(Click to enlarge) This image depicts the Hubbard Glacier ice front, with floating ice ‘growlers’ in August 2004. (Credit: Oregon State University)
Scientists have long been concerned that global warming may push Earth’s climate system across a “tipping point,” where rapid melting of ice and further warming may become irreversible — a hotly debated scenario with an unclear picture of what this point of no return may look like.
(From ScienceDaily) – A newly published study by researchers at Oregon State University probed the geologic past to understand mechanisms of abrupt climate change. Read the full story »
The Senate Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee held a hearing entitled “Insuring our Future: Building a Flood Insurance Program We Can Live With, Grow With, and Prosper With”. Witnesses included Senator Robert Menendez [D-NJ], the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator, and flood insurance representatives.
The Senate Appropriations Committee has released its draft report outlining the spending levels for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Energy and Water Development Appropriation bill. The bill funds the Department of Energy (DOE) at $28.4 billion ($1 billion higher than FY 2014) and the Army Corps of Engineers $4.5 billion ($200 million lower than FY 2014).
A central question in the debate over a Rutgers University-led study of the ocean floor off the coast of Long Beach Island is whether the loud sound waves used to map the sediment will harm dolphins, whales, and other animals.
A comprehensive 15-year analysis of the movements of satellite-tagged blue whales off the West Coast of the United States found that their favored feeding areas are bisected by heavily used shipping lanes, increasing the threat of injury and mortality.
What do mollusks, starfish, and corals have in common? Aside from their shared marine habitat, they are all calcifiers — organisms that use calcium from their environment to create hard carbonate skeletons and shells for stability and protection.