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One of the state's largest utilities says it has agreed to decades long contracts for power from new wind farm projects in northwest Oklahoma.
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Last week, HuffPost blogger Greg Savage asked the question, "How Did It Get to be OK for People to Be Late for Everything?" And if the 350,000 Facebook likes (and counting) on his post are any indication, he's not the only one wondering.
The issue might have something to do with fundamental differences in the way we think, according to DeLonzor. In her own research, she's found that late-arrivers tend to actually perceive time differently than their punctual peers.
Mammal body size decreased significantly during at least two ancient global warming events, a new finding that suggests a similar outcome is possible in response to human-caused climate change, according to a University of Michigan paleontologist...
Mammal body size decreased significantly during at least two ancient global warming events. Researchers have known for years that mammals such as primates and the groups that include horses and deer became much smaller during a period of warming, called the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM), about 55 million years ago.
A University of Michigan paleontologist Philip Gingerich and his colleagues found evidence that mammalian "dwarfing" also occurred during a separate, smaller global warming event that occurred about 2 million years after the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM), about 53 million years ago.
This research suggests a similar outcome is possible in response to human-caused climate change.
A leaked draft of an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report was apparently intended to embarrass the authors, but it seems to have had the opposite effect.
The leaked draft includes this: Climate change will reduce yields of major crops by up to two per cent each decade for the remainder of this century.
Since the global population is projected to grow throughout the century—to eight billion by 2025, nine billion by 2050, and almost eleven billion by 2100—this is obviously rather bad news.
The incidence of flooding, drought, and general weather-related mayhem will increase, and already-vulnerable populations will be pushed closer to the edge, or, quite possibly, over it. Conflict is bound to ensue.
Climate change “will increasingly shape national security policies,” the report warns.
Two weeks of sliced budgets and suspensions following Congressional gridlock have been a disastrous setback to a variety of American science programs, wasting millions of dollars and months if not years of research.
The number of patents issued for renewable-energy technologies has risen sharply over the last decade, according to new research from MIT and the Santa Fe Institute (SFI).
The increase was most dramatic in patents related to renewable energy, chiefly solar energy and wind. Patents in fossil-fuel technologies showed a more modest increase, while those in nuclear technology were flat.USA and China combined barely bypass Japan in patents.
Wind energy is expanding in Oklahoma, especially in western parts of the state. As a resource, Oklahoma's wind ranks No. 9 in the nation, according to the American Wind Energy Association.
I am generally a fan of wind energy - but it sure doesn't beautify the spots where it lives.
A series of five “Partners Place” buildings, totaling 362,000 square-feet, enable the public and private sector collaboration on weather and radar research; innovation and entrepreneurship; and water, climate, and energy.
Shout out to my University for the Outstanding Research Park of 2013.
As the UN marks the anniversary of the decision to make the right to water legally binding, the European Environment Agency has called for governments to charge the full price for water, to cut down waste.
Would we use less water if we paid incrementally higher rates? I think my family would be more mindful.
Lightning hitting the water tower on the campus of Texas A&M! Taken by meteorology student @JoshJohnsWx #txwx http://t.co/QnDhY6cJcr
I have so many Aggie jokes on the tip of my tongue.
More great work by Bill & Melinda Gates & Foundation:
In the developing world, 2.5 billion people practice open defecation or lack adequate sanitation facilities; an additional 2.1 billion urban residents use facilities that do not safely dispose of human waste.
Poor sanitation contributes to 1.5 million child deaths from diarrhea each year.
The chemistry of dozens of streams and rivers across the U.S. is changing. Waters are becoming more alkaline — the opposite of acidic. And the reason is counterintuitive — researchers believe that acid rain is to blame.
Acid rain is largely behind the phenomenon, the scientists say. It's been eating away chunks of rock, especially limestone rock, and the runoff produces carbonates that flow into rivers. "We're basically dissolving the surface of the Earth," says Kaushal. "It's ending up in our water. It's like rivers on Rolaids. There's a natural antacid in these watersheds."
Now that's not an immediate health threat, but it has environmental effects.
When the carbon dioxide content of the atmosphere rises, the Earth not only heats up, but extreme weather events, such as lengthy droughts, heat waves, heavy rain and violent storms, may become more frequent.
Do extreme climate events result in the release of more CO2 from terrestrial ecosystems and thus reinforce climate change?
An international team of researchers have discovered terrestrial ecosystems absorb approximately 11 billion tons less carbon dioxide every year as the result of the extreme climate events than they could if the events did not occur. That is equivalent to approximately a third of global CO2 emissions per year.
In a rare opportunity to directly compare plant communities in the same area now with a survey taken 50 years ago, a University of Arizona-led research team has provided the first on-the-ground evidence that Southwestern plants are being pushed to...
The findings confirm that previous hypotheses are correct in their prediction that mountain communities in the Southwest will be strongly impacted by an increasingly warmer and drier climate, and that the area is already experiencing rapid vegetation change.
MANILA, Philippines -- MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Thousands of people evacuated villages in the central Philippines on Thursday before one of the year's strongest typhoons strikes the region, including a province devastated by an earthquake last...
The U.S. Navy's Joint Typhoon Warning Center in Hawaii said it was the strongest tropical cyclone in the world this year, although Cyclone Phailin, which hit eastern India on Oct. 12, packed winds of up to 222 kph (138 mph) and stronger gusts.
President Benigno Aquino III warned people to leave high-risk areas, including 100 coastal communities where forecasters said the storm surge could reach up to 23 feet (7 meters).
Aerosol particles in the Earth's atmosphere scatter and absorb light differently at different wavelengths, thereby affecting the amount of incoming sunlight that reaches the planet's surface and the amount of heat that escapes, potentially altering...
Indication of the effects of human behavior on the climate.
The expected costs of climate change are painting a grimmer and grimmer picture of the future for people around the world.
Very powerful graphic of the 2014 Index: Most vulnerable countries are Bangladesh, Guinea-Bissau, Sierra Leone, Haiti, South Sudan, Nigeria, DR Congo, Cambodia, the Philippines, and Ethiopia.
National Weather Service Forecasts Frustration of Furloughed Workers National Journal 6, 2010. Center: Forecast using NOAA satellite technology. Right: Forecast without using satellite data.(Source: National Weather Service).
Flood-prone Venice on Saturday carried out the first test of its 5.4 billion euro ($7.3 billion) barrier system known as "Moses", designed to protect the Renaissance city from rising sea levels.
Fingers crossed for a priceless city.
(Phys.org) —Electrical currents born from thunderstorms are able to flow through the atmosphere and around the globe, causing a detectable electrification of the air even in places with no thunderstorm activity.
A research team led by the University of Colorado Boulder has developed a global electric circuit model by adding an additional layer to a climate model created by colleagues at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR).
The results show that the atmosphere is generally less conductive over the equator and above Southeast Asia and more conductive closer to the poles, though the atmosphere's conductivity changes seasonally and with the weather.
Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2013-10-climate-electricity-air.html#jCp
(Phys.org) —Scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory and other labs have demonstrated a process whereby quantum dots can self-assemble at optimal locations in nanowires, a breakthrough that could improve...
This is a potentially significant breakthrough for solar cells. Wow!
Water vapor changes in the stratosphere contribute to warmer temperatures and likely play an important role in the evolution of Earth's climate, says a research team led by a Texas A&M University professor.
The researchers found that increased surface temperatures, such as from the addition of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, leads to increased humidity in the stratosphere. Because stratospheric water vapor is a greenhouse gas, this leads to additional warming, they said. This cycle is frequently called a climate feedback.Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2013-10-stratosphere-key-role-earth-climate.html#jCp
Premise of the report:
Access to safe and potable water is fundamental to sustaining health and achieving economic development. With rapid population growth, border disputes, inadequate management of water resources, and the effects of climate change, water scarcity has emerged as a key issue. This can in turn lead to food vulnerabilities as well as conflicts over resources. Political will, public and private investment, international cooperation and more effective and efficient systems of water management can help combat this issue. Various international organizations such as the World Bank and the United Nations have introduced programs to support the governments of developing and emerging nations to address water scarcity, but more needs to be done.
In a discovery that further demonstrates just how unexpected and unusual nature can be, scientists have found two strains of bacteria whose symbiotic relationship is unlike anything seen before.
Nitrogen is a crucial building block of life, a prerequisite for photosynthesis. While nitrogen is present in abundance in the Earth's atmosphere, to be useful for most living organisms, the nonreactive atmospheric di-nitrogen gas that diffuses into the ocean from the air must be converted into the biologically available "fixed" forms ammonium, nitrate and nitrite by specialized organisms called nitrogen fixers. Other organisms use up this fixed nitrogen and convert it back to di-nitrogen gas.
This photo shows a sample of giant bacteria Thioploca retrieved from the researchers research cruise in the Pacific. Credit: Loreto de Brabrandere
Living together in the mud beneath areas of high plant productivity, Thioploca and Anammox intensify this part of the nitrogen cycle.
Long, thin, hairlike Thioploca (meaning "sulfur braids" in Spanish) trichomes form chains down into marine sediment, which tiny Anammox cells ride down like an elevator. At the bottom, the Anammox cells consume nitrite and ammonium, or "fixed" nitrogen, the waste products of the Thioploca.
Climate change is set to trigger more frequent and severe heat waves in the next 30 years regardless of the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) we emit into the atmosphere, a new study has shown.
A new study, published in Environmental Research Letters, projects more frequent and severe heat.
After then, the rise in frequency of extreme heat waves becomes dependent on the emission scenario adopted. Under a low emission scenario, the number of extremes will stabilise by 2040, whereas under a high emission scenario, the land area affected by extremes will increase by one per cent a year after 2040.
Lead author of the study, Dim Coumou, from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, said: "We find that up until 2040, the frequency of monthly heat extremes will increase several fold, independent of the emission scenario we choose to take. Mitigation can, however, strongly reduce the number of extremes in the second half of the 21st century."