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An eye on the sky for Texas

Published on March 20, 2012 by in Science

Thanks to its most intense drought in state history, John Nielsen-Gammon is well known in Texas.  Outside of Texas, few people know that he is  the state climatologist.  Or that 48 states have state climatologists; only Rhode Island and Tennessee do not.  And very few people know that they have their own professional organization, the American Association

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Transit use rose 2.31 percent in 2011

A 2.3% rise in public transportation ridership may not seem like much, but it is significant because most people can’t easily change their behavior when gasoline prices rise.  More expensive gas at the pump is probably responsible for some of the increase in mass transit ridership.  More riders can create a virtuous circle.  Fuller buses

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Island nation of Kiribati contemplates move to Fiji

Professional movers, who transfer companies from one office to another, say that there are long moves and short moves, but no small moves.  Kiribati, a Pacific nation that consists of several low-lying atolls, is thinking of undertaking what would be a very large move.  It plans to buy about 6,000 acres of land on Fiji’s

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Ice caps not shrinking as much as once thought, new data show

How fast glaciers and ice caps are melting has long been a contentious issue.  Previous estimates were based on extrapolations of on-site measurements and aircraft sampling of a relatively few of the earth’s 200,000 glaciers and ice caps.  Now, new data from NASA’s GRACE satellites indicate that mountain glaciers and ice caps lost 148 billion

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Take the subway

Published on March 16, 2012 by in Policy

Tom Friedman’s 3/3/12 New York Times column is about energy policy. He worries that “the poisonous debate” about climate change may preclude us from having any energy policy at all, especially one using resources more efficiently. Dismissing climate science as a hoax is reckless, he says, and puts at risk not only your beach house

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