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New ‘law’ to explain how glaciers flow over soft ground

(American Association for the Advancement of Science) Addressing a major source of uncertainty in glacier-flow models, researchers present a new slip law to describe glaciers sliding on soft, deformable material.

Experiments lead to slip law for better forecasts of glacier speed, sea-level rise

(Iowa State University) Backed by experimental data from a laboratory machine that simulates the huge forces involved in glacier flow, glaciologists have written an equation that accounts for the motion of ice that rests on the soft, deformable ground underneath unusually fast-moving parts of ice sheets. Models using the equation — a ‘slip law’ — could better predict how quickly glaciers are sliding, how much ice they’re sending to oceans and how that would affect sea-level rise.

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CLIMATE IMPACTS: How the Defense Production Act became a disaster law

The law invoked by President Trump to spark production of ventilators for COVID-19 is increasingly used by federal disaster agencies to access materials during climate-related catastrophes. Its explosive rise came after Hurricane Katrina.

The coronavirus pandemic versus the climate change emergency | TheHill – The Hill

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Global supply chains as a way to curb carbon emissions

(Norwegian University of Science and Technology) The coronavirus outbreak raised everyone’s awareness of the significance of global supply chains to modern economies. But global supply chains also play an important role in greenhouse gas emissions. How they are managed can either increase or decrease carbon emissions, new research shows.

R.I. Official: Climate Lawsuit Will Create ‘Sustainable Funding Stream’

One of the motivations behind Rhode Island’s ongoing public nuisance climate change lawsuit against energy producers is to secure a “sustainable funding stream” for the state, according to recently released documents. Public interest law firm Energy Policy Advocates (EPA) submitted…

Homeless pets need your help as coronavirus closes shelters

There are so many obvious victims of the COVID-19 pandemic, but there are plenty that aren’t as apparent. Animal shelters and rescues are among those impacted but the coronavirus. As more people across the United States are being told to…