Green Pools and Climate Change

Jesse Farmer Uncategorized

One of the more bizarre stories coming out of the 2016 Summer Olympics involves pool water. On Tuesday, the bright blue diving pool turned to swamp green in a matter of hours, while the water polo pool only a few feet away maintained its pool-blue hue: What happened? To be clear, climate change did not… continue reading »

Missing the Economic Mark: The New Republican Position on Climate Change

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Tweet During Wednesday’s Republican Primary Debate, Senator Marco Rubio, when asked about addressing climate change, responded forcefully. “America is not a planet… I know the impact [policies addressing climate change] are going to have, and they’re all going to be on our economy. They will not do a thing to lower the rise of the sea…. continue reading »

Why Melting of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet Should Freak You Out

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Tweet Two scientific studies on melting of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet were published this week, driving a firestorm of sensationalist headlines in the New York Times, National Geographic, CNN, and other websites on May 12th (unsurprisingly, Fox News has maintained radio silence on this topic at the time of this article’s publication). Dire warnings… continue reading »

Why Should We Care About CO2? Part 1

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Tweet The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration announced on May 10 that atmospheric carbon dioxide, or CO2, concentrations surpassed 400 parts per million, or ppm, in the clean air above Mauna Loa, Hawaii, where researchers have been testing the air for CO2 for more than 50 years. Ordinarily, a gas in the atmosphere passing a certain… continue reading »

Searching for Signs of Changing Climate in Storms of Chaos

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New York, NY—In the aftermath of a storm that left more than 100 dead, over 8.5 million without power, and caused an estimated 50 billion dollars in damage, scientific experts and coastal residents alike are grappling with the portent of Superstorm Sandy. Was this an incredibly damaging but incredibly rare strike on New York and… continue reading »

Welcome to Warmer America

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On August 6th, NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center reported that July was the single warmest month in the 117-year temperature history of the continental United States. During July, over half of the continental US experienced temperatures in excess of 2°F above average, an unprecedented area and magnitude of warmth: July’s record temperature are just the… continue reading »

In Search of Hurricane History

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Friday marks the beginning of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season. Cue the groans, the crossed fingers and the hope that mad rushes for plywood and batteries will wait for another year. Many of you are probably wondering what’s the chance that you will get hit this year. As residents of Eastern North Carolina know well,… continue reading »

East Coast Earthquake 8/23/2011: Rapid Reaction

Jesse Farmer Disasters

At around 1:51pm, a magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck about 85 miles southwest of Washington, D.C. Judging from social media postings and talking to friends, approximately 20 to 30 seconds of noticeable shaking was felt in the D.C. metro area within a minute of the earthquake. Seismic activity propagated up and down the East Coast; shaking… continue reading »

Thoughts on the BP Oil Spill

Jesse Farmer Disasters

It goes without saying that the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig and subsequent gushing of oil from the seafloor has saturated the news recently. Six weeks later, with no solution in place, many of us are feeling frustrated, even exasperated, at the lack of progress and at BP’s inability to fix the mess… continue reading »