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October 24, 2014

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11:52 PM | Saying Good-bye to the Glaciers of Glacier National Park
The view north from Logan Pass in Glacier National ParkMake no mistake about it. Glacier National Park is one of the most spectacular parks in the United States, and indeed is one of my favorite places on planet Earth. That said, it's losing something important, and the change is profound.How many animals are in this picture?When I was a child, I loved museums, but I knew there was a big difference between seeing a stuffed animal in a quiet exhibit hall versus seeing one in the wild. A living, […]
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3:37 PM | Tiny, Carbon-Scrubbing Champ Under Attack
Phytoplankton remove and store half the world's carbon, but they're under attack from rising ocean temperatures and viruses. Continue reading →
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1:40 PM | Hurricane Sandy restoration saves shorebirds, ‘living fossils’ they rely on
When Hurricane Sandy hit the U.S. East Coast two years ago, it threatened the survival of a 400-million-year-old crab species and about a million shorebirds that rely on the crabs’ eggs for nourishment during long migrations. Retreating storm waters took with them 60 to 90 centimeters (two to three feet) of sand from the Delaware Bay beaches where horseshoe crabs lay eggs and left behind piles of debris, destroying 70 percent of the crab’s prime nesting zones in the area.
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12:28 PM | When the Rainforests Run Dry
By Susan Cosier If you thought the California drought was bad (and it is), take a look at what's happening in southeastern Brazil. These satellite images of the Jaguari Reservoir—one of the main water sources for São Paulo, South America's largest city—show how much water levels have dropped in just one year. In the lower photo, taken in August, the resevoir is only at 3 to 5 percent of its carrying capacity. São Paulo, home […]

October 23, 2014

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11:00 PM | What Will Winter Hold for Drought-Plagued California?
El Nino probably won't bring California drought-busting winter rains, but the news may not be all bad.
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8:02 PM | Different Worlds, Connected by Climate Change
By Brian Palmer Life in Thule, Greenland, and the Pacific nation of Tuvalu couldn’t be more different. At 750 miles above the Arctic Circle, Thule is among the northernmost inhabited places on earth. In July it reaches an average high of 52 degrees. Tuvalu is a tropical island where the temperature rarely drops below 75, even in the middle of the night. But the two seaside communities have at least one thing in common: Climate change threatens them […]
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5:43 PM | Arctic Sea Ice Extent
Arctic Sea Ice extent continues to be a problem. This year, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center, ARctic Sea ice reached its lowest extent this year on September 17th, which is about the sixth lowest extent on record, following a multi-year trend of decline. There is variation from year to year. This…
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4:16 PM | Climate Change Communication: Taking the Temperature (Part 9) with Scott Mandia
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 In this series of interviews, prominent climate scientists share how and […]
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1:39 AM | When was the last 17 year long hiatus (pause) in global warming?
Some time in the 1970s. I keep hearing about this 17 year long pause in global warming. So I went and looked. I did a regression analysis of the last 17 full years of surface temperatures from the GISS database. There is an upward trend in warming during this period and it is statistically significant.…

October 22, 2014

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9:10 PM | What’s the Deal With Europe’s Climate Talks?
European leaders are set to make important decisions this week about the continent's energy future.
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6:46 PM | ‘Extreme Whether’ Explores the Climate Fight as a Family Feud
A new play tries to engage audiences on global warming through a family feud over fossil fuels, dying frogs and melting ice.
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6:42 PM | Whistleblower Who Exposed White House Tampering with Climate Science Dies
Rick Piltz passed away last Saturday. He spent decades working in the federal government and state government in Texas, and was a prominent whistleblower during the Bush administration. He later... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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11:42 AM | Antarctica’s Lost Photo Albums
By Susan Cosier Flipping through old family albums can remind you where you come from, and that goes for NASA, too. The space agency is getting a peek at its history—and the history of our planet—with hundreds of thousands of old satellite photographs. The long forgotten magnetic tapes and photographic film have been sitting in boxes and collecting dust for five decades at the National Climatic Data Center. Along with early snapshots of the Aral […]
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11:00 AM | Polar Vortex Spiked U.S. CO2 Emissions in 2013
Largely as a result of trying to keep warm from that Arctic chill, carbon dioxide emitted from burning energy in the U.S. increased 2.5 percent in 2013 over the previous year.

October 21, 2014

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7:19 PM | Corn Belt Pollution: Louisiana Shrimp And Oysters Pay The Price
By Meg Wilcox Senior Manager, Communications, Ceres The Croatian Pride pushes off the dock and cuts slowly through the grey Gulf of Mexico, its engine growling. The air hangs thick and steamy, and the movement of the 40-foot oyster boat brings relief as it breezes past marshy areas where blue herons stand sentinel. The boat’s…
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5:24 PM | What can we do about climate change?
I could rephrase this question. What should we do about climate change. The reason I might rephrase this is because we may not ben that sure of what we can do, but we should do something. Or, more accurately, some things. There are a lot of possible things we can do, and we have little…
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5:19 PM | The Biggest Loser: Shark Edition
By Jason Bittel Are you an overweight shark having trouble saying no to second, third, and fourth helpings? Do you stay up late at night slamming squid juice after squid juice? Are you consumed by the constant desire to find, hunt, and devour prey in a way that has haters calling you an “eating machine” behind your back?Well, do I have the thing for you—it’s called the Ocean Acidification Diet!This amazing diet has already been […]
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4:22 PM | Is There Room for Agreement on the Merits and Limits of Efficient Lighting
Seeking constructive dialogue on the merits and limits of clean, efficient lighting.
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4:15 PM | El Nino Brings Floods, Risks -- and Opportunities
El Nino ups the odds of flooding in some spots, but that information could provide opportunities.
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1:39 PM | The Heat is On: 2014 Headed for Warmest Year on Record
Last week, a NASA update pegged September as the warmest on record. Now, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has concurred — and reported that 2014 is on track to be the be the warmest year since record keeping began in 1880. NOAA also reports  that the January through September period was tied with 1998 […]The post The Heat is On: 2014 Headed for Warmest Year on Record appeared first on ImaGeo.
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1:39 PM | The Heat is On: 2014 Headed for Warmest Year on Record
Last week, a NASA update pegged September as the warmest on record. Now, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has concurred — and reported that 2014 is on track to be the be the warmest year since record keeping began in 1880. NOAA also reports  that the January through September period was tied with 1998 […]The post The Heat is On: 2014 Headed for Warmest Year on Record appeared first on ImaGeo.
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1:30 PM | Article using tin foil, cling wrap to debunk ocean warming retracted after urgent peer review
A conference proceedings paper that attempted to debunk ocean warming due to climate change using tin foil and cling wrap has been retracted by the Wessex Institute of Technology (WIT) Press. The paper, “A Comparison Of The Efficacy Of Greenhouse Gas Forcing And Solar Forcing,” was published as part of the proceedings of a July 2014 […]

October 20, 2014

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11:18 PM | October 19, 2014: Creating Electricity From Food Waste, Arresting Poachers and More
This week on National Geographic Weekend radio, join host Boyd Matson and his guests as they unearth the habits of the world's largest-ever carnivore, digest kitchen waste to cook dinner, eat like a 500 year old king, stalk Chernobyl's ruins, trace tree rings' roots, write a novel about elephants with a plot twist, kayak to protest dams, prosecute poachers in Mozambique, and see the unseen as a large format film.
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10:30 PM | Hot News: 2014 On Track to Become Warmest Year
The odds are good that 2014 will become the warmest year in the books, fueled by record ocean warmth.
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8:07 PM | The Jargonaut: REDD All Over?
By Brian Palmer REDD (n.): A climate change mitigation strategy that involves paying landowners or the governments of developing countries to leave forested land undisturbed. It is an acronym for “Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation.” When it comes to fighting climate change, it’s hard to underestimate the importance of saving trees. At the United Nations climate summit last month, an initiative to halt […]
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5:15 PM | Australia Hopeful of Revised Antarctic Sanctuary Success
Australia said Monday it was hopeful of winning support for its plan to create a vast marine reserve off Antarctica, after revising the proposal to make it smaller.
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4:37 PM | The role of ecology in natural resource management decision-making
Science has an important role to play in helping to inf […]
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3:26 PM | Pacific Islanders In Canoes Blockade A Coal Export Terminal in Australia
Last Monday (10/13), at the opening of a new mine in Queensland, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said, “Let’s have no demonization of coal. Coal is good for humanity, coal is good for prosperity, coal is an essential part of our economic future, here in Australia, and right around the world… Coal is essential for the prosperity of the world.” The comments immediately sparked outrage from the environmental community, who were already […]
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12:27 PM | A Drone in Pursuit of Its White (and Black) Whale
By Susan Cosier We’ve seen orcas in lots of ways—from the natural to the not natural at all. But thanks to a drone with a high-rez camera on its belly, we're now getting bird's-eye views of these black-and-white beauties as they go about their business in the wild. (Psst...they don't even know we're there.) Working with Canada’s Vancouver Aquarium, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration flew an unmanned hexacopter about 100 […]
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1:56 AM | A Passing: Rick Piltz, a Bush-Era Whistleblower
A gutsy Bush-era whistleblower and defender of climate science passes away.
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