Dust’s excellent global adventure ends in California’s Sierra Nevada

From the Scripps Institute: Saharan and Asian Dust, Biological Particles End Global Journey in California UCSD, NOAA study is the first to show that dust and other aerosols from one side of the world influence rainfall in another Scripps Institution of Oceanography / University of California, San Diego A field study of aerosol impacts on…

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Gold Fever

Guest post by Willis Eschenbach I first met my friend Mel in the Army nuthouse. I wrote about him before, and the nuthouse, in a piece called “It’s Not About Me“. I hadn’t seen him for a couple months. One day he blew into Santa Cruz. He said he’d met an old man up in…

Asteroid blows past Earth in near miss

From ChicoEr.com Flying close enough to Earth that in astronomic terms one could feel the breeze as it passed, a small asteroid flashed by just after midnight today. NASA reported the space rock, with the unimaginative name of 2012 KT42, was just 8,700 miles above the atmosphere when it went by. While the asteroid’s approach…

Racing To The Mountaintop at 0.4 Metres Per Year

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach Anthony highlighted a study called “Recent Plant Diversity Changes on Europe’s Mountain Peaks” (paywalled here , hereinafter Pauli2012). The Supplementary Online Information (SOI) is here. The study concluded that the plants had moved vertically up the mountain by 2.7 metres, and Anthony was justifiably amused by the accuracy of the…