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Extreme Weather Map 2012 - 3,527 monthly weather records broken for heat, rain, and snow in the US

Extreme Weather Map 2012 - 3,527 monthly weather records broken for heat, rain, and snow in the US | "Environmental, Climate, Global warming, Oil, Trash, recycling, Green, Energy" | Scoop.it

Climate change increases the risk of many types of record-breaking extreme weather events that threaten communities across the country. In 2012, there were 3,527 monthly weather records broken for heat, rain, and snow in the US, according to information from the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC).1 That's even more than the 3,251 records smashed in 2011—and some of the newly-broken records had stood for 30 years or more.


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Gerrit Bes's curator insight, January 16, 2013 4:40 AM

I think we see the same in Europe!

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Chasing Ice OFFICIAL TRAILER

The OFFICIAL TRAILER for 2012 Sundance Award-Winning film "Chasing Ice," opening in theaters starting November 2012. In the spring of 2005, National Geograph...
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Poles apart: satellites reveal why Antarctic sea ice grows as Arctic melts

Poles apart: satellites reveal why Antarctic sea ice grows as Arctic melts | "Environmental, Climate, Global warming, Oil, Trash, recycling, Green, Energy" | Scoop.it

The mystery of the expansion of sea ice around Antarctica, at the same time as global warming is melting swaths of Arctic sea ice, has been solved using data from US military satellites.

 

Two decades of measurements show that changing wind patterns around Antarctica have caused a small increase in sea ice, the result of cold winds off the continent blowing ice away from the coastline.

 

"Until now these changes in ice drift were only speculated upon using computer models," said Paul Holland at the British Antarctic Survey. "Our study of direct satellite observations shows the complexity of climate change.

 

"The Arctic is losing sea ice five times faster than the Antarctic is gaining it, so, on average, the Earth is losing sea ice very quickly. There is no inconsistency between our results and global warming."

 

The extent of sea ice is of global importance because the bright ice reflects sunlight far more than the ocean that melting uncovers, meaning temperature rises still further.

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Victory! 'Animal Practice' Canceled

Victory! 'Animal Practice' Canceled | "Environmental, Climate, Global warming, Oil, Trash, recycling, Green, Energy" | Scoop.it
Animal advocates, it's time to break out the bubbly. After pressure from PETA and tens of thousands of our members and supporters, NBC has pulled......
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Will Fracking Sicken and Kill More New Yorkers Than it Employs?

Will Fracking Sicken and Kill More New Yorkers Than it Employs? | "Environmental, Climate, Global warming, Oil, Trash, recycling, Green, Energy" | Scoop.it
Here is why we need a comprehensive Health Impact Assessment to determine what high-volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing would mean for the health of New Yorkers.
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Happy and Sweet Endings Sea Lion Blonde Bomber Released Back to "Nature's Pool" 10-18-12!

Always snip packing straps, six-pack rings and any other loops of plastic trash

 

An entangled sea lion named Blonde Bomber has a new lease on life today thanks to staff and volunteers at The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito. 


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Sustainable Modernism: House in Regensburg

Sustainable Modernism: House in Regensburg | "Environmental, Climate, Global warming, Oil, Trash, recycling, Green, Energy" | Scoop.it

Building a green home, while increasingly popular in recent years, isn't a completely new concept, and the House in Regensburg by Thomas Herzog, built in 1977, still resonates today as a unique and beautiful example of thoughtful, site-responsive architecture.

 

Elegant in its simplicity, the design employs key sustainable principles, including passive heating and cooling, appropriate material selection and responsive building form, all of which enable the structure to have minimal development impact while maintaining a high degree of efficiency- the result of an integrated approach to site, technology, and design.

Herzog's House in Regensburg is not only a beautiful example of modern design, but also a testament to the fact that creativity is not compromised by sustainability. In fact, creativity is enhanced by this type of contextual and innovative thinking, making for a project that is not only green, but timeless and visually engaging, in both concept and execution.


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New AIDS-like disease left scores of people in Asia with AIDS-like symptoms without HIV infection

New AIDS-like disease left scores of people in Asia with AIDS-like symptoms without HIV infection | "Environmental, Climate, Global warming, Oil, Trash, recycling, Green, Energy" | Scoop.it

Researchers have identified a mysterious new disease that has left scores of people in Asia and some in the United States with AIDS-like symptoms even though they are not infected with HIV.
The patients' immune systems become damaged, leaving them unable to fend off germs as healthy people do. What triggers this isn't known, but the disease does not seem to be contagious.
This is another kind of acquired immune deficiency that is not inherited and occurs in adults, but doesn't spread the way AIDS does through a virus, said Dr. Sarah Browne, a scientist at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

 

It's still possible that an infection of some sort could trigger the disease, even though the disease itself doesn't seem to spread person-to-person. The disease develops around age 50 on average but does not run in families, which makes it unlikely that a single gene is responsible, Browne said. Some patients have died of overwhelming infections, including some Asians now living in the U.S., although Browne could not estimate how many.

 

Kim Nguyen, 62, a seamstress from Vietnam who has lived in Tennessee since 1975, was gravely ill when she sought help for a persistent fever, infections throughout her bones and other bizarre symptoms in 2009. She had been sick off and on for several years and had visited Vietnam in 1995 and again in early 2009.


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Promoting Agricultural Development to Meet Future Food and Energy Challenges

Promoting Agricultural Development to Meet Future Food and Energy Challenges | "Environmental, Climate, Global warming, Oil, Trash, recycling, Green, Energy" | Scoop.it

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs on August 15, 2012 released a new Issue Brief, entitled, “Promoting Agricultural Development to Meet Future Food and Energy Challenges” (PDF). This is the second in a series of briefs, based on the topics discussed in the new Chicago Council dinner series, Open Table: Exploring the Potential of Agriculture to Alleviate Hunger and Poverty.

 

Photo: Peter Casier (CCAFS)


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The myth of the eight-hour sleep

The myth of the eight-hour sleep | "Environmental, Climate, Global warming, Oil, Trash, recycling, Green, Energy" | Scoop.it

In 2001, historian Roger Ekirch of Virginia Tech published a seminal paper, drawn from 16 years of research, revealing a wealth of historical evidence that humans used to sleep in two distinct chunks.

 

During this waking period people were quite active. They often got up, went to the toilet or smoked tobacco and some even visited neighbours. Most people stayed in bed, read, wrote and often prayed. Countless prayer manuals from the late 15th Century offered special prayers for the hours in between sleeps. And these hours weren't entirely solitary - people often chatted to bed-fellows or had sex.

 

Ekirch found that references to the first and second sleep started to disappear during the late 17th Century. This started among the urban upper classes in northern Europe and over the course of the next 200 years filtered down to the rest of Western society.

By the 1920s the idea of a first and second sleep had receded entirely from our social consciousness.

 

He attributes the initial shift to improvements in street lighting, domestic lighting and a surge in coffee houses - which were sometimes open all night. As the night became a place for legitimate activity and as that activity increased, the length of time people could dedicate to rest dwindled.


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The Tata AirPod: India's tiny air-powered prototype car

The Tata AirPod: India's tiny air-powered prototype car | "Environmental, Climate, Global warming, Oil, Trash, recycling, Green, Energy" | Scoop.it

Indian car maker Tata hopes to bring a car powered by compressed air — an idea that's been contemplated for years but has proved difficult to build commercially — to market. Built on...

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New monitoring wristband tells users when to get out of the sun

New monitoring wristband tells users when to get out of the sun | "Environmental, Climate, Global warming, Oil, Trash, recycling, Green, Energy" | Scoop.it
A new UV dosimeter wristband to be launched in 2013 provides a visual sign of the wearer's exposure to potentially harmful UV rays.

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Nigeria's Illegal Oil Refineries

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Reuters photographer Akintunde Akinleye recently gained rare access to an illegal oil refinery near the river Nun in Nigeria's oil state of Bayelsa.

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Sustainable Housing in Denmark by Lendager Architects

Sustainable Housing in Denmark by Lendager Architects | "Environmental, Climate, Global warming, Oil, Trash, recycling, Green, Energy" | Scoop.it
Lendager Architects announced their first prize win in the competition to build the first DGNB-certified housing project in Denmark in Næstved.

DGNB is a new green building certification system expected to become the scale for sustainability in Europe. DGNB-Certification focuses on three equally weighted parameters: Environmental-, Social- and economical sustainability, for a holistic evaluation of built projects.

In total, the project will have 24 single family homes, built around a shared courtyard to encourage community and shared resources. Passive solar design with optimized window and shade placement allows for passive cooling and heating. Energy efficient design, including a tight thermal envelope with energy saving systems reduces power consumption, while rooftop photovoltaics produce electricity. Green roofs protect the home and provide further insulation. A close connection with nature and gardens encourages residents to live off the land.

As Lendager Architects told us about the project, “We wanted to answer the questions of how we can build without affecting the environment, how we can build without using new materials, how we can build houses that produce more energy than they use, and how sharing becomes a natural part of the daily life.”
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Deep-rooted environmental concerns persist over shale oil - Asahi Shimbun

Deep-rooted environmental concerns persist over shale oil - Asahi Shimbun | "Environmental, Climate, Global warming, Oil, Trash, recycling, Green, Energy" | Scoop.it
Deep-rooted environmental concerns persist over shale oilAsahi ShimbunIt has long been known that seams of shale contain oil and gas.

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Bob Barker: Don't Go to SeaWorld!

Bob Barker explains why, if you love animals, you shouldn't visit SeaWorld.
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How Kids Are Getting Hooked on Pills for Life

How Kids Are Getting Hooked on Pills for Life | "Environmental, Climate, Global warming, Oil, Trash, recycling, Green, Energy" | Scoop.it
Young children were once expected to outgrow their issues; now they're diagnosed with lifelong psychiatric problems.
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5 Weird and Frightening Effects of Fracking You May Not Know About

5 Weird and Frightening Effects of Fracking You May Not Know About | "Environmental, Climate, Global warming, Oil, Trash, recycling, Green, Energy" | Scoop.it
We know fracking has environmental and health damages, but there are other terrifying consequences.
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Earth's Inconstant Magnetic Field And The Drift Of The Magnetic North Pole

Earth's Inconstant Magnetic Field And The Drift Of The Magnetic North Pole | "Environmental, Climate, Global warming, Oil, Trash, recycling, Green, Energy" | Scoop.it

Our planet's magnetic field is in a constant state of change, say researchers who are beginning to understand how it behaves and why.

 

Every few years, scientist Larry Newitt of the Geological Survey of Canada goes hunting. He grabs his gloves, parka, a fancy compass, hops on a plane and flies out over the Canadian arctic. Not much stirs among the scattered islands and sea ice, but Newitt's prey is there--always moving, shifting, elusive. His quarry is Earth's north magnetic pole. Scientists have long known that the magnetic pole moves. James Ross located the pole for the first time in 1831 after an exhausting arctic journey during which his ship got stuck in the ice for four years. No one returned until the next century. In 1904, Roald Amundsen found the pole again and discovered that it had moved--at least 50 km since the days of Ross.

 

The pole kept going during the 20th century, north at an average speed of 10 km per year, lately accelerating "to 40 km per year," says Newitt. At this rate it will exit North America and reach Siberia in a few decades. Keeping track of the north magnetic pole is Newitt's job. "We usually go out and check its location once every few years," he says. "We'll have to make more trips now that it is moving so quickly." Earth's magnetic field is changing in other ways, too: Compass needles in Africa, for instance, are drifting about 1 degree per decade. And globally the magnetic field has weakened 10% since the 19th century. When this was mentioned by researchers at a recent meeting of the American Geophysical Union, many newspapers carried the story. A typical headline: "Is Earth's magnetic field collapsing?" Probably not. As remarkable as these changes sound, "they're mild compared to what Earth's magnetic field has done in the past," says University of California professor Gary Glatzmaier.

 

Sometimes the the whole magnetic field of Earth completely flips. The north and the south poles swap places. Such reversals, recorded in the magnetism of ancient rocks, are unpredictable. They come at irregular intervals averaging about 300,000 years; the last one was 780,000 years ago. Are we overdue for another? No one knows.


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The magnetic North Pole is ever on the move, and always has been.  See where it's been, where it's headed, and get a glimpse into why.

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Our iPhones Are Depleting the Earth's Resources [INFOGRAPHIC]

Our iPhones Are Depleting the Earth's Resources [INFOGRAPHIC] | "Environmental, Climate, Global warming, Oil, Trash, recycling, Green, Energy" | Scoop.it
This infographic takes a look at this troubling technology trend, which is depleting the planet's supply of Rare Earth Elements.

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Genetically Modified Soy Linked to Sterility, Infant Mortality in Hamsters

Genetically Modified Soy Linked to Sterility, Infant Mortality in Hamsters | "Environmental, Climate, Global warming, Oil, Trash, recycling, Green, Energy" | Scoop.it
After feeding hamsters for two years over three generations, those on the genetically modified diets showed devastating abnormalities.

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Climate models that predict more droughts win further scientific support

Climate models that predict more droughts win further scientific support | "Environmental, Climate, Global warming, Oil, Trash, recycling, Green, Energy" | Scoop.it
Improved climate models confirm predictions about further droughts, but the news is dire.

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El Nino emerges, raising fears over food prices | Reuters

El Nino emerges, raising fears over food prices | Reuters | "Environmental, Climate, Global warming, Oil, Trash, recycling, Green, Energy" | Scoop.it

Data suggested the El Nino phenomenon had emerged, the Japan Meteorological Agency said, referring to conditions in the equatorial Pacific.

"The chances are high that the El Nino phenomenon will be maintained until the winter," the agency said in a statement.

Adding to worries, the U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organization said on Thursday the world was closer to a repeat of a 2008 food crisis because of a spike in food costs.

The big unknown is how intense and how long the developing El Nino phenomenon will be. An intense El Nino can cause widespread drought in Australia, parts of Africa, Southeast Asia and India, but also bring rains to other parts of the globe.

While it can boost corn and soy crops in South America, wheat harvests can be devastated in Australia. Coffee, cocoa, rice and sugar output in Southeast Asia can also be hit.

Officials said El Nino could kick in at the end of the Indian monsoon in September, hurting winter wheat, rapeseed and chickpea crops.

Drier weather would be good for China's autumn grain growing period, mostly corn and soybean, which accounts for more than 70 percent of the country's total grain output, a senior Chinese meteorological official said.

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Urban Planning and Climate Change

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Climate scientists say that last month was the hottest July on record. Some urban developers see this as a cue not only to adopt sustainable

Climate scientists say that last month was the hottest July on record.

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