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July 31, 2014

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4:00 PM | Odd Cause of Gaping Siberian Holes Possibly Found
What created the mysterious giant holes found in Siberia, and could they appear anywhere in the United States?
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2:32 PM | Christians Mingle for Climate, Surf’s Up in the Arctic, the Empire Strikes Back (at Birds!)
By Jason Bittel You gotta have faith: It's no shocker that environmental groups like the Natural Resources Defense Council (which publishes OnEarth) would come out in support of the Obama administration’s new power plant rules (though they want the standards to be even tougher). But other faces in the crowd at the EPA’s public hearings this week might surprise you. More than two-dozen faith leaders, including evangelicals and conservative […]
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2:34 AM | Volcanoes, Tree Rings, and Climate Models: This is how science works.
Mark Your Cosmic Calendar: 775/775 One wonders if anyone felt it. Did Charlemagne feel it as he led his forces across Pagan Saxon Westphalia, knocking down Irminsuls and making everyone pretend to be Christian or else? Did the people of Bagdad, just becoming the world’s largest city, notice anything aside from their own metro-bigness? Did…

July 30, 2014

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6:49 PM | Evangelicals and Climate Change
Nearly a decade ago, I wrote a profile of Richard Cizik for Audubon magazine. He was, at the time, a prominent lobbyist for the National Association of Evangelicals and a member of good standing among social and political conservatives. But Cizik’s views on a number of hot-button issues were evolving. In 2008 he was forced to […]The post Evangelicals and Climate Change appeared first on Collide-a-Scape.

July 29, 2014

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8:18 PM | Silent but Deadly
By Miriam Wasser Down on the farm (well, on George Orwell’s Animal Farm, at least), the Seventh Commandment states: “All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others.” Allegories aside, farm animals aren’t equal in the real world, either—and that’s even true when it comes to flatulence, which, believe it or not, is a major contributor to climate change. Cows are by far the worst offenders, but today […]
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5:46 PM | Could California Go All in On Renewable Energy?
California could be completely powered by renewable energy, according to a plan that uses available technology. Continue reading →
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4:30 PM | Another Massive Hole Appears in Siberia: Photos
A second massive crater has appeared in a remote part of Siberia. It's uncertain yet what's caused the sinkholes, but experts have suggested global warming may play a part.
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2:29 PM | Two More Mysterious Giant Holes Emerge In Siberia (Pictures)
About two weeks ago, I reported on a giant crater that appeared on the Yamal peninsula in Siberia. Well, while scientists are still trying to figure out what caused this first crater, two more have been discovered in Siberia. Crater of Antipayuta This crater was alo discovered on the Yamal peninsula, near the village of Antipayuta […]

July 28, 2014

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7:40 PM | New on F1000Research – 28 July 2014
A selection of new content on F1000Research from the past week. To receive notification of all new articles, sign up for our table of contents alerts. Featured article: Epiphyte response to drought and experimental warming in an Andean cloud forest [v2; ref status: indexed, http://f1000r.es/3le] Previously titled: Epiphyte response to drought and experimental warming PUBLISHED: 06 June [...]
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5:03 PM | [Article 6820]Stories of Climate Change Need Telling
Help Savvy Writers Get the Story Out A few years ago I worked with a very good writer and PhD chemist named Sarah Webb on a project to create exhibits for the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles. She worked on image and topic research and provided me a much-needed second pair of eyes before I […]
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3:22 PM | U.S. Coal Exports Eroding Domestic Greenhouse Gains
Continuing rise in U.S. exports of coal work against domestic reductions in CO2 emissions.
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1:37 PM | Roger Pielke Jr. on FiveThirtyEight and his Climate Critics
Earlier in the year, Roger Pielke Jr. was named as a contributing writer for Nate Silver’s newly re-launched FiveThirtyEight site. Shortly after that, Pielke, a climate policy scholar and political scientist at the University of Colorado, in Boulder, published an article at FiveThirtyEight headlined, “Disasters Cost More Than Ever–But Not Because of Climate Change.” Critics pounced immediately in […]The post Roger Pielke Jr. on FiveThirtyEight and […]

July 26, 2014

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9:59 AM | Temperatures make our global warming opinions change like the weather
Our experience of current warmth can override our scientific knowledge in driving beliefs about climate change, which is part of the reason we struggle to take the resulting risks seriously, underlines Columbia University’s Elke Weber.

Weber, E. (2006). Experience-Based and Description-Based Perceptions of Long-Term Risk: Why Global Warming does not Scare us (Yet), Climatic Change, 77 (1-2) 103-120. DOI: 10.1007/s10584-006-9060-3

Li, Y., Johnson, E. & Zaval, L. (2011). Local Warming: Daily Temperature Change Influences Belief in Global Warming, Psychological Science, 22 (4) 454-459. DOI: 10.1177/0956797611400913

Zaval, L., Keenan, E., Johnson, E. & Weber, E. (2014). How warm days increase belief in global warming, Nature Climate Change, 4 (2) 143-147. DOI: 10.1038/nclimate2093

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July 24, 2014

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7:05 PM | Desperate measures: researchers say radical approaches needed to beat extinctions
Today, in the midst of what has been termed the “Sixth Great Extinction” by many in the scientific community, humans are contributing to dizzying rates of species loss and ecosystem changes. A new analysis suggests the time may have come to start widely applying intensive, controversial methods currently used only as “last resort” strategies to save the word’s most imperiled species.
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3:40 PM | The Pre-Holocene Climate Is Returning — And It Won't Be Fun
Our planet has been witness to plenty of strange weather happenings recently, from devastating floods to the polar vortex. These events are providing a glimpse of what it was like during the pre-Holocene era — a time of volatility and destruction. But it could also be a demonstration of where climate change is taking us. Read more...
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2:05 PM | Global Warming’s Impact on Hockey: NHL is concerned.
The original hoser, I’m told by an unimpeachable source from way up in Canada, was the guy who went out to his front yard in the middle of the winter and hosed down the lawn in order to make some flat ice, so he and his friends could play hockey. A better way to get…
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2:05 PM | Global Warming’s Impact on Hockey: NHL is concerned.
The original hoser, I’m told by an unimpeachable source from way up in Canada, was the guy who went out to his front yard in the middle of the winter and hosed down the lawn in order to make some flat ice, so he and his friends could play hockey. A better way to get…
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1:04 PM | I'm Blaming Global Warming!
;)MT @bjkingape @janetsomerville: "@TechnicallyRon: too hot in Britain; annual golden retriever migration has begun. pic.twitter.com/y3WQT7jkLl”— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) July 24, 2014

July 23, 2014

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6:58 PM | How warm will 2014 be?
We just experienced the warmest two months (May and June) on record, meaning, essentially, in well over 100 years. This is because of anthropogenic global warming (AGW). Does this mean that 2014 will be the warmest year on record? Probably not, in part because February was pretty cold and that lowers the score for the…
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6:58 PM | How warm will 2014 be?
We just experienced the warmest two months (May and June) on record, meaning, essentially, in well over 100 years. This is because of anthropogenic global warming (AGW). Does this mean that 2014 will be the warmest year on record? Probably not, in part because February was pretty cold and that lowers the score for the…
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5:19 PM | Approaching "Catastrophic Levels"
Report: Climate Change Skeptics Could Reach Catastrophic Levels By 2020 http://t.co/tCg70VrEKU pic.twitter.com/JnzOafYZrJ— The Onion (@TheOnion) July 23, 2014Is this National Make Fun of Climate Deniers Day?
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3:17 PM | Can Scientific Advice on Coastal Risk Reduction Compete with ‘We Will Not Retreat’ Politics?
An important report offers advice on ways to cut coastal risk in a changing climate. Will politicians listen?
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2:38 PM | Beetles Eat Beatle Tree, Nestle Chugs Away California’s H20, EPA Goes Kim K. Krazy
By Jason Bittel Liquid loophole: California is in its third year of drought, and by state law districts must report their water consumption and well levels. But Nestle’s Arrowhead bottled water division has found a way around all that silly reporting: it buys its water from the Morongo Tribe, which is technically a sovereign nation and thus, not beholden to California’s laws. So how much water are we talking about? In 2009, the Nestle plant […]
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2:26 PM | "*heads explode*"
But WHY would 98% of scientists lie about global warming? Could it be science...doesn't even EXIST? *heads explode*— donni (@donni) July 23, 2014
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12:40 PM | Is Climate Change Ruining Wine Corks?
Some experts are worried about wine cork quality, which has been mysteriously in decline for almost 20 years.
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12:00 PM | Using Google Trends to Gauge Climate Change Perception
Climate change is happening. There’s no question about it, despite what some news media outlets would have you believe. To mitigate or adapt to the effects of climate change, it is prudent to understand how people learn about climate-related issues in the first place. Corey Lang is a researcher in the Department of Environmental and

July 22, 2014

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7:45 PM | Like May 2014, June Was Hottest on Record
This June was the hottest on record, continuing a 38-year trend.
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7:40 PM | Treacherous Times
By Suzanne Goldenberg This post originally appeared at The Guardian. OnEarth is part of the Guardian Environment Network.Forget the future. The world is already nearly five times as dangerous and disaster prone as it was in the 1970s, because of the increasing risks brought by climate change, according to a new report from the World Meteorological Organization. The first decade of the 21st century saw 3,496 natural disasters from floods, storms, droughts, […]
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5:25 PM | The Expansion of Antarctic Sea Ice and Self Correcting Science
One of the things climate change science deniers say, to throw you off, is that Antarctic sea ice is expanding. They even claim that the amount of expansion of Antarctic sea ice offsets the dramatic retreat of Arctic sea ice (see this for the latest on the Arctic). I’ve even seen it argued, in that…
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5:25 PM | The Expansion of Antarctic Sea Ice and Self Correcting Science
One of the things climate change science deniers say, to throw you off, is that Antarctic sea ice is expanding. They even claim that the amount of expansion of Antarctic sea ice offsets the dramatic retreat of Arctic sea ice (see this for the latest on the Arctic). I’ve even seen it argued, in that…
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