Earth Science: January 2016 Archives

Massive Blizzard Heads Up U.S. East Coast

"NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite snapped this image of the approaching blizzard around 2:35 a.m. EST on Jan. 22, 2016 using the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instrument's Day-Night band."

Cancer and Climate Change, Piers Sellers, New York Times

"I'm a climate scientist who has just been told I have Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. This diagnosis puts me in an interesting position. I've spent much of my professional life thinking about the science of climate change, which is best viewed through a multidecadal lens. At some level I was sure that, even at my present age of 60, I would live to see the most critical part of the problem, and its possible solutions, play out in my lifetime. Now that my personal horizon has been steeply foreshortened, I was forced to decide how to spend my remaining time. Was continuing to think about climate change worth the bother?"

Climate deniers attack NASA scientist dying of cancer, Grist.org

"And yet, it took no time at all for the climate change deniers to start attacking Sellers, as ThinkProgress points out. James Delingpole author of such illuminating articles as "Paris Climate Talks Are Doomed Because China Knows 'Climate Change' Is A Hoax" wrote a post on Breitbart with the ridiculous headline "NASA Chief: Global Warming Is Real Because I Have Cancer".

NASA Chief: Global Warming is Real Because I Have Cancer, Breitbart

"Sorry, but no. Sellers' cancer says no more about the validity of global warming theory than Einstein's having shagged Marilyn Monroe says about the validity of his theory of relativity. Interesting biographical details and personal tragedy have nothing to do with the scientific method. (Well, not unless it's Francis Bacon killing himself while experimenting on a frozen chicken). I'm genuinely surprised that NASA thought it was at all a good idea to publish this emotive piece. I shouldn't be surprised if it alienates more people than it persuades. After all, if climate change were really such a desperately important, scientifically proven issue, it certainly wouldn't need moving pleas from dying men to push its cause. The facts would speak for themselves."

Global Warming Continues

NASA, NOAA Analyses Reveal Record-Shattering Global Warm Temperatures in 2015, NASA

"Earth's 2015 surface temperatures were the warmest since modern record keeping began in 1880, according to independent analyses by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Globally-averaged temperatures in 2015 shattered the previous mark set in 2014 by 0.23 degrees Fahrenheit (0.13 Celsius). Only once before, in 1998, has the new record been greater than the old record by this much."

Ranking Member Johnson Statement on Announcement that 2015 was the Warmest Year on Record

SpaceX Puts Jason-3 In Orbit and Almost Lands On A Barge (With launch video), SpaceRef

"The Jason-3 Satellite was successfully place in orbit today by a Falcon 9. However while that rocket's first stage landed within 1.3 meters of its target on the barge leg #3 did not lock properly."

Jason-3 Launches to Monitor Global Sea Level Rise

Instagram video of landing

RUD = "Rapid Unscheduled Disassembly"


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