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Tornado Quest Science Links And Much More For Dec. 6 – 14, 2015

There’s been a wide variety of stories this week, but the big news has been the COP21 Paris Agreement Climate Talks. Though the agreement could have more teeth to it, it’s a start…and the quicker we start being proactive regarding climate change, the better. Having said that, let’s get started.

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


Check out this very cool science quiz from the inimitable folks at Science Friday!


Nothing good can come of this. Twitter is seriously looking into sorting tweets by “presumed relevance” rather than chronological order. The shills would have a field day with this.

Why do people get “unfriended” or “unfollowed” in social media? Here’s an interesting take that focuses on Facebook.


Check out “Season Spotter” which is a citizen science project that helps identify how climate change effects trees and plants.


Fascinating astronomy read about scientists watching a planet being born.

A “ghost from the past” revisits the early days of the Milky Way.


Air you can cut with a knife and can kill you…literally. Beijing recently issued their first-ever “Red Alert” for horrid air pollution.

Due to the spread of renewable energy sources and energy efficiency improvements, a recent study hints at hope in reducing global CO2 emissions.

One of the most troubling mysteries about sea level rise may have just been solved.

A very sobering yet beautiful view of a glacier’s vanishing act.

It should come as no surprise than a recent undercover Greenpeace investigation, “suggests that fossil fuel companies secretly funnel money into prominent scientists’ pockets to manufacture doubt about mainstream climate change science.”


Here’s a detailed look at the latest NOAA State Of The Climate report.

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The COP21 closing comments by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon.

A nice info-graphic on key points of COP21.


I couldn’t have said this better myself. “The opinion piece published in The Wall Street Journal by Matt Ridley and Benny Peiser (“Your Complete Guide to the Climate Debate” Nov. 27, 2015) is riddled with false statements, cherry-picked evidence and misleading assertions about climate science, according to an evaluation by a dozen scientists.”

On a positive note, there are reasons to smile about the Paris climate talks.

Earlier in the Paris climate talks, many wondered what would a strong climate pact look like?

Once ignored, this is a one way street in which backing up is not an option.

Astronauts (past and present) are sending a very clear message about climate change.

The vicious circle of water scarcity and climate change can no longer be ignored.

Speaking of water scarcity, this is what climate change looks like when viewing mountains with little snow.

An excellent read on a not-so-new science. Climatology (the study of climates) has been around for quite some time. So have concerns over global warming and climate change.

The autumn of 2015 will go into the record books as the warmest autumn yet on record for the contiguous USA.

A very important article on building code improvements based on studies done after the Joplin, MO, USA tornado of 22 May 2011.

Do women and men have differing views on climate change? Absolutely.

The two key points about climate change that “skeptics” (aka deniers) always miss.

Why do many United States citizens remain skeptical of climate change in spite of overwhelming scientific evidence? The answer is more within psychology than climatology.

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Tornado Quest Science Links and Much More for Jan. 12 – 19, 2015

Save for a few bouts of wintry weather, it’s been a relatively quiet weather week across most of North America. Drought conditions still persist across parts of CA, NV, OK, and TX with little relief in sight. The big news is the final analysis of global climate for 2014. Since records have been kept, 2014 was the warmest year on our planet. As is often the case, burning the candles at both ends with a full dance card chasing after me…so this will be a short post for this week.

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


Citizen Science: Theory and Practice is taking submissions for their 2015 launch! “The journal will provide a central space for cross-disciplinary scholarly exchanges that are aimed at advancing the field of citizen science.”

Need some citizen science project ideas to get involved in? SciStarter has a great list to start with!

Here’s a very cool list of awesome outdoor apps for kids…or those who are young at heart AND interested in the wonders of nature.


A stark reminder on the importance of basic science research.


If you’re a user and fan of Firefox, there’s a critical security update that you need to address ASAP.


The world’s first solar bike path has been unveiled in the Netherlands.

New York City’s newest recycling center is a state-of-the art facility. Such a shame these aren’t as common as landfills.

If you’re traveling to Beijing, you’d better bring your own oxygen supply. Their toxic air is literally off the charts.

An amazing array of images from NASA that reveal how much climate change has transformed our Earth.

A thought-provoking essay that, indirectly, proves the superior value of the scientific method. “The Danger The Planet Faces Because Human Instinct Overpowers Human Reason.”


There’s been little change in this week’s USA Drought Monitor with extreme to exceptional conditions persisting for parts of CA, NV, OK, and TX. With no relief in sight, the stress of dealing with the drought is taking its toll as the dry conditions become a way of life.

Considering the ongoing drought in California, there are many questions pertaining to atmospheric conditions that bring rain to that region. This study will answer many of them.

How much will climate change cost us? More than we think.

When words alone aren’t enough. Five charts that help explain why 2014 was so warm on our humble home. Here are some very cool animations that further drive the point home.

And lastly, a little meteorology, a little sociology. “Weather May Influence Institutional Investors’ Stock Decisions.”


For the record, I have no problem with selfie-sticks. But, I will go on record for hoping that this doesn’t become the next social media fad.

That’s a wrap for this post…


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