Antarctica and the US Government Shutdown


The link below is to an article that reports on the consequences of the US shutdown in Antarctica.

For more visit:
http://www.treehugger.com/natural-sciences/unprecedented-antarctic-disaster-unfolding-darkness.html

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Climate Change and the World’s Ecosystems


The link below is to an article that looks at the way climate change will impact on the world’s ecosystems.

For more visit:
http://inhabitat.com/over-80-percent-of-earths-ecosystems-are-at-risk-unless-climate-action-is-taken/

New Zealand: World’s Largest Geothermal Power Plant Opens


The link below is to an article reporting on the opening of the world’s largest geothermal power plant in New Zealand.

For more visit:
http://inhabitat.com/the-worlds-largest-binary-geothermal-power-plant-opens-in-new-zealand/

Say goodbye to Yosemite’s largest glacier


Grist

Hasta la vista, glacier.

The world’s glaciers are withering quickly — researchers say they are contributing to nearly one-third of sea-level rise, despite holding just 1 percent of the planet’s surface ice. And while the glaciers in California’s Yosemite National Park aren’t the largest, they are suffering the same alarming fate as their icy ilk in other parts of the world.

Yosemite’s granite cliffs and valleys were carved during the Ice Age as glaciers expanded. Now these vestigial masses of ice are mostly retreating — and fast. The park employs a full-time glaciologist, Greg Stock, who recently returned from a trek to Lyell Glacier, which is the park’s largest. He told the L.A. Timesthat it had shrunk visibly since he made the same back-country hike last year:

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