Archive for the ‘Climate’ Category

Out west

As someone who has always enjoyed both history and science, not to mention went to school at the University of Oklahoma at Norman, the dust bowl has always been one of those topics that I actually know very little about so this article over at the Wall Street Journal was a quick and easy read.

The article is entitled “The Prophet of the Dust Bowl” by John F. Ross over at the Wall Street Journal and like I’ve said in the past, you will need a subscription to the Journal in order to access the article or you can just go down to your local library to read this article in the Review section of the June 16-17 weekend edition.

You could also check out the book The Promise of the Grand Canyon: John Wesley Powell’s Perilous Journey and His Vision for the American West, also by John F. Ross. Me, I’ve already read the article and now I need to go request the book.

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Oceans, carbon dioxide & climate change

So while scientist agree that the oceans play a role in climate change, at least in regards to the absorption of carbon dioxide, a recent article from some British scientist appears to show that the oceans might be absorbing many more times than originally thought. This according to the article entitled “Ocean Waves Show Earth’s CO2 Imbalance is Greater than Expected” by Jon Fingas over at Engadget.

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Trees & climate change

There is no doubt that trees, like all other species of plants (and animals) for that matter, are going to be affected by climate change. With this article we already see that happening with our tropical tree friend, the palm tree.

The article is entitled “Palm Trees Are Spreading Northward. How Far Will They Go?” by Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University courtesy of Science Daily. So for those of you that go to the tropics on vacation, perhaps you won’t need to go as far south in the future.

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Hot, hot, hot!

So with all the discussion on climate change these days, my question has always been how hot has it been in the past? I know that obviously we can’t go back in time but with all the work being done these days on climate, I was happy to perhaps finally have some sort of answer.

The article where I sort of learned the answer was entitled “What’s the hottest Earth has ever been?” by Michon Scott and Rebecca Lindseyn over at NOAA Cimate.gov and via . I have to say, it’s been hotter.

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Summer at the lake?

When I came across this article the other day entitled“Why is Lake Abert Disappearing” by Rob Davis over at the Oregonian Newspaper after stumbling upon the article “When Water Turns to Dust” over at High Country News by Hillary Rosner (which unfortunately has no link), it instantly reminded me of Lake Mead and the recent record low that it hit earlier this year.

Here’s a great article on Lake Mead, entitled “Lake Mead reaches a record low” by over at Earthsky. This whole climate change is really  hitting home this summer. With the fires in Ft. McMurray (where one of the St. Louis Blues hockey players is from) and the fact now that we’ve been at 99 degrees here in St. Louis the last three days and it’s only June.

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Fort McMurray

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Urban ecology (hopefully) coming to a town near you

When I read this article, I thought why not one of the parks in St. Louis where I live? Apparently Alley Pond Park is the only urban forest in this “smart forest” initiative by the United States Forest Service according to the article over at the New York Times entitled “In a Queens Forest, Compiling a Picture of Urban Ecology” by

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