Greetings once again to one and all! Plenty of interesting topics to cover this week. The Australian brushfires are still a big story if for no other reason that it is a watershed event. In atmospheric science news, our changing climate is front and center and will be for many years as humanity grapples with the best path of adaptation. On a more personal note, I appreciate the continued best wishes for a speedy recovery during my rehabilitation from prostate cancer surgery. On that note, let’s get started on this week’s reads.
- As the brushfires in Australia continue as of this date, the race is on to gather data, conduct research, and calculate the level of influence climate change has in these devastating fires.
- The Australian brushfires did more than kill wildlife and burn structures. They presented a substantial public health hazard.
- The devastation and dangers of brushfires are far from being limited to Australia. Even many areas of Scandinavia are vulnerable.
- A very thought provoking read by Christiana Figueres on the challenges all nations face in dealing with the daunting challenges of adapting our world to climate change.
- The story of scientists not only collecting data and doing atmospheric science research, but taking on the role as detectives making sure that nations round the world are honoring their promises.
- Encouraging news related to climate change and the health of our planet’s atmosphere are rare…but this one does offer some encouragement.
- Speaking of encouragement, I’m not too thrilled about this. Geoengineering (aka messing with nature) is the modern day atmospheric science version of bloodletting. Regardless, NOAA is going to take a look at two ways of handling climate change.
- Here’s a very interesting listen about new forecasting techniques for winter weather. “NASA Taps Snowstorm-Chasing Team To Improve Forecasting.”
- Heat isn’t called the ‘silent killer’ for nothing. “Rising temperatures put more US workers at risk of dying from heat.”
- In case you missed it, here’s one of the biggest and most important climate news stories we’ve seen in some time. “The globally averaged temperature departure from average over land and ocean surfaces for 2019 was the second highest since record keeping began in 1880, according to NOAA scientists.”
That’s a wrap for this post! I’d like to extend a warm welcome to my new followers in social media. I’m glad you’re along for the fun! If you’re on Twitter, Instagram, or Tumblr, so am I and I invite you to enjoy me. Once again I’d like to thank so many of you 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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