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NOAA unveils new U.S. climate ‘normals’ that are warmer than ever

Washington Post – “On Tuesday May 4, 2021, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released an updated set of climate averages for the contiguous United States based on the 30-year period from 1991 to 2020, including more than 9,000 daily reporting stations. It refers to these averages* as “climate normals,” and updates them once every decade. Compared with previous 30-year periods, the climate has turned unambiguously warmer…”

Bird POTY 2021 Finalists Snapshot

“Over 22,000 images were entered into Bird Photographer of the Year 2021. Competing for the £5,000 cash prize and prestigious title, photographers from 73 different countries submitted images this year. The winners of BPOTY 2021 will be announced on 1st September 2021, with the 2022 competition opening later that month. “With images coming in from… Continue Reading

Study – Deadly air pollutant ‘disproportionately and systematically’ harms Americans of color

Washington Post – “Nearly every source of the nation’s most pervasive and deadly air pollutant disproportionately affects Americans of color, regardless of their state or income level, according to a study published Wednesday. The analysis of fine-particle matter, which includes soot, shows how decisions made decades ago about where to build highways and industrial plants… Continue Reading

Why garden? – Attitudes and the perceived health benefits of home gardening

Cities. Volume 112, May 2021, 103118. “Domestic (home) gardens provide opportunities for psychological and physical health benefits, yet these environments have received less attention in terms of their therapeutic value compared to other urban green spaces. This is despite their ubiquity and the popularity of gardening as a pastime. This research explored why residents engaged… Continue Reading

Climate change and the 1991-2020 U.S. Climate Normals

Climate.gov: “As soon as the 2021 New Year’s celebrations were over, the calls and questions started coming in from weather watchers: When will NOAA release the new U.S. Climate Normals? The Normals are 30-year averages of key climate observations made at weather stations and corrected for bad or missing values and station changes over time.… Continue Reading

NOAA report highlights 2020 climate, weather, ocean research

“Launching uncrewed systems to monitor climate and ecosystem changes in the U.S. Arctic, sequencing the genome for endangered marine species, and improving weather forecasts with advances in regional models — these are just a few of NOAA’s scientific achievements in 2020. The newly released 2020 NOAA Science Report highlights the ways these accomplishments — and many… Continue Reading

UMass Institute Launches New Tool to Track Air Pollution at Every U.S. School

“Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) today unveiled a new interactive, web-based tool for tracking industrial toxic air pollution at every school in the United States. The tool, Air Toxics at School, reports toxicity-weighted concentrations of pollutants to show individual chronic human health risk from industrial toxic air pollutants… Continue Reading

IMF Launches Climate Change Indicators Dashboard

“The International Monetary Fund (IMF) launched a new Climate Change Indicators Dashboard—an international statistical initiative to address the growing need for data in macroeconomic and financial policy analysis to facilitate climate change mitigation and adaptation. The Dashboard is a single platform that brings together experimental climate change indicators that allows comparison across countries. The indicators… Continue Reading