Category Archives: Climate

Speaking of Meltdown: Arctic Ice Reaches Maximum, Begins Seasonal Melt

On March 7, 2011, Arctic sea ice likely reached its maximum extent for the year, at 14.64 million square kilometers (5.65 million square miles). The maximum extent was 1.2 million square kilometers (463,000 square miles) below the 1979 to 2000 average … Continue reading

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Greenland is Melting

Ok, we knew that. To drive home the point, … NASA has created a remarkable infographic that shows just how alarmingly fast Greenland is melting away. And while the message might be familiar and terrifying, the data viz techniques are … Continue reading

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Thin Ice, Hot Water

“It’s a strange world of language in which skating on thin ice can get you into hot water.” –Franklin P. Jones. But it does, Mr. Jones, it does. The water is not only warming, but rising. Through language we impact … Continue reading

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Greenland: “I’m Melting! I’m Melting!”

Jeff Masters has details on the record temperatures in Greenland last year. This map from NOAA shows the departure from average (since 1920) of the temperature of the waters near Greenland. Many areas were over 5 degrees F over normal, … Continue reading

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Just Discovered Marc Roberts’ Cartoon Strip

This one here: 1-GortKlaatu Home seems to be here: MARC ROBERTS CARTOONS A tip of the space alien helmet to Dot Earth

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Suggested Signage for GOP Hearings on Climate Change

Fail Update: Ha! Just ran across this, a guest post from Iris Vander Pluym on Pharyngula: We should always attack stupid ideas, regardless of how nice a suit the proponent is wearing at a press conference.” In defense of mockery. Doin’ … Continue reading

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If It Doesn’t Work, We’ll Have Lots of Tequila

The same delightful plant that fuels regrettable spring break decisions could also be a major source of energy in the 21st century. New research reveals that the agave plant has comparably higher energy yields than corn and, even more intriguing, becomes … Continue reading

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