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December 19, 2014

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11:20 PM | Climate Change Could Cut Global Food Output 18% By 2050
The world's food supplies will be hit hard by global warming, according to a study published this week in the journal Environmental Research Letters. The study's authors advise investing in irrigation and infrastructure to attenuate this loss, but what's less clear is where these measures should be taken. In fact, we probably won't know for at least 15 years.Read more...
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1:00 PM | Big Data Arrives on a Small Lake in Vermont
While visiting Vermont in late July, I took a day to catch up with colleagues who are studying lakes. University of Vermont (UVM) Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Laboratory director Jason Stockwell arranged for me to go out on a sampling run with two interns. Our destination was Shelburne Pond, a shallow lake located about ten miles south…

December 18, 2014

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11:12 PM | I call it as I see it–a denier is not a skeptic
The name of this blog, of course, is the Skeptical Raptor. I’m not sure how I invented that name, but I like raptors, either the fossil dinosaur version, or the living dinosaur versions, birds of prey. They both actually work as a metaphor of what I try to do–provide scientific and knowledgeable analyses of the scientific […]Continue reading «I call it as I see it–a denier is not a skeptic»
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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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9:26 PM | Climate Change and Extreme Events Research Showcased at American Geophysical Union Meeting
By Dr. Michael Hiscock   Derechos. Blizzards. Polar vortexes. Superstorms. Whatever you call them, you’re probably aware of the extreme weather events that have occurred with increasing frequency the past few years. What you may not be aware of is their complicated relationship with climate change, air and water quality. Although science will probably never […]
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9:26 PM | Climate Change and Extreme Events Research Showcased at American Geophysical Union Meeting
By Dr. Michael Hiscock   Derechos. Blizzards. Polar vortexes. Superstorms. Whatever you call them, you’re probably aware of the extreme weather events that have occurred with increasing frequency the past few years. What you may not be aware of is their complicated relationship with climate change, air and water quality. Although science will probably never […]
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9:15 PM | NASA Satellite Sends Back Most Detailed CO2 View
Fresh data from NASA reveals a comprehensive global view of CO2 in full color.
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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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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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3:20 PM | Squirrels and beavers contributing to global warming more than previously thought
Squirrels improve soils, beaver reduce flooding, and both species feed predators. Dynamic balance occurs. What can balance humans? Continue reading →
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2:07 PM | Climate change missing from government risk agendas
Earlier this month IIASA researcher Leena Ilmola-Sheppard sat in on the OECD High Level Risk Forum, and came away with some new thoughts and questions about how governments approach risk management. Continue reading →
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1:54 PM | Hōkūle‘a: Making a Grand Entrance in Auckland
After several exciting weeks of traversing the Northland of Aotearoa (New Zealand) and interacting with incredible communities all throughout, our leg of the Worldwide Voyage finally concluded with a sail into Auckland, the capital city, and a day of ceremonies.
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3:36 AM | New Research on Tree Rings as Indicators of Past Climate
A new study has recently been published that looks at the ecology of bristlecone pine growth at Sheep Mountain, and the tree ring signal those trees produce, at high altitudes in the Southwestern US. This is important because tree rings are an often used proxyindicator for reconstructing past climates. Those who keep track of the…

December 17, 2014

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10:00 PM | New York State Bans Fracking
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he would ban hydraulic fracking in New York State, citing health concerns about the controversial oil and gas drilling technique.
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8:43 PM | ESA Policy News December 17: Congress passes “CRomnibus” spending bill, Senate committee chairs announced, US Census public comment opportunity
Here are some highlights from the latest ESA Policy New […]
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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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5:45 PM | 2014 may be the warmest year on record
In early December I wrote a post called “2014 will not be the warmest year on record, but global warming is still real.” The very first thing I said in that post is that I was going out on a limb. I also discussed whether or not one year mattered, and I discussed the nature…
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5:45 PM | From Goat Herding to Lion Conservation: The Story of a Samburu Warrior. Part 1
Meet Jeneria Lekilelei, a young Samburu warrior who comes from the Sasaab area in Westgate Community Conservancy, Samburu, Kenya. Jeneria started working with Ewaso Lions in 2008 as a Lion Scout and has since taken a substantial leadership role in his current position as Field Operations and Community Manager. Jeneria is a wildlife hero and…
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5:24 PM | The best science books of 2014: Biology | @GrrlScientist
Today, I share a list of what I consider to be the best popular biological sciences books of the year, hoping that you’ll find lots of interesting and unusual ideas for all the biology buffs on your holiday gift-giving list!Continuing on with the theme I started recently, I am naming some of the popular science books in the biological sciences that I think are the best of 2014. The biological sciences are an even larger genre and more difficult-to-define than is nature writing, but it […]
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5:24 PM | The best science books of 2014: Biology | @GrrlScientist
Today, I share a list of what I consider to be the best popular biological sciences books of the year, hoping that you’ll find lots of interesting and unusual ideas for all the biology buffs on your holiday gift-giving list!Continuing on with the theme I started recently, I am naming some of the popular science books in the biological sciences that I think are the best of 2014. The biological sciences are an even larger genre and more difficult-to-define than is nature writing, but it […]
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2:43 PM | Snow-Laden-Trees in Central Park
This post is the last in the Click! Click! Click! Series which profiles interesting photographic moments that Kike captures during his travels.   Man in red coat under a canopy of snow-laden-trees.   This photograph is available at the National Geographic Online Store. Follow Kike Calvo on Blog,  Facebook, Twitter, Web, Tumblr, LinkedIn or Instagram.
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1:46 PM | Study: Reduced emissions from electric cars could prevent thousands of deaths
When compared with gasoline-powered cars, vehicles fueled with electricity from renewable sources could cut air pollution-related deaths by 70 percent, according to a new study, which noted that air pollution is the country’s greatest environmental health threat.
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1:44 PM | Rocky Mountain Institute and Carbon War Room Join Forces
Today Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), brain-child of famed energy thinker Amory Lovins, and Carbon War Room (CWR), the five-year old climate change outfit of Sir Richard Branson, merged to create a... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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10:40 AM | Vote For Cape Parrot As SA’s Favourite Bird!
Click here to Vote for CAPE PARROT as South Africa’s favourite bird! The green-and gold Cape Parrot is our national parrot and are only found here, yet most South Africans do not even know they exists. Our Cape Parrot is Africa’s most Endangered parrot species with around 1,000 Cape Parrots remaining in the wild. Their fate is forever linked to…
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12:28 AM | Forecast For 2015: Western States Face Enduring Water Crisis
New data will reveal the actual scale of groundwater resources…

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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11:15 PM | Researchers keep an eye on walrus ice preferences
To walruses, ice means life. It’s their home base, their mating ground, and their transportation. As climate change threatens the extent of ocean ice, a new study takes a first step at determining how changing ice conditions are influencing walrus dynamics.
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8:00 PM | Chocoholics rejoice! It’s (mostly) good news
We’ve all heard claims chocolate is healthy. But if you’re anything like me, you’ve wondered if that’s a vicious rumour started by a chocolate multinational. I’m delighted to tell you in fact scientists have found plenty of evidence for the health benefits of chocolate eaten in moderation. But there are a few things you need […]
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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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6:13 PM | pbsdigitalstudios: Why People Don’t Believe In Climate...
pbsdigitalstudios: Why People Don’t Believe In Climate Science. Have you watched my latest video yet? Find out why some people don’t believe in climate science: 
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