Greetings once again to one and all! Here’s a more concise overview of my intro from the last few weeks. After a few months on hiatus for health reasons, I’ve decided to resume this weekly blog of my choice of top ten science reads from the past week. This will be published every Friday between 2:00pm and 3:00pm Central USA Time (2000 UTC to 2100 UTC). Coverage will be what my followers in social media are interested in and other topics that are of scientific importance; astronomy, weather and meteorology, climate and climate change, environmental science topics, the occasional quixotic read, and much, much more. On a personal note, I appreciate the many best wishes for a speedy recovery during my rehabilitation from prostate cancer surgery. To say it is a daunting challenge is an understatement. A medical situation such as this certainly has made me take pause and reevaluate the priorities in my life. On that note, let’s get started on this week’s reads.
- First, let’s start with a bit of winter weather safety. It may be a given that dressing warm in cold weather is sensible, but there’s actually a bit of ‘science’ behind dressing properly. As the above infographic shows, dressing in layers is far better than one thick layer.
- In spite of best efforts, it was inevitable that climate change would eventually enter the political arena.
- Earlier this week, a volcano reminded us just how dangerous these seemingly benign geological phenomenon are. “Why deadly New Zealand volcano eruption was hard to predict.”
- Of all the Earth’s continents, Antarctica is the one we know the least about. “The Antarctic: Study provides data about the structure of the icy continent.”
- Speaking if icy regions, Greenland has lost a tremendous amount of ice in less than thirty years.
- New research done on the Arctic sea ice has ominous overtones. A journal reference to the study is included in the article.
- Even though large countries and major international corporations are contributing greatly to climate change, it’s still up to the individual to do the best that they can.
- No surprises here. The health benefits to you and your loved ones is almost immediate. “Measures to reduce air pollution quickly result in big health benefits.”
- Here’s some very important, new information based on research from the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) indicates what atmospheric scientists have suspected for some time; there’s a substantial connection between climate change, global warming, and extreme weather events. For further study, here’s a link to the original AMS study. “Explaining Extreme Events from a Climate Perspective.”
- Last but certainly not least, one of the most quixotic elements of our contemporary society. Say ‘hello’ to the ‘Hurricane Truthers’ who, in no small way, are irresponsibly endangering the lives of millions doing what they do best…malevolently spreading lies.
That’s a wrap for this post! If you’re on Twitter, Instagram, or Tumblr, so is Tornado Quest. I’d like to thank so many of you again for all the thoughtful comments I’ve received over the past few weeks. As of this post, I’m still recovering well from surgery. Cancer does not have to be an 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 getting your PSA tested with your doctor. The Prostate Cancer Foundation is only one of many reputable sites with further information.
Cheers…and Good Luck!
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