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Insights into the Yellowstone hotspot

(Geological Society of America) The Yellowstone hotspot is well known for generating supereruptions in the geologic past that are far more explosive than historic examples. The origin and sustained longevity of the hotspot is less understood but is focused on two competing models, where the ascent of hot mantle is derived from either a deep-seated mantle plume or a shallow mantle source.

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How global warming is changing city temperatures – Quartz

Scientists have long known that cities tend to be warmer than their surroundings—by 10° Fahrenheit (5.5° Celsius) on average in the US. The urban heat island effect, as it’s known, is produced by the abundance of heat-trapping asphalt and concrete, smog,…

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How global warming is changing city temperatures – Quartz

Scientists have long known that cities tend to be warmer than their surroundings—by 10° Fahrenheit (5.5° Celsius) on average in the US. The urban heat island effect, as it’s known, is produced by the abundance of heat-trapping asphalt and concrete, smog,…

Using solar energy and agriculture to limit climate change, assist rural communities

Co-developing land for both solar photovoltaic power and agriculture could provide 20% of total electricity generation in the United States with an investment of less than 1% of the annual US budget, new researchers found.

Letter: Bonamici on right side of global warming issue – Pamplin Media Group

The author is a junior high school student who wants elected officials to fight climate change. As a junior student in high school, it was uplifting to read that U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici acknowledges the urgent response required for climate…

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Taking greenhouse gas analysis on the road, er, rails

Since 2014, there have been research-grade suites of air quality instruments installed and maintained on light rail trains that move throughout the Salt Lake Valley every day. These mobile sensors, researchers estimate in a new study, cover the same area as 30 stationary sensors, providing the Salt Lake Valley with a highly cost-effective way to monitor its greenhouse emissions and fill in gaps in emissions estimates.

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Taking greenhouse gas analysis on the road, er, rails

Since 2014, there have been research-grade suites of air quality instruments installed and maintained on light rail trains that move throughout the Salt Lake Valley every day. These mobile sensors, researchers estimate in a new study, cover the same area as 30 stationary sensors, providing the Salt Lake Valley with a highly cost-effective way to monitor its greenhouse emissions and fill in gaps in emissions estimates.

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Oregon’s Western Cascades watershed to experience larger, more frequent fires

Projected changes in temperature and relative humidity are expected to lead to longer fire seasons and more severe fire weather in Oregon’s Western Cascade mountains, which in turn will result in larger, more frequent fires.

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Mass incarceration results in significant increases in industrial emissions, study finds

(Portland State University) Mass incarceration is as much an environmental problem as it is a social one, according to a new Portland State University study that finds increases in incarceration are significantly associated with increases in industrial emissions.

Not Again! Climate Litigation Sets Its Sights On Maine

Activist groups involved in promoting and funding climate litigation have arrived in Maine and are discussing the possibility of local leaders filing a lawsuit against energy companies for their production, marketing, sale, and public statements around fossil fuels. In October,…