by Maria-José Viñas, NASA Earth Science News Team, March 5, 2014 Beaufort Sea surface temperatures where Canada’s Mackenzie River discharges into the Arctic Ocean, measured by NASA’s MODIS instrument. The top image is from June 14, 2012
The American Museum of Natural History/NY (AMNH-NY) conducted a survey about the likelihood of a mass extinction event. The majority of the 400 scientists polled were convinced that a “mass extinction of plants and animals is underway,” posing a threat to humanity in the next century.
There Are Whales Alive Today Who Were Born Before Moby Dick Was Written Smithsonian.
By Raúl Ilargi Meijer, editor-in-chief of The Automatic Earth.
Published: March 9th, 2014 at 11:22 am ET By ENENews Email Article 28 comments USA Today , Mar. 9, 2014: Ken Buesseler, a chemical oceanographer at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and other scientists are calling for more monitoring. No federal agency currently samples Pacific Coast seawater for radiation, he said
A new NASA study finds that warmer than normal waters from rivers draining into the Arctic Ocean each summer are eating away at the sea ice in the Arctic Ocean. Led by Son Nghiem of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., the research team used satellite data to measure the surface temperature of the waters discharging from Canada’s McKenzie River into the Beaufort Sea during the summer of 2012 and noticed surface waters being warmed suddenly due to the sudden influx of warm river water This warmed the surface layers of the ocean, which in turn increased the melting of sea ice.