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In Australia’s burning forests, signs we’ve passed a global warming tipping point – National Catholic Reporter

Rural Fire Service crews engage in property protection during wildfires along the Old Hume Highway near the town of Tahmoor, Australia, outside Sydney, Dec. 19, 2019. Wildfires have been burning since August and have destroyed an area comparable to the…

Press highlights for the 2020 American Chemical Society national meeting in Philadelphia

(American Chemical Society) Journalists may now apply for press credentials for the American Chemical Society Spring 2020 National Meeting & Exposition, one of the largest scientific conferences of the year. The meeting will be held March 22-26, 2020 in Philadelphia.

Tiny ‘bridges’ help particles stick together

(University of Pennsylvania) Understanding how particles bind together has implications for everything from the likelihood a riverbank will erode to the mechanism by which a drug works in the body. A team from the University of Pennsylvania found that particle size matters more than other properties in determining how strongly they stick together.

Worst Case Climate Scenario Might Be (Slightly) Less Dire Than Thought – InsideClimate News

What’s the worst-case scenario for a warming climate? Until recently, scientists said it would involve a global temperature rise of almost 5 degrees Celsius by 2100, with deadly heat waves, extreme storms and droughts in a world without summer sea…

Taro Takahashi selected as first recipient of the Wallace S. Broecker medal

(The Oceanography Society) The Oceanography Society proudly announces that Dr. Taro Takahashi (deceased 12/3/19) has been selected as the first recipient of the Wallace S. Broecker Medal. Dr. Takahashi’s six-decade research career cemented the understanding of global ocean uptake of anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions and the biogeochemistry that drives it. He is remembered as an excellent mentor to his colleagues and junior scientists, as well as for his strong conviction that community service is an important part research.

Dems’ War On Fracking Will Cost Them In Swing States

Most presidential campaigns feature a familiar refrain: Each candidate promises to create millions of new jobs. The 2020 primaries are unusual in that nearly all the Democratic candidates, including Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and Michael Bloomberg are solemnly…

Incendiary Rhetoric: Al Gore Equates ‘Climate Crisis’ To 9/11 Attack

Former Vice President Al Gore raised a few temperatures with his recent comment comparing the “climate crisis” to the 9/11 terrorist attack. In his closing remarks Wednesday before a panel at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Mr. Gore…

Goldilocks stars best for alien life?

A new research study suggests that K-type dwarf stars (smaller and cooler than our sun) are the best place to search for alien life. These stars are not too hot, not too cool, and not too violent for life to evolve.