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April 26, 2015

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3:32 PM | Is Global Warming Making It Harder To Breathe? Since 2001, the...
Is Global Warming Making It Harder To Breathe? Since 2001, the amount of asthma cases in the United States has skyrocketed. What causes asthma, and is climate change making it worse? Read More:Obama: Daughter’s asthma brings home climate change debateWhy Are Asthma Rates Soaring?How Is Asthma Treated and Controlled? By: DNews.

April 24, 2015

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4:58 PM | Seasonal Precipitation: Doubts about Droughts
This is the first in a series of guest blog posts by students who attended ComSciCon-Triangle. SciLogs is accepting story pitches that resulted from this science communication event from science graduate students! See more about the event here. Seasonal Precipitation: Doubts about Droughts, by Michael Angus Michael is a third year PhD Student at North Carolina State University, currently working on applying computer science techniques to climate change problems; specifically, […]

April 23, 2015

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4:31 PM | Emissions, Economic Growth Parting Ways
A U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) analysis released Monday reveals that the country’s energy-related carbon emissions grew last year but more slowly than the economy as a whole, representing a decoupling of emissions and economic growth that is projected to continue through 2015 (subscription). Bloomberg reports that the difference in the emissions increase and the…

April 22, 2015

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7:28 PM | The Bay Area: Ground Zero for Earth Day?
The first Earth Day started a movement, rocked the government and created a generation of environmental leaders. In the Bay Area, it injected new energy into an environmental tradition that began with John Muir.
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5:14 PM | No Ice in Sight: Polar Bears Scrabble Onshore to Find Food
On June 4, 1773, English naval officers were dispatched on an expedition to the Arctic. Their goal was to locate a passage from the British Isles to the Pacific Ocean. Instead, on ice floes near Spitsbergen (Svalbard), Norway, they found polar bears. The explorers were the first Europeans to describe the bears as a distinct…
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2:59 PM | When City Codes Clash With State Water Rules, Confusion Reigns
Esthetics and water conservation clash as California cities find their own laws at odds with the governor's water reduction mandates.
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2:40 PM | Goddard Institute to Aid Search for Life on Distant Worlds
Despite its name, the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies has in recent years concentrated on planet Earth--mainly, its widely used computer models used by scientists around the world to measure and predict the impact of greenhouse gases on climate. This week NASA announced that the Earth Institute-affiliated center will also play a leading role in a new initiative to search for life on other planets.
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2:38 PM | For Earth Day, make some #ClimateConfessions
On this 45th anniversary of Earth Day, why not come clean by sharing your climate confessions with The Adaptors?
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2:16 PM | Where did the oil go? Five years into the Deepwater Horizon...
Where did the oil go? Five years into the Deepwater Horizon disaster, leading scientists tell NRDC science scribe Perrin Ireland what happened to BP’s oil and what they know about its impact on the Gulf. Learn more: http://www.onearth.org/gulf By: NRDCflix. Support at: http://j.mp/DonateToNRDC
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11:00 AM | A Climate Battle Cry for Earth Day
A group of 17 renowned scientists from around the world are appealing for dramatic action to forestall the worst effects of climate change, issuing an “Earth Statement” that calls for a world powered with zero carbon emissions by mid-century.

April 20, 2015

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9:50 PM | SciShow Kids: Why Are There Seasons? by scishow: You know we...
SciShow Kids: Why Are There Seasons? by scishow: You know we have four seasons: spring, summer, fall, and winter. But do you know why we have seasons? Jessi shares the answer! SOURCES:http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/seasons/en/http://www.universetoday.com/75843/why-are-there-seasons/http://www.weather.com/news/why-are-there-seasons-20130930 Support at: https://www.patreon.com/scishow
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5:09 PM | Communicating science and ocean currents – an interesting mix
This week I had a couple of guest posts at Canadian Science Publishing and on Science Borealis. 1. Scientists Must Communicate! But How? This post provides a list of seven ways in which you can communicate your science, from small local events to multi-day workshops. Multiple links throughout connect you to a range of resources…
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3:53 PM | Mapping the Seafloor
One of the goals of this expedition is to investigate if water from the Southern Ocean with temperatures above the melting point of glaciers could reach the glaciers in East Antarctica, and if there are any obstacles on the seafloor of the shelf that impact the ability of such water to reach the glaciers and [...]

April 17, 2015

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3:00 PM | Communicate Your Science Competition Winner Announced!
Congratulations to Zakaria Ghazoui, the winner of the first ever Communicate Your Science Video Competition 2015. Zakaria is a PhD student at the Institute des Sciences de le Terre (ISTerre) in France, and has been investigating Himalayan lakes using sediment cores. Here is his video, Inside Himalayan Lakes:
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2:58 PM | Lamont-Doherty Strategic Plan
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory has been a leader in the study of our planet since its founding 65 years ago. Today, Observatory scientists continue the institution’s long tradition of addressing important questions in the Earth and planetary sciences. The Observatory is one of the largest and most distinguished Earth science research institutions in the world, with a vibrant [...]

April 16, 2015

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7:42 PM | Court Hears Arguments Surrounding EPA Power Plant Rule
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit heard arguments Thursday in a set of cases (Murray Energy v. EPA andWest Virginia v. EPA) challenging the U.S Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) authority to limit greenhouse gases from existing power plants under section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act. There was skepticism from at…

April 15, 2015

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11:27 AM | Indian Railways and Military Go Solar
There’s been no shortage recently of big companies going big on solar, nor of middlemen trying to pave the way for bulk buying of solar power, but when the beast that is national procurement gets... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

April 13, 2015

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8:22 PM | In a Melting Iceland, Drilling Deep to Stem Climate Change
Just outside the capital city of Reyjavik, Iceland is pioneering a new technology to deal with climate change. Its Hellisheidi geothermal power plant, the world's largest, hosts arguably the world's most advanced program to capture and lock away globe-warming carbon dioxide.
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8:21 PM | Photo Essay: Iceland at the Cutting Edge of Climate Change
Iceland has a complicated relationship with climate change. As in much of the far north, global warming is already exerting many effects here--arguably both good and bad. Yet the country contributes relatively little to the warming, since most of its energy comes from geothermal and hydro plants, which produce little carbon dioxide. Now, it is on the scientific cutting edge of the issue.
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7:00 PM | Earth Was Once a Snowball Locked in 'Crazy' Deep Freeze
A new study shows Earth’s temperature plunged to 40 degrees below zero – in Florida, Egypt and other lands near the planet’s supposedly warmer equatorial regions during a radical climate shift known as 'Snowball Earth.'

April 10, 2015

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8:17 PM | Greatest mass extinction driven by acidic oceans, study finds
Changes to the Earth’s oceans, caused by extreme volcanic activity, triggered the greatest extinction of all time, a study suggests. The amount of carbon added to the atmosphere that triggered […]
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7:25 PM | Cell Phones Monitor Water, Soil on African Farms [Q&A]
As a middle school student in Tallahassee, Florida, Kelly Caylor built a weather balloon for the science fair. Decades later, he’s distributing high-tech environmental sensors, or “pods,” throughout... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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1:12 PM | In the Ice
Several days ago we reached our main work areas along the margin of East Antarctica. Our expedition is relatively late in the season and the seas around Antarctica are starting to freeze. While the abundance of sea ice makes it more difficult to get to all of our research areas, the different shapes and forms of [...]
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4:10 AM | Australia’s Next Top climate models
A look at how we use climate models to consider plausible future scenarios and project what Australia’s climate may look like decades – or even hundreds of years – in the future.
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2:05 AM | Compact of Mayors gains further momentum at ICLEI World Congress
At the ICLEI World Congress in Seoul today, 35 leading cities, including Johannesburg, Paris and Seoul, announced their intent to comply with the Compact of Mayors – the global effort to cut greenhouse gas emissions, track progress and prepare for the impacts of climate change. The news gives further momentum to the burgeoning movement, which added 20 new cities at…

April 09, 2015

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8:54 PM | Obama Releases Report, Other Initiatives Directed at Tackling Climate Change Impacts
President Barack Obama announced a series of steps that aim to tackle the effects of climate change on the health of Americans. These 150 health-focused actions to boost climate change preparedness expand on the Climate Data Initiative launched a year. “The sooner we act, the more we can do to protect the health of our…

April 07, 2015

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11:19 PM | Water Conservation Ebbs as Governor Calls for Greater Effort
The latest figures on water conservation in California would seem to bear out the need for more strict, mandatory measures, such as the governor recently announced.
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7:34 PM | Confusion Over Drought Rules on Lawns for New Homes
Builders and developers are pondering the governor's new water mandates -- and scratching their heads.

April 06, 2015

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3:29 PM | Closing in on Antarctica
We are less than a day away from our first study area on the continental shelf in front of the Dibble Glacier. As we approach Antarctica we are starting our science program with a 4500 meter deep CTD and multibeam acquisition. The CTD is used to determine the conductivity, temperature and depth of the ocean, while the [...]
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11:30 AM | Imaggeo on Mondays: Mirror Image
This week’s Imaggeo on Mondays image is brought to you by Fabien Darrouzet, who visited the icy landscapes of Svalbard back in 2012. Whilst the aim of his trip was not to better understand the geology of the landscapes, his eyes were very much focused on goings on up, up in the sky, it didn’t stop him taking this still of the snow covered peaks. This picture was taken in Svalbard (78° lat.) in June 2012. I was there for one week in order to observe the transit of the planet […]
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