Greetings to one and all! I hope the weather is to your liking regardless of where you live. Autumn is beginning to make its presence known in parts of North America. As of this post, a very warm spell has settled over much of the southern and central Great Plains of the USA. It’s been a long, hot summer and I’m ready for some cool crisp mornings with a change in fall foliage color. The tropical Atlantic is rather active at this time. Fortunately, none of the systems that are being watched are a current threat to any land masses or populated areas. As usual, there’s plenty to cover, so let’s get started.
For your consideration, here are this week’s links…
A very thought-provoking read where scientists answer twenty questions on the future of humanity.
Speaking of questions, here’s an excellent and very objective read by Lawrence Krauss on twenty questions for this year’s presidential candidates. “The net result? There is something here for everyone, because every view, no matter how inconsistent, is presented somewhere.”
A very good Psychology Today article from 2014 on the nature of the online troll. Considering recent events, it’s a read worth revisiting.
Do you use WhatsApp? Be prepared to share (unwillingly) a great deal of your private information with Facebook. There’s an opt-out, but personally speaking. I’d recommend you change over to Telegram.
A look at an interesting concept of the possible climate of Mars past…and how it could have led to its present day appearance.
No, Cupid didn’t make the “heart” on Pluto. It was something else far more interesting.
Don’t mess with the Milky Way. “Kamikaze galaxy explodes after diving into the Milky Way.”
From the BBC…from auroras to galaxies… a nice collection of spectacular imagery.
New scientific ways of monitoring and predicting the affects climate change have on our ecosystems are coming to fruition.
“Ghost Forests” are on the increase thanks in no small part to climate change. Unfortunately, this is a trend that will be on the upswing for some time.
Driven by climate change, large masses of trees across the USA are succumbing to diseases, insects, droughts, and wildfires.
Check out this nice “gif” of the USA’s growing use of wind power. Take note that the South has a lot of catching up to do.
Meteorologists with the National Weather Service (NWS) have a tough job with many daunting tasks and challenges. They need all the public and governmental support they can get. Your local National Weather Service office as well as other NWS social media accounts are the definitive source for all-important and potentially life-saving information.
An excellent comic that should put (temporarily) the kibosh on “the climate has always been changing” denier crowd.
- “The two hottest months the world has ever recorded just happened back-to-back. And we’re about to have back-to-back-to-back hottest years. Sea levels are also rising, carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is at its highest levels in eons, and a host of other signs show that humans are altering the climate in ways unseen in millennia. Yet “the climate has changed before” line is often trotted out to essentially say ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.”
Part climate science and part public policy in an interesting read on how climate adaptation can save money and improve the quality of life.
A very good climate read. “Why We Don’t Know If It Will Sunny Next Month But We Know It’ll Be Hot All Year.”
I could talk about this until I’m blue in the face. There is a distinctive difference in weather and climate. Hopefully, this short video will clear up the confusion.
Over a month after the devastating August, 2016 Louisiana floods, environmental and health concerns are growing along with anger among residents in the affected areas.
Flooding of low lying coastal areas in the USA due to sea level rise is no longer a theoretical concept.
And that’s a wrap up for this post! For my new followers in social media, I’d like to extend a warm welcome…I am quite active in other forms of social media and would really enjoy connecting and collaborating with other folks into the sciences.
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