Nature

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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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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Almost time for “Fake Time”

March 5, 2018 2 Comments
Almost time for “Fake Time”

I was planning on sparing the blog reading audience another mild diatribe on Daylight Savings Time (DST), but then I caught wind of a new effort in Florida to do away with DST. I couldn’t believe it. Finally another state (in addition to Arizona) taking charge and ending the weird ritual that is DST. Unfortunately, […]

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Who Gets The View?

April 10, 2014 0 Comments
Who Gets The View?

An interesting story passed by my eyes the other day and it reminded me of an old blog post. It is the one where I mused whether or not all of the most beautiful natural places in the world should be off-limits to private ownership. Many people dream of owning a house in a place […]

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Global Forests and Biofuels

November 19, 2013 0 Comments
Global Forests and Biofuels

While perusing this cool interactive map of global forest change over the last decade or so, the issue of ethanol production once again came to mind. As a possibility for future energy needs of the planet and society, I have covered the issue of biofuels and grain ethanol in particular for several years now. Critics […]

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Tracking Climate Change Using Pollen

June 10, 2013 0 Comments
Tracking Climate Change Using Pollen

        You probably know that researchers have been studying things like ice cores, tree rings, and animal behavior to better understand climate change.  However did you know they also look to pollen for clues?  As it turns out, as carbon dioxide increases in the atmosphere generally pollen does as well.   However […]

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Will Drought Return?

March 27, 2013 0 Comments
Will Drought Return?

Through the blog we offer here at StormTrack9, I hope we are able to share interesting weather information and insightful commentary about various science developments. One particular issue that became front and center last year is drought. One of the worst single year droughts since 1988 hit much of the mid-section of the nation. According to the U.S. […]

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Bad for Science

February 13, 2013 0 Comments
Bad for Science

A couple of really bad “science” stories have hit the media recently. One involves liability and the other dishes out mostly propaganda. Perhaps you already heard about this one involving the liability of scientists. Seismologists in Italy were found guily of manslaughter for inaccurately predicting when an eartquake would strike. They were found guilty even though […]

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What are our chances for a white Christmas?

December 16, 2012 0 Comments
What are our chances for a white Christmas?

VIDEO HERE: http://www.waow.com/story/20358716/2012/12/16/what-are-our-chances-for-a-white-christmas Saturday’s combination of rain and warm temperatures ate up much of Central Wisconsin’s snow base this weekend.  And with fewer than 10 days until Christmas, the possibility of the region missing a so-called “white” Christmas has come top of mind for many looking forward to the holiday. A Christmas is considered “white” […]

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Explaining Sandy’s potential

October 28, 2012 0 Comments
Explaining Sandy’s potential

Storm surge is forecast to be an important piece of the story as Hurricane Sandy gears up for a collision course with the U.S.  As of Sunday evening, the storm is considered a category one hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph.  Despite its low ranking on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale, the National Weather Service and government […]

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