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Pipe: Climate and Health

How 'Warmest Ever' Headlines and Debates Can Obscure What Matters About Climate Change

Wed, 2015-01-21 11:32
The complex calculations behind federal scientists’ conclusion that 2014 was “easily” the warmest since records began in 1880.

Sequestration on shaky ground: Natural impediment to long-term sequestration of carbon dioxide

Wed, 2015-01-21 10:32
Carbon sequestration promises to address greenhouse-gas emissions by capturing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and injecting it deep below the Earth's surface, where it would permanently solidify into rock. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that current carbon-sequestration technologies may eliminate up to 90 percent of carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants. While such technologies may successfully remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere, researchers have now found that once injected into the ground, less carbon dioxide is converted to rock than previously imagined.

Better but Still Troubled: Our Take on the State of the Union

Wed, 2015-01-21 00:00
Job growth is up, and the deficit is down. But incomes are not doing so well, and neither is the climate.

Let’s Address the State of Food

Tue, 2015-01-20 00:00
There are at least four crucial issues the president should mention in his speech that affect our health. But will he?

Melting glaciers have big carbon impact

Mon, 2015-01-19 12:45
As Earth warms, scientists have been focused on how glaciers melting will affect sea level rise. But, another lurking impact is the amount of carbon that will be released when glaciers melt. This is the first attempt to calculate how much carbon will be released.

Is a Climate Disaster Inevitable?

Sun, 2015-01-18 00:00
What astrobiology can tell us about the fate of the planet.

World just had hottest year on record

Fri, 2015-01-16 19:02
Scientists claim clear evidence of global warming

After the Warmest Year on Record, West Virginia Feels the Heat

Fri, 2015-01-16 17:48
A member of the Board of Education tried (and at first succeeded in) altering new teaching standards to reflect his doubts about climate change.

Storm Warnings for Pope's Planned Climate Stop in the Philippines

Fri, 2015-01-16 17:12
Pope Francis is using his Philippines visit to kick off a yearlong push for global action on global warming.

Peat fire emissions may shed light on climate change

Fri, 2015-01-16 13:45
Researchers are beginning a study of the climatic effects of peat fire emissions. "This project is going to provide the much-needed information on peat smoke aerosol properties for integration in satellite retrieval algorithms and climate models," the lead researcher says. "Based on my initial findings, I hypothesize the peat smoke is made up of brown carbon and not black carbon. Brown carbon is a class of organic carbon aerosol which, unlike black carbon, strongly absorbs incoming solar radiation in the shorter wavelengths, or near ultraviolet."

A Closer Look at the Global Warming Trend, Record Hot 2014 and What's Ahead

Fri, 2015-01-16 13:07
Computer models range widely in assessing whether the record warmth of 2014 will be topped in 2015.

Genomics: What can (old) whales teach us about ageing?

Fri, 2015-01-16 10:27
Research on bowhead whale genes may provide clues for humans wishing to live healthily to an advanced age

Healthcare: Counting the cost of cancer

Thu, 2015-01-15 14:08
The cost of new drugs is pushing health budgets to the limit

Healthcare: Counting the cost of cancer

Thu, 2015-01-15 14:08
The cost of new drugs is pushing health budgets to the limit

Oceans and climate science: Higher water mark

Thu, 2015-01-15 09:51
UK Only Article:  standard article Issue:  Seize the day Fly Title:  Oceans and climate science Rubric:  The rise in sea levels may be accelerating Main image:  20150117_STP002_0.jpg TIDES ebb and flow but mean sea levels are among the constants of climate science. Though things like the recent slowdown in the rise of average surface temperatures are puzzling, scientists can at least point to higher sea levels as clear evidence that climate change is real. The rise is caused by thermal expansion (hot water expands) and by melting ice sheets. And the facts are observable: thousands of gauges—such as that pictured above—measure tides around the world, with some records going back to the 18th century. But this evidence is not as irrefutable as it might seem. The coverage of tidal gauges is patchy. Most are in coastal waters, so the high seas are poorly measured. The majority are in the northern hemisphere. Few are near the poles. The records, says Carling Hay of Harvard University, are “very noisy ...

Oceans and climate science: Higher water mark

Thu, 2015-01-15 09:51

TIDES ebb and flow but mean sea levels are among the constants of climate science. Though things like the recent slowdown in the rise of average surface temperatures are puzzling, scientists can at least point to higher sea levels as clear evidence that climate change is real. The rise is caused by thermal expansion (hot water expands) and by melting ice sheets. And the facts are observable: thousands of gauges—such as that pictured above—measure tides around the world, with some records going back to the 18th century.But this evidence is not as irrefutable as it might seem. The coverage of tidal gauges is patchy. Most are in coastal waters, so the high seas are poorly measured. The majority are in the northern hemisphere. Few are near the poles. The records, says Carling Hay of Harvard University, are “very noisy [and] sparse”. It was not until the spread of satellite observations in the 1990s that measurement of sea levels became reliable and global. All sorts of adjustments are needed to make sense of earlier data and produce a complete record.Dr Hay and her colleagues have come up with a new way of doing this, reported in this week’s ...

West Virginia Withdraws Altered Climate Curriculum

Thu, 2015-01-15 00:00
The State Board of Education voted not to go ahead with revised standards that expressed doubt about widely held views of climate change.

New Research May Solve a Puzzle in Sea Level’s Rise

Thu, 2015-01-15 00:00
Researchers have reported that the ocean did not rise quite as much as previously believed in the 20th century, possibly explaining a discrepancy in climate research.

Bernie Sanders Forces Republicans to State Their Views on Climate Change

Wed, 2015-01-14 16:22
A “sense of Congress” resolution in the Keystone debate will get senators to state their environmental beliefs, on the record.

Estimated social cost of climate change not accurate, scientists say

Tue, 2015-01-13 11:14
The 'social cost' of carbon dioxide emissions may not be $37 per ton, as estimated by a recent US government study, but $220 per ton, experts report.

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