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Things added in September, 2010


Tweeting a wildfire

Posted on September 30th by Tom Yulsman. 3
The false dichotomy of accurate, contextualized journalism versus supposedly inaccurate and potentially dangerous social media

Dry conditions expand in the U.S.

Posted on September 30th by Tom Yulsman.
The percentage of the United States experiencing dry conditions has expanded significantly in the last week, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. As of September 28th, slightly more ...

One in five plant species threatened with extinction

Posted on September 29th by Tom Yulsman.
The greatest risk is in tropical rainforests, where cutting and burning, as in the Amazon basin below, continue to decimate habitat A scrim of smoke and many individual smoke plumes ...

The remarkable summer of 2010

Posted on September 28th by Tom Yulsman.
You must read this important post written by the Weather Underground's newest blogger, Christopher Burt. Here's an excerpt: The summer of 2010 will be remembered by millions of people around ...

EarthArt: a stunning anvil thunderhead erupts over Africa

Posted on September 26th by Tom Yulsman.
I was planning to post one beautiful image of Earth or geo-phenomena each week, starting with the image of Hurricane Earl stirring giant eddies into the Gulf ...

EarthArt: a hurricane’s passage stirs up the Gulf Stream

Posted on September 25th by Tom Yulsman.
The first in a regular series of beautiful images of Earth The MODIS instrument on a NASA satellite captured this image of eddies stirred into the Gulf Stream by ...

How has the 2010 hurricane season stacked up?

Posted on September 24th by Tom Yulsman. %
Different answers for the N. Atlantic alone and the Northern Hemisphere overall As Hurricane Igor tore through the Atlantic, it drew a large amount of energy from anomalously warm sea ...

Mapping the global threat from deadly particulate pollution

Posted on September 23rd by Tom Yulsman.
Not all air pollution is of the kind that casts a pall over major metropolises like Los Angeles or Shanghai. One form consists of particles so tiny  (1/30 the ...

Are the risks from nuclear power worth the rewards?

Posted on September 22nd by Tom Yulsman.
Len Ackland, the CEJ's co-director and my colleague here at the School of Journalism & Mass Communication, has written a piece for the Natural Hazards Observer on nuclear power. ...

Wild and wacky Atlantic hurricane season is not over yet

Posted on September 21st by Tom Yulsman. 2
httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86pNkK0uVMI&feature=player_embedded A barn is swept away by flooding in this dramatic video, shot yesterday on Newfoundland's Burin Peninsula, where 20,000 residents were cut off by washed out roads and closed bridges. (See ...

Utah wildfires as seen from space

Posted on September 21st by Tom Yulsman.
Three fires now burning in Utah are visible in this image acquired Sept. 19 by the MODIS instrument on NASA's Aqua satellite. (Click on the image for a larger ...

La Niña may be strengthening at record pace, with potentially dangerous consequences

Posted on September 19th by Tom Yulsman. 8
Experts worry that drought could worsen in Southwest, raising fears of water shortages and wildfire With data acquired by satellite, this map depicts La Niña conditions in tones of blue spreading ...

The wages of heat

Posted on September 15th by Tom Yulsman.
From the Tropics to the Arctic, graphics tell the tale of global warming's impact in 2010 As I've reported over the past few days, the global average temperature from ...

Here’s what a warming world looks like from space

Posted on September 15th by Tom Yulsman. 4
Late last week, NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies announced that January through August was the warmest such period on record at the surface of the planet. But ...

Is there “beauty in the breakdown”?

Posted on September 13th by Tom Yulsman. %
Two astounding time-lapse videos caught my attention today, one of fire and wind, and the other of wind and water. The first video is of the Reservoir Road fire burning west ...