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Stunning map charts every river in U.S. | Socia...

Stunning map charts every river in U.S. | Socia... | Water, Weather, Climate | Scoop.it
The U.S. is often thought of as a nation connected by roads—since the 1960s the Interstate Highway has defined American culture and led to untold economic prosperity. But a new map of the nation’s rivers tells a very different story.
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NASA launching IRIS, a new eye on poorly understood region of sun - Christian Science Monitor

NASA launching IRIS, a new eye on poorly understood region of sun - Christian Science Monitor | Water, Weather, Climate | Scoop.it
Science Recorder NASA launching IRIS, a new eye on poorly understood region of sun Christian Science Monitor Indeed, for understanding some of the sun's processes, solar physicists didn't need to know what was going on there, earning it the title...
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Solar physicists have had an "ignorosphere," in a region between the sun's lower atmosphere and its expansive outer atmosphere according to Ed DeLuca, a solar physicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Mass. As physicists developed models to more fully represent the sun's processes, it became clear that the ignorosphere could be ignored no longer.

 

At the top of the sun's lower atmosphere, known as the chromosphere, temperatures rise from about 10,000 degrees at the sun's surface to roughly 36,000 degrees. Processes in the interface region – only about 200 miles thick – kick those temperatures up to 1 million degrees F., feeding an even hotter outer atmosphere, or corona. There, temperatures are comparable to those in the sun's core.

 

The region generates most of the ultraviolet light the sun delivers to Earth, affecting everything from sun tans to atmospheric chemistry and climate. It's thought to play a key role in the solar outbursts that can disrupt power grids and satellite navigation. 

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Sea level along Maryland's shorelines could rise 2 feet by 2050, according to ... - Science Codex

Sea level along Maryland's shorelines could rise 2 feet by 2050, according to ... - Science Codex | Water, Weather, Climate | Scoop.it
Sea level along Maryland's shorelines could rise 2 feet by 2050, according to ...
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This would be devastating!

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IBM Big Data Improves Dutch Flood Control - Scientific Computing

IBM Big Data Improves Dutch Flood Control - Scientific Computing | Water, Weather, Climate | Scoop.it
Scientific Computing IBM Big Data Improves Dutch Flood Control Scientific Computing AMSTERDAM, Netherlands -- IBM has announced the launch of Digital Delta, a breakthrough innovation program that will harness insights from Big Data to transform...
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Digital Delta will investigate how to integrate and analyze water data from a wide range of existing data sources. These include precipitation measurements, water level and water quality monitors, levee sensors, radar data, model predictions as well current and historic maintenance data from sluices, pumping stations, locks and dams. 
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President Obama's Plan to Fight Climate Change | The White House

President Obama's Plan to Fight Climate Change | The White House | Water, Weather, Climate | Scoop.it
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Infographic of the President's plan. 

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DoD-funded research: Can climate change heat up conflict?

DoD-funded research: Can climate change heat up conflict? | Water, Weather, Climate | Scoop.it
DoD-funded research: Can climate change heat up conflict?
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A University of Maryland-led team of policy experts and scientists is seeking to understand how the impacts of climate change could affect civil conflicts. The team will develop new models of the relationship between conflict, socio-economic conditions and climate. They will use these to project future conflict and develop interventions.

 

The U.S. Department of Defense is funding the research through a new three-year, $1.9 million grant – part of its highly selective Minerva program of social science research.

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Renewables Slashed as GOP Shifts Budget To Defense

The House wants to cut the budget for renewable energy in half to raise Defense spending.
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The House Appropriations Energy and Water Subcommittee voted to halve renewable energy funding. House Republicans are calling for drastic cuts in domestic programs to lower federal spending while increasing the defense budget.  In total, the Department of Energy for renewables would be cut by $911 million in FY 2014. 

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INVEST IN INNOVATION: Encouraging water sustainability in Thailand

INVEST IN INNOVATION: Encouraging water sustainability in Thailand | Water, Weather, Climate | Scoop.it

" Hannarong has established the first citizen-based efforts to restore, conserve and ensure sustainable use of wetlands in Thailand as an alternative to large-scale dams and reservoirs. By working with beneficiaries of wetlands -- fishermen, clam diggers, and shrimp farmers -- to identify the economic potential of conservation, Hannarong’s work creates incentives for conservation while providing an economic opportunity for local communities."


Via The Ashoka Community
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Hannarong Yaowalers, through his effort to to create water sustainability in rural Thailand has changed national policy towards building structures in critical areas. Your investment will help him build a framework of change by engaging citizens and governments in Laos, Myanmar and Thailand.

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How Two College Pals Are Growing A Solution To Our Reliance On Plastic: Scientific American

Six years ago, Eben Bayer and Gavin McIntyre were college friends with a bright idea: using mushrooms and agricultural byproducts to create an alternative to plastic.
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"Maybe the most devastating aspect of styrofoam packaging is that it's useful for a matter of days or hours... but it lasts for a millennium. Plastics like styrofoam currently take upbetween 25% and 30% of our landfill space, and a single cubic foot of styrofoam has the same energy content as about one and a half liters of gasoline."

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Building An "Engine" To Power Any Pre-Fab Solar House You'd Like: Scientific American

Stanford's Start.Home project tries to add some freshness to pre-fab housing by creating one "core" with all the needed equipment, around which you can build whatever house you want.
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NSF REU Research Experience for Undergraduates Sample Proposals | University of Southern Maine

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We never want to copy another proposal, but sometimes it helps to have one as an example.

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Moab Marks 6-Million-Ton Cleanup Milestone

Moab Marks 6-Million-Ton Cleanup Milestone | Water, Weather, Climate | Scoop.it
Moab Marks 6-Million-Ton Cleanup Milestone
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The Moab Uranium Mill Tailings Remedial Action Project has successfully shipped 6 million tons of uranium mill tailings from the site to an engineered disposal cell near Crescent Junction. The milestone demonstrates continued progress toward relocating the 16-million-ton tailings pile away from the Colorado River. The tailings are the sandy process waste material from uranium mining. 

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IBM Using Technology to Improve Water Sustainability | New Leaf

IBM Using Technology to Improve Water Sustainability | New Leaf | Water, Weather, Climate | Scoop.it
IBM Using Technology to Improve Water Sustainability | Sustainability Consulting. ... The root of water resource sustainability is water conservation, preached and advocated for all over the world. International Business ...

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Study: Hurricanes Likely To Get Stronger And More Frequent

Study: Hurricanes Likely To Get Stronger And More Frequent | Water, Weather, Climate | Scoop.it
From Climate Central's Andrew Freedman: Hurricanes are Mother Nature’s largest and most destructive storms.
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A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by Kerry Emanuel, a prominent hurricane researcher at MIT, found tropical cyclones are likely to become both stronger and more frequent in the years to come, especially in the western North Pacific and the North Atlantic. Emanuel's study uses the latest generation of global climate models to power a series of high-resolution, regional simulations of tropical cyclones around the world.

 

Emanuel's study casts doubt on the consensus view expressed most recently in a 2012 report from the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change — that in most ocean basins, tropical cyclones are likely to become less frequent as the world warms, but that the storms that do occur are likely to contain stronger winds and heavier rains.

 

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Scientists underscore Obama's concerns about climate change and severe ... - Environment & Energy Publishing

Scientists underscore Obama's concerns about climate change and severe ... - Environment & Energy Publishing | Water, Weather, Climate | Scoop.it
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Scientists underscore Obama's concerns about climate change and severe ...
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Hoping this starts some focused conversations about moving forward with science-based solutions and research.

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Carnegie Mellon Researchers Find Wind and Solar Power Have Greatest Health ... - SYS-CON Media (press release)

Carnegie Mellon Researchers Find Wind and Solar Power Have Greatest Health ...
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NASA - Nighttime Image of Texas Cities

NASA - Nighttime Image of Texas Cities | Water, Weather, Climate | Scoop.it
One of the Expedition 36 crew members aboard the International Space Station, some 240 miles above Earth, used a 50mm lens to record this oblique nighttime image of a large part of the nation’s second largest state in area, including the four...
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Amazing. DFW is visible in the center; OKC is shown during a thunderstorm evident by the haze. 

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Center for Climate and Energy Solutions | Working Together for the Environment and the Economy

Center for Climate and Energy Solutions | Working Together for the Environment and the Economy | Water, Weather, Climate | Scoop.it
Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) was formerly the Pew Center on Global Climate Change
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C2ES – the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions – works to advance strong policy and action to address the twin challenges of energy and climate change.


At C2ES, we believe that ensuring safe, reliable, affordable energy for all – while protecting the global climate – is a paramount challenge of the 21st century. We see signs of progress around the world. 


Here is how C2ES contributes to this critical effort:

A Reliable Source – We provide timely, impartial information and analysis on the scientific, economic, technological and policy dimensions of climate and energy challenges. See, for instance, our new innovation report and our comprehensive look at extreme weather and climate change.


Working Together – We bring together business, the environmental community, other stakeholders and policymakers to achieve common understandings and consensus solutions. One example is our collaborative effort to accelerate thedeployment of plug-in electric vehicles.


Concrete Action – We work with members of our Business Environmental Leadership Council and others to take action on the ground. Our Make an Impact program helps employees and consumers save energy and money and reduce their carbon footprints.


Innovative Policy – We work closely with policymakers and stakeholders to promote pragmatic, effective policies at the state, national and international levels. Our rich web resources help both experts and citizens understand the issues, track government efforts, and contribute to the policy process.

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South Africa: Sustainability a priority as forestry sector plans way ahead

South Africa: Sustainability a priority as forestry sector plans way ahead | Water, Weather, Climate | Scoop.it
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Sustainability a priority as forestry sector plans way ahead
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However, from a broad-sense perspective of sustainability, Mr Everard says forestry faces a number of issues.
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A SUSTAINABLE plantation forest aims to maintain ecosystem functionality at a landscape level, conserve high conservation value ecosystems, enhance local welfare and be financially profitable by:

• identifying and protecting natural high conservation value areas such as wetlands, grasslands and natural forests and, where practical, link these areas as effective ecological networks to enhance their biodiversity value;

• considering the social values of forests and ecosystems;

• respecting the rights of local people and communities;

• engaging in stakeholder dialogue; and

• practising resource efficient forestry operations.

 
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Air Pollution May Have Suppressed Storms

Air Pollution May Have Suppressed Storms | Water, Weather, Climate | Scoop.it
To the list of ways humanity seems to have altered the earth, add another candidate: Air pollution may have had a major soothing influence on storm cycles in the North Atlantic.
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A recently reported study suggests industrial pollution from North America and Europe through much of the 20th century may have altered clouds in ways that cooled the ocean surface. That, in turn, may have suppressed storms, and particularly major hurricanes, below the level that would have existed in a purely natural environment.

 

 

 

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Alberta floods: Officials warn worst is yet to come in Calgary | Canada | News | National Post

Alberta floods: Officials warn worst is yet to come in Calgary | Canada | News | National Post | Water, Weather, Climate | Scoop.it
By early morning, sections of the city were reporting heavy flooding, including at least one parkade with water between 10 and 15 feet deep
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These events point to the significance of interdisciplinary and collaborative research. Calgary was probably developed for ideal architectural/city planning purposes, to maximize the benefit of the beautiful natural resource (river). How many cities have built the major commercial areas (and tourist areas) around similar water features? What is the potential economic cost of a natural climate event?


“Because of the way the downtown is constructed, with bridges and underpasses in the south end, access to the downtown is going to be severely and significantly affected today,” said Bruce Burrell, head of the city’s emergency management.

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Deforestation and Its Extreme Effect on Global Warming: Scientific American

Deforestation and Its Extreme Effect on Global Warming: Scientific American | Water, Weather, Climate | Scoop.it
From logging, agricultural production and other economic activities, deforestation adds more atmospheric CO2 than the sum total of cars and trucks on the world's roads
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"The reason that logging is so bad for the climate is that when trees are felled they release the carbon they are storing into the atmosphere, where it mingles with greenhouse gases from other sources and contributes to global warming accordingly."

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Spatial data & GIS = foundation for research. New center at U of MN

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The technology and field behind that spatial data are called Geographical Information Sciences (GIS). The University of Minnesota has embarked on a visionary endeavor, called U-Spatial, to develop a network to support spatial research across the University, in fields ranging from nursing to watershed restoration. By using expert consultants and providing training and support in spatial research, U-Spatial is making research more meaningful and usable to researchers and society. It's also reducing redundancy in support for spatial science research.

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U. S. Department of Energy: Office of Environmental Management 2014 Budget Presentation

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This type of advance budget information is critical to planning future grant development. 

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The Art of Writing Grant Proposals: Part II - Writing an Effective Research Proposal

The Art of Writing Grant Proposals: Part II - Writing an Effective Research Proposal | Water, Weather, Climate | Scoop.it
As I have mentioned in the previous article, even if you are not yet in the world of grant application, it could be useful to inform yourself about it on time.
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Marilyn Korhonen's curator insight, June 20, 2013 11:39 AM

YES!!! This is the most important feature of a strong proposal...


A good idea
Of course, without a genuine, original research theme you can’t even begin. The research you would like to do has to be significant in some way, from developing a new method to basic research. It should be new and useful for scientific community. This is very clear to everyone, but maybe it is more difficult to explain why your idea is so significant. The way to do it is to give in your proposal the answers to following questions:

What is the knowledge gap that you are trying to fill?What do you plan to do to fill that gap (methods), and what "answers" do you hope to generate (results)?If you fill that gap, how will it change the way we think and act in this research area?Why does it have to be done right know, why does it matter now?

- See more at: http://1degreebio.org/blog/?achive=2013-6&bid=93#sthash.x5OuvH97.dpuf