Monthly Archives: August 2013

Fighting Pest, Farmers Find Strange Ally: A Drought

New York Times: Texas’ drought has left crops parched across the state, but the lack of water could have unintended benefits for South Texas farmers in one of the state’s longest-running agricultural battles. For the past two decades, the Texas Boll Weevil Eradication Foundation has conducted a […] Read the original post by miscellaneous

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New Forecast System May Be Able to Predict Changes in Ocean’s Ecosystem

Nature World: A group of researchers have developed a prototype of a forecast system designed to predict changes in the ocean’s ecosystem months in advance. Called the JISAO Seasonal Coastal Ocean Prediction of the Ecosystem, or J-SCOPE for short, the tool feeds information from global climate models into a coastal ocean […] Read the original […]

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National Park Service director gets firsthand look at the Rim fire

LA Times: As the Rim fire has burned into Yosemite National Park and into the record books, it has been watched around the world. From Washington, D.C., National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis said he monitored the blaze’s progress daily as flames threatened Sierra Nevada communities, ancient sequoia groves and […] Read the original post […]

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Californian Rim fire heads towards Yosemite’s famed sequoia trees

Reuters: A massive wildfire that has charred the northwestern edge of California’s Yosemite national park is heading towards two groves of the park’s famed sequoia trees, the national park service director, Jonathan Jarvis, said as firefighters battled the blaze on Saturday. The so-called Rim fire, which now has an overall footprint […] Read the original […]

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Sea Level Rise Driving Shoreline Changes in Hawaii

Nature World: Sea level rise (SLR) is a primary factor driving historical shoreline changes in Hawaii, according to a new study. The global annual SLR average over the last century was roughly 2 millimeters, with previous studies indicating that this rate is now approaching 3 millimeters and may accelerate in coming […] Read the original […]

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Silver Lining in China’s Smog as It Puts Focus on Emissions

New York Times: Jiang Kejun may be one of the few Beijing residents who see a ray of hope in the smog engulfing the city. A researcher in a state energy institute, he is an outspoken advocate of swiftly cutting China’s greenhouse gas output, and he says public anger about […] Read the original post […]

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Christie touts post-Sandy recovery, but Jersey shore tourism drops

Chicago Tribune: Mike Loundy simply knows the resort town as home. His grandfather came to Seaside Heights in 1932. The family never left, and Loundy’s two daughters, he proudly notes, are fourth-generation residents. The town Loundy calls home was among the many devastated when Hurricane Sandy roared up the eastern seaboard […] Read the original […]

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Saving Reefs by Enlisting Citizens as New Scientists

Climate News Network: Ever wanted to see a coral reef up close? What until now has been a privilege reserved to a small minority is about to become something millions of us can (virtually) do. Scientists have hit on a way to harness 360-degree panoramas from Google’s underwater street-view format in […] Read the original […]

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Climate Change: Evangelical Scientists Say Limbaugh Wrong, Faith and Science Compliment One Another

Christian Post: Rush Limbaugh doesn’t think we exist. In other words that evangelical scientists cannot subscribe to the evidence of global warming. Specifically, during a recent segment on his radio show Limbaugh stated, “If you believe in God, then intellectually you cannot believe in manmade global warming.” Talk radio personalities often make […] Read the […]

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Global warming slowdown data sought in leaked UN climate report

Bloomberg: U.S. and European Union envoys are seeking more clarity from the United Nations on a slowdown in global warming that climate skeptics have cited as a reason not to “panic” about environmental changes, leaked documents show. They’re requesting that more details on the so-called “hiatus” be included in a key […] Read the original […]

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