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NASA’s IRIS Captures A Huge Sun Sneeze (CME)

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration scored an impressive first a few weeks ago by capturing an enormous solar coronal mass ejection with its new Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph. A CME is a massive burst of solar wind and magnetic fields that rises above the solar corona and may be released into interplanetary space. NASA […]

June 3rd

E-Cigarettes: "To smoke, but how to smoke?"

Saying “the jury is still out” on the ramifications of electronic cigarettes would be a massive understatement. E-cigarettes* are designed to mimic tobacco cigarettes in both look and feel. Most of them have three basic parts: a battery-operated heating element; a replaceable or refillable cartridge containing nicotine; and an atomizer that converts the cartridge contents […]

May 31st

Fast Forward To A Gobbled-Up Milky Way

You may have heard that the days of our home galaxy, the Milky Way, are numbered. The Milky Way is one of the dominant galaxies of a cluster known as the Local Group. The other major player in the group is the Andromeda nebula (M31). And according to recent measurements by the Hubble Space Telescope, […]

May 29th

Military: Climate Strategy Vital, Not Political Chicken Game

A panel of extraordinary military leaders—16 men and women generals and admirals, including prior commanders, commandants, and members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff—came to a pretty devastating conclusion recently about climate strategy. The Military Advisory Board of the Center for Naval Analyses, a 70-year-old federally funded think tank, says that current actions by the […]

May 28th

Fixing The Unseen Infrastructure: The Value Of Water

The Value of Water Coalition hosted an in-depth conversation at the Newseum in Washington DC on the current condition of water infrastructure in the United States, the consequences of letting leaky and failing systems worsen, and solutions to water challenges of today and tomorrow. Our water infrastructure systems, a matter of pride for over a […]

May 25th

Best View Of Planet Mercury This Year On Sunday

Mercury, innermost planet of our Solar system (zodiac-astrology-horoscopes.com) Sunday night, May 25, you may want to take a look at the planet Mercury. It’s the best night all year for viewing our feisty little sunmost neighbor from Earth’s northern hemisphere. On this date, Mercury will reach its elongation—the farthest point it travels to the east […]

May 23rd

Climate-Savvy Candidates In CO, FL, IA, MI, ME, NH, and PA Receive Strong Support

The powerful new NextGen Climate political action committee today announced its 2014 strategy. It aims to win November races across the country where climate is on the ballot. NextGen supports candidates with strong records of accepting and planning for climate change. The organization has two primary goals: to prevent climate disaster, and to preserve American […]

May 22nd

"Clean Gas" More Dangerous Than Coal, Industry Expert Tells TV

US “clean gas” wells in operation (Irekia-Eusko Jaurlaritza in blogs.lse.ac.uk) Turns out that just about everyone (including President Obama) has been hugely underestimating the methane pollution levels of so-called “clean gas.” The booming American economy now seems to come at a greater cost than we originally thought when we found out that natural gas produces […]

May 22nd

UCS Examines Climate Change From Sea To Shining Sea

More imminent than deadly viruses or terrorists at national events is the phenomenon of climate change, a force examined in a groundbreaking new report released today by the Union of Concerned Scientists. Titled National Landmarks at Risk: How Rising Seas, Floods and Wildfires are Threatening the United States’ Most Cherished Historic Sites, the study examines […]

May 20th

Roundup Of The Mid-May San Diego Fires

Brush burning fast at one of the mid-May San Diego fires, 2014 (photo from KHQ compilation). Fires are part of the Western North America lifestyle, unfortunately. “Every summer, smoke fills the big skies yet people continue to build in the places that burn most,” said Felicity Barringer Taubman, a senior reporter for The New York […]

May 17th

New Google Maps Help You Navigate The World's Transit

A couple of sparkly infographics tout Google’s improvements to its public transit maps today. Over the years, the information giant has been pretty thoughtful in publishing transit information for those who don’t or can’t travel by car. Apparently, that’s 70% of the world’s population, although just over 50% of Americans are carless, er, car-free, and […]

May 15th

Drone Captures Fukushima Desolation Amid Cherry Blossoms

Cherry blossoms in the foreground of Mount Fuji (image: ladyadventurer.co.uk) So far, at least, the famed blossoming cherry trees of Japan don’t discriminate geographically. This time of year, they grace even the surroundings of nuclear power generators shaken by earthquake, tsunami, and meltdowns three years ago. Otherwise, though, the Fukushima landscape remains desolate. Despite widespread […]

May 14th

MERS Virus Strikes Again In United States

MERS coronavirus (National Institutes of Health) The Centers for Disease Control have reported the nation’s second case of Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), a coronavirus lethal in approximately 30% of cases. The first US MERS patient was a health care worker in Indiana. He has now been cleared as virus-free and returned home, although his […]

May 12th

May Snow, Two Days Before Mother’s Day?

Wait a minute—isn’t Mother’s Day on Sunday? Rusty Dawkins tweets this pic of about six inches of May snow in a Rushville, Nebraska back yard. Becky Kellogg of Wunderground.com tells us: May snowfall is nothing unusual for the Rocky Mountains, but pretty much everywhere else, it’s rare. One of the more recent May snowstorms outside […]

May 8th

National Climate Assessment Pulls No Punches About US Options

(All figures are from the 2014 National Climate Assessment draft.) Later today (Tuesday, May 6), at 8 a.m. EDT, the National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee of experts meets by conference call to approve the final version of the Third National Climate Assessment. The gist of their message, as Suzanne Goldenberg of The Guardian […]

May 6th