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November 25, 2014

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11:41 PM | Fog Returns to the Great Valley! I hate it, but it's a good thing (tentatively)
Buffalo has apocalyptic lake-effect snow, Minnesota has blizzards, Phoenix has horrific dust storms, Kansas has tornadoes, New Orleans has hurricanes. In the big picture, those of us who live in the Great Valley of California don't have much in the way of weather issues. I have yet this year to put on a jacket in the morning, and I only stopped wearing shorts a few weeks ago because I wore a hole in the pocket. It gets hot in the summer, but only occasionally drops below freezing. We've had two […]
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10:29 PM | “Real” experts’ on climate change? Really?
The Heartland Institute has produced a new propaganda poster on climate change. Here it is: And this is what they say about it: This poster presents clear and undeniable evidence that the debate is not over. Looking out from this poster … Continue reading →
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10:29 PM | “Real” experts’ on climate change? Really?
The Heartland Institute has produced a new propaganda poster on climate change. Here it is: And this is what they say about it: This poster presents clear and undeniable evidence that the debate is not over. Looking out from this poster … Continue reading →
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10:17 PM | Blu-ray solar power
  So here’s something you don’t see everyday. Blu-ray disks, you know the stuff we use for video games or DVDs also improve the performance of solar cells—suggesting a second […]

Smith, A., Wang, C., Guo, D., Sun, C. & Huang, J. (2014). Repurposing Blu-ray movie discs as quasi-random nanoimprinting templates for photon management, Nature Communications, 5 5517. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms6517

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November 20, 2014

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3:00 PM | Darfur Stoves Project
Since the Darfur crisis began in 2003, women living in the refugee camps walked for up to seven hours outside the safety of the camps to collect firewood for cooking, putting them at risk for violent attacks. Now, researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have engineered a more efficient wood-burning stove, which is greatly reducing both the women's need for firewood and the threats against them.

November 19, 2014

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3:53 PM | Malaysia’s Prime Minister Says Fast-Growing Nations Have Role in Curbing Warming
The prime minister of gas-rich Malaysia sees a climate-friendly path ahead.
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6:07 AM | Both Beautiful and Disturbing, a New NASA Visualization Shows Carbon Dioxide Emissions Swirling Around the World
The following is a guest post from Paul McDivitt, a second-year master’s student studying journalism and mass communication research at the University of Colorado-Boulder. He is taking a course in journalistic blogging from me there. This is his second post at Discover. His first was at Keith Kloor’s Collide-a-Scape blog. Follow Paul on twitter @paulmcdivitt. In the wake […]The post Both Beautiful and Disturbing, a New NASA Visualization Shows Carbon Dioxide […]
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6:07 AM | Both Beautiful and Disturbing, a New NASA Visualization Shows Carbon Dioxide Emissions Swirling Around the World
The following is a guest post from Paul McDivitt, a second-year master’s student studying journalism and mass communication research at the University of Colorado-Boulder. He is taking a course in journalistic blogging from me there. This is his second post at Discover. His first was at Keith Kloor’s Collide-a-Scape blog. Follow Paul on twitter @paulmcdivitt. In the wake […]The post Both Beautiful and Disturbing, a New NASA Visualization Shows Carbon Dioxide […]

November 18, 2014

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10:39 PM | A tale of 2 Perus: Climate Summit host, 57 murdered environmentalists
On September 1st, indigenous activist, Edwin Chota, and three other indigenous leaders were gunned down and their bodies thrown into rivers. Chota, an internationally-known leader of the Asháninka in Peru, had warned several times that his life was on the line for his vocal stance against the destruction of his peoples' forests, yet the Peruvian government did nothing to protect him—or others.
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9:00 PM | NASA Shows Stark Year in the Life of CO2
A new NASA simulation shows some of the most detailed imagery of carbon dioxide ever created.
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5:00 PM | How The Search For Aliens Could Save Us From Environmental Collapse
It's hard to assess the sustainability of our civilization when climate scientists and ecologists have nothing to compare ourselves to. Which is why we need to learn from the success — and potential failures — of distant alien civilizations. Read more...
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3:52 PM | Scientists identify mystery virus that turned millions of starfish into ‘goo’
In the spring of 2008 I first started noticing that large ochre sea stars (or starfish) known as Pisaster were literally turning to ooze on the western coast of Vancouver Island – both on beaches and in experimental aquariums. Descrier - news and culture magazine

November 17, 2014

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11:03 PM | The Polar Vortex Is Dead. But that does not mean it isn’t cold out
The term “Polar Vortex” was thrown around a lot last year, in reference to the persistent mass of very cold air that enveloped much of southern Canada and the US. As you will remember, Rush Limbaugh accused climate scientists and librul meteorologists of making up the polar vortex to scare everyone into thinking climate change…
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9:10 PM | October in a Tie As Warmest on Record. But What About that Global Warming Hiatus?
It seems that 2014 is still very much on track to be the warmest year on record. On Friday, NASA released data showing that this past October tied with 2005 as the warmest in a record stretching back to 1880. This follows record breaking warmth in September and August. Even so, Earth’s average temperature isn’t […]The post October in a Tie As Warmest on Record. But What About that Global Warming Hiatus? appeared first on ImaGeo.
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4:30 PM | Peru Prepares to Host Climate Talks as its Indigenous Forest Defenders Die
The resource rush on Peru's Amazon frontier is exacting a rising toll on indigenous communities, a rights group warns.

November 16, 2014

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12:00 PM | The Shadow Knows...
Image SourceThe Shadow knows (or, at least "they" do)."They" know without any critical thinking skills, reason, logic or investigative training. "They" know without any expertise that climate change is a hoax (even write books of pseudoscience on it), get reelected with committee appointments in congress over environmental regulation. Clean air; clean water; survival of the species: no problem! I guess the Department of Defense can scrap that whole pesky, fact-based road map.The […]

November 14, 2014

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8:25 PM | Continued Global Warming in the Midst of Natural Climate Fluctuations
Check out this new paper in the RNCSE, by John Abraham, John Fasullo, and Me.
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8:25 PM | Continued Global Warming in the Midst of Natural Climate Fluctuations
Check out this new paper in the RNCSE, by John Abraham, John Fasullo, and Me.
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7:12 PM | Could a Carbon-Scrubbing Rock Slow Climate Change?
Geoengineering advocates say it's time to look at the carbon-absorbing ability of the mineral olivine. But critics say it might do more harm than good. Continue reading →
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3:40 PM | Global Warming Means More Lightning
A new study just out in Science suggests that we will have an increase in lightning strikes of about 12 percent for every degree C of global warming. That could add up. From the abstract: Lightning plays an important role in atmospheric chemistry and in the initiation of wildfires, but the impact of global warming…
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3:40 PM | Global Warming Means More Lightning
A new study just out in Science suggests that we will have an increase in lightning strikes of about 12 percent for every degree C of global warming. That could add up. From the abstract: Lightning plays an important role in atmospheric chemistry and in the initiation of wildfires, but the impact of global warming…
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2:41 PM | Explainer: The Emissions Agreement Between the U.S. and China
Will the recent agreement struck between the United States and China on greenhouse gas emissions really help matters or will it all be so much hot air? Trace examines the deal and what could come from it.
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1:46 PM | Warmest October On Record GISS NASA
The data for October has just been added to the NOAA GISS instrument record, which runs from 1880 to the present. October was the warmest on record, just beating out 2005. Overall, it is looking increasingly likely that 2014 will tie or beat the record for warmest year in the instrumental record, in terms of…
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1:46 PM | Warmest October On Record GISS NASA
The data for October has just been added to the NOAA GISS instrument record, which runs from 1880 to the present. October was the warmest on record, just beating out 2005. Overall, it is looking increasingly likely that 2014 will tie or beat the record for warmest year in the instrumental record, in terms of…

November 13, 2014

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7:00 PM | Lightning Expected to Increase as the Planet Warms
Climate change means more lightning strikes for each degree the world warms, a new study finds.
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7:00 PM | Can US-China Deal Change the Climate?
The new U.S.-China climate deal may be good politics for Presidents Obama and Xi. But what about the atmosphere?

November 12, 2014

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10:45 PM | Prelude to Paris: China and U.S. surprise world with joint climate deal
In what will likely have major ramifications for a new climate agreement in Paris in 2015, China and the U.S. surprised everyone today by announcing a joint climate deal. At a press conference in Beijing, China President, Xi Jingping, and U.S. President, Barack Obama, outlined climate actions for both juggernauts up to 2030.
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2:25 PM | South Florida: Canary in the Sea Level Rise Coal Mine
Have a look at this new video from Peter Sinclair: Peter has an interview with Jeff Goodell, contributing editor of Rolling Stone, which you will want to see. They talk about the political aspect of sea level rise in Florida. More about sea level rise here.
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2:25 PM | South Florida: Canary in the Sea Level Rise Coal Mine
Have a look at this new video from Peter Sinclair: Peter has an interview with Jeff Goodell, contributing editor of Rolling Stone, which you will want to see. They talk about the political aspect of sea level rise in Florida. More about sea level rise here.
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1:50 PM | US and China Announce 'Historic' Climate Accord
The two countries have long been at loggerheads over global targets.
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