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Scientists urge "Smart" submarine cable network

Task Force Sees Great Value in Smart Submarine Cables

A U.N. task force advocates equipping new undersea fiber-optic cables with inexpensive sensors that could provide invaluable information, including enhanced monitoring of tsunamis and undersea earthquakes.

Summer 2014 warmest on record. This chard indicates land and ocean temperature departure for June-August 2014

2014 Warmest Summer on Record

It may seem counterintuitive for those living in eastern North America, but the continuing trend of warmer months globally has officially culminated with the 2014 as the warmest summer on record, according the the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s most recent State of the Climate report. This following last August as the warmest on record, beating the previous record set in August…

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U.S. Greenhouse Gas emissions are up in 2013, a principal source of the increase is from large industrial facilities, according to the EPA

Large Industrial U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rise 20M Metric Tons

Greenhouse gas emissions from large U.S. polluters rose 0.6 percent in 2013, driven in the main by an increase in burning coal to generate electrical power, according to the fourth year of data from the EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program.

Satellite measurements indicate a rapidly accelerating ice mass loss in the Greenland and Antarctica

Greenland Ice Melt 2014 and Beyond: Follow the Water

Greenland ice melt accelerating Recent high quality satellite measurements of the ice mass of Greenland and Antarctica taken over the past eleven years indicates rapidly accelerating rates of mass loss in the past decade. Ten years ago Greenland’s contribution to sea level rise was half a millimeter per year. Now, according to Professor Jason Box of the Geological Survey of Denmark…

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WMO: Greenhouse Gas Concentrations Reach Record High

Atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations reached a new record high in 2013, with carbon dioxide (CO2) levels rising more than in any year since 1984, according to the World Meteorological Association’s latest annual Greenhouse Gas Bulletin.

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Risk of Southwest Megadrought Higher than Thought

The risks of prolonged “megadrought” across the U.S. Southwest, as well as arid/semi-arid regions around the world are substantially higher than believed, according to scientists from Cornell, the University of Arizona and the U.S. Geological Survey.

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NASA to Study Arctic Sea Ice Loss’s Climate Impact Like Never Before

With temperatures in the Arctic rising twice as fast as elsewhere, ARISE will be the first NASA airborne Arctic field campaign equipped to simultaneously measure the balance of of factors that determine climate warming.