• Global Temperature Report: August 2016

    • Date: 02/09/16
    • Anthony Watts, Watts Up With That

    August 2016 and 2016-to-date are second warmest Notes on data released Sept. 1, 2016: Through the first eight months of the year, 2016 seems to be racing toward what might be its place in history — as the second warmest year in the satellite temperature record. But just by a little bit, according to Dr. […]

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  • Great Reef Hysteria Exposed? Reef Tourism Operators Find Less Than 5% Of Coral Dead Due To ‘Extreme’ Bleaching

    • Date: 24/08/16
    • Peter Michael, The Courier-Mail

    REEF tourism operators have found less than five per cent of coral has died off — compared to the 50 to 60 per cent estimated by scientists — under “extreme” mass coral bleaching on the northern Great Barrier Reef. Latest findings exclusively obtained by The Courier-Mail show coral mortality in the outer shelf reefs north […]

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  • New Study: Greenland’s Ice Sheet Didn’t Melt Away During Previous Warm Periods

    • Date: 23/08/16
    • Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica

    New research confirms that the Greenland Ice Sheet didn’t completely melt away during a pair of key warm interglacial periods about 130,000 and 430,000 years ago. Ice sheets are large and complex things. Figuring out how quickly—and where—they’ll melt as the world warms is a monumental task. We worry about some portions (like the vulnerable […]

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  • Giant Coral Reef That ‘Died’ In 2003 Teeming With Life Again

    • Date: 17/08/16
    • Karen Weintraub, The New York Times

    In 2003, researchers declared Coral Castles dead. Then in 2015, a team of marine biologists was stunned and overjoyed to find the giant coral reef once again teeming with life. Divers from the New England Aquarium surveying reefs in the Phoenix Islands Protected Area last September. Credit Craig Cook/Undersea Medical         On the floor of a remote island […]

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  • New NASA Survey Finds Antarctica Covered in More Ice Than Previously Thought

    • Date: 14/08/16
    • Trevor English, Interesting Engineering

    Antartica is one of the most ice-covered locations in the world, but it is also one of the world’s largest land masses. Previous estimates by researchers placed the level of uncovered land in Antartica at about 1%. However, a new survey in part by NASA shows that this estimate was rather generous and the continent […]

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  • Reality Check: US Farms Set For Record Corn And Soyabean Harvests

    • Date: 13/08/16
    • World Grain News

    WASHINGTON, D.C., U.S. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in its Aug. 12 Crop Production report forecast 2016 U.S. corn production at a record 15.153 billion bushels, up 11% from 13.601 billion bushels in 2015 and compared with trade expectations that averaged 14.8 billion bushels. Average corn yield was forecast at a record 175.1 […]

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  • Record Cold Reported In Greenland

    • Date: 06/08/16
    • Danish Meteorological Institute

    Last month’s weather observations in Greenland established not just one but two new records according to senior climatologist John Cappelen. “The total precipitation received in Tasiilaq was only 0.1 mm in July. This has never happened since we have taken measurements up there – and we have made them there since 1898,” said the climatologist. […]

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  • India’s Foodgrain Output Up Despite Low Rains

    • Date: 03/08/16
    • Vishwa Mohan, Times of India

    NEW DELHI: Despite deficient rainfall and shortage of water in reservoirs last year, India’s foodgrain production in 2015-16 is estimated to be slightly higher than the total production in 2014-15 -thanks to irrigated areas of northwest India where good wheat production more than made it up. However, pulses remain a major worry as its production […]

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