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2012 Arctic Report Card

2012 Arctic Report Card
Atmospheric rivers are the source of 30-50 percent of precipitation along the U.S. West Coast, and they are a major driver of the region's most serious floods. But the events are also called “drought busters” because, as these maps from 2010 show, just one or two storms can help replenish the water system during dry spells.

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Seven reasons why climate change is 'even worse than we thought' Climate Progress The NY Times isn’t the only major publication going apocalyptic on climate change. New Scientist has a new dedicated issue that makes the Times’ stories seem down-right Pollyannish. Nearly 3 years ago, the late William R. Freudenburg discussed in a AAAS presentation how new scientific findings since the 2007 IPCC report are found to be more than twenty times as likely to indicate that global climate disruption is “worse than previously expected,” rather than “not as bad as previously expected.” As he said at the time:

The Rise of Cyanobacteria in Freshwater Resources February 24, 2012 This image shows a bloom of cyanobacteria in Lake Erie on August 19, 2011 (courtesy of Thomas Archer). Cyanobacteria (formerly known as blue-green algae) are on the rise in the U.S. and worldwide, becoming a serious threat to freshwater resources and public health. Evolutionary Applications - Virtual Issue - Evolutionary Applications to Climate Change Virtual Issue - Evolutionary Applications to Climate Change Editorial Virtual Issue All papers are free to read and download Japanese tsunami debris link roundup Estimation of debris path created with OSCURS model. The colors are years after the tsunami. Click through for more information. Climate Code Red: Scientists call for war on climate change, but who on earth is listening? by David Spratt When it's too late for half measures, the only option is to be really honest. And that's what a number of brave climate scientists have just done. It's been a week of startling news that has buried the idea that reasonable action will keep global warming to 2°C, with evidence that the world is now heading towards a 4–6°C warming this century, and as early as 2060.

What is the cryosphere? There are places on Earth that are so cold that water is frozen solid. These areas of snow or ice, which are subject to temperatures below 0°C for at least part of the year, compose the cryosphere. The term “cryosphere” comes from the Greek word, “krios,” which means cold. Ice and snow on land are one part of the cryosphere. This includes the largest parts of the cryosphere, the continental ice sheets found in Greenland and Antarctica, as well as ice caps, glaciers, and areas of snow and permafrost. Climate Change Master Class - WIREs Climate Change This WIREs “Climate Change Master Class” collection brings together a number of Overview articles recently published in WIREs Climate Change. These Overview articles are written by leaders in their fields and offer ideal entry points to different fields of climate change study for students seeking introductory orientation, or for readers from particular disciplines seeking the current state-of-knowledge about climate change emerging from other disciplines. Overview WIREs Climate Change Matthias Heymann Published Online: Jul 01 2010

Tracking marine debris from Japanese tsunami Video: Tsunami Aftermath: Marine Debris | Download: 1280 x 720 (70 MB) Ongoing efforts to update and refine computer models with wind speed and ocean current data is leading to a better understanding of how fast tsunami-generated debris may travel across the Pacific. Visit NOAA's Marine Debris Program for the latest information and modeling maps. Sweden runs out of garbage, forced to import from Norway Sweden, birthplace of the Smörgåsbord, Eric Northman, and the world’s preferred solar-powered purveyor of flat-pack home furnishings, is in a bit of a pickle: the squeaky clean Scandinavian nation of more than 9.5 million has run out of garbage. The landfills have been tapped dry; the rubbish reserves depleted. And although this may seem like a positive — even enviable — predicament for a country to be facing, Sweden has been forced to import trash from neighboring countries, namely Norway. Yep, Sweden is so trash-strapped that officials are shipping it in — 80,000 tons of refuse annually, to be exact — from elsewhere. You see, Swedes are big on recycling. So big in fact that only 4 percent of all waste generated in the country is landfilled.

2014 Earth's warmest year on record The State of the Climate Summary Information is a synopsis of the collection of national and global summaries released each month. 2014 Earth's warmest year on record; December 2014 record warm; Global oceans also record warm for 2014 The globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces for 2014 was the highest among all years since record keeping began in 1880.

Ocean Explorer: NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer: Live Stream 1 (540p) Following the successful completion of the Mountains in the Deep: Exploring the Central Pacific Basin expedition, NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer will enter a dry dock period for repairs. Our next mission is slated to begin July 6. Check out the full 2017 overview for more details on what is coming up next. [ Where is the Okeanos? ] Mission Complete2017-05-19 19:21 After 23 days at sea, NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer is in Honolulu, Hawaii.

You Are (regulated by what) You Eat! RNA-Seq reveals plant microRNAs regulating expression in mammals from The Scientist Chen-Yu Zhang, a molecular biologist at Nanjing University in China, hypothesized that exogenous microRNAs, such as those ingested through the consumption of milk, could also be found circulating in the serum of mammals.

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