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 recovery during my rehabilitation from prostate cancer surgery. On that note, let’s get started on this week’s reads.
- First, a little history of science. The National Weather Service has come a long, long way since it’s humble beginnings. Here’s a look back at the fascinating history of how computers were devised to play a major part in forecasting.
- What would our planet look like without its oceans? This eye-opening view shows a very new perspective.
- The daunting challenges that climate change brings to many professions are obvious. For young farmers, it’s a particularly precarious hazard.
- With the help of a cadre of climate skeptics, Australia presented itself as far less capable than it actually is. “Australia’s Decade of Burning Environmental Apathy.”
- On the brighter side of the Australian brushfires, a realization that we may be closer to a tipping point in climate change may be the ‘wake-up-call’ that’s needed.
- This is a change in the commute and/or running errands that I could get used to! “Make room for the e-bikes, the top-selling electric vehicles for the next decade.”
- By some accounts, January 2020 set yet another record. “Goodbye, January — goodbye, another heat record.”
- The latest US Drought Monitor has been released. Here’s a region-by-region view of the USA.
- As the planet warms, permafrost—landscapes of frozen soil and rock—begins to thaw. In addition to the vast amounts of CO2 that is released, another event happens that you’ve probably never heard of. It’s called thermokarst. That’s the land that gets ravaged whenever permafrost thaws rapidly.
- While on the topic of warming, temperatures at parts of Antarctica have risen at a rate that scientists find not a little alarming.
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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