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Estimated change in annual mean sea surface pH between the 1700s and the 1990s. Graphic: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:WOA05_GLODAP_del_pH_AYool.png">Plumbago</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Estimated change in annual mean sea surface pH between the 1700s and the 1990s. Graphic: Plumbago, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Natural Selections: How rising CO2 levels are changing our oceans

Most of the concern about carbon dioxide is focused on the quantity in the atmosphere and its effect on climate. But rising CO2 levels in the oceans can have equally significant effects on the ecosystems of the seas. Martha Foley and Curt Stager discuss the changing aquasphere.  Go to full article
This year's "wobbly" polar vortex (left) compared to last year's more "compact" vortex. Image: NOAA
This year's "wobbly" polar vortex (left) compared to last year's more "compact" vortex. Image: NOAA

What's up in the sky, and what's up with the weather

The night sky, and so much more today from St. Lawrence University Physics professor Aileen O'Donoghue.

In fact it's a double-header today: the sky, and the wobbly polar vortex.  Go to full article
Can you see the octopus on the right? The picture was taken from the underwater camera called a yo yo cam. Photo: Glenn Clark
Can you see the octopus on the right? The picture was taken from the underwater camera called a yo yo cam. Photo: Glenn Clark

Parishville-Hopkinton teacher coming home from Antarctica

With the continuing cold weather here in the North Country, it might feel like we're in Antarctica, but Parishville-Hopkinton biology teacher Glenn Clark has one on us in that regard. Clark returns to the North Country later this week after nearly two months in the real Antarctica; he was one of 17 teachers selected from across the country to work with the Arctic Research Consortium's PolarTREC program, studying climate change.

Clark lived and worked aboard the RV Palmer, an ice breaker research vessel near the Totten Glacier System on the eastern Antarctica coast, one of the most remote, uncharted regions of the world.

He's journaled about his experiences online, and spoken by phone with his students throughout the trip. Todd Moe caught up with him via satellite phone as the ship was heading north and he was packing up for the return trip (listen here.)  Go to full article
Sen. Bernie Sanders wants Vermont to lead the way on climate change. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/350vt/7154147380/">350 Vermont</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Sen. Bernie Sanders wants Vermont to lead the way on climate change. Photo: 350 Vermont, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Vt.'s Sen. Sanders to lead climate "wake-up" call

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders will help lead an overnight session of the Senate's Climate Action Task Force in what he terms a wake-up call on global warming.

Sanders -- an Independent who is co-sponsor of a bill that would tax carbon and methane emissions -- will be joined by New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, Maine Sen. Angus King and two dozen other task force members.  Go to full article
Penguins heading for open water. Photo: Glenn Clark
Penguins heading for open water. Photo: Glenn Clark

Parishville-Hopkinton teacher studies climate change in Antarctica

Have you seen a whale, penguin or seal lately? Parishville-Hopkinton biology teacher Glenn Clark has: He's in Antarctica right now. Clark is one of 17 teachers selected from across the country to work with the Arctic Research Consortium's PolarTREC program, studying climate change.

He's living and working aboard the RV Palmer, an ice breaker research vessel near the Totten Glacier System on the eastern Antarctica coast, one of the most remote, uncharted regions of the world.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/21257086@N06/4468314825">Don Brubeck</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Don Brubeck, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Climate change impacts on winter sports discussed

SOUTH ROYALTON, Vt. (AP) Climate scientists and ski industry representatives will be discussing the impacts of climate change on the winter sports industry in New England.

Vermont Law School is hosting a panel discussion Thursday, a day after a snowstorm dumped nearly a foot of snow in some parts of the region.  Go to full article

EPA awards $345K for NY wetlands study, protection

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The Environmental Protection Agency is providing $345,000 for projects to protect wetlands throughout New York state and identify strategies to reduce the impacts of climate change.

The Adirondack Park Agency will use a $173,000 EPA grant to install permanent monitoring stations that will collect environmental data within the Adirondack Park. The money will also be used to train volunteers to operate their own citizen science monitoring program at these locations.  Go to full article
Lake Mohonk. Photo: Jenna Flanagan, Innovation Trail
Lake Mohonk. Photo: Jenna Flanagan, Innovation Trail

Rethinking water resources to combat climate change

Catastrophic storms like Irene, Lee and super storm Sandy ravaged much of the Hudson River watershed with flooding and erosion. Environmental advocates and policy makers say that's evidence that climate change is having a major impact on the quantity and quality of the region's water supplies.

Stakeholders joined the Hudson River Watershed Alliance and Mohonk Consultations for a conference in New Paltz last week. They called for communities to seize this 'watershed moment' while admitting that changing existing attitudes towards water management can take a long time.  Go to full article

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A methane dome is a recognizable part of an anaerobic digester system. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45914503@N00/7269576888/">Dan Hartung</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved.
A methane dome is a recognizable part of an anaerobic digester system. Photo: Dan Hartung, Creative Commons, some rights reserved.

St. Lawrence co. dairy gets digester grant

A large dairy farm in St. Lawrence County is getting more than $400,000 for a methane digester. The grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will help Woodcrest Dairy in Lisbon pay for the estimated $2.5-million project.  Go to full article

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