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April 17
Funding Opportunity
Funding is available for research institutions to establish or continue research on atmospheric, climate, and ocean sciences. Application deadline is May 12, 2014. More details are available at Grants.gov.
Photo Credit: John C Bullas BSc MSc PhD MCIHT MIAT FGS/Flickr
 
April 15
Climate Bill Promotes Economic Growth and Green Jobs
Government officials in Rhode Island are trying to pass the Resilient Rhode Island Act of 2014, a similar bill to the existing Massachusetts bill, The Global Warming Solutions Act. Since the passing of the bill in Massachusetts to reduce climate change impacts and greenhouse gas emissions, the state has seen an increase in jobs and economic growth. Supporters for the Rhode Island bill are anticipating that it could be an opportunity for the state to expand upon technology for climate mitigation, adaptation, renewable energy, and energy efficiencies.
 
Photo Credit: Bev Currie/Flickr
 
April 10
The Urban Forest Protocol
Urban tree canopy provides many great benefits, including reducing greenhouse gasses and providing shade. The Climate Action Reserve is making changes to their Urban Forest Protocol to make it more user-friendly so more communities will want to participate. So far only the City of Santa Monica, California has used their protocol for their urban tree canopy project.
 
 
Photo Credit: urbanfeel/Flickr
 
April 08
2013 Was the Sixth Warmest
Last year was the sixth warmest year on record, tying with 2007. The World Meteorological Organization says that while climate varies naturally, with thirteen of the fourteen warmest years on record being in the 21st century, the globe is showing a warming trend.
 
 
Photo Credit: Joe/Flickr
 
April 04
College Students Study Climate Change
I certainly was not an honor student in college, but perhaps if I knew of a program like this, I might have worked a little harder to get into a program like this.
 
Houghton College Science Honor students are studying climate change and variability. Their first project is to design and build a radiosonde, which records atmospheric data and send the information back to the students via radio. The second project is studying the effects of climate variability on fish, using chillers to force climate-like scenarios on fish living in aquariums. The students are also studying ice melt on local lakes and glacial melt, as well as when local shrubs and trees begin to leaf out.
 
 
Photo Credit: cohenHD/Flickr
 
April 02
South Florida Prepares for Sea Level Rise
Residents of South Florida have been noticing more frequent flooding associated with sea level rise in recent years. Flooded streets at high tide on sunny days are not a rarity for the low-lying Miami and surrounding barrier islands. Local utility directors have been required to institute retrofits to accommodate the rising waters. An action plan with more than 100 recommendations is currently being reviewed. Some of those actions have already been adopted by county governments.
 
 
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March 28
Climate Change in Your Back Yard
Climate occurs on different scales. Most of us think of larger-scale climate. Ben Ruddell, an assistant engineering professor at Arizona State University, is looking at more microclimates. He is developing models, for urban microclimates to help engineer healthier, more efficient cities. Currently many cities are considered urban heat islands, because they trap more heat causing cities to be hotter than the surrounding, more natural areas.
 
 
Photo Credit: Timmo/Flickr
 
March 25
Art Exhibit Portrays Climate Change
I have never been one with an eye for art, but I found the pieces in this article interesting, especially given the subject. A five-month art exhibit, Voyage of Discovery, portrays three artists’ renditions of how climate change has transformed the Earth through a wide range of multimedia.
 
 
Photo Credit: NASA Goddard Photo and Video
 
March 20
Heavy Rains and Snowmelt Wreak Havoc
Continuing with Flood Safety Awareness Week, below is another story of how a community is working to reduce flood impacts. Don’t forget you can follow along with other flood safety tips in social media outlets, #FloodSafety.
 
Grand Marais, Minnesota. Recent heavy rain events have resulted in significant flooding and erosion in Grand Marais and Cook County. The community has incorporated several strategies to help lessen stormwater impacts. Read the full story for specific details on which strategies they are using.
 
 
Photo Credit: Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District
 
March 18
Heavy Rainfall Compromises Infrastructure
It’s Flood Safety Awareness Week, so this week we will be highlighting some stories of what communities are doing to help reduce flooding in their areas. Some of these strategies might be helpful within your community. Follow along with other flood safety tips in social media outlets, #FloodSafety.
 
Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After serious flooding and stormwater issues associated with heavy rainfall events, Milwaukee water resource managers began implementing green infrastructure approaches to help reduce and filter stormwater runoff. Green infrastructure uses plants, soils, and other natural methods to help better manage stormwater. Read the full story for specific details on which strategies they are using.
 
 
Photo Credit: Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District
 
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