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The Ocean Matters More Than We Realize The Ocean Matters More Than We Realize

At a time when the world faces a multitude of potential calamities – ranging from climate change to a struggling oil industry to rapid population growth – the solution could be all around us: Water.

"Keep It In the Ground" Movement Gears Up for More Action “Keep It In the Ground” Movement Gears Up for More Action

Hundreds of people marched around the Superdome in New Orleans on Wednesday and then headed inside to disrupt a federal oil and gas auction held by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management on behalf of the Obama administration. While previous auctions had seen occasional protests, the size and scale of Wednesday’s demonstration is further evidence

tires Tire Tragedy: When Recycling Goes Awry

Every year, California drivers generate more than 40 million used tires. Most of them are too beat up to be returned to the road, and until the early 1990s, two-thirds went to landfills, taking up space and costing municipalities money. Today, many are sold to companies on the other side of the Pacific, where they may be burned as fuel, returning to the North America as smog.

What is Energy Star and why does it matter?

Years ago, you’d buy an appliance — perhaps a refrigerator or a lamp — and think nothing of plugging it into your wall and turning it on. You didn’t worry about how much energy it used because energy was relatively cheap. You didn’t worry about where that energy came from because most of us had

How Will You Make A Difference On Earth Day?

Earth Day, 1970 © www.earthday.org If your car ran out of gas, would you simply scrap it and buy a new one? If you had a bag of garbage, would you dump it out on your living room floor? If you realized that your roof was leaking, would you just ignore it? We really face

Climate change: Drought May Threaten Much Of Globe Within Decades

Click each graphic for larger image. National Center for Atmospheric Research The United States and many other heavily populated countries face a growing threat of severe and prolonged drought in coming decades, according to a new study by National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) scientist Aiguo Dai. The detailed analysis concludes that warming temperatures associated

Birth of a Hurricane

Researchers will fly into tropical weather disturbances and observe their transition into tropical storms. David T. Wright, NSF Summer storms are a regular feature in the North Atlantic, and while most pose little threat to our shores, a choice few become devastating hurricanes. To decipher which storms could bring danger, and which will not, atmospheric

Sailing on Plastic Bottles

After sailing more than 8,000 nautical miles and spending 128 days crossing the Pacific, the world’s largest ocean, in a boat made of 12,500 plastic PET bottles, the Plastiki expedition and her crew have safely and successfully reached their planned destination of Sydney to cheers of welcome and support. Arriving at Sydney Heads on July

Indian Ocean Sea-Level Rise Threatens Coastal Areas

The Indo-Pacific warm pool has a signifcant effect on the climate of surrounding lands. Indian Ocean sea levels are rising unevenly and threatening residents in some densely populated coastal areas and islands, a new study concludes. The study, led by scientists at the University of Colorado at Boulder (CU) and the National Center for Atmospheric

Switching Off Your Lights May Have A Bigger Impact Than You Think

Saving electricity may help to reduce the need forcoal-fired power plants like this one. (cc) David Smith Switching off lights, turning the television off at the mains and using cooler washing cycles could have a much bigger impact on reducing carbon dioxide emissions from power stations than previously thought, according to a new study published

Construction to Start on NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center

A single month from a simulation of the 20th centuryby the NCAR-based Community Climate System Model. Gary Strand / NCAR The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and its managing organization, the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), has broken ground on the construction of a supercomputing center. The new center will house one of

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