Greetings once again to one and all! If the December holidays are a part of your life, I hope the season’s going well for you. 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). 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.
- The planet we know more about that any other in our solar system has something in common with Earth…Mars has auroras too!
- The COP25 climate talks ended recently. At best, it came to an end in a stalemate with few countries that are contributing the lions share of global CO2 emissions willing to compromise.
- Sometimes it takes bad news to get things in motion. Let’s hope we’re not too late. “A year of big numbers startled the world into talking about nature.”
- We may know a great deal about our planet’s atmosphere, but occasionally there’s a new discovery that potentially can have significant impacts on our quality of life.
- Air quality is often a highly underrated variable in our health. We wisely concern ourselves with what we eat, drink, and items that food/drink come in contact with. Here’s another good read with a sound study behind it on air quality. What we breathe into our lungs is just as important as what we consume by mouth.
- Speaking of air quality, a recent study showed that the United States is (unfortunately) among the top ten countries for pollution related deaths. The air pollution we’re exposed to is a significant cause of death & disability linked to cardiovascular & respiratory diseases, strokes, & cancers.
- Pyrocumulonimbus (pyroCB) for during particularily large and intense brushfire/wildfire scenarios. The dangers of these can be significant, even some distance from the fire.
- Here’s the November 2019 State Of The Climate report. As you can see, it was yet another record setting month across the globe.
- I love a good snowstorm and I REALLY love snow squalls! Recently, one rolled over Manhattan, NYC and was captured in time-lapse by several cameras doing what snow squalls do best, look spectacular!
- Finally, let’s wrap up this week with a look at wind chill. Even in relatively temperate regions, wind chill can be a substantial winter safety factor. This chart will help you understand just how important wind chill is during the winter months.
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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