Ecology

Sea Turtle Day is June 16th!

June 11, 2019 0 Comments
Sea Turtle Day is June 16th!

  World sea turtle day is June 16th and it’s a great time to learn about these marvelous creatures and the perils that they face. For example, did you know that six species of sea turtles live in U.S. waters?  Or did you know that the main hazard they face is bycatch.  That is when […]

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One of the largest lakes in the world almost wiped out?

March 17, 2019 0 Comments
One of the largest lakes in the world almost wiped out?

Perhaps you have heard about the Aral Sea in central Asia.  It was at one time considered the 4th largest freshwater lake in the world.  However over the course of just four decades, it almost completely dried up, mostly due to the action of humans.  I first came across this information a few days ago.  […]

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Growing all over the world

March 14, 2019 1 Comment
Growing all over the world

It is well known that human activities disrupt some of the normal or “natural” processes that occur around the earth and in the atmosphere. Various societies and small populations have suffered some negative effects from these disruptions, mainly in the form of toxic pollution. So far though, we have managed to avoid total ecological collapse. […]

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Many fires over Southeast Asia for agriculture

March 10, 2019 0 Comments
Many fires over Southeast Asia for agriculture

As a kid I remember a few neighbors setting the ditches on fire in the spring to eradicate dried up grass, shrubs, or weeds before the growing season would kick in.  However the number of prescribed burns in Southeast Asia in the early spring is really crazy!  The NASA / NOAA image below shows them […]

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Brazil converting wild lands into soybean fields very rapidly

September 8, 2018 0 Comments
Brazil converting wild lands into soybean fields very rapidly

  It is projected by experts that Brazil will overtake the United States as the top soybean producer by the year 2025.  In one large area of Brazil, the cerrado, soybeans account for about 90% of all agriculture.  Essentially this a broad savannah which is rapidly being converted to soybean production.  It has ecologists and […]

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Long-term development

August 17, 2018 0 Comments
Long-term development

Something that seems to be missing in today’s media environment is follow-ups. You see a lot of blaring headlines, but then a while later might be left wondering “whatever happened to X”? I don’t want to let that happen in the weather blog, so I usually come back to topics from time-to-time. Here is an […]

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Climate and the bees

August 10, 2018 2 Comments
Climate and the bees

Let us start out with a trip down memory lane. You might have heard this before. I used to keep the AGW list. Ever since the early 1990s, I had heard of the potential for anthropogenic global warming (AGW) to disrupt the climate and ecosystems around the planet. After the El Nino year of 1998, […]

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Smorgasbord of News

March 28, 2018 1 Comment
Smorgasbord of News

I see and read a lot of different news about science, climate, weather, and clean energy every day and I save a lot of links in order to provide some insight and information through the weather blog. The stream of news is of course too large for anyone person to publish consistently, and there is […]

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I Rolled My Eyes

January 23, 2018 2 Comments
I Rolled My Eyes

This is a difficult subject to write about, because it goes without saying that protecting the environment is a good thing. I always encourage people to live responsibly, take care of “nature”, and lower their impact, but I do this without having to say “otherwise, the world is going to end”. There have been apocalyptic […]

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Is the climate getting “worse”?

December 13, 2017 0 Comments
Is the climate getting “worse”?

Subjective experience is so…subjective. What is great for one person or group can be horrible for another. I asked a subjective question in a blog entry last year “What is a good climate?“. Related to this is the question “Is the climate getting worse”? This is very difficult to answer, because “worse” and “better” are […]

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