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August 22, 2014

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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, […]

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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 […]

August 13, 2014

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4:37 PM | 23 Million Rides Later, No U.S. Bike-Share Deaths
In 36 city programs there have been zero bike share-related deaths since the first bikes hit the streets in 2007.

August 12, 2014

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4:44 AM | Developing Countries to Become Major Climate Change Contributors by 2030—Later Than Previous Estimates
Developed nations have dominated global surface temperature change historically, and according to a new study, they will continue to do so until 2030, when developing nations, particularly the two population giants—China and India—will overtake them.  “This is significant,” said lead author Daniel Ward, a postdoctoral researcher from Cornell University, because most human-induced “climate change will […]

August 11, 2014

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4:52 PM | DNews: 5 Islands That Are Going to Disappear
Trace presents a group of islands that may be at risk of going bye-bye within the next 30 years.
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4:15 PM | Old Ships' Logs Help Forecast the Future
The logs of old ships could help scientists predict future weather patterns.
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2:30 PM | Indonesia's children see ravaged environment in their future
A generation ago, Borneo was one of the wildest places on the planet. But decades of logging and oil palm plantations has changed the landscape of Borneo forever: in fact a recent study found that the island has lost 30 percent of its total forest cover since 1973. In the face of this large-scale environmental destruction, a new study finds that Indonesian Borneo's children have a pessimistic view of their future.
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2:09 PM | Fire, Forests, and Fighter Jets
By Jason Bittel The 35,284-acre Oregon Gulch fire burning about 15 miles east of Ashland, Oregon, is now 64 percent contained, but last week, the blaze sent rare pyrocumulus (that’s fire + cumulus) clouds high into the sky. That’s when aerial photographer Jim “Hazy” Haseltine was able to capture this shot of an F-15C from Oregon’s Air National Guard with a bad-ass backdrop. A combination of lightning and dry conditions (read: […]

August 08, 2014

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11:20 PM | Should Environmentalist Politicians Focus Less On Climate Change?
Today we debunked the claim that scientists in 1970s commonly believed that the Earth was headed for another ice age and had a number of discussions about global warming and environmentalism—including whether politicians should talk about climate change less and other advantages of sustainable policies more.Read more...
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6:26 PM | More Facts on Climate Change = What?
Climate concerned advocates received some welcome news yesterday: A new study finds that when they understand climate basics, some conservatives are more likely to accept that climate change is happening I continue to be amazed at how much time and resources are spent justifying attempts to win over the most ideologically entrenched demographic in the climate […]The post More Facts on Climate Change = What? appeared first on Collide-a-Scape.
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12:05 PM | Throwing Paradigms to the Wind of Climate Change
        This is a guest post by Daniil Bachkirov, a joint master’s student in the School of Environmental Sciences and Philosophy at the University of East Anglia, where he studies at the juncture of the natural sciences and the humanities … Continue reading →

August 07, 2014

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9:01 PM | Arctic Emergency: Scientists Speak
Lots to talk about here: Published on Aug 1, 2014 Arctic Emergency: Scientists Speak On Melting Ice and Global Impacts (1080p HD) This film brings you the voices of climate scientists – in their own words. Rising temperatures in the Arctic are contributing the melting sea ice, thawing permafrost, and destabilization of a system that…
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9:01 PM | Arctic Emergency: Scientists Speak
Lots to talk about here: Published on Aug 1, 2014 Arctic Emergency: Scientists Speak On Melting Ice and Global Impacts (1080p HD) This film brings you the voices of climate scientists – in their own words. Rising temperatures in the Arctic are contributing the melting sea ice, thawing permafrost, and destabilization of a system that…
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8:00 PM | ESA Policy News August 7: Science groups oppose travel bill, White House outlines climate change costs
Here are some highlights from the latest ESA Policy New […]
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12:45 AM | Iselle Now a Hurricane Threat to Hawaii; Julio is Following — and a New Disturbance Has Just Formed
Yesterday, I posted a satellite image showing double cyclonic trouble headed for Hawaii. Today the threat became even more troubling. At 5:15 p.m. EDT today, the National Weather Service issued a hurricane warning for the Big Island of Hawaii, as Iselle is now expected to lash the island with hurricane-strength winds on Thursday. Maui and […]The post Iselle Now a Hurricane Threat to Hawaii; Julio is Following — and a New Disturbance Has Just Formed appeared first on ImaGeo.
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12:45 AM | Iselle Now a Hurricane Threat to Hawaii; Julio is Following — and a New Disturbance Has Just Formed
Yesterday, I posted a satellite image showing double cyclonic trouble headed for Hawaii. Today the threat became even more troubling. At 5:15 p.m. EDT today, the National Weather Service issued a hurricane warning for the Big Island of Hawaii, as Iselle is now expected to lash the island with hurricane-strength winds on Thursday. Maui and […]The post Iselle Now a Hurricane Threat to Hawaii; Julio is Following — and a New Disturbance Has Just Formed appeared first on ImaGeo.

August 06, 2014

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8:02 PM | Lost on the Lake
By Rocky Kistner Tourists flock to the Dominican Republic to savor its crystal white beaches, lush tropical reefs, and meticulously manicured golf courses. But they may not realize that further inland, a climate disaster is growing: an enormous lake is expanding by three feet a year, swallowing whole towns and leaving a farming society with no land left to cultivate. In this short documentary, host Vikram Ghandi takes us on a tour of the devastation caused […]
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