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April 24, 2014

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3:01 AM | Michael Mann on Climate Change and Denialism
Great interview with Michael Mann on The Lang and O’Leary Exchange, CBC, on climate change, faux pause, denialism, policy, and politics.

April 23, 2014

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6:27 PM | Biofuels From Crop Residue May Increase Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Using corn crop residue to make ethanol and other biofuels reduces soil carbon and can generate more greenhouse gases than gasoline, according to a study published in the journal Nature Climate Change (see footnote). Read more »

Liska, A., Yang, H., Milner, M., Goddard, S., Blanco-Canqui, H., Pelton, M., Fang, X., Zhu, H. & Suyker, A. (2014). Biofuels from crop residue can reduce soil carbon and increase CO2 emissions, Nature Climate Change, DOI:

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5:52 PM | A Deeper Look at a Study Finding High Leak Rates From Gas Drilling
A closer look at a hot study on high gas leak rates in Pennsylvania's fracking zone raises coal questions.
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5:52 PM | Are You With Us or Against Us?
When I take issue with the one way skepticism and hyperbolic language of climate skeptics, I’m met with a chorus of “who me?” They especially object to being lumped together with the climate-science-is-a-hoax crowd. It’s a fair complaint. At the same time, it’s worth noting that the representative standard bearers for climate skeptics are Anthony […]The post Are You With Us or Against Us? appeared first on Collide-a-Scape.
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4:49 PM | Scientists Use Airplane to Detect Methane From Fracking
Using an airplane to detect greenhouse gas emissions from freshly drilled shale gas wells in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus basin, Cornell and Purdue scientists have found that leaked methane from fracking is a tougher problem—between a hundred- and a thousandfold—than previously thought. Read more »

Caulton, D., Shepson, P., Santoro, R., Sparks, J., Howarth, R., Ingraffea, A., Cambaliza, M., Sweeney, C., Karion, A., Davis, K. & Stirm, B. (2014). Toward a better understanding and quantification of methane emissions from shale gas development, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, DOI:

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3:38 PM | Blue-Footed Boobies Have Stopped Breeding—But Why?
One of the most delightful bird species of the Galápagos has almost completely stopped breeding there. According to a new study published this week in the journal Avian Conservation and Ecology,... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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2:57 PM | Atlantic Hurricanes and El Niño
I have a little “science by spreadsheet” project for you, concerning the relationship between El Niño and Atlantic hurricanes. The chance of an El Niño event happening this year seems to go up every few days, with most, perhaps all, climate models suggesting that El Niño will form this Summer or Fall. Climate experts tell…
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1:40 PM | Wag the Humpback, El Niño Fortune Telling, Beware the Pollen Vortex!
By Jason Bittel Oh, Canada… : The Canadian government has de-listed the humpback whale! So good to hear that the animals are doing so well that they no longer need protections! If only it were, true. Alas, Canada’s quiet-as-a-mouse de-listing of the whale earlier this month is actually meant to help two new pipeline projects gain approval. The western end of one of the proposed pipelines—owned by our old buddies Enbridge—plans to go […]
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3:28 AM | What I learned this Earth Day, 2014
Laura Nielsen for Frontier Scientists – In the summer I drive to my favorite of many nearby glacial lakes, a deep down-turned gumdrop of cool water ringed in lillypads. I catch painted box turtles. After a frenetic chase and what feels like too long without air I surface gasping, and marveling at each turtle’s personality. They might battle hissing and clawing at air, or hide a bit before emerging to inspect me… or their own reflections in my goggles. Some... Read more
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3:28 AM | What I learned this Earth Day, 2014
Laura Nielsen for Frontier Scientists – In the summer I drive to my favorite of many nearby glacial lakes, a deep down-turned gumdrop of cool water ringed in lillypads. I catch painted box turtles. After a frenetic chase and what feels like too long without air I surface gasping, and marveling at each turtle’s personality. They might battle hissing and clawing at air, or hide a bit before emerging to inspect me… or their own reflections in my goggles. Some... Read more
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2:57 AM | Make Sure You’re Eating a Healthy Diet – Healthy for the Earth, That Is
by Mo McNulty, PhD Student The health of the planet affects the health of the people living on it. We depend on the Earth for sustenance even as we damage it. As noted in a summary by Harvard’s Center for Health and the Global Environment, “The eminent Harvard biology Professor Edward O. Wilson once said […]

April 22, 2014

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5:00 PM | Tidal Power: Energizer Bunny of Renewable Energy?
Tidal power can do what wind and solar can’t: provide reliable energy, right when you need it.
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4:42 PM | Calculating The Carbon Cost Of … well, anything.
There is currently a twitter argument happening, along with a bit of a blogging swarm, over a chimera of a remark made by John Stossle and Bjorn Lomborg. They made the claim that a million electric cars would have no benefit with resect to Carbon emissions. The crux of the argument is that there is…
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3:49 PM | The Most Important Earth Day
It is possible that this is the most important Earth Day. Earth Day is part of the process of broadening environmental awareness and causing positive change in how we treat our planet. We are at a juncture where we must make major changes in what we do or our Grandchildren, to the extent that they…
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2:51 PM | What Does Climate Change Have to do with Weather…and Baseball?
By Andy Miller A question I often hear is whether a particular weather event or condition is caused by climate change, and my answer is almost always no.  You can’t say that a specific tornado, torrential downpour or 100 degree plus day is caused by climate change. So if the answer is that the weird […]
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2:51 PM | What Does Climate Change Have to do with Weather…and Baseball?
By Andy Miller A question I often hear is whether a particular weather event or condition is caused by climate change, and my answer is almost always no.  You can’t say that a specific tornado, torrential downpour or 100 degree plus day is caused by climate change. So if the answer is that the weird […]
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2:09 PM | Chick-fil-A’s New Recipe, a Sailor's Almanac, 56 Earth Day Ideas for the Kiddos
By Jason Bittel Flower power: Judging by the Google doodles, today is the 44th annual Earth Day. The day of environmental action was born in 1970 when 20 million Americans—one in ten—took a page out of the anti-Vietnam War movement and rallied to demand better protection for the environment. Because of their voices, Earth Day and the Environmental Protection Agency were established in the same year. While Earth Day will probably always include […]
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2:03 PM | Ice Sheet Microbes and Melt: Dark Snow 2014
Here’s an article I recently wrote with professor Jason Box of Dark Snow – keep checking here for updates on our field plans for Greenland 2014! Ice Sheet Microbes and Melt Greenland […]
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1:59 PM | Another Week of Climate Disruption News, April 20, 2014
This weekly posting is brought to you courtesy of H. E. Taylor. Happy reading, I hope you enjoy this week’s Global Warming news roundup skip to bottom Sipping from the Internet Firehose… April 20, 2014 Chuckles, Invective, Pix, COP20+, Post WG3, Wang et al., Murder, Energiewende Bottom Line, Subsidies, World Bank, EcoCrime, Cook Fukushima: Note,…
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1:42 PM | Everything is Connected | Chapter 3: Ancient Woods
Like other indigenous First Nation communities throughout Canada, the Tla-o-qui-aht people are survivors. Over a century of cultural genocide, Christianisation, forced assimilation, land alienation and re-settlement reduced their numbers tenfold and pushed them to the brink of extinction. But despite environmental, social and cultural upheavals, the Tla-o-qui-aht are slowly but surely strengthening their ability to cope…
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1:42 PM | Everything is Connected | Chapter 3: Ancient Woods
Like other indigenous First Nation communities throughout Canada, the Tla-o-qui-aht people are survivors. Over a century of cultural genocide, Christianisation, forced assimilation, land alienation and re-settlement reduced their numbers tenfold and pushed them to the brink of extinction. But despite environmental, social and cultural upheavals, the Tla-o-qui-aht are slowly but surely strengthening their ability to cope…
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1:42 PM | Everything is Connected | Chapter 3: Ancient Woods
Like other indigenous First Nation communities throughout Canada, the Tla-o-qui-aht people are survivors. Over a century of cultural genocide, Christianisation, forced assimilation, land alienation and re-settlement reduced their numbers tenfold and pushed them to the brink of extinction. But despite environmental, social and cultural upheavals, the Tla-o-qui-aht are slowly but surely strengthening their ability to cope…
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1:42 PM | Everything is Connected | Chapter 3: Ancient Woods
Like other indigenous First Nation communities throughout Canada, the Tla-o-qui-aht people are survivors. Over a century of cultural genocide, Christianisation, forced assimilation, land alienation and re-settlement reduced their numbers tenfold and pushed them to the brink of extinction. But despite environmental, social and cultural upheavals, the Tla-o-qui-aht are slowly but surely strengthening their ability to cope…
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1:00 PM | Twitter analysis shows climate skeptics shout loudest
An analysis of twitter responses to the IPCC report yields insights into who talks loudest, and to whom, about the major climate science report.
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12:24 PM | Earth Day 2014: Following the carbon footprint to the sea
Where are we now, 43 years after the first nationwide Earth Day was celebrated in the US? The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) paints a grim picture in its latest assessment report, AR5, announcing that global emissions of greenhouse gases are endangering worldwide security of food, water resources, human …
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11:39 AM | 'False Springs' May Become Thing of the Past
Chilly interruptions of spring revelry may someday disappear as the planet warms. Continue reading →

April 21, 2014

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9:59 PM | Reposted: How EPA Research Supports Taking Action on Climate Change
Reposted from EPA’s Connect blog, the official blog of EPA’s leadership. By Lek Kadeli As my EPA colleagues and I prepare to join millions of people from across the nation and around the globe to celebrate the environment on April 22, it’s a good time to remember how much we’ve accomplished together since the first […]
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9:59 PM | Reposted: How EPA Research Supports Taking Action on Climate Change
Reposted from EPA’s Connect blog, the official blog of EPA’s leadership. By Lek Kadeli As my EPA colleagues and I prepare to join millions of people from across the nation and around the globe to celebrate the environment on April 22, it’s a good time to remember how much we’ve accomplished together since the first […]
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8:43 PM | The Governator’s Back—and Going After Climate Change
By Jason Bittel Last week on Showtime’s climate-change miniseries, Years of Living Dangerously, Harrison Ford hit the peat swamps of Indonesia, Don Cheadle tried to reconcile religion and science in the Bible Belt, and Thomas Friedman braved the frontlines of Syria’s civil war. It was a star-studded episode, filled with human drama, high stakes, and good journalism. So, how did it stack up against other prime time premieres?Well, according to […]
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8:43 PM | America Resilient
Since we last celebrated Earth Day a year ago, 29 states have experienced 99 Federal disaster declarations. Fires, floods, mudslides, hurricanes, and tornadoes have devastated the United States, causing billions of dollars of damage, destroying thousands of homes, and up-ending people’s lives.
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