Tornado Quest Science Links For Feb. 2 – 9, 2015

Across North America, winter is still in full swing. With the exception of the relentless snowstorm that has been pounding much of the northeastern USA (and New England in particular), the cold season has behaved itself rather well. With several more weeks of cold weather still to come, we’ve plenty of time for more snow and or ice. All across the USA, National Weather Service offices are holding Skywarn spotter training sessions. If you’re planning on becoming a spotter, this training is absolutely essential. It’s also not too early for everyone to start planning for the coming uptick in severe weather activity. If you live in an area that is prone to severe thunderstorms and/or tornadoes, winter is an excellent time to prepare for an emergency.

I’d like to express my appreciation for all of the positive feedback I’ve received about my diversification of topics on Tornado Quest. While the focus will still be on the atmospheric sciences, you can expect much more in citizen science, environmental science, and related public policy topics for the future. Once again…thanks for all your positive feedback! 😎

For your consideration, here are this week’s links…

GENERAL SCIENCE

Who better to put on stage and communicate the process of science than scientists themselves.

Are politicians “Oblivious To Oblivion?”

TECHNOLOGY/SOCIAL MEDIA

Twitter is finally clamping down on the malevolent guttersnipes that infest so much of social media.

An informative “long-read” on net neutrality that affects everyone who uses the internet. “Don’t call them “utility” rules: The FCC’s net neutrality regime, explained.”

CITIZEN SCIENCE

Thought this is from a December, 2014 post, we’ve plenty of winter ahead of us in North America to help out in the IceWatch USA project.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE/SUSTAINABILITY

Here’s a great primer on sustainability…and more specifically, what it really is. “Can You Afford Not Being Sustainable?”

The first recycled alkaline batteries have hit the market. I’ll gladly give these a try…and hope they live up to their promise. Of course, rechargeable batteries are always a good option as well.

Sobering read from NRDC. “Fast Food Trash Nation? Time To Cut Down On Packaging Waste.”

A shameful waste, not just environmentally, but financially. “Every year in the United States, the paper, aluminum, glass, plastics and other recyclable material we throw away would be worth $11.4 billion if it were recycled.”

Good news on the renewables front. “Six charts that show renewable energy is getting cheaper.”

Here’s the amazing gadget that can help reduce CO2…and you can help out by planting one…or two.

This was inevitable. Post-Sandy New York City subways are showing signs of harboring unknown microbes.

While on the topic of microbes, high school students are discovering drug-resistant bacteria in subway stations. But consider this…those same disgusting microbes are also covering your computer keyboard, cell phone, television remote, home or office desktop, et al…

China has some of the world’s worst air quality…and it’s bad enough to have the potential to kill tens of thousands of people over the next decade.

Check out these amazing images of our home from the ISS. A link to the full collection at Flickr is included.

GEOLOGICAL SCIENCE

The Tulsa World has some excellent investigative journalism pieces on the recent upswing in Oklahoma earthquakes.

An interesting read on another geological connection to climate: Seafloor Volcano Pulses May Alter Climate: Strikingly Regular Pattern, From Weeks To Eons.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

The debate regarding whether 2014 was the hottest ever misses the point, but still it goes on.

Looking into the climates of the past can give scientists clues as to what our future holds.

Speaking of the past, recent history has shown concern over carbon pollution goes back the the 1960’s.

An excellent read on why communicating climate change is so difficult. It’s “The Elephant We’re All Inside Of.”

We targets of vengeful vitriol wonder. “Fear, Ridicule, Danger: Is It Safe to Be a Climate Scientist?”

Though it’s unlikely, there’s no reason why this can’t happen. “What If Sandy’s Surge Swamped Washington D.C.?”

A good read that is part pet department, part weather. “How To Keep Your Pets Safe And Warm During Cold Weather.”

Check out this fantastic video “full screen. “How Airplanes Affect The Atmosphere Around Them.”

ON THE LIGHTER SIDE…

I’m a major league classic film fan…with a very strong inclination toward silent films. If you’ve not seen the restored version of “Nosferatu” (1922), you’re in for a treat.

That’s a wrap for this post!

Cheers!

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