Posts Tagged ‘climate change’

Visualizing Arctic sea ice loss

Visualizing Arctic sea ice loss

For a book chapter I’m working on with Chris Harley and Mike Burrows, Iv’e been looking for the best graphics science has to offer that visualize Arctic sea ice loss.  Here are a few contenders.  Advice and other suggestions welcome.


The Feelies


New worries about slumping thermokarst

New worries about slumping thermokarst

That’s right.  Slumping thermokarst. Essentially thawing coastal permafrost in the arctic: A new paper in PNAS describing work by my UNC colleague Dr Rose Cory in Alaska on thermokarst slumping is shaking up the world of thermokarst experts and alarming thermokarst conservationists and collectors.  But seriously, this is just one more sign of a positive feedback of global warming; the more […]


Drew Harvell at work in the coral triangle

Drew Harvell at work in the coral triangle

My friend, collaborator and post-doc advisor Dr Drew Harvell of Cornell University has published three articles in the New York Times Scientists at Work series about her current trip to the coral triangle. In her Feb 1 post Drew describes her visit to the reefs of Papua, some pristine and diverse, some ravaged by dynamite fishing: […]


State of the union: climate change edition

To my and many people’s surprise, Prez Obama talked quite a lot about climate change in the State of The Union address tonight.  Below is the climate change related text (from here).  Lets hope these nice words are followed with action.  Now is the time to reach a level of research and development not seen […]


The ZEN of seagrass

David Williard of The College of William and Mary has done a nice video featuring our work in the Zostera Experimental Network (ZEN): NOTE: The dude abides.


How high will the oceans rise?

How high will the oceans rise?

There is a nice article in the NYT today by Justin Gillis about new research designed to answer this question.  The team is identifying fossil beaches from the pliocene (~ 3 millions years ago) that were formed when the atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide was (naturally) what it is now (not naturally).  Then, as now, the […]


What’s new in climate change science

What's new in climate change science

There has been a lot going on with climate change science recently.  And Iv’e been writing a review paper on climate change and marine communities and have been impressed with how rapidly the field is developing.  Just a hint of what is out there: The Australian heat wave This is one of the big stories […]


2012 will be the warmest year on record in the USA

2012 will be the warmest year on record in the USA

read more at ClimateCentral or NOAA or ClimateProgress The January-November period was the warmest first 11 months of any year on record for the contiguous United States. The national temperature of 57.1°F was 3.3°F above the 20th century average, and 1.0°F above the previous record warm January-November of 1934. During the 11-month period, 18 states were record warm and an additional 24 states were top […]


Climate 101 with Bill Nye


IPCC draft report leaked – shows global warming NOT due to the sun

IPCC draft report leaked - shows global warming NOT due to the sun

In case you or someone you know (and if this is the case, science has shown there is a 100,000,000-to-1 chance they a) are your parents, b) are AARP members, c) are republicans, d) live in the south, e) watch Fox news) were suckered in by the most recent climate change denier propaganda, here is […]


Evolution in the changing oceans

I teach evolution. Yes, in Georgia. Here at the University of Georgia, we have 300-400 students a year taking undergraduate evolutionary biology, and some of the Honors students at UGA take an extra discussion section for credit. This year I picked up the Honors section as well as the lecture class, and decided to have […]


We know a lot about the climate

We know a lot about the climate

As part of a great piece debunking climate change denier strategy #2 “exaggerate the uncertainty” Dana Nuccitelli has a nice brief on the key facts that we do know about climate change (with supporting links): First of all it’s important to note that while there will always be uncertainties associated with any area of scientific […]


John Boehner’s discouraging view of climate science

An editorial that just went up at the WaPost challenges house speaker John Boehner’s position on climate change.  If I could make one political wish, it would be that this issue be de-toxified.  I wish conservative politicians were not forced by their voting base and campaign funders to make preposterous statements about climate change and […]


Lifestyles of the species-rich and famous

Lifestyles of the species-rich and famous

Below is a guest post (her first!) by Dr Emily Darling, about one of the 17 chapters of her PhD dissertation: The ongoing loss of coral cover and flattening of reef architecture is leading to dramatic and drastic changes for coral reef ecosystems. But not all reef-building corals are affected in the same way. We […]


From climate change to social change

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFiTlfAkPgA&[/youtube] Friend of SeaMonster, Bruce Caron was trained as a social anthropologist and an urban cultural geographer. Through the New Media Studio and the New Media Research Institute, he is realizing the goal of bringing new tools and skills to the public to help democratize the technological advantages of the digital revolution.  


Ocean acidification in Google Earth tour

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cAwZ7VCYn44[/youtube]  


Climate of doubt

Related to the Climate Silence of both of this years presidential candidates is a successful campaign to confuse the public about the reality of climate change.  See a great documentary R movie on it that aired Tuesday night on PBS HBO: [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMTVGBGs_40&[/youtube]  


Silence of the lambs

Silence of the lambs

Iv’e been doing my best to avoid all coverage of – even mention of – the elections that are upon us.  I made the mistake of tuning in to the second debate (online) and I watched in astonishment as both candidates talked for many minutes about coal, oil, energy and oil prices without ever mentioning […]


News flash: global warming continues (Nuccitelli et al. 2012)

News flash: global warming continues (Nuccitelli et al. 2012)

from SkS: We are very pleased to report on a new paper in press at Physics Letters A (PLA) by the Skeptical Science team and oceanography expert John Church.  In typical SkS international coordination style, the paper’s authors included an American (Dana Nuccitelli), a Canadian (Robert Way), a New Zealander (Rob Painting), and two Australians […]


The GBR is losing coral even faster than assumed

The GBR is losing coral even faster than assumed

Elizabeth Selig and I took a lot of heat when we published a paper in 2007 (Bruno and Selig at PLoS One) in which we found the state of western Pacific reefs in general and the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) in particular was much worse than assumed: The results of our analysis of 6001 quantitative […]


Sea level rise for the west coast of the US

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gstw44DeSI&[/youtube]  


What to do when the oceans rise

What to do when the oceans rise

Last week I published my first book review at PLoS Biology with UNC undergraduate Lauren-Kristine Pryzant.  We read and wrote about Tim McClanahan and Josh Cinner’s excellent new book, “Adapting to a Changing Environment: Confronting the Consequences of Climate Change“.   We tried to bring the lessons in the book from Africa home by discussing climate […]


Five things I didn’t know about the ocean

Five things I didn't know about the ocean

My review of Professor Callum Roberts’ new book The Ocean of Life has just come out in Toronto’s Globe and Mail. This is the follow up to his first book An unnatural history of the sea (it was one of the Five Books I picked for the Browser) – it dives into the history of how we’ve stripped […]