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I had an extraordinary moment on the Palisades Parkway leaving New York City. In medium traffic moving about 50 miles per hour, with end-of-day sun slanting from the west, I could see something white and, seemingly, winged, flitting and darting within the flow of cars up ahead. Sure enough, it was a bird, moving at about the speed of the vehicles around it. I was thinking it must be a hawk, but as I caught up with it, I could see it was a pure white dove or pigeon — at my eye level — seemingly enjoying racing another Prius. Its wings pumped powerfully. Here and there, it darted upward, but then it returned to the race.

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CNN More than 50 billion of 3M's Post-it notes are sold every yearHit product reached market 12 years after it was invented3M employee, Art Fry realized potential of Post-it Notes in churchOnce the product was released in 1980, it spread "like a virus," he recalls St Paul, Minnesota (CNN) -- It's been described as the solution to a problem nobody realized existed. But that hasn't stopped the humble Post-it Note from becoming a ubiquitous fixture of stationery cupboards worldwide, with manufacturers 3M producing 50 billion each year. The sticky yellow squares did not always look destined to set the office supply world alight.

Isaac Held's Blog 44. Heat uptake and internal variability — part II I’m returning to an argument discussed in post #16 regarding the decomposition of the global mean warming into a part that is forced and a part that is due to internal variability. I am not looking here for the optimal way of doing this decomposition. I am just interested in getting a better feeling for whether an increasing ocean heat content over time is a “smoking gun” for the forced component being dominant, a term Jim Hansen and others have used in this context. I’ll assume that we know that the heat flux has been into, not out of, the earth system (ie the oceans) averaged over the period in question, which could be the last half century or any period longer than a decade or two to insure that we can think in terms of a transient climate sensitivity (or transient climate response TCR) for the forced component.

A New Paradigm Will Help Navigate the Anthropocene : Collide-a-Scape As anyone who follows environmental discourse knows, sustainability is more than a popular buzzword. It’s a concept that frames all discussion on climate change, development, and ecological concerns. For example, today’s line-up of sessions at the annual American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) meeting includes a panel called, “Getting to Global Ecological Sustainability: Climate and Small-Planet Ethics.” But what if there is no getting to global sustainability, because it’s an impossible goal? This is an argument that is put forward compellingly by advocates of the emergent resilience paradigm.

Climate Data Links « Open Mind I usually (but not always) include links to data on which my posts are based. It occured to me that it would be useful to collect data links in a single location. Therefore this page is a holding area for links to climate data. Sleep deprivation has genetic consequences WASHINGTON – Hey, you, yawning at 2 in the afternoon. Your genes feel it, too. A new study, paid for by the U.S. Ethics in Climate Change — Rock Ethics Institute "If we did not take action to solve this crisis, it could indeed threaten the future of human civilization...I believe it's deadly accurate. But again, we can solve it." Al Gore According to the Environmental Justice Foundation, every year climate change is attributable for the deaths of over 300,000 people, seriously affects a further 325 million people, and causes economic losses of US $125 billion. Four billion people are vulnerable to the effects of climate change and 500-600 million people – around 10% of the planet’s human population – are at extreme risk. Who bears responsibility for protecting those whose basic rights are threatened by climate change?

About the OECD Our mission The mission of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world.The OECD provides a forum in which governments can work together to share experiences and seek solutions to common problems. We work with governments to understand what drives economic, social and environmental change.

How to Talk to a Global Warming Sceptic Please note: This article has been superceded by one on my A Few Things Illconsidered Science Blogs location. It remains here only for posterity, comments are turned off. Japanese crime syndicates seen cashing in on internet tele-casinos Japanese crime syndicates seen cashing in on internet tele-casinos Sep 16, 2013 John Hofilena National No Comments A “tele-casino” is fast becoming the popular way to gamble in Japan, and it seems like a very convenient way for the Japanese yakuza to earn money.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - Climate Resrouces Americans’ health, security, and economic well-being are tied to climate and weather. In the last 2 years, the United States experienced 25 climate- and weather-related disasters that claimed 1,141 lives and each exceeded $1 billion ($175 billion total) in damages. The public, businesses, resource managers, and policy leaders are increasingly asking for information to help them understand how and why climate conditions are changing and how they can prepare. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is a primary provider of climate science, data, tools, and information used by stakeholders and citizens in decision-making contexts. These resources are supported by our strong foundation in science — including global climate observation and monitoring networks; world-renowned scientists; and state-of-the-art climate models. NOAA is working with partners and the public to build a climate-smart nation that is resilient to climate and weather extremes, and long-term changes.

Showtime Series Aims to Engage Sleepy Public on Global Warming With Celebrity Guides ShowtimeIn the first episode of “Years of Living Dangerously,” the actor Don Cheadle talks with Katharine Hayhoe, a climate scientist, and her husband, Drew Farley, a preacher. Early in 2011, two longtime 60 Minutes producers, David Gelber and Joel Bach, met with me to describe their ambitious plan to create a television series on global warming that, they hoped, would break through the enduring public apathy and haze of disinformation surrounding the subject. I wished them luck, while warning that the scale and complexity of the problem would make it hard to be both engaging and accurate.

About Censoring Science Censoring Science Dutton/Penguin 336 pages Size: 6-¼” x 9-¼” $25.95 Hardcover Pub Date: 12/27/2007 ISBN: 9780525950141 Plume Paperback Pub date: 12/27/2008 ISBN: 9780452289628 Improved Graph: Owing to a mix-up during our hasty production process, the scales were inadvertently dropped from the vertical axes of the graph on page 290 of the first printing of Censoring Science.

BBC News The UK government is trying to encourage more people to recycle their waste and reduce the UK's waste mountain. Figures suggest 60% of all household waste could be recycled or composted, but the largest nation in the UK, England, appears to be reusing only 17.7%. Here BBC correspondents provide a snapshot of how the UK's European neighbours and other countries approach recycling of everyday rubbish. SWITZERLAND: Imogen Foulkes Switzerland is proud of its recycling efforts, and with good reason. Glass and paper are just some of the things the average Swiss refuses to simply throw away. Green Button: Enabling Energy Innovation Posted by Monisha Shah and Nick Sinai on May 02, 2013 at 09:12 AM EDT This article is cross-posted from the Council on Environmental Quality blog Last year, in response to the Obama Administration’s call to action, 35 utilities and energy providers committed to provide 36 million homes and businesses with their own energy usage information in the consensus, industry-standard Green Button format. Not only are utilities implementing Green Button Download My Data across the country for homes and businesses to securely download their information, but utilities in California and the Mid-Atlantic are beginning to implement Green Button Connect My Data functionality— making it easier for their customers to securely transfer their own energy usage data to authorized third parties, based on affirmative (opt-in) customer consent and control. Today, we’re excited to see Green Button enable energy innovation through new announcements for the industry-led Green Button Initiative: