There was a certain amount of cowering away from >100 F temperatures by team Allochthonous this week, which means that (a) the link-fest is a bit lighter than usual, and (b) there may be a slight focus on things related to excessive heat. Just saying…
- The past is the key to present landscapes: “in Britain you do not walk on volcanoes, you walk within them.” Grandiose, but enjoyable, writing on how volcanoes shaped Britain’s landscape
- @volcan01010‘s new paper Eyjafjallaju00f6kull tephra deposited >3000 km from Iceland, extending known deposition range
- New parliamentary report on Fukushima slams TEPCO’ s head-in-the-sand attitude about tsunami risks.
Wildfires in the Western US
- Sobering video of aftermath of Colorado wildfires: a family view their ruined home, a fire chief denies reality.
- Unrestricted development fuels wildfire hazard: Today, one of every four Colorado homes is in a high-risk fire zone.
- % of stories about US wildfires that discuss climate change as a contributing factor is vanishingly small
- What does the Waldo Canyon fire burn scar look like from space? Huge!
- The root of all our problems: “climate change is almost always too distal a cause to make a visceral impression on us.”
- This horrible US summer is exactly what we expect from global warming, say climate scientists
- Not just US, but around the world: “As the climate changes, extreme weather isn’t that extreme any more.”
- An eloquent graphical comment on the last few days in the US: Whew!
- Pre-industrial CO2 emissions from land use changes still affecting today’s climate
- Stunning image of 56 years of tornado tracks across the USA
- 144 killed in flash floods in Southern Russia
- “The Tricky Business of Counting Rain” on why the world-wide decline of rain gages is a real issue for scientists (like Anne)
- A new ‘oil boom’ has falsified peak oil – at least in the sense that peak will come soon.
- Rise of ‘tight’ oil has certainly helped maintain overall production, but has also ushered in an age of higher prices.
- Galapagos Monday: World Within Itself (on native vs. endemic vs. introduced species) by @virginiahughes
- Lots of cool photos of folded and boudinaged granitic dykes from Callan Bentley:
- There was a small amount of excitement in the particle physics field this week: Alex Witze has the details:
- Higgs discovery “an enormous triumph for mathematical methods to make predictions for things in the real worldu201d
- Wow: East coast power outages, as seen from outer space:
- Jess Ball is co-convening a session on social media at AGU 2012: Might have to consider submitting something…
- Great interview with the newly-minted Dr. Jacquelyn Gill on the benefits of social media for scientists: research, networking & outreach
- You should definitely check out this month’s Diversity in Science carnival, in honor of PRIDE! Some great posts.
- Important post by @glacialtill: On Being a Gay Scientist and Finding a Sense of Community |
- Interesting piece on a “maker’s schedule” versus “manager’s schedule.” Academics in summer live by the maker’s schedule and get stuff done, but too often, during the school year we work on the manager’s schedule.