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The UK Cuts Antarctic Research






By Penny Paugh The British polar research community is at risk. The UK government plans massive cuts, more than 25 percent, to the budget of the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). The cuts are ordered as a means to reduce the UK’s national deficit. BAS is the leading UK polar research body and one of the [...]

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Galápagos: A Living Ecological Lab






By Penny Paugh The Galápagos Islands off the western coast of South America are renowned as an evolutionary and ecological living laboratory. These Pacific islands can serve as a barometer to gauge how climate and ecosystems interact, and provide a unique window into the relationship between mankind’s rapid development and a continuously changing environment. The [...]

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The Global Framework for Climate Services Implementation Plan






by Sharon LeDuc The Third World Climate Conference (WCC-3), held in 2009, established the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) and set a time table to develop an implementation plan (See http://www.wmo.int/hlt-gfcs/). The high-level task force leading this development requested input and feedback from a diverse array of stakeholders. IEDRO has great interest in the [...]

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Rwandan Drought; Ongoing Climate Concerns






by Aura Lawson La Niña has persisted longer than expected this year, and with it comes agricultural uncertainty for many countries across the globe. Rwanda is no exception. Anthony Twahirwa, head of Rwanda’s Meteorological Center, explains that their forecasting agency expected decreased rainfall as a result of La Niña, or abnormally cool waters in the [...]

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Part 7: Earth’s Carbon Cycle






Luisa Cristini, PhD, University of Hawaii at Manoa [Note from the editor: This is the seventh in a series of blog entries that will focus on introductory topics in climate dynamics and modeling, and will be a great insight into the current understanding of the science.] The carbon cycle is the biogeochemical cycle by which [...]

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Recent Solar Storm Floods Earth’s Upper Atmosphere






By Pennell Paugh Though the Earth is constantly bombarded by charged particles from the Sun, which emits material in all directions in a process known as the solar wind, sometimes the Sun ramps up magnetic activity on its surface, triggering huge flares of insidious plasma. NASA Science News announced that a huge solar storm occurred [...]

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Part 6: Water – Earth’s Most Precious Resource






Luisa Cristini, PhD, University of Hawaii at Manoa [Note from the editor: This is the sixth in a series of blog entries that will focus on introductory topics in climate dynamics and modeling, and will be a great insight into the current understanding of the science.] One of Earth’s unique and finite resources is water. [...]

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Should Methane Be Our First Line of Attack to Slow Global Heating?






By Penny Paugh Scientist Peter Cox, speaking at the University of Exeter (United Kingdom), recently suggests that the way to win the battle with greenhouse gases is to lower methane emissions. In fact, curbing methane may be the best way to stem dangerous warming. Methane is released in many ways: landfills, livestock, rice paddies, coal [...]

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Part 5: Energy For Life






Luisa Cristini, PhD, University of Hawaii at Manoa [Note from the editor: This is the fifth in a series of blog entries that will focus on introductory topics in climate dynamics and modeling, and will be a great insight into the current understanding of the science.] Nearly all the energy entering the climate system comes [...]

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Isolating Climate Change Constraints






By Penny Paugh There are many factors that affect the global temperature of the planet, including the rise and fall of greenhouse gases, solar activity, light-scattering atmospheric pollutants, heat transfer among the land, sea, and air, and the presence or absence of forests to process carbon dioxide. Researchers at the University of Oxford tweaked three [...]

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