Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Pachauri on Doha, IPCC Leaks and His Optimism - AlertNet
People are becoming increasingly disengaged with the issue of climate change as evidenced in Doha with the limited media coverage compared to prior conferences. Dr Pachauri hopes that the pending release of AR5 will recapture the world’s attention on climate change, but its future publication should not be used as an excuse to delay action.
Dr Pachauri is currently in Hobart, Australia for the IPCC's Fourth Lead Author Meeting.
Bitter Cold Drives Southwest Dust Storm
Just how cold is it in the Southwest? The answer, my friends, is blowin' all the way to Kansas.

NASA's Aqua satellite spotted the bitter cold front now sweeping through the Rocky Mountains on Jan. 11. The descending mass of frigid air drove winds that scooped up dust in the Colorado Front Ranges and carried it through the air to Kansas. Cold, dense air wedging under warmer air can create strong wind gusts.
... Gusts up to 60 mph (100 kph) from the southwest made travel hazardous throughout northwest Kansas and northeast Colorado, the NWS said.

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