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February 28, 2015

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1:05 AM | Starving Sea Lion Pups and Liquified Starfish — How We’ve Turned the Eastern Pacific into A Death Trap for Marine Species
Warming ocean with falling oxygen level may explain this growing disaster. Maps in evidence are included. Continue reading →

February 27, 2015

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9:42 PM | Will Looming Spikes Change Minds on Warming?
Humanity may be about to experience unprecedented temperature rise. Will it prompt climate action? Continue reading →
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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 →

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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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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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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4:00 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…

February 25, 2015

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5:23 PM | Mysterious Northeast Floods Caused by Weird Winds
Flooding and high tides along the East Coast in 2009 and 2010 were triggered by a major change in wind patterns and offshore currents. Continue reading →
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3:35 PM | Siberian Permafrost Methane Shows Growing Eruption: Number of Global Warming-Induced Craters Now Estimated at 20-30
Originally posted on robertscribbler:(Siberian methane crater locations. In total, 7 methane blow holes with features similar to the Yamal Crater have now been discovered. Unofficial reports from observers on the ground have local scientists placing the likely count now…
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2:12 PM | On Keystone and Climate, Bloomberg Presses Obama to Negotiate with Canada Instead of Congress
Former Mayor Bloomberg presses Obama to bypass Keystone gridlock by seeking climate progress in Canada.
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8:55 AM | Fresh meat – from the lab?
Stem cell biology often dominates headlines, whipping up excitement and terror simultaneously. A stem cell is simply a cell that has the potential to become one of several different cell types – for example, muscle, liver or heart. Such possibilities have sparked hopes that we will enter the age of regenerative medicine. But stem cells […]
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12:22 AM | Scientists Call for Urgent Investigation As More Mysterious Craters Appear In Siberia
Last July, scientists discovered a mysterious crater on the Yamal peninsula in northern Siberia. Within a week, scientists had uncovered two more similar craters in the region. Since then, four more craters have been catalogued in Siberia, bringing the official total to seven. But researchers think the actual number may be much higher than that: “I am sure that there are more craters on Yamal, we just need to search for them… I suppose there could be 20 to 30 craters […]

February 24, 2015

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9:38 PM | Move over oil, new pretreatment could cut biofuel costs by 30 percent or more
Alternative fuels have a few large problems making them horrible options over oil (which is already a horrible choice). However, researchers may have finally eliminated one of those problems, cost. The team has invented a novel pretreatment technology that could cut the cost of biofuels production by about 30 percent or more by dramatically reducing […]

Nguyen, T., Cai, C., Kumar, R. & Wyman, C. (2015). Co-solvent Pretreatment Reduces Costly Enzyme Requirements for High Sugar and Ethanol Yields from Lignocellulosic Biomass, ChemSusChem, DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201403045

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8:54 PM | On Rajendra Pachauri’s Resignation from the U.N. Climate Panel
The longtime head of the U.N. climate science panel steps down amid sexual misconduct allegations.

February 23, 2015

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7:30 PM | Freshwater Is Pouring Out Of Alaska Faster Than The Mississippi River
Scientists have verified that the rate of freshwater being released into the Gulf of Alaska is approximately 1.5 times the amount being dumped by the Mississippi River into the Gulf of Mexico each year. Disturbingly, half of this water is coming from the melting of glaciers and snow. Read more...
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7:01 PM | Global Warming Changing Weather in the US Northeast
A newly published study has identified changes in precipitation patterns in the US Northeast, which are likely caused by human pollution of the atmosphere with greenhouse gasses, which has resulted in global warming. According to the study, there has been an increase in extreme precipitation events, and an increase in the clumping across time of…
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7:01 PM | Global Warming Changing Weather in the US Northeast
A newly published study has identified changes in precipitation patterns in the US Northeast, which are likely caused by human pollution of the atmosphere with greenhouse gasses, which has resulted in global warming. According to the study, there has been an increase in extreme precipitation events, and an increase in the clumping across time of…
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4:00 PM | US Oysters, Scallops Getting Cooked by Acidic Seas
Climate change could push some shellfish over the edge.
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2:53 PM | More Willie Soon
The Willie Soon Story broke on Saturday night, having cloned off the front page of the Sunday New York Times into a few secondary sources. But we all saw it coming. Since then there has been quite a bit more written and there will be quite a bit more. The main thing I want to…
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2:53 PM | More Willie Soon
The Willie Soon Story broke on Saturday night, having cloned off the front page of the Sunday New York Times into a few secondary sources. But we all saw it coming. Since then there has been quite a bit more written and there will be quite a bit more. The main thing I want to…

February 22, 2015

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12:30 PM | Dr. Warren M. Washington...
Image Source: NOBCChE (below)Topics: Climate Change, Global Warming, Meteorology, Nobel PrizeFollowing the rousing opening luncheon at the 2011 NOBCChE National Meeting, Dr. Warren M. Washington, a renowned climate-change scientist who received a National Medal of Science from President Barack Obama in 2010 and who was one of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize winners, gave the Henry A. Hill Lecture, entitled, “Present and Future Climate Change: Grand Challenges for the Science, Engineering, and […]

February 21, 2015

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8:23 PM | Ask not for whom the bell tolls. It tolls for Soon
A few days ago I suggested that Willie Soon’s career may be taking a nose dive soon. I was right. Tomorrow’s New York Times has a story that has as many leaks as an old canoe, so we can see it now in various outlets. The story is out and linked to below. Before going…
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8:23 PM | Ask not for whom the bell tolls. It tolls for Soon
A few days ago I suggested that Willie Soon’s career may be taking a nose dive soon. I was right. Tomorrow’s New York Times has a story that has as many leaks as an old canoe, so we can see it now in various outlets. The story is out and linked to below. Before going…

February 20, 2015

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10:59 PM | Cities Spark More Thunderstorms Than Rural Areas
Pollution and the urban heat island effect may cause slightly more thunder and lightning than rural areas get. Continue reading →
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9:46 PM | The President’s Science Advisor Answers Your Climate Questions
From here: Since last November, Dr. John Holdren — the President’s science advisor — has been encouraging the public to ask him anything about climate change on social media using the hashtag #AskDrH. In his first set of answers, he covered a lot of ground — the connection between climate change and extreme weather, temperature…
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9:46 PM | The President’s Science Advisor Answers Your Climate Questions
From here: Since last November, Dr. John Holdren — the President’s science advisor — has been encouraging the public to ask him anything about climate change on social media using the hashtag #AskDrH. In his first set of answers, he covered a lot of ground — the connection between climate change and extreme weather, temperature…
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3:42 PM | Brian Angliss takes on Tom Harris
Regular readers of this blog will know Tom Harris, as he is an occasional commenter here. Tom is a climate science denier who wears an Invisibility Cloak of Concern. However, this particular Invisibilty Cloak was never worn by Ignotus Peverell; you can see right though it. Brian Angliss, a journalist and engineer, is the science…
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3:42 PM | Brian Angliss takes on Tom Harris
Regular readers of this blog will know Tom Harris, as he is an occasional commenter here. Tom is a climate science denier who wears an Invisibility Cloak of Concern. However, this particular Invisibilty Cloak was never worn by Ignotus Peverell; you can see right though it. Brian Angliss, a journalist and engineer, is the science…
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