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October 30, 2014

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5:49 PM | US Solar Costs Catching Up to Conventional Energy
The cost of solar power is on the verge of catching up with conventional electricity, report two new studies. Continue reading →

October 29, 2014

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6:30 PM | Hydropower May Be Huge Source of Methane Emissions
What if reservoirs that store water and produce electricity were among some of the world's largest contributors of greenhouse gasses?

October 28, 2014

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8:39 PM | Tea Tastes Worse When It Rains Too Much
Too much rain can reduce the concentration of chemicals in tea that make it taste good, scientists have discovered.
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6:16 PM | Banging the Drum on Science When It Fits Your Tune
In her last big superlative GMO story, New York Times reporter Amy Harmon wrote: Scientists, who have come to rely on liberals in political battles over stem-cell research, climate change and the teaching of evolution, have been dismayed to find themselves at odds with their traditional allies on this issue. Some compare the hostility to G.M.O.s […]The post Banging the Drum on Science When It Fits Your Tune appeared first on Collide-a-Scape.
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5:45 PM | Australia's Plan Won't Save Great Barrier Reef: Scientists
The government's plans to protect the Great Barrier Reef can't prevent its decline, the country's pre-eminent grouping of natural scientists said Tuesday.
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4:53 PM | An Interview on Climate Change for Mobile Journalism 4 on Sound Cloud
This was technically difficult owing to internet conditions but interviewer Vijay Kishore Vaidyanathan did a great job with what he had. In particular he did a great job editing out the constant explosions in the background!
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4:53 PM | An Interview on Climate Change for Mobile Journalism 4 on Sound Cloud
This was technically difficult owing to internet conditions but interviewer Vijay Kishore Vaidyanathan did a great job with what he had. In particular he did a great job editing out the constant explosions in the background!

October 27, 2014

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10:33 PM | There is something about those climate records that keep getting broken
I think we have all become used to headlines like this - Earth Just Had Its Hottest September On Record. It’s all ho-hum to us. We just don’t notice any more – we don’t bother reading the articles. This is the point … Continue reading →
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10:33 PM | There is something about those climate records that keep getting broken
I think we have all become used to headlines like this - Earth Just Had Its Hottest September On Record. It’s all ho-hum to us. We just don’t notice any more – we don’t bother reading the articles. This is the point … Continue reading →
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4:30 PM | Cold Winters in Europe, Asia Linked to Sea Ice Decline
Arctic sea ice decline has doubled the chances of an extreme cold winter over Europe and Asia.
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2:00 PM | How to Dodge Despair and Lure Hope
With this post, I return again to that literal tome of life wisdom, “Voyage of the Turtle” by Carl Safina. I have always learned so much from my animal companions….and continue to do so each and every day. I also love watching nature documentaries that follow animals during their day-to-day lives so I can learn. […]

October 26, 2014

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1:47 PM | Two Years After Sandy’s Surge, New York City Shifts Toward a Softer Relationship with the Sea
Two years after Sandy swamped parts of New York City, a vision emerges for a mix of hard and soft landscape changes reflecting the reality of rising seas.
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12:49 AM | Putting politicans in their place on climate change
The US is a strange country. It has some great comedians (and some great scientists) but it also has some lousy politicians. It’s a real mystery to me how the US House Committee on Science, Space and Technology can have … Continue reading →
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12:49 AM | Putting politicans in their place on climate change
The US is a strange country. It has some great comedians (and some great scientists) but it also has some lousy politicians. It’s a real mystery to me how the US House Committee on Science, Space and Technology can have … Continue reading →

October 25, 2014

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6:59 PM | The Oceans Link to Climate Change
Hold on to your hats folks, we can all agree that most of the concerns about climate change have focused on the amount of greenhouse gases that have been released […]

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October 24, 2014

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3:37 PM | Tiny, Carbon-Scrubbing Champ Under Attack
Phytoplankton remove and store half the world's carbon, but they're under attack from rising ocean temperatures and viruses. Continue reading →
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12:28 PM | When the Rainforests Run Dry
By Susan Cosier If you thought the California drought was bad (and it is), take a look at what's happening in southeastern Brazil. These satellite images of the Jaguari Reservoir—one of the main water sources for São Paulo, South America's largest city—show how much water levels have dropped in just one year. In the lower photo, taken in August, the resevoir is only at 3 to 5 percent of its carrying capacity. São Paulo, home […]

October 23, 2014

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11:00 PM | What Will Winter Hold for Drought-Plagued California?
El Nino probably won't bring California drought-busting winter rains, but the news may not be all bad.
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8:02 PM | Different Worlds, Connected by Climate Change
By Brian Palmer Life in Thule, Greenland, and the Pacific nation of Tuvalu couldn’t be more different. At 750 miles above the Arctic Circle, Thule is among the northernmost inhabited places on earth. In July it reaches an average high of 52 degrees. Tuvalu is a tropical island where the temperature rarely drops below 75, even in the middle of the night. But the two seaside communities have at least one thing in common: Climate change threatens them […]
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5:43 PM | Arctic Sea Ice Extent
Arctic Sea Ice extent continues to be a problem. This year, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center, ARctic Sea ice reached its lowest extent this year on September 17th, which is about the sixth lowest extent on record, following a multi-year trend of decline. There is variation from year to year. This…
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5:43 PM | Arctic Sea Ice Extent
Arctic Sea Ice extent continues to be a problem. This year, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center, ARctic Sea ice reached its lowest extent this year on September 17th, which is about the sixth lowest extent on record, following a multi-year trend of decline. There is variation from year to year. This…
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1:39 AM | When was the last 17 year long hiatus (pause) in global warming?
Some time in the 1970s. I keep hearing about this 17 year long pause in global warming. So I went and looked. I did a regression analysis of the last 17 full years of surface temperatures from the GISS database. There is an upward trend in warming during this period and it is statistically significant.…
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1:39 AM | When was the last 17 year long hiatus (pause) in global warming?
Some time in the 1970s. I keep hearing about this 17 year long pause in global warming. So I went and looked. I did a regression analysis of the last 17 full years of surface temperatures from the GISS database. There is an upward trend in warming during this period and it is statistically significant.…

October 22, 2014

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9:10 PM | What’s the Deal With Europe’s Climate Talks?
European leaders are set to make important decisions this week about the continent's energy future.
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6:59 PM | Ice Zombies?
By John Upton This story originally appeared at Climate Central.Scientists tend to speak of glaciers as if they were living creatures. They say they grow and die and have good health and bad. Now, with Halloween approaching, a handful of researchers has found a way that the anthropomorphized rivers of ice that they study can simultaneously live and die as the globe warms. The discovery of a ghoulishly semi-lifeless glacier in southeastern Iceland […]
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6:46 PM | ‘Extreme Whether’ Explores the Climate Fight as a Family Feud
A new play tries to engage audiences on global warming through a family feud over fossil fuels, dying frogs and melting ice.
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6:42 PM | Whistleblower Who Exposed White House Tampering with Climate Science Dies
Rick Piltz passed away last Saturday. He spent decades working in the federal government and state government in Texas, and was a prominent whistleblower during the Bush administration. He later... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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11:42 AM | Antarctica’s Lost Photo Albums
By Susan Cosier Flipping through old family albums can remind you where you come from, and that goes for NASA, too. The space agency is getting a peek at its history—and the history of our planet—with hundreds of thousands of old satellite photographs. The long forgotten magnetic tapes and photographic film have been sitting in boxes and collecting dust for five decades at the National Climatic Data Center. Along with early snapshots of the Aral […]
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11:00 AM | Polar Vortex Spiked U.S. CO2 Emissions in 2013
Largely as a result of trying to keep warm from that Arctic chill, carbon dioxide emitted from burning energy in the U.S. increased 2.5 percent in 2013 over the previous year.

October 21, 2014

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5:24 PM | What can we do about climate change?
I could rephrase this question. What should we do about climate change. The reason I might rephrase this is because we may not ben that sure of what we can do, but we should do something. Or, more accurately, some things. There are a lot of possible things we can do, and we have little…
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