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September 01, 2014

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7:09 PM | The hope behind climate change: adaptation strategies for coastal regions
Happy Labor Day!  In honor of a day traditionally taken off (except for retail employees, unfortunately) to enjoy grilling and relaxing outside, I thought I’d discuss something a bit more upbeat.  Climate change research can often be gloomy.  It is … Continue reading →

Brown, S., Nicholls, R., Hanson, S., Brundrit, G., Dearing, J., Dickson, M., Gallop, S., Gao, S., Haigh, I., Hinkel, J. & Jiménez, J. (2014). Shifting perspectives on coastal impacts and adaptation, Nature Climate Change, 4 (9) 752-755. DOI: 10.1038/nclimate2344

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August 31, 2014

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3:02 PM | Yawning wolves, face-mites and space-based lasers to fight global warming
Who’d Have Thunk It? 31.08.14 Do you ever get annoyed at having to wait for ages at border immigration? Well it could be that the time-consuming checks are not totally effective at matching photos to faces: A study on passport officers in Australia found that there was a ‘14% acceptance rate of ‘fraudulent photos’. Perhaps…

August 30, 2014

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5:54 PM | Getting Droned On Greenland’s Ice Sheet
If you’re as fascinated by the science of our planet as I am, you’ve probably seen all sorts of imagery of the world’s frozen places, including dramatic photos of summer meltwater coursing across the surface of the Greenland Ice Sheet. And now, for a new and thoroughly spectacular perspective, check out the video above. Shot […]The post Getting Droned On Greenland’s Ice Sheet appeared first on ImaGeo.
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5:54 PM | Getting Droned On Greenland’s Ice Sheet
If you’re as fascinated by the science of our planet as I am, you’ve probably seen all sorts of imagery of the world’s frozen places, including dramatic photos of summer meltwater coursing across the surface of the Greenland Ice Sheet. And now, for a new and thoroughly spectacular perspective, check out the video above. Shot […]The post Getting Droned On Greenland’s Ice Sheet appeared first on ImaGeo.

August 29, 2014

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6:51 PM | More trouble with tar sands: oil extraction leading to big forest loss in Alberta
Tar sands operations have been the subject of much controversy over the past few years as expected economic gains for Canada the may come at the cost of environmental damage from the proposed Keystone XL pipeline and increased greenhouse gas emissions. Now another negative impact has come to light - deforestation of the boreal forest overlying the oil deposits.
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12:46 AM | Ohio lawmakers lack science education, want to be sure everyone else does too
Once again, nonscientists are dictating how to do science. They are mistaken. And they have an agenda. Ohio lawmakers want to limit the teaching of the scientific process. The bill, currently under consideration by the Ohio Assembly, is intended to revoke a previous approval of the Common Core educational standards, which target math and literacy.… Source: Doubtful News

August 28, 2014

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6:55 PM | Accounting for the Expanding Carbon Shadow from Coal-Burning Plants
A pitch for considering a lifetime's worth of carbon dioxide emissions when examining power plants in the context of climate change.
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3:00 PM | The U.S. Southwest Could Soon Experience Decades-Long "Megadroughts"
During the 1930s, America's High Plains were ravaged by an 8-year long drought, resulting in the dreaded Dust Bowl. Scientists now warn that, owing to global warming, this could happen again — and that by next century many parts of the world could experience "megadroughts" lasting for several decades.Read more...

August 27, 2014

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9:55 PM | Could Climate Change Cause Deadly Epidemics?
Scientists warn that a potentially deadly disease may spread from the tropics to temperate areas of Europe as the result of climate change. Continue reading →
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9:55 PM | Could Climate Change Cause Deadly Epidemics?
Scientists warn that a potentially deadly disease may spread from the tropics to temperate areas of Europe as the result of climate change. Continue reading →
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8:41 PM | Cut Carbon, Breathe Easier, Live Longer
By Brian Palmer What if I offered you an investment that would make us all healthier, save thousands of lives, and pay for itself? It would be hard to turn down a deal like that. According to a new study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, there is such an investment, and it’s called cap and trade—the market-based plan to reduce carbon pollution that is still somehow controversial, despite the benefits it offers to human health, the […]

August 26, 2014

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9:05 PM | The Keeling Curve
The Keeling Curve is the measurement of CO2 in the Earth’s atmosphere. As we burn fossil fuel or damage “Carbon sinks” we increase that number. The Keeling curve is at the root of much of the science of global warming. It goes up over time because of the release of fossil Carbon, and it wiggles…
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3:28 PM | A Closer Look at Turbulent Oceans and Greenhouse Heating
Climate science homes in on the oceans' role in driving wiggles in global warming.

August 23, 2014

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7:28 AM | Information Aversion
Originally posted on Azimuth:? Why do ostriches stick their heads under the sand when they’re scared? They don’t. So why do people say they do? A Roman named Pliny the Elder might be partially to blame. He wrote that ostriches “imagine, when they have thrust their head and neck into a bush, that the…

August 22, 2014

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7:37 PM | An uncertain future: world's last wild Siberian tigers threatened by iIllegal logging, global warming, disease (PART II)
Every year, between 20 and 30 tigers are poached. Illegal logging is reducing the tigers' habitat, and illegal hunting is reducing its food supply. However, these are not the only threats to wild tiger survival -- other problems are cropping up and taking a toll on the iconic big cat.
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1:25 PM | Has Earth's Missing Heat Been Found?
A new study suggests a natural climate cycle in the North Atlantic Ocean gobbled Earth's extra heat.

August 19, 2014

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2:18 PM | California Is Hot, Hot, HOT
By Jason Bittel You don’t need a beautiful mind to spot the pattern in this National Climatic Data Center graph. See where the red squiggly fires up at the far right, kinda like a Jupiter missile? That’s where California’s 2014 average temperature climbs 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit higher than ever before in the state’s recorded history. But the less dramatic orange line is actually scarier. It represents a temperature […]

August 18, 2014

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11:00 AM | Earth Shots: Must-See Planet Pics
Glaciers retreat in Alaska, two tropical storms harass Hawaii and dust covers the Red Sea.

August 17, 2014

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9:28 PM | Profiles In Courage
Republicans and global warming: In stark contrast to their party’s public stance on Capitol Hill, many Republicans privately acknowledge the scientific consensus that human activity is at least partially responsible for climate change and recognize the need to address the problem. However, they see little political benefit to speaking out on the issue… Anthony Adragna, […]
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4:53 PM | Climate Change Documentary “Years of Living Dangerously” Wins Emmy
The climate change documentary, “Years of Living Dangerously” was nominated for two Emmy Awards. That was well deserved and fantastic news. But, frankly, with Cosmos also nominated for the same categories, no one really expected more than the nomination. But, while Cosmos dis win in the “Outstanding Writing For Nonfiction Programming” category, and good on…
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4:53 PM | Climate Change Documentary “Years of Living Dangerously” Wins Emmy
The climate change documentary, “Years of Living Dangerously” was nominated for two Emmy Awards. That was well deserved and fantastic news. But, frankly, with Cosmos also nominated for the same categories, no one really expected more than the nomination. But, while Cosmos dis win in the “Outstanding Writing For Nonfiction Programming” category, and good on…

August 15, 2014

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6:52 PM | Electronic Frontier Foundation Messes Up
I just realized that the Electronic Frontier Foundation has filed a brief with the court in relation to Mann vs. the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the National Review, Mark Steyn, and Rand Simberg (variously). This is disappointing and will probably color my opinion of EFF going forward on whatever else they do. Their brief isn’t just…
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5:45 PM | Tibet's Glaciers Warmer Than in the Past 2,000 Years
The glaciers on the Tibetan plateau -- which provide freshwater for 2 billion people -- are warmer than in the past two millennia.
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5:29 PM | Swamp Thing and Plant Communication
Maybe I’m dating myself here, but ever see the swamp thing movie, television show, or even the comic? Call me picky, after all we are talking about a human/plant hybrid, […]

G. Kim,, M. L. LeBlanc,, E. K. Wafula,, C. W. dePamphilis, & J. H. Westwood. (2014). Genomic-scale exchange of mRNA between a parasitic plant and its hosts, Science, Other:

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August 14, 2014

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11:50 PM | More Research Linking Global Warming To Bad Weather Events
A new paper advances our understanding of the link between anthropogenic global warming and the apparent uptick in severe weather events we’ve been experiencing. Let’s have a look at the phenomenon and the new research. Climate Change: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly. It is mostly bad. Sometimes it is ugly. I was looking…
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11:50 PM | More Research Linking Global Warming To Bad Weather Events
A new paper advances our understanding of the link between anthropogenic global warming and the apparent uptick in severe weather events we’ve been experiencing. Let’s have a look at the phenomenon and the new research. Climate Change: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly. It is mostly bad. Sometimes it is ugly. I was looking…
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6:00 PM | Humans Are to Blame for Rapidly Melting Glaciers
Glaciers worldwide are melting due to human factors, such as greenhouse-gas emissions and aerosols, a new study suggests.
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9:18 AM | Greenland 2014: field work update!
The Greenland ice sheet is the largest continuous body of ice in the northern hemisphere, covering an area of ~22million km^2. Despite appearing to be devoid of life, it is […]
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4:45 AM | Brewer Shows Bamboo Not Just for Pandas Anymore
Bamboo -- technically a grass not a tree -- grows fast, captures carbon and can be made into pale ale.
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2:37 AM | The Jargonaut: What’s a Rossby Wave?
By Brian Palmer Editor’s note: If you follow environmental science and policy (or just dip a toe in every once in a while), you’re bound to encounter obscure terms and wonky jargon. OnEarth is here to explain them to you, in this new feature we call The Jargonaut. We’ll tell you why the term comes up (the chatter), what it means (the gist), and when you should break it out in casual conversation (the payoff). This is the year of obscure […]
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