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  1. Katee Sackhoff Creating and Starring In Her Own Sci-Fi/Dystopia TV Series Like a BOSS

    Starbuck does not approve of global warming.

    One solution to the problem of there not being enough women represented on television is that more women need to find ways to tell their own stories. Thankfully, we now can add another female-led story to the mix. Battlestar Galactica and Longmire's Katee Sackhoff has created and will be starring a new sci-fi/dystopia series!

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  2. Disney “Perplexed” By State Department Official’s Request to Use Frozen as Teaching Aid

    Some people are worth melting for?

    At a conference in Norway earlier this week, U.S. special envoy to the Arctic Admiral Robert Papp revealed that he had asked Disney to "come up with some public service announcements to tell the story of the Arctic” and global warming to Frozen's young fans.

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  3. Earth Had Its Hottest Year In Recorded History With 2014, Is Probably Pretty Bummed About This News


    Blergh: Separate analyses by both NASA and NOAA have concluded that 2014 that 2014 was super warm. Epic warm. As NOAA put it, "2014 was the warmest year across global land and ocean surfaces" since we first started keeping records of these things in 1880.

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  4. Weather Channel Co-Founder Tells Fox News Global Warming Is a Myth, Says Polar Bears Are “Happier” Than Ever Before

    100% chance of eye-rolling, with some possible head-to-desk movement in the late afternoon.

    On Monday night, meteorologist and Weather Channel co-founder John Coleman sat down with Fox News host Megyn Kelly to "come out" as a skeptic of global warming and play the world's tiniest violin for climate-change deniers everywhere.

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  5. Japanese Scientists Think Climate Change Could Alter Human Male-to-Female Birth Ratio

    And just like that, Congress cares about global warming.

    Since the '70s, Japan has seen a surprising fluctuation in the gender ratio of babies born in the country; specifically, there's been an increase in deaths of male fetuses in relation to deaths of female fetuses, which leads to more female babies being born. Surely that can't have anything to do with the way the temperature has been shifting in Japan over the past 40 years. What's that you say? It might? Well, uh oh.

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  6. Ship Lost In Arctic 160 Years Ago Found Due To Global Warming

    Good. Soon we'll need all the ships we can get.

    In 1845 explorer John Franklin set off to explore the Northwest Passage. The adventurer and his ships the HMS Erebus and the terribly-named HMS Terror were never seen again--until very recently, that is.

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  7. New Study Shows “Exceptional” And Increasing Trend Caused Sinking Of Titanic

    This relates to my own paper, How many people can fit on a door: more than one, you lunkheads.

    A new paper published today in Significance says that human hubris may not be as wholly responsible for the Titanic disaster as previously thought--and no, that doesn't mean an alien time traveler is to blame. Probably.

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  8. LEGO Caught In Political Struggle Between Greenpeace And Shell Oil Company [Updated]

    But...but they're still coming over for Taco Tuesday, right?

    LEGO might be hazardous to more than bare feet, and Greenpeace is willing to kill as many teeny-tiny polar bears as necessary to prove it. (See above. L'il guys didn't stand a chance.)

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  9. Texas Museum Removes Exhibit On Climate Change, Keeps Drill Bits And Fracking Simulator

    Psst Ken Ham check it out!

    Last week our very own Glen Tickle explained why The Mary Sue won't be lending credibility to climate change deniers by giving them equal consideration when we write about science. Unfortunately, the freedom to embrace facts (global warming is real, and a real bummer) can be a luxury. Texas' Perot Museum of Nature and Science is in the news for allegedly omitting global warming from its exhibits, but it's not the only educational institution bowing to pressure from climate-change deniers.

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  10. NASA Warns That Loss of West Antarctic Glaciers, Rise of Sea Levels Now Unstoppable

    Any news on that extra Earth we ordered?

    A NASA press release today revealed that the West Antarctic Ice Sheet is in an "irreversible state of decline" and rise of sea levels following its destruction will be unstoppable. So excuse me for a second, I need to go breathe heavily into a paper bag.

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  11. The Ocean Is Turning Into Acid Because Of CO2, So That’s Fun And Exciting

    Maybe start avoiding the beach? Unless you want to look like Harvey Dent.

    Stop me if you've heard this one, but the ocean is fairly important to, you know, all life on Earth. That being said, it's pretty unfortunate that a new, comprehensive study of our major bodies of water has shown that - slowly - they're all becoming steadily more acidic because of global warming.

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  12. Cat Parasites Are Infecting Beluga Whales, So Who’s LOLing Now Cats, Way To Go

    i can haz dead whales?

    The internet loves cats, but it should also love Arctic beluga whales, because whales are great, majestic sea-cats and we need to embrace them. But tragically (and mysteriously) a parasite that previously typically infected cats has been turning up inside Arctic belugas - and scientists aren't really sure why or how this is happening.

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  13. The Discovery of Climate Change Might Be Our Greatest Scientific Discovery [Video]


    Oh boy, PBS Idea Channel's getting into the climate change game. Say what you want about whether it exists, though (and I'm sure you all will); according to Mike Rugnetta, the fact that we've been able to gather so much data about different weather patterns across the globe for a century, standardize all that data, and turn those random numbers into useful and understandable information? That is pretty dang impressive. Seriously, have you ever watched the Weather Channel and thought about how much actual work goes into being able to record and analyze all that stuff? Watch the video already, because Mike explains this all better than I can.

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  14. Study Finds Climate Change Now Inevitable, Suggests Learning How to Live in Waterworld Instead

    Good news, everyone! A study in the journal Nature Climate Change suggests that we can all stop worrying about how to prevent climate change, because at this point it's too late to do anything anyway. Instead of trying to change energy policy or institute cap and trade systems for carbon emissions, it's going to be more effective to just hunker down and do what we can to mitigate changing river flows, rapidly liquefying glaciers, and soil erosion.

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  15. Asteroid Dust Cloud May be Earth’s Best Hope Against Global Warming

    Environmentalists want people to reduce their carbon footprints, compost, and do absolutely anything that might be able to reduce the effects of global warming. I'm not saying the environment isn't important, but the battle against convenience will inevitably be a losing one. Luckily for us, scientists from Scotland may have found a way to prevent the sun from melting us alive without asking the average person to stop driving their car. Researchers at the University of Strathclyde think the best way to reduce the sun's impact on the planet is to block some of its rays with a giant cloud of asteroid dust.

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  16. Last Decade Was The Warmest In Recorded History

    Some of us up here in the northern hemisphere have been experiencing an especially mild winter. You can attribute at least part of that to jet streams and some other meteorological mumbo jumbo, but you have to wonder if maybe this is just a symptom of global warming. Probably, considering that according to recent data from the World Meteorological Organization, this past decade, 2001-2010, has been the warmest decade in recorded history. On top of that, 9 of those 10 years are on the list of the 10 warmest. Quick! Buy stock in jorts!

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  17. Australia May Kill Farting Camels To Curb Global Warming

    Farting camels make global warming worse, death to the camels! It would be nice if there was something (anything?) that we could blame for climate change, other than human actions. But, farting camels? What seems like a ridiculous farting farce, is actually a real plan being considered by officials in Australia to kill camels for their alleged role in global warming.

    The idea is that killing camels, who release methane gas when they fart, would solve global warming in Australia because their farting has a serious impact on the country's carbon emissions. The International Society of Camelid Research Development (ISOCARD), has called the proposed camel-cull "stupid," and an "abomination of science," in addition to declaring that it would make camels scape-goats for a man-made problem.

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  18. NASA Finds That Nuclear War Would Solve Global Warming

    NASA scientists performed a test to find out how nuclear winter would affect the environment and modeled a war involving one hundred Hiroshima-grade bombs, which, as a scary side note, is around 0.03 percent of the world's nuclear arsenal. The scientists predicted that the explosions and subsequent fires would move about five million metric tons of black carbon into the lowest layer of the Earth's atmosphere. The odd thing is that in NASA climate models, this black carbon absorbed solar heat, which was predicted to reduce average global temperatures by 2.25 degrees Fahrenheit for two to three years after the black carbon took over the sky. Even after ten years, NASA's climate model predicted that the global average temperate would be 0.9 degrees Fahrenheit cooler than what it was before the nuclear war. Of course, agriculture wouldn't be doing so well, there'd be about ten percent less precipitation for up to four years after the the war, and the ozone would be decreasing more quickly. Oh, and you know those human things? They wouldn't be doing to well either. Another interesting tidbit NASA found from their morbid research, is that even a regional nuclear conflict, rather than a global one, would have some kind of negative global impact. (National Geographic via The Reference Frame)

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  19. Climate Change Vs. The Weather: A Reminder

    As the northeast gets buried under its third significant snowfall in as many weeks, it's worthwhile to take some time to remember what most media outlets won't remind us of: Just because we still have seasons, doesn't mean that climate change isn't happening. (via Geeks Are Sexy.)

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  20. Almost Three Miles Of Glacier Break Off in One Night

    The globe just keeps on warming, and on the night of July 6, the effects of that made themselves known in drastic fashion. In just a single night, a 2.7-square-mile block of ice completely broke off from Greenland's Jakobshavn Isbrae glacier. For a look at the before and after images, see above, and you can click to enlarge for a better comparison. Now, while this seems like a huge occurence, it isn't all that uncommon these days. What's unique about this particular ice-loss is that it happened at a time when climate conditions didn't foreshadow it at all.

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