Daily Archives: February 6, 2016

Abrupt Climate Change In The Arctic (And Beyond) An Updat


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Published on Dec 21, 2013

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Our understanding of future Arctic change is informed by the history of past changes, which often have been both large and abrupt. The well-known ice-age events such as the Younger Dryas show how sea-ice changes can amplify forcing to produce very large responses, with wintertime sea ice especially important. These changes are increasingly seen to have played a central role in the ice-age cycling through their global impact on CO2 storage in the deep ocean.

The Heinrich events reveal processes of ice-sheet/ocean interaction, some of which are being played out in Greenland and Antarctica now, and which may have large future effects on sea-level rise. The paleoclimatic record plus physical understanding greatly reduce the worst worries about instabilities from methane stored in cold places, but tend to support a role in amplifying future warming.

Overall, the very large impacts of past Arctic changes, and the likelihood that future changes under business-as-usual fossil-fuel emissions will be unprecedented in combined size and speed, raise important questions.
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Ice sheets may be hiding vast reservoirs of methane


ClimateState

Published on Feb 6, 2016

The study indicates that under the frigid weight of Barents Sea Ice sheet, which covered northern Eurasia some 22 000 years ago, significant amounts of methane may have been stored as hydrates in the ground. As the ice sheet retreated, the methane rich hydrates melted, releasing the climate gas into the ocean and atmosphere for millennia.
This finding was published in January 2016 in Nature Communications, publication “Ice-sheet-driven methane storage and release in the Arctic”

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Study http://www.nature.com/ncomms/2016/160…

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Grayson Holds Back Democratic Nominee Endorsement


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Published on Feb 6, 2016

The Real Capitol Hill sits down with Congressman Alan Grayson to discuss why he still hasn’t endorsed a candidate despite his record being much closer to Senator Bernie Sanders

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Worry grows of scale of Lassa fever outbreak being under-reported


CCTV Africa

Published on Feb 6, 2016

Fears of the scale of Nigeria’s Lassa fever outbreak being under-reported seem to be growing. This is despite assurances by the authorities that the outbreak has been brought under control. The death toll in the outbreak currently stands at 101 people according to the country’s health authorities. Statistics from Nigeria’s Centre for Disease Control also show that reported cases of the haemorrhagic disease stand at 175 since August. The recorded deaths come from the capital Abuja, Lagos and 14 other states. In neighbouring Benin at least nine people have died in an outbreak of the virus, with a total of 20 suspected cases reported. The number of Lassa fever infections in West Africa every year is between 100-thousand to 300 thousand, with about 5 000 deaths.

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Washington Is Broken, So Cities Are Enacting Progressive Policies

The Ring of Fire

Published on Feb 6, 2016

A lot of the dysfunction in Washington D.C. is coming from Republican obstruction. Now, liberals are turning to cities to pass laws and establish new ideas.

Mike Papantonio and Farron Cousins discuss this on Ring of Fire on Free Speech TV.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/26/upshot/libera­ls-turn-to-cities-to-pass-laws-and-sprea­d-ideas.html

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In Tornado Alley, forecasting severe weather with drones

Published on Feb 6, 2016

More than 100 tornadoes touched down in Oklahoma last year, and a new multi-million-dollar grant to four universities in the heart of Tornado Alley may lead to better information about where and when severe weather may strike. NewsHour’s Stephen Fee reports from Oklahoma.

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The Big Short Trailer (2015) ‐ Paramount Pictures


Paramount Pictures

Published on Sep 22, 2015

From the outrageous mind of director Adam Mckay comes THE BIG SHORT. Starring Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt, in theaters Christmas.

When four outsiders saw what the big banks, media and government refused to, the global collapse of the economy, they had an idea: The Big Short. Their bold investment leads them into the dark underbelly of modern banking where they must question everyone and everything. Based on the true story and best-selling book by Michael Lewis (The Blind Side, Moneyball), and directed by Adam Mckay (Anchorman, Step Brothers) The Big Short stars Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt.

Director: Adam McKay

Starring: Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt, Melissa Leo, Hamish Linklater, John Magaro, Rafe Spall, Jeremy Strong, Marisa Tomei and Finn Wittrock

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Careers in Conservation Tickets, Sat, Mar 5, 2016 at 11:00 AM |

Please join the Harvard College Conseravtion Society on Saturday, March 5th in Boylston Hall for “Careers in Conservation”, a conference designed to enhance students’ opportunities breaking into the field of conservation. Hosted in collaboration with the Women for Wildlife Network, this event will offer students and the public the chance to engage with distinguished scientists, locally-based conservation groups, international NGO’s, top-tier ecological and environmental research organizations, employers, and other driven students aiming to establish a successful career in conservation.

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Calling all Citizen Scientists! | Mount Auburn Cemetery

Mt-Auburn

By Friends of Mount Auburn
January 26, 2016

Citizen Science Phenology Trail

Information and Training Sessions

We are excited to announce the establishment of a Citizen Science program at Mount Auburn. If you are interested in nature, and concerned about the potential impact of climate disruption and severe weather on habitat and the wildlife it supports, citizen science is right for you. Join us to learn how you can make a difference just by following a trail through our urban wildlife refuge.

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UpFront – Hans Blix on the threat of nuclear war


Al Jazeera English

Published on Jan 29, 2016

In this episode of UpFront, we speak with Hans Blix, the former UN chief weapons inspector, about North Korea’s alleged nuclear test, the rise of ISIL and the Iran nuclear deal.We also speak to Noam Chomsky about the global impact of the US presidential election and the rise of Islamophobia. And, we debunk some of the most viral stories about North Korea and its leader.-

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