Monthly Archives: August 2014

Climate change research roundup: hiding heat in the Atlantic and the Arctic carbon cycle

The most recent issue of Science has two new reports on the so-called global warming hiatus and the carbon cycle in the Arctic, both of which are central to discussions of climate change and where temperature increases are being seen around … Continue reading

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Mosquitoes on the move: climate change and its effect on vector-borne diseases

If you live in Florida, like I do, you come to truly fear and loathe these guys: the Aedes albopictus, better known as the tiger mosquito.  Or any other mosquito, for that matter.  In the US, we actually have it … Continue reading

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Anthropogenic climate change and glacial loss explained in a single number: 25!

A new analysis combining climate modeling with glacier dynamics has given us the first estimation of the percent of glacier loss directly due to anthropogenic climate change.  This is strong evidence and important data to understand to educate the general … Continue reading

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Few but strong: dense tornado clusters on the rise in the United States

Driving along a US highway, this is not something you want to see out your side window.  The United States has the highest rate of tornadoes per year compared to any other country, so unfortunately this is something many US … Continue reading

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The responsibility of demand: air travel projected to create net increase in greenhouse gas emissions

There are many ways that individuals can make lifestyle changes to aid in the global mission of reducing greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere.  Just to name a few…eat less meat, drive less, monitor air conditioning/heating and improve insulation, buy compact … Continue reading

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Wait before you stamp out your next cigarette! Scientists use cigarette filters in advanced energy storage materials

Who knew smoking was good for the environment! Well, maybe that’s not the right way to put this…rather, if people must smoke (which they undoubtedly will for the foreseeable future), can’t we find something useful to do with all the … Continue reading

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Ignoring the dangers: fracking development outpacing knowledge of biotic impacts

I’m not uniformly against fracking as many other environmental scientists may be.  Although my initial impressions of fracking were extremely negative, I’ve come to see the need for transitional energy sources as we move away from fossil fuels toward a … Continue reading

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