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New look at how water surface area has changed over the past 30 years

New look at how water surface area has changed over the past 30 years

A Dutch team of researches have created a system to measure the Earth's change in water surface area. Their finding showed some construction that weren't declared (a dam in North Korea) and others than weren't realized (Lake Mead is drying up, bad news for California). The system is designed to diagnose and not treat, but that doesn't take away from the utility of the tool.

Source: http://phys.org/news/2016-08-surface-area-years.html

Image Source: By Afghanistan Matters from Brunssum, Netherlands (Water and EarthUploaded by GiW) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Panel offers advice on how to combat climate-change "neoskepticism"

Panel offers advice on how to combat climate-change "neoskepticism"

There are three types of people: those who believe in climate change, those who don't, and those who believe climate change is an unchangeable phenomenon. This last group represents the "neoskeptic," who think that no matter how much money is spent on combating climate change, there will be no change given the lack of hard, scientific evidence. A small group of researchers wrote a paper detailing their fears with neoskepticism, believing that the feelings contribute to a slippery slope from which climate change can only exacerbate.

Source: http://phys.org/news/2016-08-panel-advice-combat-neoskepticism-climate.html

Image Source: By Frank Kovalchek from Anchorage, Alaska, USA [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Insufficient Arctic Temperatures Ignore One Fifth of Global Warming

Insufficient Arctic Temperatures Ignore One Fifth of Global Warming

The Arctic is melting faster than expected.

Due to insufficient data of temperatures in the Arctic region, prior climate change models failed to factor in 19 percent of worldwide air temperature heating over the last 150 years. While scientists have been aware of the exclusion of precise historical numbers up north, the community believed that the effects of the temperature change was relatively small on its own, but were surprised with the aggregate heating effect of the figures.

Source: http://phys.org/news/2016-07-historical-global-nasa.html