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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. Uncommon Signs of Global Warming: Hunting Mammoths

    Hunting mammoths might not appear to be the most direct sign of global warming, but an article in the LA Times this week has convinced us.

    "Russian scientists disagree over whether global warming is responsible. Some say yes, others are skeptical. But nobody argues that the permafrost is dwindling," and as the Siberian permafrost disappears, it exposes the thousand year old remains of frozen mammoths, their bones and tusks ready for collection.

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