Happy February everyone! The first month of 2016 has come and gone in a flash. Before we know it, summer heat will be settling in over the Northern Hemisphere. In the meantime, January has been very active weather-wise for parts of North America and the UK. Both regions have experienced significant storms with hurricane force winds, blinding rains, devastating floods, and potentially deadly blizzard conditions. Let’s hope that February will be better behaved but, as is always the case, nature has the better hand and the money is always on the house. On that note, let’s get started.
For your consideration, here are this week’s links…
Critical thinking and the scientific method are the key ingredients of sorting through the rubbish of conspiracy mindsets from proven facts.
So sad that in the 21st Century, this kind of retrograde mentality is not only being taken seriously, but flourishing with disturbing frequency.
Understandably so, Americans from across the political spectrum have become increasingly outraged and outspoken as they have learned more about growing surveillance by governments and corporations.
Could you outrun a hungry Tyrannosaurus Rex? Even if you could, I would advice against it. 😉
NASA’s Opportunity rover has gone above and beyond the call of duty by now purring smoothly into it’s 12th year of exploration.
This week marked the 30th anniversary of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster. NASA marks the anniversary with a pledge to travel to Mars.
Can’t wait to see this finally in action! “Mirror on the Cosmos: NASA’s Next Big Telescope Takes Shape.”
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE/RENEWABLE ENERGY
Wind and sunshine could power most of the United States by 2030 without raising electricity prices.
I’m really hoping that this comes to fruition. “By 2030, Renewables Will Be The World’s Primary Power Source.”
Huge hurricane resistant wind power turbines? Sounds like a sound idea to me!
A very sound idea! Denmark is preparing for climate change by building parks that can transform into ponds during heavy rainfall events.
Speaking of Denmark, the beautiful city of Copenhagen is set to divest from fossil fuels.
A sobering read on the increasing amounts of mercury found in rain water over the central and western parts of the USA.
It should come as no surprise that most of the earth’s pollution is created by only a small percentage of polluters.
Many of us, including yours truly, love snow…but is it safe to eat?
An interesting read on the recent USA snowstorm and it’s connection to climate change.
A good climate read. “Study Finds Slim Odds Of Record Heat, But Not As Slim As Reported.”
Using data going back centuries, climate scientists have found that modern-day European summers are the warmest since the height of the Roman empire. For all practical purposed, this will mean a new way of life.
In spite of recent rains and modest improvements, drought conditions persist in parts of California and Oregon where some reservoirs remain well below half of their capacity.
This one day view of our Earth from a satellite is spectacular and a “must see.”