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Could Hurricane Sandy Happen Again? Maybe, Says Geologist

Posted by rdavtalab 312 days ago in Miscellaneous from http://www.sciencedaily.com

Almost a year after Hurricane Sandy, parts of New York and New Jersey are still recovering from billions of dollars in flood damage. Tufts University geologist Andrew Kemp sees the possibility of damage from storms smaller than Sandy in the future. ... Read More

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Pacific Ocean Temperature Influences Tornado Activity in US

Posted by rdavtalab 312 days ago in Miscellaneous from http://www.sciencedaily.com

Meteorologists often use information about warm and cold fronts to determine whether a tornado will occur in a particular area. Now, a University of Missouri researcher has found that the temperature of the Pacific Ocean could help scientists predict the type and location of tornado activity in the U.S. ... Read More

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Delayed Gratification Hurts Climate Change Cooperation

Posted by rdavtalab 312 days ago in Miscellaneous from http://www.sciencedaily.com

Time is a huge impediment when it comes to working together to halt the effects of climate change, new research suggests. A study published today in the journal Nature Climate Change reveals that groups cooperate less for climate change mitigation when the rewards of cooperation lay in the future, especially if they stretch into future generations. ... Read More

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Sorbents capturing CO2 will make power plants cleaner

Posted by Amir 314 days ago in Miscellaneous from http://phys.org

When coal is used to generate electricity in power plants, carbon from the coal bonds with oxygen from air to make carbon dioxide (CO2). Due to concerns about how CO2 impacts global climate, scientists at DOE's National Energy Technology Laboratory are developing materials and processes to separate and capture it from power plants for permanent disposal. Ideally, the capture process will not crea ... Read More

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World ocean systems undermined by climate change by 2100

Posted by Amir 314 days ago in Miscellaneous from http://phys.org

An ambitious new study describes the full chain of events by which ocean biogeochemical changes triggered by manmade greenhouse gas emissions may cascade through marine habitats and organisms, penetrating to the deep ocean and eventually influencing humans.

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2013-10-world-ocean-undermined-climate.html#jCp ... Read More

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Water cycle dynamics in a changing environment: Improving predictability through synthesis -

Posted by Kondwani 315 days ago in Planning and Management from http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com

All science is the search for unity in hidden likenesses…The progress
of science is the discovery at each step of a new order which gives
unity to what had long seemed unlike… For order does not display
itself of itself; if it can be said to be there at all, it is not there for
the mere looking… order must be discovered and, in a deep sense,
it must be created. What ... Read More

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In a Hot, Thirsty Energy Business, Water Is Prized

Posted by Hadian 323 days ago in Planning and Management from http://www.nytimes.com

With so much focus on carbon emitted from the nation’s power plants, another environmental challenge related to electricity generation is sometimes overlooked: the enormous amount of water needed to cool the power-producing equipment.
In the United States almost all electric power plants, 90 percent, are thermoelectric plants, which essentially create steam to generate electricity. To cool the p ... Read More

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New Quaker report on conflicts involving water, land, and food

Posted by Hadian 323 days ago in Planning and Management from http://www.campaignforrealfarming.org

Water and land are two of the key natural resources that shape billions of peoples’ livelihoods, food security, wellbeing and identity. Developing management of water, land and food that is equitable and peaceful is an increasingly challenging task due to a multitude of factors – such as resource degradation, population growth and violent conflict – that can fuel tensions and exacerbate vulnerabi ... Read More

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