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NOAA Global Climate Data – February 2015

“February 2015 second warmest February on record; December–February warmest on record February Arctic sea ice extent third smallest on record. The globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces for February 2015 was the second highest since record keeping began in 1880. Both the year-to-date (January–February) and seasonal (December–February) globally averaged temperatures were record high.”Continue Reading

Mussel Watch Contaminant Monitoring

National Ocean Service: “Mussel Watch represents the longest running continuous contaminant monitoring program in U.S. coastal and Great Lakes waters. The project was developed to analyze chemical and biological contaminant trends in sediments and bivalve tissues collected at over 300 coastal sites from 1986 to present. Parameters monitored include sediment and bivalve tissue chemistry forContinue Reading

30 species in pieces – a view into extinction

30 species in pieces, “an interactive exhibition turned study into 30 of the world’s most interesting but unfortunately endangered species — their survivals laying literally, in pieces.”

New Long-Term Earthquake Forecast for California

“A new California earthquake forecast by the U.S. Geological Survey and partners revises scientific estimates for the chances of having large earthquakes over the next several decades.  The Third Uniform California Earthquake Rupture Forecast, or UCERF3, improves upon previous models by incorporating the latest data on the state’s complex system of active geological faults, asContinue Reading

Report – The Safe Cities Index 2015 – Economist Intelligence Unit

“The Safe Cities Index 2015 is an Economist Intelligence Unit report, sponsored by NEC. The report is based on an index composed of more than 40 quantitative and qualitative indicators. These indicators are split across four thematic categories: digital security; health security; infrastructure safety; and personal safety. Every city in the Index is scored acrossContinue Reading

Icebergs wash up on Cape Cod shores

For all my friends and family in the Boston area – this article clearly demonstrates to all of us, through amazing photos (tweets and Instagram), the breath and power of the winter your area has experienced. Washington Post writer Angela Fritz says with little exaggeration that for a time, “Cape Cod Bay was looking moreContinue Reading

Repeat Photography of Alaskan Glaciers – USGS

Glacier and Landscape Change in Response to Changing Climate – “Repeat photography is a technique in which a historical photograph and a modern photograph, both having the same field of view, are compared and contrasted to quantitatively and qualitatively determine their similarities and differences. The following sections depict how this technique was used at aContinue Reading

Robust Methods for the Analysis of Images and Videos for Fisheries Stock Assessment

“The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is responsible for the stewardship of the nation’s living marine resources and their habitat. As part of this charge, NMFS conducts stock assessments of the abundance and composition of fish stocks in several bodies of water. At present, stock assessments rely heavily on human data-gathering and analysis. Automatic meansContinue Reading

Economist – Asia’s mania for “reclaiming” land from the sea spawns mounting problems

Such quantities of sand – The Economist: “The area of land Singapore has taken from the sea is dwarfed by reclamation elsewhere—in Japan and China, for example. Since the 19th century, Japan has reclaimed 25,000 hectares in Tokyo Bay alone. For a planned new city near Shanghai, Nanhui, more than 13,000 hectares have been reclaimed.Continue Reading

Environmental Working Group Annual ‘Dirty Dozen’ List

“Nearly two-thirds of the 3,015 produce samples tested by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2013 contained pesticide residues – a surprising finding in the face of soaring consumer demand for food without agricultural chemicals. EWG’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce calculates that USDA tests found a total 165 different pesticides on thousands ofContinue Reading

Effects of Regional Temperature on Electric Vehicle Efficiency, Range, and Emissions in the US

Effects of Regional Temperature on Electric Vehicle Efficiency, Range, and Emissions in the United States. Tugce Yuksel and Jeremy J Michalek.  Environ. Sci. Technol., Just Accepted Manuscript DOI: 10.1021/es505621s Publication Date (Web): February 11, 2015. “We characterize the effect of regional temperature differences on battery electric vehicle (BEV) efficiency, range, and use-phase CO2 emissions inContinue Reading

PSE Citation Database on Shale & Tight Gas Development

“This citation database provides bibliographic information, abstracts, and links to many of the vetted scientific papers housed in the PSE Healthy Energy Library, as well as other peer-reviewed journal articles. This database is a near exhaustive and evolving list of the peer-reviewed literature that directly pertains to shale and tight gas development. This literature is organizedContinue Reading