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Why don’t we eat bugs? Check out these amazing facts about insects and why they may be the future of food.

Nice Al Jazeera op-ed covers Obama’s climate resilient cities competition.

Rebuild by Design,’ an Obama initiative, announces winning resilience planning proposals. My favorite is at top right, Resist, Delay, Store, Discharge: A Comprehensive Strategy for Hoboken, NJ. The team won $230 million(!) to implement the water front plan, which aims to restore wetlands, raise boardwalks, protect residents, and control the flow of water from storms. Worth clicking through!

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Migaloo, The All-White Humpback, Makes A Rare Appearance

Migaloo, one of the only white humpback whales in the world who isn’t albino, has been spotted for the first time this year off the coast of Australia.

According to The Telegraph, Migaloo was photographed with a camera phone Tuesday morning off Green Cape in New South Wales. Oskar Peterson, founder of the White Whale Research Centre, confirmed the sighting, noting that the whale’s location matched with Migaloo’s known migratory patterns – patterns with which Migaloo’s fans have grown familiar since his first sighting in 1991.”

Learn more from io9.

Migaloo!

The entire city of Florence, Italy is the same size as this highway interchange in Atlanta, Georgia. Via

I understand: Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, tumblr, Vine, Viber, WhatsApp, Flickr, Pinterest. Hell, I even understand Google+. But twitter? Blows my mind. Why tweet? Better question: Will it be around for much longer??

Hey Cody, I was wondering if you heard any news about microbeads in face wash being phased out by cosmetic giants in an attempt to help save marine wildlife? This might be more of a mix of mitigation and adaptation question. Do you have ant reliable news stories about the process?
climateadaptation climateadaptation Said:

Hi !

Thanks for following me all this time! I have not heard about microbeads in cosmetics, but I have heard of “plastiglomerates.”

Plastiglomerates are a new type of rock comprised of human-made plastic particles and natural materials. Identified in 2012, scientists published a paper on the new material in Geological Society (free).

Here, we report the appearance of a new “stone” formed through intermingling of melted plastic, beach sediment, basaltic lava fragments, and organic debris from Kamilo Beach on the island of Hawaii.

The material, herein referred to as “plastiglomerate,” is divided into in situ and clastic types that were distributed over all areas of the beach. Agglutination of natural sediments to melted plastic during campfire burning has increased the overall density of plastiglomerate, which inhibits transport by wind or water, thereby increasing the potential for burial and subsequent preservation.

Our results indicate that this anthropogenically influenced material has great potential to form a marker horizon of human pollution, signaling the occurrence of the informal Anthropocene epoch.

The authors argue that this plastiglomerate rock should be considered as part of the geologic history of the earth. This is because they were formed during the “anthropocene” via human pollution, and will last in permanance for many centuries in the future. The a/effects on the environment are unclear.

Best I can do for you!

Cheers!

Michael

There’s a fire-science laboratory! Superior coverage by The Atlantic. Lots of pictures, graphics, and video of wildfire science as it relates to managing fires and the increased risk of climate change.

Climate change is compounding the problem: when fires start, they burn hotter and more destructively than ever before. - The Atlantic

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Nearly a billion fans will be watching the World Cup games, are you one of them? If not and you’re wondering what the big deal is, watch this clip — I break down everything you need to know about the World Cup.

Actually, this is a pretty good World Cup explainer by Katie Couric.

Satao was the world’s largest elephant. He was shot and killed by poachers in Kenya in March. His tusks reach the ground - very rare among grown elephants. Read his profile at The Guardian. I just kicked in $25 to Elephants Without Borders.

Satao was the world’s largest elephant. He was shot and killed by poachers in Kenya in March. His tusks reach the ground - very rare among grown elephants. Read his profile at The Guardian. I just kicked in $25 to Elephants Without Borders.

The legislature also finds that it is time to ensure that Hawaii adapts to the effects of climate change before they grow beyond our ability to prevent the worst impacts on our economy, environment, and way of life.
Hawaii Climate Adaptation Initiative Act, a rare science-based bill signed into law that creates an adaptation response system. Hawaii is vulnerable to sea-level rise, coral bleaching and fishery collapse, erosion, storms, and even drought in some areas. The language in the bill makes plain that the adaptation actions required to implement the programs must be based on sound climate science. Great day for Hawaii!
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Hello, I'm an avid reader of your posts on Tumblr :) I was just speculating on the validity of the North Korean "hydro-meteorological service". In the picture, it depicts an image which could've only been taken if they had satellite. Seeing that they were unsuccessful with launching there rocket, where exactly do they get these readings? I think for the first time... Kim Jong Un could be saying something worthy of questioning
climateadaptation climateadaptation Said:

Hi anon!

Thanks for reading and following me! You’re referring to this article, on North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un, criticized weather forecasters in his country. 

Actually, North Korea has a space program called KCost. They have satellites in orbit, and Kwangmyongsong 3 is the country’s official weather satellite.

Still, weather data is free and readily available on the internet. It’s a matter of having well trained and educated meteorologists, not really a matter of having a satellite in orbit.

Cheers!

Michael