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National Climate Assessment

May 21, 2014

The National Climate Assessment summarizes the impacts of climate change on the United States, now and in the future.

A team of more than 300 experts guided by a 60-member Federal Advisory Committee produced the report, which was extensively reviewed by the public and experts, including federal agencies and a panel of the National Academy of Sciences.

“You’d actually have definitive answers to these questions as events happen so that we don’t end up flapping our hands and saying we’re not quite sure, we’d be able to quantify how much human influence on climate has made some events more likely.
It is a matter of investment from the UK government that we are not able to answer your questions at the moment – and that’s a scandal frankly”

− Prof Myles Allen,

Oxford University

Did Mars Ever Support Life?

Oakland, United States
Balazs Gardi, November 13, 2013

Dr. Jakob van Zyl from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab is part of explorations that ‘knows no boundaries and are truly out of this world’.

A rover he built with his colleagues called Curiosity found evidence of water on Mars. How much or what kind of water? He talked about that at the INK conference in Kochi, India a couple of weeks ago.

Everything You Need to Know About the Texas Drought

July 9, 2013
StateImpact, NPR

The drought began in October 2010 and has continued through 2013. The state experienced a short and rainy respite in the winter and spring of 2012, but by the fall of 2012 dry conditions had returned to much of the state.

As of June 4, 2013, 95 percent of Texas is in some form of drought conditions, and the state’s reservoirs are only 67 percent full. About 16 percent of the state is in “exceptional” drought, the worst stage.

Turns Out Five Years Makes a Big Difference

Franz Josef, New Zealand
Balazs Gardi, February 4, 2013

The Franz Josef is a 12 km long glacier located in Westland Tai Poutini National Park on the west coast of New Zealand’s South Island. In the past five years the glacier has been rapidly shrinking which is attributed to global warming.

It Takes 400,000 Liters of Water a Day to Keep a Small Desert Golf Course Green

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Balazs Gardi, January 4, 2013

Looking down from a helicopter parts of Dubai look just as green as pastures in Scotland. Golf courses connect the various housing projects wrapped with artificial lakes and landscaped gardens, the Greens, the Meadows, The Lakes, The Jumeirah Islands.

With an estimated 350 liters, or a little over 92 gallons, per person per day the United Arab Emirates’ water consumption is among the highest in the world. The water used to irrigate the agricultural fields and keep the meticulously maintained golf courses and public gardens green would at least double this amount.