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BBC NEWS | Greenland melt ‘speeding up’

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Following up on last week’s episode on the perception of Global Warming, I thought I would post this recent article from the BBC. Researchers using NASA satellite data have determined that the rate of melting of the ice cap over Greenland has increased between 2004 and now. The article suggests that if the entire ice […]

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Hot town, Summer in the City

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Looks like The Lovin’ Spoonful had it right. It’s dang hot out. How hot? This satellite imagery tells us! NASA’s Earth Observatory shows heat data from 2002 for New York city with vegetation as well. It’s used to document a phenomena known as Urban Heat Island. Anyone who lives in a city is pretty familar […]

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Arny and Tony go green

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Apparently Tony Blair and Arnold Schwarzenegger met in California recently. The outcome was: A “mission statement” [that] said the two would, among other things, “share experiences” and “find new solutions”. Apparently the govenenor has placed the environment high on his agenda. If Arny were eligible for the presidency I might think he was beginning his […]

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CyberTracker, animal tracking for everyone

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Listener Jody pointed out a great project that was highlighted on last weeks Living on Earth. CyberTracker allows anyone to capture information, including location, about animal movements. The software uses an interface that can be used by anyone from non-literate bushman to wildlife agents on a simple mobile hardware platform. The software is freely downloadable […]

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Air Pollution Monitoring Via….Pigeons

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Who knew avians could be so high tech? A new study of real-time air pollution is being undertaken using, of all things, pigeons. Little monitors are strapped to the backs of the pigeons and data is beamed back to Earth and published on the web in real time. Apparently the data will be available in […]

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MesoStor – Online GIS data delivery system for Central America

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I was going through my Caribbean GIS listserv alerts, and I noticed one about MesoStor, a project to make GIS data about Mesoamerica available online. MesoStor is part of SERVIR, “a regional visualization and monitoring system for Mesoamerica that integrates satellite and other geospatial data for improved scientific knowledge and decision making by managers, researchers, […]

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Alternative Energy Around the World

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It’s a flash map, but it’s still pretty cool. Ever wonder where all the alternative energy is being produced in the world? Well now you can find out! This site has three views of the globle (which I find very attractive, by the by) and nifty 3D icons showing sources of geothermal, solar, wind, and […]

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ClimatePrediction.Net

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The BBC is working with others to predict climate change and they want your help! The climate prediction tool runs within the BOINC environment just like SETI@home and others. This software takes advantage of free CPU cycles on client machines to crunch numbers for large data sets…isn’t distributed computing grand. If you have time head […]

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Google Maps of Active Volcanoes

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If you’re like me, when you go to plan your summer vacation, weird questions like, “Is there a major earthquake fault or active volcano in the area?” will eventually come up. Now you don’t have to worry about those pesky active volcanoes in your holiday planning! The site features a google mashup with the Smithsonian […]

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BBC NEWS | Arctic’s tropical past uncovered

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The BBC has a nice summary article from papers that were recently in Nature on insights on the paleo-environment of the Arctic Sea based on coring that took place along the Lomonosov ridge. Interesting stuff that may provide insights into our current environmental conditions. BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Arctic’s tropical past uncovered