Looks like Wynne Parry at LiveScience might have the same habit I do – maybe she looks in rather frequently on the mesmerizing day by day oscillations in the slope of a graph one finds at the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder. Such federal outfits as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA pay for it while the University of Colorado runs it. This year’s been weird. In late April the extent (not the volume, but the area) of Arctic ice reached a high for recent years – all the way up to the average for the years 1979-2000. I seem to recall a few bloggers of doubtful minds noting that the sea ice had recovered. The NSIDC site itself says nothing much c! an be read into its extent in winter and spring. It’s late summer that matters. It still does not matter much. But anyway – the area just took a jag. It plummeted to well below the same-time point [...]Did you hear the one about the oyster-killing California Current? Big Media turn backs (but Climate Central already on it).
Maybe it’s like the Swiss Navy, the punchline for a joke. After all, what does Nicolas Gruber, a guy from Zurich, know about surfing in wet suits? Or the foggy breezes that, for one example. darned near obliterated some of the views of yesterday’s closing round of the US Open on a San Francisco golf course? How’d he even ever hear of the California Current that meanders down the West Coast, triggering upwelling of nutrient rich, cold water and feeding vast schools of fish, plankton, sea birds, and the nets of fishing boats? How, a reporter might ask, is he equipped to opine on such things?
But even at the landlocked at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology he knows about such things because he’s an ocean biochemist. The team he leads reported in last week’s Science that an analysis of the trend in ocean chemistry, chiefly of carbonic acid levels rising as the atmosphere’s rising CO2 suffuses into the sea, coupled with the naturally lower-than-average pH in [...]Categories: About Journalism Environment & Energy Stories ETC (grab bag) German Language Media Health & Medicine Stories Rastreador Científico en Español Science Stories Links Association of Health Care Journalists Council for the Advancement of Science Writing Health News Review Knight Science Journalism Fellowships Medien-Doktor – The German HealthNewsReview National Association of Science Writers Sigma Xi/American Scientist – Science in the News Society of Environmental Journalists The Observatory —CJR Get Tracker Posts: Entries (RSS) Comments (RSS) Archives: June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 January 2012 December 2011 November 2011 October 2011 September 2011 August 2011 July 2011 June 2011 May 2011 April 2011 March 2011 February 2011 January 2011 December 2010 November 2010 October 2010 September 2010 August 2010 July 2010 June 2010 May 2010 April 2010 March 2010 February 2010 January 2010 December 2009 November 2009 October 2009 September 2009 August 2009 July 2009 June 2009 May 2009 April 2009 March 2009 February 2009 January 2009 December 2008 November 2008 October 2008 September 2008 August 2008 July 2008 June 2008 May 2008 April 2008 March 2008 February 2008 January 2008 December 2007 November 2007 October 2007 September 2007 August 2007 July 2007 June 2007 May 2007 April 2007 March 2007 February 2007 January 2007 December 2006 November 2006 October 2006 September 2006 August 2006 July 2006 June 2006 May 2006 April 2006
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