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October 01, 2014

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2:20 PM | Massive Congregation Of 35,000 Walruses Linked To Climate Change
As Arctic sea ice habitats melt away, Pacific walruses are foraging in more coastal areas and using beaches for resting. It's a problem that's getting progressively worse, leading to a completely new behavior seen in the species — massive accumulations of walruses packed onto a single shore. Read more...

September 30, 2014

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10:33 PM | The World Has Lost HALF of Its Wildlife In the Past 40 Years, According to the WWF
The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) made a truly heartbreaking announcement yesterday: according to a new analysis, the number of wild animals living on our planet has been reduced by half in just the past 40 years. The findings come from extensive research done by scientists at the WWF and the Zoological Society of London. The report states that creatures, both on land and in the water, have been decimated by unsustainable hunting practices. At the same time, industrial […]
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7:15 PM | Climate Change Linked to Extreme Weather in 2013
Man-made climate change stoked some of 2013's most extreme heat on the planet, a new report shows.
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6:51 PM | Missing Isotopes: What’s Happening in the World’s Highest Glaciers?
On the roof of the world in Tibet, Natalie Kehrwald and her colleagues have made a surprising discovery about climate and glaciers.
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5:40 PM | Scientists use fiber-optic cables to measure ice loss in Antarctic
Fiber-optic cables like the ones that bring television and Internet into millions of homes are now being used to measure how fast ice shelves in Antarctica are melting, according to new research. Researchers installed moorings containing fiber-optic cables hundreds of meters down into the McMurdo Ice Shelf in West Antarctica to collect temperature information about the base of the ice shelf, where the thick platform of floating ice meets the ocean. The sensors were able to measure mere […]
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12:53 PM | IPC4 Day 1 – Using the past to inform the present
Welcome to the fourth International Palaeontology Congress! 900 palaeontologists have piled into the land of steak, sun, and malbec in Mendoza, Argentina, for the biggest palaeontology conference that draws from all parts of the field. What I want to do with these posts is just provide snapshot summaries of the talks I’ve been at to […]
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12:26 PM | New Poison Dart Frog from Panama
A bright orange poison dart frog with a unique call was discovered in Donoso, Panama, and described by researchers from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Instituteand […] The post New Poison Dart Frog from Panama appeared first on Smithsonian Science.
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12:19 PM | Greenland Is the New Black
By Susan Cosier Greenland has never been green, but its massive glaciers aren’t white anymore, either. The icy island is turning black with soot (possibly the combination of increased wildfires in the Arctic, dust, microbes, and fewer winter snowstorms to refresh the whiteness). Glaciologist Jason Box took these these photos over the summer during his crowd-funded scientific expedition, Dark Snow. The besmirched ice isn’t just unsightly. […]
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11:01 AM | Diversity of resident crabs is key to coral survival
Imagine sitting down at your favorite restaurant when something under the table begins painfully pinching and snipping at your toes. This is basically how T. […] The post Diversity of resident crabs is key to coral survival appeared first on Smithsonian Science.
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7:24 AM | The Devil In The Climate Change Details
  Greenland is melting, the oceans are warming, the sea is rising (and becoming more acidic), and the Arctic sea ice is in a serious decline (that seems to be faster than predicted). These are all things that those who work in climate science understand and accept. They also accept that they are almost certainly being caused by rising greenhouse gases in our atmosphere. Yes, large portions of the public may not …
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12:52 AM | There’s nothing quite like renewables: Modeling indicates natural gas production will not reduce future greenhouse gas emissions as hoped
Appropriate and useful climate policy-making requires accurate and reliable data about the future.  Nowhere is this more important than when setting carbon emission standards and projecting percentages of each energy source to match energy needs (coal, natural gas, nuclear, renewables, etc.). … Continue reading →

Steven J Davis and Robert H Socolow (2014). Commitment accounting of CO2 emissions, Environmental Research Letters, 9 (084018)

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12:13 AM | The Slow-Motion Train Wreck of Industrial Civilization
Originally posted on Collapse of Industrial Civilization:The linear thinking that has dominated Western civilization since the Enlightenment has become a death trap for mankind in the 21st century. The dynamic system of the Earth’s biosphere with its many interconnected…

September 29, 2014

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9:40 PM | California's Ongoing Drought Linked To Climate Change
Using a sophisticated combination of computer simulations and statistical techniques, scientists at Stanford University have shown that the extreme atmospheric conditions associated with California's lengthy drought are likely caused by today's global warming conditions. Read more...
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9:15 PM | The silly logic that congress has about climate change You may...
The silly logic that congress has about climate change You may have already seen the full segment on The Daily Show (you should if you haven’t) where John Stewart critiques a recent hearing held by the House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology. It echoes a commencement speech that President Obama gave last spring at UC Irvine: Today’s Congress is full of folks who stubbornly and automatically reject the scientific evidence about climate change.  They […]
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7:35 PM | Interview With Climate Scientist Michael Mann
As you know, I do the occasional science-related interview on Minnesota Atheist Talk Radio, on Radio AM 950. (See this for a list of all, or at least most, of the work I’ve done with that show.) On Sunday October 5th at the ungodly hour of 9:00 AM Central Time, I’ll be interviewing Michael Mann,…
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7:16 PM | This year, sea ice records are being set in the Antarctic
Lots of ice surrounds Antarctica, while Arctic melt moderates.
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5:48 PM | September 28, 2014: Meeting A Mountain Legend, Skiing First-Descents in Greenland and More
This week on National Geographic Weekend radio, join host Boyd Matson and his guests as they break human endurance records climbing mountains, win the Google Science Fair, eat like our ancestors, ski first descents in Greenland, vaccinate our children, chase endangered hogs in Uganda, and record a dying language.
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4:10 PM | Anti-Science NRO and CEI File New Briefs, Get It Wrong Again
This is about the law suit filed by Michael Mann against the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the National Review, Mark Steyn, and Rand Simberg because of accusations they made that were actionable. Michael Halpern summarized: Competitive Enterprise Institute’s space technology and policy analyst, Rand Simberg, recently wrote a blog post in which he compared Penn State…
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4:04 PM | Photographing the Global Reef Expedition: Australia’s Great Barrier Reef
This article is brought to you by the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP). Read our other articles on the National Geographic News Watch blog featuring the work of our iLCP Fellow Photographers all around the world. Text and photos by iLCP Fellow Jürgen Freund on expedition with iLCP partner, The Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation. In 2003, my wife…
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3:54 PM | Breaking Bio Episode 67 – Autotrophs, roll out! with Dr. Hope Jahren
  Tom talks to Dr. Hope Jahren from the University of Hawaii Manoa about her work on plants and how they deal with changing climates, both in recent years and long in the past. Learn more about Hope’s research & read her excellent writing at: Lab webpage Personal blog – Hope Jahren Sure Can Write (she’s(...)
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1:36 PM | Map Monday: Will Global Warming Drown Your Hometown?
You may recently have read about climate change and North Carolina for all the wrong reasons, entailing laws designed to forbid the mentioning of the term “climate change” as well as outright banning... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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10:17 AM | The science of The Simpsons podcast
Al Jean and David X Cohen of The Simpsons and Futurama reveal the maths behind the hit animation series Continue reading...

September 28, 2014

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7:44 PM | How Melty Was The Arctic Sea This Year?
The Arctic Sea is covered with ice during the winter, and some of it melts off every summer. Over recent years the amount of melt has been increasing. This is the time of year we may want to look at Arctic Sea ice because by late September it has reached its annual minimum and is…
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5:56 PM | In The California Drought, These Animals Are The Silent Sufferers
With no end in sight and hopes pinned on a wet winter, the California drought has left an entire community dependent on bottled water provisions, threatened farmers’ livelihoods and prompted a $7.5 billion water bond measure. Amid those chal… Source: … Continue reading →
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1:51 PM | Next "Noah's Ark" Will Be Patchwork...
...of:Travel corridors for animals, seed banks, assisted migration: An Ark for the #Anthropocene http://t.co/SVWdC5ih5x #conservation— Barbara J King (@bjkingape) September 28, 2014"...the world’s species are disappearing as much as 1,000 times faster than the rate at which species naturally go extinct." - New York Times - Sunday Review "In 2008, Connie Barlow, a biologist and conservationist, helped move an endangered conifer tree in Florida north by planting seedlings in cooler […]

September 27, 2014

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9:37 PM | Thinking Big About Clean Energy
I want to put a solar panel on my roof so that I am releasing less greenhouse gas into the environment. But then I hear that manufacturing solar panels causes the release of greenhouse gasses, so I have to subtract that from the good I think I’m doing. But then I realize that the people…
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7:15 PM | Scientists, We Do Trust You, Even If You Could Be a Little Warmer
In a study published online before print in PNAS on September 15 this year, Susan Fiske and Cydney Dupree from the psychology and public affairs department at Princeton University explore how credible, warm and competent Americans find scientists. Why? Because in their expanding role as communicators, scientists need to engage people’s emotions and values as well as their ‘brains.’ And to do so, scientists as communicators need the public’s trust. “Science […]
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7:15 PM | Scientists, We Do Trust You, Even If You Could Be a Little Warmer
In a study published online before print in PNAS on September 15 this year, Susan Fiske and Cydney Dupree from the psychology and public affairs department at Princeton University explore how credible, warm and competent Americans find scientists. Why? Because in their expanding role as communicators, scientists need to engage people’s emotions and values as well as their ‘brains.’ And to do so, scientists as communicators need the public’s trust. “Science […]
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7:15 PM | Scientists, We Do Trust You, Even If You Could Be a Little Warmer
In a study published online before print in PNAS on September 15 this year, Susan Fiske and Cydney Dupree from the psychology and public affairs department at Princeton University explore how credible, warm and competent Americans find scientists. Why? Because in their expanding role as communicators, scientists need to engage people’s emotions and values as well as their ‘brains.’ And to do so, scientists as communicators need the public’s trust. “Science […]

September 26, 2014

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6:59 PM | This Week in EPA Science
By Kacey Fitzpatrick With more than 300,000 people turning out for the People’s Climate March in New York City and leaders from around the world meeting for the United Nations Climate Summit, climate change has been big news this week.  It was also Climate Action Week at EPA, starting with Administrator Gina McCarthy’s message: Climate […]
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