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March 02, 2015

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9:55 PM | March 1, 2015: Photographing a Revolution, Collecting Subway Bacteria and More
This week on National Geographic Weekend, join host Boyd Matson and his guests as they swab New York's subways for bacteria, plan the perfect surf getaway, photograph a revolution, study the world's most important fish, meet a glow in the dark shark, leave and return to a beloved homeland, learn the best way to eat a banana, and plan for sea level rise.
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8:00 PM | Did Climate Change Tip Syria Into War?
Climate change from 2006 to 2010 may have helped exacerbate the economic and social collapse that led to today's bloody Syrian conflict. Continue reading →
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6:39 PM | Science Denialists Have Delayed Action On Climate Change: Soon vs. the Hockey Stick
If you have not been living in a cave, and had you been, I’d respect that, you know about Willie Soon Gate. Willie soon is a researcher on soft money at the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Soon is well known for producing research of questionable quality that anemically attempts to buck the scientific consensus…
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4:47 PM | Another online project: Bracing for Impact, reported by Flux
In case you were wondering, Webb of Science hasn’t disappeared, but I have been busy with a variety of other projects. The Science Writers’ Handbook website continued to publish regularly through December, and I had a baby boy in October. In addition,  I was part of a team of reporters (named Flux) who launched a crowdfunded … Continue reading Another online project: Bracing for Impact, reported by Flux →
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3:16 PM | The Hydraulic Hypothesis and the End of Civilization
OK, I admit the title of this post is possibly a bit extreme but I could not resist the symmetry. Here, I refer to both ends of civilization, the start and the finish. I’d like to talk about a recent review published in Science, titled “Systems integration for global sustainability” written by my colleague Peter…

March 01, 2015

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5:50 PM | New Research Demonstrates Link Between Greenhouse Gas Pollution and Global Warming
New Research on the Effects of CO2 Pollution A paper just published in Nature reports on the direct measurement of the effects of human greenhouse gas pollution on the heating of the Earth’s atmosphere. This is empirical verification of anthropogenic global warming. Since the Industrial Revolution, when humans started polluting the Earth’s atmosphere with copious…

February 28, 2015

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7:00 PM | Extreme weather events in our future climate
Temperatures will rise. Everything else gets complicated.
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2:15 AM | American Meteorological Society Criticises Congressional Investigation of Climate Researchers
More on this from Jason Samenow at the Washington Post.  This seems to be related to the disclosure last week, that Dr. Willie Soon did not disclose that he received funding from fossil fuel corporations. This appears on the surface to be  a serious ethical violation, and I would not be surprised to see action taken by the journals in which these papers were published. It’s worth noting that EVERY …
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1:44 AM | Survivable IPCC projections are science fiction – the reality is much worse
Even to non-specialists, there is glaring incongruity between potential disaster and promised political action. Nick Breeze dissects the issue with interviews and data. Continue reading →

February 27, 2015

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7:00 PM | A February First: CO2 Levels Pass 400 PPM Milestone
February is the first month of 2015 with an average carbon dioxide level above 400 ppm. Continue reading →
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6:45 PM | It's International Polar Bear Day: Photos
Learn a bit about these seafaring Arctic giants.
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6:33 PM | The Greenhouse Effect Is Truly at Work, Observations Show
A long record of atmospheric observations has put an "official" stamp on the foundation of climate-change science: the greenhouse effect really works the way we've always said it does.
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3:37 PM | Fun Science FRIEDay – Ocean Acidification, More Than Just pH
You have probably heard that as the global climate changes due to human influence the sea surface is going to rise and the oceans will get warmer and more acidic. The bit about the oceans increasing in acidity is particularly troubling because it implies calcium carbonate based organisms (oysters, snails, corals, etc.) will simply dissolve […]
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3:00 PM | Science for the People: Superstorm
This week, Science for the People is exploring the evolving frontier of extreme weather, and how it’s influenced by our warming planet. Desiree Schell talks about the largest Atlantic storm system ever recorded with Kathryn Miles, author of Superstorm: Nine Days Inside Hurricane … Continue reading →
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6:27 AM | Ask: Discouraging Meat?
I agree that this is important, people will not stop eating meat. But I don’t understand, what’s your counterpoint? How will better science and “legislation” change things? Better research is always useful but the science is already clear here, and I don’t know what you mean by legislation, but the issue seems to be people eating meat, not an absence of laws. I think the long-term solution is to convince people to eat less meat. First not every day, and then […]
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6:00 AM | Can we trust the claims made in scientific research findings? – podcast​
What does the mathematical model of accuracy of research papers say and is CIA studying climate control as a potential weapon? Ian Sample reports from the AAAS meeting in San Jose Continue reading...
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5:07 AM | scienceyoucanlove:Big Beef’s jig is upFederal dietary committee...
scienceyoucanlove:Big Beef’s jig is upFederal dietary committee recommends eating less red meat. Will science finally trump politics?February 26, 2015Michele SimonYou almost have to feel sorry for the beef industry. After enjoying decades of popularity as a staple of the all-American diet, the harsh realities behind unsustainable beef production and excessive consumption are finally coming to light…read more Chats from the Environmental Working Group’s Meat Eaters […]
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3:49 AM | Oklahoma Senator Illustrates Dunning-Kruger Effect
I wrote about the Dunning Kruger effect last week and a U.S.Senator took the floor of the Senate today to illustrate why you do not want to be a victim of this disease. In case your wondering about how the winter of 2015 is shaping up in the U.S. and around the world. Read this post from last week as well.Then there is also this research being published in the …
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1:24 AM | Bad Climate Outcomes — Atmospheric Warming to Ramp up as PDO Swings Strongly Positive?
It’s a major swing in Pacific Ocean surface temperatures to a phase where more heat is dumped into the atmosphere. One that is causing some scientists to warn that a new period of rapid atmospheric warming may just be getting started. Continue reading →
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1:19 AM | Please Don’t Paint Our Planet Pink!
“Please Don’t Paint Our Planet Pink!: A Story for Children and their Adults” is a new children’s book by Gregg Kleiner about global warming. The idea is simple. Imagine if you could see CO2? In the book, it is imagined to be pink. The imagining takes the form of a quirky father, one imagines him…

February 26, 2015

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10:45 PM | Scientists Observe Temperatures Warming In Response To Increased Carbon Dioxide
Greenhouse gas emissions, particularly those from carbon dioxide, are on the rise. They have been for a while, to the alarm of governments, activist groups, and just about…
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9:26 PM | New Research Suggests Global Warming Is About To Heat Up
A paper just published in Science Magazine helps explain variation we see in the long term Carbon-pollution caused upward trend Earth’s surface temperatures. The research also, and rather ominously, suggests that a recent slowdown in that trend is likely to reverse direction in the near future, causing the Earth’s surface temperature to rise dramatically. The…
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8:55 PM | First Rules for Arctic Drilling Released
The U.S. Department of the Interior unveiled the first draft rules for offshore oil and gas exploration in the Arctic. The rules would require energy companies to clear a number of safety hurdles before being approved for drilling. “The Arctic has substantial oil and gas potential, and the U.S. has a longstanding interest in the…
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8:54 PM | See How Sahara Dust Jets to the Amazon in 3-D
New satellite data shows how Sahara dust in the wind makes it to the Amazon, ensuring its survival. Continue reading →
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7:00 PM | New Mysterious Craters Found In Siberia
They're baaack... Remember those weird craters that suddenly appeared in Siberia last year? They just showed up in the middle of nowhere, unannounced and unexpected. At the…
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6:32 PM | Greenhouse Effect Is Witnessed...and Getting Worse
The climate-changing greenhouse effect exists and has been directly measured in the United States. Continue reading →
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6:03 PM | Planet Earth is a sick patient due to climate change, says Prince Charles
Speaking at Royal Society event on health and climate change, prince says that failure to act on global warming would be ‘death sentence’ for the planet The Prince of Wales has compared the planet to a “sick patient,” warning it … Continue reading →
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4:42 PM | Researchers Observe CO2’s Increasing Greenhouse Effect
Using spectroscopic instruments operated by the U.S. DoE’s Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Climate Research Facility, scientists have directly observed an increase in carbon dioxide’s (CO2) greenhouse effect at the planet’s surface. The influence of atmospheric CO2 on the balance between incoming energy from the Sun and outgoing heat from the Earth – also called the planet’s [...]
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4:00 PM | Trained Polar Bears Volunteer To Give Blood For Science
Meet Tasul, an elderly polar bear at the Oregon Zoo. (Salmon do not come in that shape in the wild.) He has worked with scientists before, wearing a camera to record his…
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2:56 PM | Can Chinese Cities Turn Around Pollution in Time?
China became a mostly urban country in 2011, the service sector became the biggest in 2013, and in 2015 Chinese cities will try to reverse negative trends of sprawl and pollution. However, will it... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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