8th Annual Global Day of Conversation Will Focus on Coastal Cities

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Maryland and other places around the world seek to fortify and improve coastlines in the face of climate change. Since 1970, Earth Day has called attention to pressing environmental issues the world over while commemorating significant achievements in conservation and activism. For Earth Day’s 45th anniversary, the Earth Day Network will focus on coastal cities, as many are projected to … Read More

Viewing the polar vortex in Google Earth

Amanda LewanClimate

poalr vortex

Originally Published by Google Earth- For those of you shivering in the United States, you may have read that a “polar vortex” is to blame for the shockingly low temperatures. For a new look at that phenomenon, the folks at NOAA have released some amazing imagery of it.

Toxic Algae in Lake Erie

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Originally Published by NASA -The waters of Lake Erie seem to glow green in this image taken by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite on September 26, 2013.

Typhoon Usagi batters Philippines and Taiwan

Amanda LewanEarth Observation

Originally Published EarthSky- Usagi in infrared on Thursday, via Colorado State UniversityOne of the strongest tropical cyclones in at least eight years has formed in the western Pacific Ocean and is moving toward Hong Kong. Categorized as a “super typhoon” at its peak on Thursday (September 19, 2013), Usagi swept through the Luzon Strait separating the Philippines and Taiwan on Saturday (September 21), bringing torrential rains and high winds to island communities. On Saturday morning, Usagi’s maximum sustained winds were at 139 mph with gusts exceeding 163 mph. A storm achieves super typhoon status when winds reach 150 mph. In other words, Usagi is weakening slightly.

Getting a Handle on Global Carbon: A plan to scale up carbon observation needs financial backing

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Image of Antarctica's Ad̩lie and gentoo penguins and a laptop.

Cropped image of research station in HelsinkiThe GEO Carbon Strategy is a sweeping plan to multiply measurements of carbon flows and facilitate their conversion into analysis and model-building. The goal is to determine carbon’s fluxes through the environment with enough accuracy to pin-point the regions that are carbon sinks and sources. But the plan needs to secure the resources required to address under-observed regions and ecosystems.