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Opinion: The realities of climate change – Los Angeles Times

Climate change is an extremely controversial topic in today’s modern society. It’s defined by NASA as “a long-term change in the average weather patterns that have come to define Earth’s local, regional and global climates” and the changes in earth’s…

A Few Degrees of Warming Could Melt Antarctica’s Ice Shelves – The Maritime Executive

The end of the Larsen B ice shelf, 2002 (NASA) By Ella Gilbert 04-11-2021 01:47:58 Images of colossal chunks of ice plunging into the sea accompany almost every news story about climate change. It can often make the problem seem…

VCs are hopeful Biden’s infrastructure investments boost startups tackling climate change – Axios

After co-piloting President Obama’s efforts to fight climate change as vice president, Joe Biden is having his second go, releasing a broad infrastructure proposal his administration hopes will lead to meaningful legislation and investment into stemming U.S. greenhouse emissions. The…

How did 500 species of a fish form in a lake? Dramatically different body clocks

(Florida Atlantic University) Despite the dramatic difference between day and nightlife, how fish exploit different times of day has not been studied systematically. Scientists explored alterations in the circadian timing of activity and the duration of rest-wake cycles in Lake Malawi’s cichlids and identified the first single nocturnal species. Timing and duration of rest and activity varies dramatically, and continuously, between populations of Lake Malawi cichlids, providing a system for exploring the molecular and neural basis underlying variation in nocturnal activity.

Curiosity rover explores stratigraphy of Gale crater

(Geological Society of America) Gale Crater’s central sedimentary mound (Aeolis Mons or, informally, Mount Sharp) is a 5.5-km-tall remnant of the infilling and erosion of this ancient impact crater. Given its thickness and age, Mount Sharp preserves one of the best records of early Martian climatic, hydrological, and sedimentary history.

Brazil at high risk of dengue outbreaks after droughts because of temporary water storage

(London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine) Dengue risk is exacerbated in highly populated areas of Brazil after extreme drought because of improvised water containers housing mosquitoes, suggests a new study in Lancet Planetary Health.The research was led by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine’s (LSHTM) Centre on Climate Change & Planetary Health and Centre for the Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases.

Does Biden’s American Jobs Plan go big enough on climate change? – Al Jazeera English

At first glance, United States President Joe Biden’s giant American Jobs Plan seems like an environmentalist’s dream: enormous investment in electric vehicles, big tax incentives for renewable energy and widespread improvements to the ailing US power grid. The initiative would…