via Hurricane Irene: Prepare for a Category 4 ‘major hurricane’ – latimes.com. Hurricane Irene continues to grow in strength and ferocity and is now on track to become a Category 4 hurricane, authorities said. Fueled by warm waters and nothing to slow it down, the hurricane is taking a path that will likely skirt . . . → Read More: Hurricane Irene: Prepare for a Category 4 ‘major hurricane’
A water spout was recorded this morning just down the road from us in Wilmington, NC. In fact, we had just moved from Carolina Beach to Beaufort less than 2 weeks ago! Luckily, it wasn’t a very damaging spout but that spot was only a 10 minute drive from our old house! Anyways, pretty cool . . . → Read More: Carolina Beach Water Spout Today!
You know that oxygen-less zone that chokes life and forms every year in the Gulf of Mexico at the base of the Mississippi? Currently its about 3,300 square miles, or roughly the size of Delaware and Rhode Island combined. Over the last 50 years, humans tripled the nitrogen levels in Gulf. Nitrogen is often . . . → Read More: 2011 Gulf of Mexico ‘dead zone’ could be biggest ever
I’ve been in Brazil for the past week for some research coordination meetings. This has involved a number of different folks in several forums, but the whole process was pervaded by a patent anxiety on the part of many people I spoke to with regards to climate change. This is not new of course, but . . . → Read More: The Indian Ocean’s cup runeth over
I thought it a good time to lay down a primer on how to talk with a climate skeptic, especially when they’re trying to swindle you. First, it’s good to know that most skeptic arguments begin with a fact. At best, this fact is taken out of context. At worst, this fact (or data . . . → Read More: Scientist In Residence: Danny Richter on Confronting Climate Change Skeptics
DSN will be featuring some guest posts from Danny Richter – A Ph.D Student at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego studying diatoms stems from an interest in their potential to affect global biogeochemical cycles, and ultimately the climate. He is active in attempting to influence national climate policy by lobbying in . . . → Read More: Where’s the Ocean Love?
gCaptain brought my attention to cruise ship rather unfortunate encounter with the Drake Passage. For those who don’t know, the Drake Passage is the hell hole between the tip of South America and the Antarctica Peninsula infamous for the roughest seas in the world. Go ahead type “roughest seas in the world” into Google, . . . → Read More: Cruise ship encounters heavy seas in Drake Passage
In case you haven’t already read it, head over to Southern Fried Science where WhySharksMatter delivers an elegantly written, sincere, and ultimately balanced letter to John Boehner. Boehner is the soon-to-be Speaker of the House and will be leading the Republican majority on a predicted anti-climate change agenda. As a scientist, however, I am deeply . . . → Read More: An open letter about climate change
Confronting Climate Contrarianism looks into the claims made climate contrarians and how they (mis)use the scientific literature. —————————————————————– In a textbook example of climate contrarians misusing the primary literature for an anti-scientific agenda, Robinson et al. (2007) are seemingly flippant about decades of research showing how humans have affected the climate since the onset of . . . → Read More: Confronting Climate Contrarianism II: Methane Accumulation in the Atmosphere
Undoubtedly you have heard that dogs can sense earthquakes before the tremors occur. While anecdotes are common, experimental evidence supporting these claims remains elusive. The USGS in the 1970′s even examined the ability of animals for prediction “but nothing concrete came out of [these experiments]“. Cueing on changes in the weather is frequent among . . . → Read More: Can Sea Snakes Predict The Future? What About Hurricanes? Lottery Numbers?