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Dwindling Rain in the Southern US Dwindling Rain in the Southern US
[ Jan 25, 2011 - Share ]
A drought is an extended period of months or years when a region notes a deficiency in its water supply. Generally, this occurs when a region receives consistently below average precipitation. It can have a substantial impact on the ecosystem and agriculture of the affected region. Although droughts can persist for several years, even a short, intense drought can cause significant damage and harm the local economy
Stratospheric Warming linked to our weather Stratospheric Warming linked to our weather
[ Jan 22, 2011 - Share ]
Meteorologists at Freie Universität have found a correlation between warming in the stratosphere and cold or warm winter periods. They observed that there is an increased number of stratospheric warmings, when the heat flow from the North Atlantic into the atmosphere is increased. Trends for winter temperatures can be derived from these new findings
Better Wind Mills Better Wind Mills
[ Jan 22, 2011 - Share ]
A wind turbine is a device that converts kinetic energy from the wind into mechanical energy. If the mechanical energy is used to produce electricity, the device may be called a wind generator or wind charger. If the mechanical energy is used to drive machinery, such as for grinding grain or pumping water, the device is called a windmill or wind pump
A Bright Idea: Introducing ESL Light Bulbs from Vu1 A Bright Idea: Introducing ESL Light Bulbs from Vu1
[ Jan 22, 2011 - Share ]
When changing out incandescent light bulbs for energy efficiency, there are usually two options, CFL and LED. However, the start up company Vu1 is adding another light bulb option (not to mention acronym) to the mix, the Electron Stimulated Luminescence (ESL) bulb. The Vu1 ESL innovation re-purposes technology from our tried and true friend, the cathode ray tube (CRT) television
Mass bird die-off: Feds poisoned them Mass bird die-off: Feds poisoned them
[ Jan 21, 2011 - Share ]
YANKTON, S.D. — When birds started falling dead in Yankton on Monday, there was understandable alarm
Amount of carbon absorbed by ecosystems each year is grossly overstated, says new study Amount of carbon absorbed by ecosystems each year is grossly overstated, says new study
[ Jan 17, 2011 - Share ]
According to a new paper published in Science, current carbon accounting methods significantly overstate the amount of carbon that can be absorbed by forests, plains, and other terrestrial ecosystems. That is because most current carbon accounting methods do not consider the methane and carbon dioxide released naturally by rivers, streams, and lakes
The Earth's shrinking snow and ice cover may increase the rate of Global warming The Earth's shrinking snow and ice cover may increase the rate of Global warming
[ Jan 17, 2011 - Share ]
Shrinking ice and snow cover in the Northern Hemisphere is reflecting ever less sunshine back into space in a previously underestimated mechanism that could add to global warming, a study showed
How Green Jobs Are Fueling The Recovery How Green Jobs Are Fueling The Recovery
[ Jan 17, 2011 - Share ]
Creating new well-paying jobs to spur the economic recovery remains a central concern globally and in the US. The Great Recession has left many professionals and their families struggling to make ends meet for over two years. This jobless recovery is likely to be the longest recovery since the Great Depression
How Hot Can It Get? How Hot Can It Get?
[ Jan 15, 2011 - Share ]
In the ancient past temperatures on Earth appeared to have been much warmer than today. It is possible that temperatures may rise as high as then based on current climate change projections. The new study, by National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) scientist Jeffrey Kiehl, will appear as a Perspectives piece in this week’s issue of the journal Science
Climate Changes Linked to Fall of Roman Empire Climate Changes Linked to Fall of Roman Empire
[ Jan 15, 2011 - Share ]
Think small variations in temperature and precipitation levels don't have much of an impact? Guess again. A prolonged period of wet weather spurred the spread of the Bubonic plague in medieval times, according to a new study. And a 300-year spell of unpredictable weather coincided with the decline of the Roman Empire
El Nino seen triggering next world warmth record El Nino seen triggering next world warmth record
[ Jan 15, 2011 - Share ]
Last year tied with 2005 as the warmest on record, according to U.S. agencies, but is likely to be overtaken soon by the next year with a strong El Nino weather event, experts said on Thursday
Weather Rarity: Snow in 49 States Weather Rarity: Snow in 49 States
[ Jan 15, 2011 - Share ]
Get out the toboggans and winter gloves: There's snow on the ground in 49 out of 50 U.S. states — including Hawaii. The only state that isn't at least partially a winter wonderland today is Florida, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). The agency estimates that 70.9 percent of the country is currently covered by snow
Alaska pipeline shut down after leak discovered Alaska pipeline shut down after leak discovered
[ Jan 9, 2011 - Share ]
The Trans Alaska Pipeline shut down on Saturday after a leak was discovered at the intake pump station at Prudhoe Bay, constricting supply in one of the United States' key oil arteries
Natural Methane Removal in the Gulf of Mexico Natural Methane Removal in the Gulf of Mexico
[ Jan 9, 2011 - Share ]
There is a relationship between known hydrocarbon (oil and natural gas) discoveries at great depth in the Gulf of Mexico and hydrocarbon seepage such as Methane at the seafloor. Chemosynthetic communities are associated with these seeps
China to control rare earth extraction and pollution China to control rare earth extraction and pollution
[ Jan 9, 2011 - Share ]
China will step up its controls over the mining of rare earths and release new industry standards to cut pollution, a minister and media said on Friday, after the world's biggest supplier cut export quotas for the minerals
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