provided a high-resolution look at how carbon dioxide (CO2) – the key driver of global warming – moves around the globe and fluctuates in volume throughout the year. This particular simulation is called Nature Run. It is the product of the Goddard Earth Observing System Model, Version 5 [...]
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2:43 AM | This Week’s Rain Unlikely to Dent Drought
Rain systems so far this season have been on the wimpy side. This next series is likely to continue the trend.

November 18, 2014

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9:00 PM | NASA Shows Stark Year in the Life of CO2
A new NASA simulation shows some of the most detailed imagery of carbon dioxide ever created.
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7:33 PM | Volcanic Eruptions May Have Triggered Episodic Water Flow on Ancient Mars
Scientists from Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel and Brown University suggest that water flow and warm temperatures on early Mars were likely related to periodic volcanism that spewed tons of greenhouse-inducing sulfur dioxide into the planet’s atmosphere. The researchers suggest that periods of temperatures warm enough for water to flow likely lasted for only [...]
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2:00 PM | Designing California Cities for a Long-Term Drought
Scientists say it’s possible California’s drought may last a lot longer than a few years. No one knows for sure, but we could all simply have to adjust to a drier climate. That could mean changing the way we build cities to make them more porous. The 'Hydramax,' a futuristic design pictured above, rises with the tide and captures water from the air.

November 17, 2014

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1:15 PM | Floods, Companies and Supply Chain Risk
Global companies with long supply chains could do a much better job of managing climate disaster risk, according to a recently published study from Masahikio Haraguchi and Upmanu Lall, researchers at the Columbia Water Center. According to the study, published in the International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, even as the impact of natural hazards [...]

November 14, 2014

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2:41 PM | Explainer: The Emissions Agreement Between the U.S. and China
Will the recent agreement struck between the United States and China on greenhouse gas emissions really help matters or will it all be so much hot air? Trace examines the deal and what could come from it.
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12:00 PM | Geosciences Column: Is it possible to quantify the effect of natural emissions on climate?
The air we breathe is full of tiny particles that can have a big impact on our climate. Industrial activities have greatly increased the number of these particles, cooling the climate and potentially offsetting some of the warming due to greenhouse gases. In this post Kirsty Pringle introduces new research that suggests that it might […]
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1:43 AM | Study: Warming Climate Means More Lightning
Memo to firefighters: Modeling by Berkeley researchers suggests a 50 percent spike in ground strikes this century, like the strikes that started last season's largest wildfire in California.

November 13, 2014

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3:00 PM | The Sweet Science of Chocolate
Everybody loves chocolate, but did you know that small daily doses of dark chocolate are good for your health? Read the story and watch the video to learn about the precision engineering and chemistry behind the beloved treat.
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2:45 AM | U.S. and China Greenhouse Gas Deal: Landmark Move or More Hot Air?
President Obama sets ambitious goals for greenhouse gas reductions, but the deal faces political battles here and overseas.

November 11, 2014

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5:00 PM | They Are Who We Thought They Were (Republicans And Their War On Our Kids)
Republican priorities are — not “becoming,” because they always were — clear. Facing the one unequivocal existential threat to the American way of life (for starters) over the next century, here’s the GOP response to the oncoming rush of human-caused global warming: The new Republican Congress is headed for a clash with the White House over two […]

November 10, 2014

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11:40 PM | Robot Gliders See How Antarctic Ice Melts From Below
Scientists suspect Antarctica's shrinking glaciers are melting from the bottom up, and a fleet of robot ocean gliders may help explain why.
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