Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The Polar Portal, and More

Some things I've noticed lately:

EOS has an article about the Polar Portal, a new site designed to give real-time changes in Arctic ice (which includes Greenland). This is a good idea that I hope to see more of; so much data is out there, but too often on obscure FTP sites with inadequate documentation.

David Keith has a book out titled A Case for Climate Engineering. (I've interviewed him for a couple of my articles; Eli Kintisch wrote a nice profile of Keith for a recent issue of Science.)

John von Neumann's dog was named "Inverse."

By 2018, more than 60% of all jobs in the United States will require at least some college education. (M. McNutt, Science, 10/25/13)

I missed this in September: a PNAS paper found that without the enhanced vegetation growth that has accompanied increasing levels of atmospheric CO2, atmospheric CO2 would be approximately 85 ppm higher than it is today. and the planet would have warmed by an additional 0.3°C.

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