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Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is leading a project, Bringing Wetlands to Market, to study the relationship between salt water marshes, climate change, and nitrogen pollution. The project intent is to generate information and tools that coastal decision-makers can use to manage nitrogen pollution, effectively restore and conserve wetlands, and create incentives to reduce greenhouse gasses.
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As Charleston, South Carolina residents (myself included) are noticing a rise in sea level, some folks are left wondering what actions will be taken. Frank Knapp, president of the South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce has met with city and local officials to help come up with a methodical approach to taking action. Using the Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flood Impacts Viewer, Knapp is able to visualize what six feet of sea level rise could look like for the Charleston area. Some members of the Chamber are participating in their latest initiative, South Carolina Businesses Acting on Rising Seas, in which businesses mark the 6-foot sea level rise line on their business with blue tape to help build awareness and educate their customers on sea level rise.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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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.
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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.
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