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SHFT SAMPLER 6-10-10

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The first edition of our new, weekly assemblage of links from around the web.

Give us some of those good vibrations. How everyday behaviors can produce clean energy. Livable cities all have one thing in common; they're designed for people, not cars. It's hurricane season in the Gulf of Mexico. What does that mean for the worst oil spill in U.S. history? Now that's sustainable architecture. Straw, string or human hair, urban birds build nests with......read more

Hurricanes and Climate Change

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Storms likely to get stronger and more frequent, study shows

From Climate Central's Andrew Freedman: Hurricanes are Mother Nature’s largest and most destructive storms. Fed by warm ocean waters and moist atmospheric conditions, about 90 such storms — also known as tropical cyclones — form worldwide each year. With the population of coastal areas growing daily and sea level on the rise, how these monster storms may change as the climate......read more

Stormy Weather

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The new extreme weather reality gives us a tangible reason to act on climate change

Michael Brune, Executive Director of the Sierra Club, for The Huffington Post: In December 1874, a lean, bearded 36-year-old Scotsman clambered to the top of a towering Douglas fir tree in the Sierra Nevada as a powerful storm swept through the mountains. There John Muir clung for hours, swaying in the wind and delighting in "the profound bass of the naked branches and boles booming like......read more

Connecting Extreme Weather and Climate Change

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Climate scientists take on the 'grand challenge'--and none too soon

Bill Chameides for The Huffington Post Whenever an extreme weather event occurs these days, the question almost inevitably asked is: Was it caused by global warming? For years, the less-than-satisfying scientific response went something like this: We don't know; even though global warming will increase the likelihood of extreme events, directly linking a specific event to global warming is......read more

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