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April 28, 2015

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12:00 PM | For Its 40th Birthday, Let’s Retire Newsweek’s Global Cooling Story
Last month, Senator Ted Cruz matter-of-factly told an interviewer that he just happened to glance at a four-decade-old article from Newsweek that very morning. He took a piece by veteran science... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

April 27, 2015

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9:46 PM | Was Your Record High Temperature A Result of Climate Change? Probably.
A paper in Nature Climate Change today is getting international press and for good reason, It contains a rather astounding statistic. Here is a quote from the beginning of the paper with my highlights in red:  Climate change includes not only changes in mean climate but also in weather extremes. For a few prominent heatwaves and heavy precipitation events a human contribution to their occurrence has been demonstrated1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Here we …
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4:26 PM | Boron and the Permian extinction: a glimpse into the past gives a hint of the future:
The world looked very different 250 million years ago during the Permian era. The supercontinent Pangaea clung to the Equator and stretched its limbs all the way to the Poles. The climate was warming as the glaciers receded. Trilobites, the … Continue reading →

Clarkson MO, Kasemann SA, Wood RA, Lenton TM, Daines SJ, Richoz S, Ohnemueller F, Meixner A, Poulton SW & Tipper ET & (2015). Ocean acidification and the Permo-Triassic mass extinction., Science (New York, N.Y.), 348 (6231) 229-32. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25859043

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April 26, 2015

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3:36 PM | Will 2015 be warmer than 2014?
That is a good question, and difficult to answer. If it turns out to be, it will be the warmest calendar year in the instrumental record, which goes back into the 19th century. Regardless of what El Nino (ENSO) does, 2015 will be a warm year. Why? Because everything is warm and getting warmer and…

April 24, 2015

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11:57 PM | Photosynthesis Technology
One method of preventing a climate disaster would be to eliminate the extra CO2 from the atmosphere. This would be…
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8:30 PM | Drones Fly Over Melting Arctic Ice For Science
North of Norway, the robots wait. From a laboratory on Svalbard, a team of researchers led by Christopher Zappa of Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory…
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6:53 PM | President Obama and Bill Nye Talk Science and Politics
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6:30 PM | Oil and Gas Boom May Permanently Harm Ecosystems
Oil and gas drilling is causing long-lasting damage to ecosystems, and it's outpacing recovery efforts.
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4:58 PM | Seasonal Precipitation: Doubts about Droughts
This is the first in a series of guest blog posts by students who attended ComSciCon-Triangle. SciLogs is accepting story pitches that resulted from this science communication event from science graduate students! See more about the event here. Seasonal Precipitation: Doubts about Droughts, by Michael Angus Michael is a third year PhD Student at North Carolina State University, currently working on applying computer science techniques to climate change problems; specifically, […]
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12:52 PM | Comparing models and empirical estimates of noise in the climate system
There is a new paper out, Comparing the model-simulated global warming signal to observations using empirical estimates of unforced noise, by Patrick T. Brown, Wenhong Li, Eugene C. Cordero & Steven A. Mauget. It is potentially important for two reasons. One is because of what it says about how to interpret the available data on…

April 23, 2015

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4:31 PM | Emissions, Economic Growth Parting Ways
A U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) analysis released Monday reveals that the country’s energy-related carbon emissions grew last year but more slowly than the economy as a whole, representing a decoupling of emissions and economic growth that is projected to continue through 2015 (subscription). Bloomberg reports that the difference in the emissions increase and the…
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4:26 PM | Seeker Daily: Why Doesn't Anybody Care About Climate Change?
Warnings about California's drought are apocalyptic. Yet only a minority of Californians support rationing. Are we too lazy to address the issue or are we simply in denial?
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10:49 AM | Why discrediting controversial academics damages science
The anger surrounding the appointment of ‘Skeptical Environmentalist’ Bjorn Lomborg to a university post in Australia gives us a great opportunity to discuss academic intoleranceAlice Dreger’s new book, Galileo’s Middle Finger: Heretics, Activists, and the Search for Justice in Science, tells the stories of various academics whose work is perceived to be politically threatening to one group or another and then as a consequence experience vicious personal and professional […]
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10:49 AM | Why discrediting controversial academics damages science
The anger surrounding the appointment of ‘Skeptical Environmentalist’ Bjorn Lomborg to a university post in Australia gives us a great opportunity to discuss academic intoleranceAlice Dreger’s new book, Galileo’s Middle Finger: Heretics, Activists, and the Search for Justice in Science, tells the stories of various academics whose work is perceived to be politically threatening to one group or another and then as a consequence experience vicious personal and professional […]
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6:54 AM | The Tiniest of Fossils and what they tell us! [Video]
Tests of foraminifera extracted sand from the beach of Ngapali (Myanmar) (Photo credit: Wikipedia) You must have heard of the largest fossil of dinosaur, Argentinosaurus found last year and we know that was probably the largest creature to have walked our Earth.  But what do the tiniest fossils tell us.  This video from AMNH tells us more about the tiny creatures from the sea floor! 
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2:33 AM | Earth Day – 2015
Another Earth Day is nearly over, the 45th day in which celebrate and talk about trying to protect the only…
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2:14 AM | Scientific American: The Age of Wind and Solar Is Closer Than...
Scientific American: The Age of Wind and Solar Is Closer Than You Think Great article about progress in alternative energy, but I couldn’t get past the gloomy forecast that fossil fuels will still be prominent for many years to come:According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), the share of global energy provided by renewables—a mere 14 percent in 2012—will increase only slightly between now and 2040, rising to just 19 percent…Though they also argue that there […]

April 22, 2015

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10:24 PM | The Earth on Earth Day
I remember very well watching the CBS Evening News 45 years ago on the first Earth Day. It was a major story, and I believe Walter Cronkite led the broadcast with it. We know a lot more about our planet now than we did then, and there have been some amazing successes in protecting our environment. We now know something that was not well understood then, and that is the …
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7:17 PM | What about Earth’s Microbiome?
The latest temperature readings from Antarctica are giving the world pause, along with the finding that 70 percent of the western Antarctic ice shelf has melted. As Earth day approaches, discussions... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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5:14 PM | No Ice in Sight: Polar Bears Scrabble Onshore to Find Food
On June 4, 1773, English naval officers were dispatched on an expedition to the Arctic. Their goal was to locate a passage from the British Isles to the Pacific Ocean. Instead, on ice floes near Spitsbergen (Svalbard), Norway, they found polar bears. The explorers were the first Europeans to describe the bears as a distinct…
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5:14 PM | No Ice in Sight: Polar Bears Scrabble Onshore to Find Food
On June 4, 1773, English naval officers were dispatched on an expedition to the Arctic. Their goal was to locate a passage from the British Isles to the Pacific Ocean. Instead, on ice floes near Spitsbergen (Svalbard), Norway, they found polar bears. The explorers were the first Europeans to describe the bears as a distinct…
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3:46 PM | Rapid Evolution in Response to Rapid Climate Change?
In celebration of Earth month, Environmental Education Week, Earth Day and National DNA Day (celebrated this week in many nations),  we have a Science 360 video that highlights the work of Drs. Bradshaw and Holzapfel to explore climate change-driven genetic shifts in the Pitcher Plant Mosquito. It’s a fascinating and thought-provoking question these scientists are trying to […]
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1:00 PM | Predicting Tropical Deforestation With Big Data
Silicon Valley data scientists are teaming up with conservationists to predict where and when the planet's jungles will be cut down.
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1:47 AM | Beating the bloodsuckers?
Last night I ran around my room fighting a fairly bloody battle - shoes may have been thrown. This was not a bizarre reaction to stress; my room was colonised by bloodthirsty ectoparasites intent on eating me alive. But how exactly do mosquitoes track us down - and what makes humans their meal of choice? […]
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1:21 AM | The Future of Coal Passes Through Kosovo: op-ed from UC Berkeley’s Noah Kittner and Daniel Kammen
This op-ed was originally published on the National Geographic energy blog In 2013, the World Bank pledged to stop loan­ing money for new coal energy projects[1], unless no finan­cially fea­si­ble alter­na­tives exist. Pres­i­dent Obama has said the same for the United States, “Today, I’m call­ing for an end of pub­lic financ­ing for new coal plants […]

April 21, 2015

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9:02 PM | Adventurer Contributes to Discovery of New Single-Celled Organism
"Diatoms are to microscopic organisms as grizzly bears are to mammals. They are beautiful for their intricate designs and symmetry, and amazing for their incredible variety."
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6:00 PM | Earth Day, Plan B: Five Bold Geoengineering Plans
From artificial forests to space umbrellas, researchers are exploring worst-case-scenario fixes to climate change.
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2:32 PM | 10 Ways That Latin America is Driving Global Climate Action
2015 marks the 10-year anniversary of C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. To celebrate these 10 Years of Results, we will be sharing our favorite lists of 10 throughout the year. Latin American cities have enormous potential to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions – C40 research indicates that together they could cut emissions by 2,500 MtCO2 by 2030, or the equivalent…
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2:27 PM | How To Demolish Climate Denial
John Cook, of the University of Queensland, and his colleagues, have created a MOOC … Massive Open Online Course … called “Making Sense of Climate Science Denial.” Why does this matter? How does it work? What can you do? All of these questions are answered here: University offering free online course to demolish climate denial.…
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1:36 PM | mapsontheweb:Global winter temperature departures from average,...
mapsontheweb:Global winter temperature departures from average, 2014-2015.Climate change deniers on the east coast of the U.S. be like
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