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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.

Deep Canadian mine yields ancient water

May 15, 2013

Water drilled from rock in a North American mine is among the oldest yet found on Earth, say scientists.
Novel dating techniques used by the Canadian and UK team suggest the fluid is at least 1.5 billion years old.
The water was probably once on the surface and then percolated through the ground where it became trapped at a depth of 2.4km.

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.

Bluefin tuna record Fukushima radioactivity

May 29, 2012

Pacific Bluefin tuna caught off the coast of California have been found to have radioactive contamination from last year’s Fukushima nuclear accident. The fish would have picked up the pollution while swimming in Japanese waters, before then moving to the far side of the ocean.

Scientists stress that the fish are still perfectly safe to eat.

Fukushima pollution is potentially a very useful tool to trace the origin and timing of animal movements.