The world’s coral reefs are in the midst of a mass die off – a “white death” spanning the globe. New Scientist looks at why understanding what’s happening is essential
Could The Day After Tomorrow happen? Collapse of ocean currents would cool Earth so much that global warming would reverse for 20 years… but the planet WOULDN’T freeze over
Scientists at the University of Southampton have studied what impact the scenario shown in the disaster movie Day After Tomorrow would have on global temperatures. —> Read More
By meticulously examining sediments in China’s Yellow River, a Swedish-Chinese research group are showing that the history of tectonic and climate evolution on Earth may need to be rewritten. —> Read More
Materials scientist have just discovered a way to give the workhorse transistor a big boost, using a new technique to incorporate vanadium oxide, one of a family of materials called functional oxides, into the device. —> Read More
Three years ago, a group of researchers found a cave in Ethiopia with a secret: it held the 4,500-year-old remains of a man, with his head resting on a rock pillow, his hands folded under his face, and stone flake tools surrounding him. The team named the man “Bayira,” which means “firstborn” in the Gamo language, a common name in the region. —> Read More
The ripples (pictured) were spotted while astronomers from the Paris Observatory were searching for signs of clumpy or warped features in AU Mic’s disk. —> Read More
At the recent Data for Good Exchange, Oliver Wise, Analytics Director for C40 city New Orleans talked about how the city is using open data platforms to drive economic recovery post Katrina and enhance climate resiliency. Part of this effort included developing an app called “Blight Status,” which uses open data to track progress and results in reducing urban blight in the city.
In a video of his remarks, Oliver Wise noted the growing need for cities to leverage data to set priorities, deliver on targets and measure results – all to the benefit of urban citizens:
“I think also what we need is talent in government – and city government in particular – who know how to use that data to identify challenges that departments are having and then deliver some intervention to them that they’re going to use to help deliver better services to citizens.”
Earlier this year marked ten years since Hurricane Katrina devastated the coastal C40 city of New Orleans. Under the leadership of Mayor Mitch Landrieu, the city has undertaken significant efforts to enhance resilience against climate threats.
The lessons learned in New Orleans can apply to cities around the world, and here at C40 we are committed to transparency and accountability through open data. Indeed, our very own Seth Schultz, C40 Director of Research, Measurement & Planning also participated in the Data for Good Exchange, chairing a panel discussion on using data to solve city problems.
You can view more climate change-related data from C40 cities at http://www.c40.org/research/open_data — and the full set of open data, including emissions reduction targets for every city—at data.cdp.net.
The ability, known as protrusion, allows fish to extend their jaw and snap up otherwise elusive prey, making them effective hunters. —> Read More
A researcher has produced a scientific study of the climate scenario featured in the disaster movie ‘The Day After Tomorrow’. In the 2004 film, climate warming caused an abrupt collapse of the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation (AMOC), leading to catastrophic events such as tornadoes destroying Los Angeles, New York being flooded and the northern hemisphere freezing. Although the scientific credibility of the film drew criticism from climate scientists, the scenario of an abrupt collapse of the AMOC, as a consequence of anthropogenic greenhouse warming, was never assessed with a state-of-the-art climate model.Now scientists have found that, for a period of 20 years, the earth will cool instead of warm if global warming and a collapse of the AMOC occur simultaneously. —> Read More
Researchers describe the ecological peculiarities of Drosophyllum lusitanicum, a plant which feeds on insects it has attracted by producing a sweet smell. —> Read More