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August 29, 2014

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6:51 PM | More trouble with tar sands: oil extraction leading to big forest loss in Alberta
Tar sands operations have been the subject of much controversy over the past few years as expected economic gains for Canada the may come at the cost of environmental damage from the proposed Keystone XL pipeline and increased greenhouse gas emissions. Now another negative impact has come to light - deforestation of the boreal forest overlying the oil deposits.
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5:26 PM | Whether in Iceland or on Mars, Follow the Water
Bethany Ehlmann is touring with students in Iceland to learn more about the dynamic geological processes that mold and carve our planet in order to gain insight on other planets, particularly Mars. Crystals and underground rivers speak of the cycle of fire and ice.
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4:07 PM | Weekend Reads: New Jersey Gone Wild, California’s Bivalve Battle, Louisiana’s Disappearing Act
By Jason Bittel The Lion Sleeps TonightBaboons and tigers don’t usually spring to mind when you think of New Jersey, but for a brief period in the 70s, Warner Brothers operated an ill-fated (and ill-conceived) animal theme park there. The park’s problems were myriad, but the fact that one visitor lost an ear to a lion gives you an idea of just how poorly the place was managed. More recently, Jen Miller returned to the ruins of “Jungle […]
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6:00 AM | Libertarian ideology is the natural enemy of science | David Robert Grimes
Whether the issue is climate change, healthcare or gun control, libertarians are on a permanent collision course with evidenceThe observation that science and politics make uneasy and often treacherous bedfellows is hardly revelatory. In science, all hypotheses must withstand the trial-by-fire of experiment; its methodology is self-correcting and objective, unconcerned with petty prejudices or personal conviction. Politics, by contrast, is deeply entangled with ideology it is not bound to […]
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6:00 AM | Libertarian ideology is the natural enemy of science | David Robert Grimes
Whether the issue is climate change, healthcare or gun control, libertarians are on a permanent collision course with evidenceThe observation that science and politics make uneasy and often treacherous bedfellows is hardly revelatory. In science, all hypotheses must withstand the trial-by-fire of experiment; its methodology is self-correcting and objective, unconcerned with petty prejudices or personal conviction. Politics, by contrast, is deeply entangled with ideology it is not bound to […]
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12:46 AM | Ohio lawmakers lack science education, want to be sure everyone else does too
Once again, nonscientists are dictating how to do science. They are mistaken. And they have an agenda. Ohio lawmakers want to limit the teaching of the scientific process. The bill, currently under consideration by the Ohio Assembly, is intended to revoke a previous approval of the Common Core educational standards, which target math and literacy.… Source: Doubtful News

August 28, 2014

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8:34 PM | Obama May Use Executive Power to Forge International Climate Change Deal as U.N. Draft Report Paints Stark Climate Picture
A leaked draft of a report by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warns that global warming is already affecting all continents and that additional pollution from heat-trapping gases will worsen the situation. “Continued emission of greenhouse gases will cause further warming and long-lasting changes in all components of the climate system, increasing the…
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7:42 PM | Reduce, Reuse and Re-(bi)cycle
Audra Stark plans to pedal 300 miles from New York City to Washington, D.C., from Sept. 20-24 to raise money for The Earth Institute and other organizations working on the issues of climate, environment and transportation. “Too often I’ve found myself and others complaining about and debating an issue without taking action in our daily lives," she said. "Joining Climate Ride is one more way I can act on my lifelong concern about climate change, and take a further step on my personal […]
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6:55 PM | Accounting for the Expanding Carbon Shadow from Coal-Burning Plants
A pitch for considering a lifetime's worth of carbon dioxide emissions when examining power plants in the context of climate change.
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3:00 PM | The U.S. Southwest Could Soon Experience Decades-Long "Megadroughts"
During the 1930s, America's High Plains were ravaged by an 8-year long drought, resulting in the dreaded Dust Bowl. Scientists now warn that, owing to global warming, this could happen again — and that by next century many parts of the world could experience "megadroughts" lasting for several decades.Read more...
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11:13 AM | Cities as a Glimpse of the Future
How researchers learned that cities may serve as a crystal ball for the impact of climate change on an important insect pest.

August 27, 2014

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9:55 PM | Could Climate Change Cause Deadly Epidemics?
Scientists warn that a potentially deadly disease may spread from the tropics to temperate areas of Europe as the result of climate change. Continue reading →
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9:39 PM | Climate change research roundup: hiding heat in the Atlantic and the Arctic carbon cycle
The most recent issue of Science has two new reports on the so-called global warming hiatus and the carbon cycle in the Arctic, both of which are central to discussions of climate change and where temperature increases are being seen around … Continue reading →

Cory, R., Ward, C., Crump, B. & Kling, G. (2014). Sunlight controls water column processing of carbon in arctic fresh waters, Science, 345 (6199) 925-928. DOI: 10.1126/science.1253119

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9:13 PM | Oceans Agency Lists 20 Coral Species as Threatened
Twenty coral species, facing harms from global warming, coastal pollution and other perils are listed as threatened by the federal oceans agency.
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8:41 PM | Cut Carbon, Breathe Easier, Live Longer
By Brian Palmer What if I offered you an investment that would make us all healthier, save thousands of lives, and pay for itself? It would be hard to turn down a deal like that. According to a new study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, there is such an investment, and it’s called cap and trade—the market-based plan to reduce carbon pollution that is still somehow controversial, despite the benefits it offers to human health, the […]
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7:46 PM | To See Past Climate, Read Between the Clam’s Lines
This is the second is a series of three posts from researchers’ expedition to northern Norway. Read others in the series here. Fieldwork anywhere in the world is risky business, no less so here at the island of Ingøya off the north tip of Norway, where Arctic storms can blow up out of nowhere and […]The post To See Past Climate, Read Between the Clam’s Lines appeared first on Field Notes.
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3:33 PM | Irreversible damage from climate change seen in leaked UN paper
Greenhouse gas and other human impacts have created a global emergency. Continue reading →
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2:59 PM | Bardarbunga: Jokulhaups Alert!
In Iceland, Bethany Ehlmann is touring with students to learn more about the dynamic geological processes that mold and carve our planet in order to learn about other planets, particularly Mars. As the recent earthquakes around Bardarbunga intensify and eruption appears imminent, warnings of Jokulhaups ring from the dells.
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2:30 PM | The Only Photos You Need to Understand Just How Dry California Is Right Now
By Jason Bittel I could explain how bad the California drought is by citing meteorological records, water table levels, or degrees of snowpack, but who needs numbers when you’ve got pictures like these? These two photographs (and there's more like them) of Bidwell Marina—taken by Paul Hames and Justin Sullivan, respectively—are worth 1,000 tables and graphs. The top image is from the summer of 2011. The bottom is the marina last week.Other […]
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11:29 AM | Poverty eradication and climate change: Is there a conflict?
Many people associate raising living standards in developing countries with increases in greenhouse gas emissions. New research by IIASA's Narasimha Rao shows that may not be the case. Continue reading →
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9:00 AM | Climate Change Communication: Taking the Temperature (Part 1)
Editor's Note: This is a guest blog post by Kirk Englehardt (@kirkenglehardt). Kirk is Director of Research Communication and Marketing for the Georgia Institute of Technology. He blogs about strategic communication & #scicomm on LinkedIn and The Strategy Room.  He also curates and shares #scicomm content, which can be found on Flipboard, Pinterest, Google+ and Facebook.  Introduction: A few weeks ago, I was chatting with a college friend who now works as a […]

August 26, 2014

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9:05 PM | The Keeling Curve
The Keeling Curve is the measurement of CO2 in the Earth’s atmosphere. As we burn fossil fuel or damage “Carbon sinks” we increase that number. The Keeling curve is at the root of much of the science of global warming. It goes up over time because of the release of fossil Carbon, and it wiggles…
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5:38 PM | Heating up the fishbowl: Climate change threatens endangered Devils Hole pupfish
Climate change is hurting reproduction of the critically endangered Devils Hole pupfish, threatening the survival of the already small population, new research shows.
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5:08 PM | August 24, 2014: How to Survive a Deadly Avalanche, Remembering Fallen War Reporters in Song and More
This week on National Geographic Weekend, join host Boyd Matson and his guests as they survive an avalanche while skiing in Washington, save the environment while winning the Stanley Cup, uncover the tombs of powerful women in the Andes, pay tribute to a pair of fallen war correspondents, sleep on a stranger's couch, herd reindeer in the Russian arctic, and hold the jaws of crocodiles while we test just how hard they can bite.
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4:44 PM | Ohio lawmakers want to limit the teaching of the scientific process
Sponsor endorses ID, wants to bar "political... interpretation of scientific facts."
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3:46 PM | Climate change from an investor’s perspective
Useful angle to think about climate change from an investor’s perspective. Investors are always balancing risk and maybe this is a great way to think about climate change. http://www.dailyclimate.org/tdc-newsroom/2013/10/climate-market-fluctuations As this article demonstrates, when you look at global temperature means … Continue reading →
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3:28 PM | A Closer Look at Turbulent Oceans and Greenhouse Heating
Climate science homes in on the oceans' role in driving wiggles in global warming.

August 25, 2014

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9:00 PM | Welcoming Hōkūle’a to American Samoa With Dr. Sylvia Earle
Daniel Lin and Dr. Sylvia Earle (National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence) team up to write about their experience of greeting Hōkūle'a and Hikianalia in American Samoa, and to reflect on the health of the ocean there.

August 24, 2014

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9:05 PM | Can the World Really Set Aside Half of the Planet for Wildlife?
The eminent evolutionary biologist E.O. Wilson has an audacious vision for saving Earth from a cataclysmic extinction event. Save half! Continue reading →
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8:48 AM | Volcanoes and climate change
What happens to the atmosphere when volcanoes erupt? Can volcanic eruptions lead to climate change? In 2010 the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull in south Iceland brought air traffic in northern Europe to a standstill for almost seven days. Now, the Bárðarbunga volcano, which has erupted beneath the Dyngjujökull glacier in central Iceland, is being intensively studied by scientists. On average, there are around 50-60 volcanic eruptions around the world each year. When volcanoes […]
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