Tag: In the News

A Whole New Way of Seeing…Mantis Shrimp

by | 1.29.2014 at 2:17am
Mantis Shrimp. Nazir Amin, 2008

Mantis shrimp are marine crustaceans inhabiting the shallow sunlit waters of tropical seas, where they make a living as voracious ambush predators. This week in Science, new research sheds light on their fascinating visual system, and reveals a novel form of color vision, previously unknown in the animal kingdom.

2013 Ranks in Top 10 Warmest Years

by | 1.22.2014 at 3:57pm
NOAA-NASA top 10 warm years

Last year was one of the warmest on record, according to analyses of global temperature data by NASA and NOAA. Both federal agencies placed 2013 among the top 10 warmest years since records began in 1880, continuing a longer-term trend of global warming.

Climate change may be affecting the jet stream

by | 3.7.2012 at 2:36pm | 10 Comments

A new study provides evidence that climate change may be affecting the northern hemisphere jet stream, which appears to be moving north and slowing down. The slowing of the jet stream could cause weather patterns to remain in place for longer, resulting in prolonged heat waves or cold snaps.

EPA’s greenhouse gas rule poses challenges for US policy review process

by | 2.28.2012 at 12:39pm

Just in case anyone you missed it, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is moving, albeit almost imperceptibly, toward regulating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. It took one more step in January, published the emissions of 6700 facilities with annual emissions of more than 25,000 MtCO2e. This category of emitters was required to report these figures []

What are the Keystone XL Pipeline Risks to Water Resources?

by | 10.10.2011 at 9:20am | 6 Comments
The existing Keystone pipeline, vulnerable to flooding at river crossings.  Source: North American Pipelines

One of the issues most passionately discussed now in the media and blogosphere is the KeystoneXL Pipeline proposal, to allow Canadian oil and gas company TransCanada to build a pipeline to transfer tar sands oil from Alberta to Texas. So what are the arguments?

In Dry Texas, Recycled Water Looks Better and Better

by | 10.4.2011 at 9:15am | 1 Comment
San Antonio River Walk

As the drought in Texas continues with no end in sight, some cities are turning to innovative water alternatives in an attempt to maintain quality of life as they know it. The new mindset includes viewing waste water as an asset.

Western Water Woes – Is Big Infrastructure the Way to Go?

by | 9.6.2011 at 9:45am | 1 Comment
Pat Mulroy, general manager of the Southern Nevada Water Authority, has a grand plan.  Photo: Las Vegas Sun

Guest Blog by Michael Clark Pat Mulroy, the general manager of the Southern Nevada Water Authority, spoke on July 20 at a US Chamber of Commerce conference, as part of its Invest in Water Initiative, and proposed a bold idea: build a pipeline to divert Mississippi River flood waters to the West. This, she said, []

The Year of Drought and Flood

by | 7.20.2011 at 10:00am | 2 Comments
Farmer struggling in a drying China. Source: Global Voice.

It seems that this year the world is experiencing a crisis of both too little water and too much. And while these crises often occur simultaneously in different regions, they also happen in the same places as short, fierce bursts of rain punctuate long dry spells.

How to reduce weather risk (and make a little green)

by | 5.1.2011 at 5:42pm
Lightning strikes near buildings in downtown Atlanta (credit: flickr user 'brendanlim')

People understand that weather can affect certain markets — especially energy prices and other commodities — but its impact on portfolios more broadly might surprise. Just last week, a new study was released that estimated $485 billion of annual weather-related economic impact in the United States alone. Another calculated the effect at nearly 10 times that amount []

Can Big Earthquakes Disrupt World Weather?

by | 4.28.2011 at 12:59pm | 1 Comment
Candle-lit Astronomer

The recent earthquake in Japan shifted the earth’s axis by half a foot. You may be wondering if that’s enough to change earth’s weather. No, not really, says Jerry McManus, a climate scientist at Columbia’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. Earthquakes unleash a tremendous amount of energy, but not enough to upset the energy balance of earth’s []