Greetings to one and all! Here’s a review of my intro from last week. After a few months on hiatus for health reasons, I’ve decided to resume the weekly blog with a subjective view of the top ten science reads from the past week. This post will be published every Saturday between 12:00pm and 2:00pm Central USA Time (1800 UTC – 200 UTC). As I mentioned, the selection will be subjective, but lean heavily towards what my followers in social media are interested in. There will be seasonal emphasis on the severe weather season across North America and the Atlantic hurricane season. During the next few weeks, there will be a few kinks to be ironed out, so expect a few bugs and/or changes to come along. The topics will be from a wide variety of science interests; astronomy, weather and meteorology, climate and climate change, environmental science topics, the occasional quixotic read, and much, much more. On a more personal note, I appreciate the ‘good vibes’ and wishes for a speedy recovery as I am in the middle of a long rehabilitation regime from prostate cancer surgery. I have a daunting challenge ahead of me and your kind and caring words mean the world to me. A medical situation such as this certainly has made me take pause and reevaluate the priorities in my life.
Without further delay, let’s get started on this week’s links.
- A very thought provoking op-ed. “The Executive Branch Must Stop Suppressing Science.” Almost everything we do in society depends in part on federal government research. That most certainly includes life-saving weather information including tornado warnings. Congress can and must protect scientific integrity with legislation.
- Here’s a question that may never have occurred to you before. Who owns the Arctic?
- The burden for dealing with the challenges of climate change has been placed on national governments. This lets cities, regions, businesses, and any number of special interest groups off the hook. It shouldn’t.
- One burden of climate change that is often overlooked is how it can affect conflicts around the world.
- Too much snow can be a very, very bad thing. “Increasingly extreme Arctic weather could threaten the survival of wildlife, biologists are warning. In 2018, it snowed so heavily that many areas remained covered in snow well into the summer, preventing almost all plants and animals from breeding.“
- If you think living near the equator will make you happier, you may be wrong. “Latitude Adjustment: Distance from the Equator Shapes Our Thinking.“
- Air quality is perhaps one of the most underrated topics of weather and climate. What you can’t see in the air that you breathe can certainly hurt you.
- Here’s some encouraging news. “Trees That Survived California Drought May Hold Clue To Climate Resilience.“
- Giving lip service to hurricane preparedness is on thing, but implementing those plans is another. If the facts (which include hurricane warnings and dire requests for you to evacuate) don’t make you prepare and/or leave a threatened area, what will it take?
- Speaking of hurricane preparedness, there are a few more weeks left in the Atlantic hurricane season. It’s never too late, early, our ‘out of season’ to have a preparedness plan and supplies in place. My Hurricane Preparedness Page can be a helpful starting point to prepare for the storm you hope never happens.
This handy checklist from the American Red Cross can be very helpful in putting together a disaster preparedness kit.
That’s a wrap for this post! If you’re on Twitter, Instagram, or Tumblr, pay me a visit and let us connect. A million ‘thank you’ again for all the thoughtful comments I’ve received over the past few weeks. Cancer does not have to be a automatic death sentence, and I have no intention of giving up this fight and will accept nothing but absolute and total victory. If you’re a male over the age of 40, you should discuss with your doctor getting tested. The Prostate Cancer Foundation is only one of many reputable sites with further information.
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