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October 17, 2014

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8:02 PM | A look at Air Pollution and Your Body
We have all probably seen stories from China on the horrid air pollution there. Accompanying those reports of course are the statistics for air pollution that deaths have caused. For […]

Gamon LF, White JM & Wille U (2014). Oxidative damage of aromatic dipeptides by the environmental oxidants NO2˙ and O3., Organic & biomolecular chemistry, 12 (41) 8280-7. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25207524

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3:28 PM | Mark Steyn and Judith Curry
Two items related only because these two seem to like each other and there are coeval happenings. Mark Steyn and Dr. Michael Mann’s book Michael mann wrote a great book called The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines. It really is a good book, I highly recommend it. Mark Steyn…
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3:28 PM | Mark Steyn and Judith Curry
Two items related only because these two seem to like each other and there are coeval happenings. Mark Steyn and Dr. Michael Mann’s book Michael mann wrote a great book called The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines. It really is a good book, I highly recommend it. Mark Steyn…
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12:18 PM | Pacific Warriors: 'We’re on a Boat! Fightin' Coal!'
By Susan Cosier When your land and culture are at stake, you’ll do anything to fight those putting you and yours at risk. The same goes for 30 Pacific Islanders who earlier today hopped in canoes and paddled into the sea to block coal ships from reaching Australia's Newcastle harbor. The country is the second largest coal exporter, and Newcastle is home to the world's biggest facility for the dirty, black stuff. That doesn't sit well with Australia's […]

October 16, 2014

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10:45 PM | Does the Anthropocene, the Age of Humans, Deserve a Golden Spike?
A meeting of geologists and other analysts explores whether Earth has entered a geological age made by humans.

October 15, 2014

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8:45 PM | Earth Just Had the Warmest September on Record
September 2014 was the hottest September since instrumental records began being taken in 1880.
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5:00 PM | Fracking Makes Climate Change Worse, Not Better
The natural gas boom, even though it burns cleaner, will not reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the long-term, a big new study reports.
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1:37 PM | David Roberts Questions Naomi Klein’s Capitalism-Focused Climate Quest
Naomi Klein says climate campaigners should attack capitalism because it already is a popular target.
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12:10 PM | See You in September...(Sweating in Tank Tops and Flip-Flops)
By Susan Cosier Fall is a time for hot apple cider, toasted pumpkin seeds, and best of all, sweater weather, but you may want to hold on to your short sleeves for a little longer. Last month was the warmest September ever recorded, and October hasn't done much yet to cool things down. As you can see from this graph of average global temperature records back to 1880, trends have been going up for the last 134 years. Obviously weather varies with your […]

October 14, 2014

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7:30 PM | Our planet just experienced the warmest six-month stretch ever recorded.
Our planet just experienced the warmest six-month stretch ever recorded. NASA GISS just announced that the previous month was the warmest September on record and that 2014 is poised to go down as the hottest year humans have ever experienced. Discouragingly, September 2014 saw global surface temperatures that were 0.77 degrees C hotter than the 20th century average. Read more...
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6:10 PM | Deep Mystery: Are the Seas Warming or Cooling?
The oceans are warming, no wait they’re not … what’s the story?
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2:53 PM | LEGO Doesn't Want to Play with Shell Oil Anymore
By Susan Cosier Think LEGO movies aren’t dark? Well, you haven’t seen this twisted animation of an Arctic drilling disaster smothering plastic brick people, polar bears, puppies, and Santa Claus in thick, black crude. Set to a cover of "Everything is Awesome," this video is a tearjerker … but it worked! After receiving more than 6 million views, the Greenpeace production forced LEGO to end a 40-year partnership with Shell. The oil […]
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2:47 PM | Eye on the Storm
Atmospheric scientist Adam Sobel is author of the new book Storm Surge: Hurricane Sandy, Our Changing Climate and Extreme Weather of the Past and Future.  Sobel, a native New Yorker, was at the center of the historic 2012 storm in more ways than one. As an expert in extreme weather and its relation to climate, he [...]

October 13, 2014

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8:00 PM | Pentagon: Climate Change Poses Immediate Security Risk
Global warming poses immediate risks to U.S. national security, the Pentagon warned on Monday.
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7:37 PM | We Just Had The Warmest September on Record
We have been having a run of very warm months, and according to the GISS database, updated yesterday, September was the warmest on record, and the records go back to the late 19th century. This is global average temperature of the surface. I’ll have more about this later, as other databases are updated. Sometimes one…
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7:37 PM | We Just Had The Warmest September on Record
We have been having a run of very warm months, and according to the GISS database, updated yesterday, September was the warmest on record, and the records go back to the late 19th century. This is global average temperature of the surface. I’ll have more about this later, as other databases are updated. Sometimes one…
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5:11 PM | What Do Wildfires Have to Do With Climate Change?
“While no single wildfire can be said to have been caused by climate change, climate change has been making the fire season in the United States longer and on average more intense,” said John Holdren, President Obama’s science advisor. But wildfires are not only intensified by climate change, they also exacerbate it.
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5:00 PM | Why Are Asia's Glaciers Mysteriously Expanding?
Seasonal snowfall explains how some Asian glaciers are expanding even in a warming world.
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3:43 PM | NASA: September Was Warmest on Record
This just in: The global average temperature in September was the warmest in a record dating back to 1880, according to an update from NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies. That makes it two months in a row: August was also the hottest on record by NASA’s reckoning. Later this week, the National Oceanic and […]The post NASA: September Was Warmest on Record appeared first on ImaGeo.
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3:43 PM | NASA: September Was Warmest on Record
This just in: The global average temperature in September was the warmest in a record dating back to 1880, according to an update from NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies. That makes it two months in a row: August was also the hottest on record by NASA’s reckoning. Later this week, the National Oceanic and […]The post NASA: September Was Warmest on Record appeared first on ImaGeo.

October 10, 2014

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11:13 PM | Wednesday: Grand Challenges in Physiology
Wednesday was the last day of the meeting that culminated in a closing banquet with an awards session to honor students who had exceptional presentations. What an impressive group of young comparative physiologists!  The plenary lecture was given by Dr. Steven Chown (Monash Univ, Australia). He spoke about climate change forecasts and continuing environmental changes…

October 09, 2014

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10:53 PM | East Coast Cities Prepare for Tidal Floods by 2045
New York and Washington are among the cities building defenses against tidal flooding that could arrive as soon as 2045. Continue reading →
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8:10 PM | Solar Panel Hybrid is Cheap and Super Efficient
Solar cells are inefficient, it’s a sad fact. With todays technology they boast about a 10-15% efficiency, compare that to todays gas engine at roughly 20-25% and you can see […]

Tabachnyk M, Ehrler B, Gélinas S, Böhm ML, Walker BJ, Musselman KP, Greenham NC, Friend RH & Rao A (2014). Resonant energy transfer of triplet excitons from pentacene to PbSe nanocrystals., Nature materials, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25282509

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1:48 PM | Antarctic Sea Ice and Global Warming
Did you ever leave your freezer door slightly open on a humid day only to find chunks of new ice formed at the gap? When that happens, did you conclude “Oh, my freezer is colder than usual, I wonder how that happened?” No. You concluded that you had left the door slightly open, some cold…
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1:48 PM | Antarctic Sea Ice and Global Warming
Did you ever leave your freezer door slightly open on a humid day only to find chunks of new ice formed at the gap? When that happens, did you conclude “Oh, my freezer is colder than usual, I wonder how that happened?” No. You concluded that you had left the door slightly open, some cold…
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12:23 PM | Moon Over Miami? King Tide Underfoot
By Susan Cosier When the moon, sun, and earth align just right, and the full moon is at its closest proximity to our planet, its gravitational pull creates the king of all tides. Seriously, the bi-annual event is called a “King Tide,” and there’s one happening right now, which is sort of bad news if you live in a low-lying city like, say, Miami. The video above shows what the moon did to Miami last October. The city is expecting peak tide […]
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12:18 PM | DNews: What Do Our Oceans Reveal About Global Warming?
A new NASA study has revealed that the ocean abyss has not warmed in the past few years. What does this mean for global warming? Crystal Dilworth is here to explain.
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12:32 AM | Tuesday: Grand Challenges in Physiology
Tuesday was no less exciting than Monday! Here are some highlights: I thoroughly enjoyed a session called “Overcoming a Major Physiological Barrier: Adaptation from Saline to Freshwater Habitats” which highlighted the need for several species to shift how they regulate ion balance when they migrate between fresh water (ion absorption from the water) and salt…

October 08, 2014

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7:30 PM | Climate Change Has Raised Ocean Acidity by a Quarter
Ocean acidification has risen by a quarter since pre-industrial times as a result of rising carbon emissions, casting a shadow over the seas as a future source of food.
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2:49 PM | The only solution for polar bears: 'stop the rise in CO2 and other greenhouse gases'
Steven Amstrup, Chief Scientist for Polar Bears International, has worked diligently on polar bears for over 30 years. He radio-collared some of the first bears and discovered that annual activity areas for 75 tracked females averaged at a stunning 149,000 square kilometers. His recent work highlighted the cost of global warming to these incredible animals and the sea ice they so closely depend on.
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