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January 29, 2015

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9:14 AM | Reef Roulette
Isn’t coral reef conservation hard enough without having to also constantly re-invent yourself for every swing of the funding pendulum? Well your friends here at Deep Sea News sympathize, so we’ve come up with this handy online answer to your restricted funding woes! Simply spin the wheels below to select your Reef Threat, your Brand […]

January 28, 2015

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7:00 PM | Thunderstorms Helping Bring Ozone Down to Earth
Thunderstorms allow ozone, a potent greenhouse gas, to trickle down from the stratosphere, new research finds. And severe storms are likely to increase as the planet warms.
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4:43 PM | What happened to the Blizzard of 2015?
What happened to the Blizzard of 2015? Well, it happened. Despite breathless complaining about how the forecasters got it all wrong, they didn’t. As the storm was predicted, there should have been close to about two feet of snow in the New York City metropolitan area, but as it turns out, there was between 8…
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1:05 PM | CSIRO, BOM research shows how climate change will affect Australia
According to the CSIRO report, in Australia specifically, oceans will become much warmer and more acidic. Cyclones will decrease, but when they do occur they will be significantly fiercer and occur further south. Droughts will become more intense and ‘severe’ bushfire ratings will become more common. Continue reading →
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11:59 AM | Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #75
Wow! We are almost there! Nearly 860,000 Wild Bird Enthusiasts on our Facebook page and counting… This is the 75th edition of the “Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week” and represents one of the best wild bird photograph collections I have ever seen. This is a testament to how far this community has come and…
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12:00 AM | Science Book a Day Interviews Naomi Oreskes
Special thanks to Naomi Oreskes for answering 6 questions about the book she co-authored with Erik Conway, which we recently featured – The Collapse of Western Civilization: A View from the Future Naomi Oreskes is Professor of […]

January 27, 2015

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10:24 PM | A Climate Hawk Separates Energy Thought Experiments from Road Maps
A progressive "climate hawk" says simplified road maps for solving the climate challenge are counterproductive.
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10:00 PM | Australia Is Heating Up Faster Than The Rest Of The World
Researchers predict Australia will warm up faster than any other country in the world. In a report released January 27 from Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and…
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9:49 PM | Four Revolutions in the Earth Sciences
James Lawrence Powell is a former geology professor, college president and museum director. He is currently the executive director of the US National Physical Science Consortium. He is also an excellent communicator of science for the general reader. I reviewed two of his climate change-related books back in 2011 here and here. His latest book, Four […]
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9:18 PM | Climate projections show Australia is heading for a much warmer future
Australia is on track for up to 1.7C of warming this century IF the world curbs its greenhouse emissions. Working with BOM, we've released the most comprehensive climate change projections to date.
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4:33 PM | What Makes This Storm So Extreme?
While the Blizzard of '15 didn't turn out to be quite the snowpocalyse that was forecast, it still hit parts of the Northeast pretty hard. What makes a winter storm like this so intense? Continue reading →
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4:01 PM | More on the Great Blizzard of 2015
The Blizzard continues. The center of the low pressure system moved to the northeast more than expected, so the maximum snowfall amounts have also moved deeper into New England, and it the storm may end up dropping the largest amounts Downeast, in Maine, rather than around New York and southern New England. Nonetheless maximum snow…
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3:25 PM | Melting, Not Meteorite, Caused Crater in Antarctica
A mysterious crater discovered in East Antarctica last month likely formed beneath a leaky meltwater lake.
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1:50 PM | "Coal Ash, Climate Change & the Zoo"
"Challenges Await New DENR Secretary" "From the state zoo to coal ash, from aquariums to climate change, the DENR secretary [Donald van der Vaart] has plenty to worry about." "... his predecessor....John Skvarla – became a polarizing figure almost immediately upon his appointment in 2013. He spoke of DENR becoming more “customer-friendly” and he told WRAL-TV there was not a scientific consensus on oil being a finite resource."
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5:43 AM | Juno Winter Storm arrives in New York City
This post is the last in the Click! Click! Click! Series which profiles interesting photographic moments that Kike captures during his travels. As Juno, the potentially historic winter storm setting in from New York City to Boston, gains strength and forces a shut down of most services across its 250-mile span, the city that never sleeps is asked to retire for a day or…
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12:40 AM | Latest round of science education bills hits the state legislatures
See if your state is partaking in the silliness.

January 26, 2015

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8:15 PM | What A Warming World Means for Major Snowstorms
As the climate changes, extreme snowfalls may become a bigger proportion of all snowstorms.
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7:01 PM | Accounting for natural capital on financial exchanges
Last month, Norway's stock exchange, the Oslo Børs, introduced a way for investors to use their money to promote sustainability. A new list by the stock exchange highlights green bonds, financial products issued by companies to raise capital for environmentally friendly projects. Notably, the list requires that issuing companies obtain and publicize outside opinions on the projects' environmental features.
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6:47 PM | The Great Blizzard of 2015: Fair to say it is AGW amplified.
About 20 million people are currently under a blizzard warning, and double that under a winter weather advisory, for a storm moving into the Northeast today and tomorrow, with snow falling though Wednesday. Thousands of flights have been cancelled. Wind will be at tropical storm force, and occasionally, hurricane force, and coastal flooding is expected…
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5:07 PM | NOAA Paraguay Data Accusation
A video by Kevin Cowtan about Christopher Booker‘s accusations of data tampering. A quick response to an article by Christopher Booker in the Telegraph. The video features a prototype tool for investigating the global temperature record. This tool will be made available with the upcoming MOOC, Making Sense of Climate Science Denial (http://gci.uq.edu.au/mooc), where we…
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4:01 PM | Distinctive sounds announce iceberg births
Underwater sounds can be used to detect different ways glaciers lose ice as they flow into the ocean, giving scientists new insight into these poorly understood events, according to new research.
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4:00 PM | Atlantic, Pacific Fish Face Mixing as Arctic Warms
The Atlantic Cod could displace valuable Alaskan fish as the natural barrier of the Arctic Ocean warms with climate change.
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12:00 PM | Earth Shots: Must See Planet Pics (Jan. 26)
This week: a salute to the platypus, a fire burns for 5,000 years, and a town in Argentina sinks -- then reappears.

January 25, 2015

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11:00 PM | California Drought Worsening During Height of Rainy Season
And today a potentially record snowstorm approaches the Eastern U. S. (http://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/comment.html?entrynum=2902). Continue reading →
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8:35 PM | Will the ocean follow the land? Marine ecosystems at a tipping point to follow terrestrial defaunation
I’m late on this, but still an important story to discuss…a review in Science last week highlights the precipice on which we as a society perch regarding the potential massive loss of marine ecosystems.  The article reviews similar signs in … Continue reading →

McCauley, D., Pinsky, M., Palumbi, S., Estes, J., Joyce, F. & Warner, R. (2015). Marine defaunation: Animal loss in the global ocean, Science, 347 (6219) 1255641-1255641. DOI: 10.1126/science.1255641

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8:35 PM | Will the ocean follow the land? Marine ecosystems at a tipping point to follow terrestrial defaunation
I’m late on this, but still an important story to discuss…a review in Science last week highlights the precipice on which we as a society perch regarding the potential massive loss of marine ecosystems.  The article reviews similar signs in … Continue reading →

McCauley, D., Pinsky, M., Palumbi, S., Estes, J., Joyce, F. & Warner, R. (2015). Marine defaunation: Animal loss in the global ocean, Science, 347 (6219) 1255641-1255641. DOI: 10.1126/science.1255641

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January 24, 2015

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3:00 PM | Melting Glaciers Pose a Carbon Menace
Melting glaciers pose another threat beyond sea level rise. They will dump massive amounts of organic carbon into the world's oceans, altering ecosystems.

January 23, 2015

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11:52 PM | Fracking and climate change: solution or cause?
Hydraulic fracturing, better known as “fracking,” has reshaped energy in North America in the last decade - making it possible to extract oil and natural gas from traditionally hard areas to drill. Whether the emergence of this technique is for better or worse is still a hotly debated topic.Proponents argue that along with more affordable and domestic energy, fracking decreases greenhouse gas emissions, therefore slowing climate change.  A recent modelby the Pacific Northwest […]
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8:23 PM | saveplanetearth: 350.org One of the better moments during the...
saveplanetearth: 350.org One of the better moments during the POTUS’ SOTU address.
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7:00 PM | Boston’s Got Gas as Methane Seeps from City
In Boston, methane emissions from aging pipes and other sources may be more than double official state estimates for the city, according to a Harvard University study.
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