Why Alaska’s vanishing permafrost worries researchers

August 24, 2017 by  
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Permafrost is losing in the battle against climate change . Even as we attempt to mitigate climate change by reducing fossil fuel use, researchers say thawing permafrost could make our atmosphere 1.7 degrees Fahrenheit hotter over the next few centuries. Parts of Alaska’s permafrost are especially vulnerable: the New York Times reports a large amount of the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge’s permafrost could disappear by the middle of the century. Permafrost could contain around double the amount of carbon in our atmosphere right now. And it’s melting. Scientists from the Woods Hole Research Center , recently studying Alaska’s permafrost, think its fate could be the most urgent of the effects of climate change. As permafrost thaws, microbes convert some of its material into methane and carbon dioxide, which could lead to more warming. Related: Dramatic disintegration of Canadian permafrost threatens huge carbon release Woods Hole scientists set up a temporary field station in July in the wildlife refuge to drill permafrost cores to analyze for carbon content. Deputy director Max Holmes told The New York Times permafrost loss “has all kinds of consequences both locally for this region, for the animals and the people who live here, as well as globally.” Land can slump when permafrost melts, damaging infrastructure . The process of permafrost thawing can alter the landscape, prompting lakes to drain or leading to elevation changes that impact water flow through the land. Scientists haven’t pinned down an exact number of how much carbon is being released from permafrost, but one estimate puts it at 1.5 billion tons a year for emissions averaged during the rest of the century. That’s about the amount generated every year by burning fossil fuels in the United States right now. Scientists also aren’t decided on when – or how much – of Alaska’s permafrost will go. And it would likely take thousands of years for the full depth of permafrost to melt entirely. But University of Alaska researcher Vladimir Romanovsky told The New York Times recent work has revealed permafrost “is not as stable as people thought.” Via The New York Times Images via NPS Climate Change Response on Flickr and Wikimedia Commons

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Frank Gehry’s twisting, mountainous skyscraper takes shape at LUMA Arles

August 24, 2017 by  
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New photos of Frank Gehry ‘s tower at LUMA Arles show a mountainous, twisting structure taking shape on the 16-acre site in France. The tower will house a variety of functions, including research facilities, workshop and seminar room, as well as artist studios . The building is expected to be completed in spring 2019. The 9,000-square-metre stainless steel tower sits on LUMA Arles, a large site previously occupied by 19th century railroad workshops. Today, this area is undergoing a rehabilitation process helmed by New York-based Selldorf Architects, while Belgian landscape architect Bas Smets plan to create a beautiful park adjacent to Gehry’s mountain-like tower . Related: Gehry Partners unveils plant-covered offices for Los Angeles LUMA Arles will function as an experimental contemporary center where artists and researchers can collaborate on a variety of multidisciplinary projects. Swiss pharmaceutical heiress and contemporary art collector Maja Hoffmann leads the cultural project, expected to cost around €100 million, and is the Executive Director of LUMA Arles and President of the LUMA Foundation. + LUMA Arles + Gehry Partners Via World Architecture Community Photos by Victor Picon , via LUMA Arles

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Research shows California drought is the worst in 1,200 years

December 8, 2014 by  
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This past week may have brought a much-needed dose of rain to southern California, but the region still continues to suffer under devastating drought conditions. These conditions are so bad, according to researchers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the University of Minnesota, that they now constitute California’s worst drought in 1,200 years. Read the rest of Research shows California drought is the worst in 1,200 years Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: blue oak , California , climate , Drought , heatwave , natural disaster , record heat , reservoir , water shortage , woods hole

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Winter Sun art installation brings warmth and light to King’s Cross in London

December 8, 2014 by  
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Read the rest of Winter Sun art installation brings warmth and light to King’s Cross in London Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Andrew Lock , Art , art installation , circular structure , Granary Square , James Bowthorpe , Kim Coleman , Kings Cross , locally-sourced ingredients , London , open air bar , public gathering space , public space , sensory piece , temporary art installation , temporary installation , Winter Sun

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Sperm Whales Are Chock Full of Deadly Metals Found In Human Food Supplies

June 25, 2010 by  
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Photo credit Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute via PhysOrg After five years of collecting tissue samples of sperm whales, researchers have found that the mammals harbor an incredibly high level of deadly toxins, including cadmium, aluminum, chromium, lead, silver, mercury and titanium.

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Subtropical Water Melting Greenland Glaciers from Within

February 17, 2010 by  
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Image credit: Dave Sutherland/ Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution The glaciers of Greenland have been melting at an accelerating rate .

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Best and Worst of 2009: TreeHugger’s Most Popular Stories on Digg

December 21, 2009 by  
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Image: Courtesy of Larry Madin, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Digg.com continues to be an important player in the social news world and as such is a good place to find and share stories. Last year I brought you 75 Stories You Dugg: A Year of TreeHugger on Digg.com , and 2009 was another big year for the social media site and we saw a bunch of our stories become popular.

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