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Harsh political reality slows climate studies despite extreme year

This past year, 2011, witnessed a number of extreme weather events in the United States that far exceeds numbers from previous years.  On average, the United States experiences three to four weather disasters a year that incur costs in excess of $1 billion per event.  In 2011, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) identified

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As permafrost thaws, scientists study the risks

  There is a growing concern that increased thawing of permafrost due to warming temperatures in the Arctic has the potential to release large amounts of carbon dioxide and methane into the atmosphere.  A recent estimate suggests that Arctic permafrost contains twice as much carbon as the entire atmosphere.  If significant amounts of these greenhouse

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Australia plans huge marine reserve in Coral Sea

  The Australian government has proposed to create the world’s largest marine reserve in the Coral Sea.  This proposal would set aside 989,842 square kilometers (382,180 square miles) in order to protect the large degree of biodiversity in this region.  The Coral Sea reserve would protect the area east of the Great Barrier Reef Marine

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Time for a Vacation? Climate Change and the Human Clock

A recent study, discussed in this article from the New York Times, has found that National Park attendance has shifted by an average of about four days over the past 30 years, most likely in response to climate change.  The study was published in the International Journal of Biometeorology, comparing temperatures and attendance records from

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Climate change insight gleaned from Yellowstone wolves

A recently published article in Science reports (detailed here) that scientists who have been studying the reintroduction of grey wolves into the Yellowstone National Park have developed a computer model that predicts how these wolves will respond to climate change. This model allows researchers to gauge how the grey wolves will respond behaviorally and genetically

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