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NASA Sees Developing System 96W Affecting Central Philippines

ENN Climate - Thu, 12/14/2017 - 02:00
A developing area of tropical low pressure designated System 96W was affecting the central Philippines when NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite passed overhead.
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High-Resolution Climate Models Present Alarming New Projections For U.S.

ENN Climate - Thu, 12/14/2017 - 01:55
Approaching the second half of the century, the United States is likely to experience increases in the number of days with extreme heat, the frequency and duration of heat waves, and the length of the growing season. In response, it is anticipated that societal, agricultural and ecological needs will increase the demand on already-strained natural resources like water and energy. University of Illinois researchers have developed new, high-resolution climate models that may help policymakers mitigate these effects at a local level.
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High-Resolution Climate Models Present Alarming New Projections For U.S.

ENN Health - Thu, 12/14/2017 - 01:55
Approaching the second half of the century, the United States is likely to experience increases in the number of days with extreme heat, the frequency and duration of heat waves, and the length of the growing season. In response, it is anticipated that societal, agricultural and ecological needs will increase the demand on already-strained natural resources like water and energy. University of Illinois researchers have developed new, high-resolution climate models that may help policymakers mitigate these effects at a local level.
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How Well Will The Flu Vaccine Work This Winter?

ENN Health - Thu, 12/14/2017 - 01:47
The most effective way of preventing seasonal influenza is to be vaccinated each autumn. The reason that people are encouraged to get vaccinated annually is because flu virus can cause severe disease. One of the problems is that there are many different flu viruses circulating around the world and which ones circulate changes over time.
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Increased air pollution linked to bad teenage behavior

ENN Health - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 22:20
A new study linking higher levels of air pollution to increased teenage delinquency is a reminder of the importance of clean air and the need for more foliage in urban spaces, a Keck School of Medicine of USC researcher said.
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Researchers capture oldest ice core ever drilled outside the polar regions

ENN Climate - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 22:12
The oldest ice core ever drilled outside the polar regions may contain ice that formed during the Stone Age—more than 600,000 years ago, long before modern humans appeared.Researchers from the United States and China are now studying the core—nearly as long as the Empire State Building is tall—to assemble one of the longest-ever records of Earth’s climate history.What they’ve found so far provides dramatic evidence of a recent and rapid temperature rise at some of the highest, coldest mountain peaks in the world.
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Human-Caused Warming Likely Intensified Hurricane Harvey's Rains

ENN Climate - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 22:07
New research shows human-induced climate change increased the amount and intensity of Hurricane Harvey’s unprecedented rainfall. The new findings are being published in two separate studies and being presented in a press conference today at the 2017 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, along with additional new findings about recent Atlantic Ocean hurricanes.
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Sea-Level Rise Projections Made Hazy by Antarctic Instability

ENN Climate - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 20:33
It may take until the 2060s to know how much the sea level will rise by the end of this century, according to a new Rutgers University–New Brunswick-led analysis. The study is the first to link global and local sea-level rise projections with simulations of two major mechanisms by which climate change can affect the vast Antarctic ice sheet.
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Arctic saw 2nd warmest year, smallest winter sea ice coverage on record in 2017

ENN Climate - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 18:52
A NOAA-sponsored report shows that the warming trend transforming the Arctic persisted in 2017, resulting in the second warmest air temperatures, above average ocean temperatures, loss of sea ice, and a range of human, ocean and ecosystem effects.Now in its 12th year, the Arctic Report Card, released today at the annual American Geophysical Union fall meeting in New Orleans, is a peer-reviewed report that brings together the work of 85 scientists from 12 nations.
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The Progressive’s Guide to Book Giving—for Every Personality

Yes! Magazine - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 13:30
Here are books to gift that spark ideas, give subtle messages, help expand someone’s mind, or just poke a little fun.
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Climate scientists study the odds of a megadrought

ENN Climate - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 00:19
To help untangle fact from speculation, Cornell climate scientists and their colleagues have developed a “robust null hypothesis” to assess the odds of a megadrought – one that lasts more than 30 years – occurring in the western and southwestern United States. The research was published online Dec. 8 in the Journal of Climate.
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New Maps Show Shrinking Wilderness Being Ignored At Our Peril

ENN Climate - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 23:10
Maps of the world’s most important wilderness areas are now freely available online following a University of Queensland and Wildlife Conservation Society-led study published today.
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NASA Analyzes Short-Lived Bay of Bengal Cyclone

ENN Climate - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 23:08
NASA analyzed the rainfall generated by short-lived Tropical Cyclone 04B that formed and faded over a day in the Bay of Bengal.
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NREL Develops Novel Method to Produce Renewable Acrylonitrile

ENN Climate - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 23:05
A new study from the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) establishes a novel catalytic method to produce renewable acrylonitrile using 3-hydroxypropionic acid (3-HP), which can be biologically produced from sugars. This hybrid biological-catalytic process offers an alternative to the conventional petrochemical production method and achieves unprecedented acrylonitrile yields.
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Forest resilience declines in face of wildfires, climate change

ENN Climate - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 22:10
The forests you see today are not what you will see in the future. That’s the overarching finding from a new study on the resilience of Rocky Mountain forests, led by Colorado State University.Researchers analyzed data from nearly 1,500 sites in five states — Colorado, Wyoming, Washington, Idaho, and Montana — and measured more than 63,000 seedlings after 52 wildfires that burned over the past three decades. They wanted to understand if and how changing climate over the last several decades affected post-fire tree regeneration, a key indicator of forest resilience.
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NRL Researchers Advance Fleet Weather Predictions Through Innovation, Collaboration

ENN Climate - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 21:46
The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory’s Marine Meteorology Division in Monterey, California, houses a team of scientists and engineers who work in conjunction with the lab’s broader scientific community to provide the fleet with the most accurate weather forecasts possible.
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California's 2017 Wildfire Season Continues to Break Records

ENN Pollution - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 20:05
The Thomas Fire burning north of Los Angeles in Ventura County, California is now the state’s fifth-largest wildfire on record. Less than 15 percent contained and moving west quickly, the fire is being fueled by dry conditions and strong winds. It is one of five wildfirescurrently burning in southern California.
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California's 2017 Wildfire Season Continues to Break Records

ENN Health - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 20:05
The Thomas Fire burning north of Los Angeles in Ventura County, California is now the state’s fifth-largest wildfire on record. Less than 15 percent contained and moving west quickly, the fire is being fueled by dry conditions and strong winds. It is one of five wildfirescurrently burning in southern California.
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Green infrastructure: New tool by University of Toronto researchers to help construction industry reduce carbon footprint

ENN Pollution - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 18:40
A team of researchers from the University of Toronto is partnering with the construction industry to help reduce the carbon footprint of buildings, bridges, public transit and other major infrastructure projects.“What we’re building is a decision-support tool that can be used in the early stages of design and planning,” says Heather MacLean, a professor in the department of civil engineering who is one of five Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering professors involved in the project. “Ultimately, the goal is to produce infrastructure with much lower greenhouse gas impact.”
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Scientists unveil new satellite-based global drought severity index

ENN Climate - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 01:11
Enhanced monitoring tool adds groundwater storage to assessment factors
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