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The R&B Star Akon and an Emirates Foundation Invest in a Solar Energy Work Force for Africa — The United Nations hosted the second Sustainable Energy for All Forum this week. The four-day set of events and announcements was aimed at fulfilling Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's creditable 2011 vision of achieving universal access to modern energy services by 2030 (along with a doubled global rate of improvement in energy efficiency and doubled share of renewable energy in the global energy mix).

Warming Expected to Cut Atlantic Hurricane Tally but Boost Threat — A new modeling study published in this week's issue of Science projects a rise of about 30 percent in potential hurricane damage in the western Atlantic toward the end of the century as emissions of greenhouse gases rise.

The Far North and Wintry Weather — Here's a quick swing north. The National Snow and Ice Data Center has inaugurated a useful new Web feature, Icelights, that offers the public a two-way portal for addressing questions about the behavior of sea ice and ice sheets and their relationship to the world far from the poles.

Polar Pressure, Snowstorms and Sea Ice — The unusual pattern of atmospheric high and low pressure over and around the Arctic that has contributed to the recent snow and cold from Alabama to Washington, to East Anglia, England (and rain and warmth along the west coast of Greenland) is also an important influence on the shifting sheath of sea ice on the Arctic Ocean.

Your Dot: On Mobbed Owls and Blog Discourse — On Dot Earth, reader comments that are particularly intriguing or illuminating have sporadically been brought "out front" to this space for a fuller airing. As I wrote earlier today, that process will now become a regular feature, Your Dot, used to focus the discourse on constructive commentary by readers who prefer to stand publicly behind what they say.

Study Finds Sun Belt Population Growth and Warming Climate Could Quadruple Exposure to Extreme Heat — A valuable study published this week in Nature Climate Change projects that exposure to extreme heat in the United States is likely to rise enormously by mid century, driven equally by demographic shifts boosting Sun Belt populations and projected changes in heat waves in a warming climate.

Building Safer Schools in Poor, Shaky Places — The Times has an article on the enormous social impact from the loss of hundreds of schools in Haiti. Also relevant is my recent post and story on Istanbul's efforts to strengthen schools and other public buildings before its next big quake.]

Pressure Builds for Swift U.S. Action Against Spreading Salamander Threat — There are signs of hope for American salamanders in the face of a potential biological catastrophe - a fungus that could be carried here through the global trade in exotic pets. Federal wildlife officials have signaled a crackdown may be coming on imports of amphibians. Here's the sequence of events.

Climate Research - The Devil Is in the Details - — In 1922, Dr. Lewis Fry Richardson, a British physicist with a penchant for grand ideas, described how to forecast the behavior of the atmosphere. He had details wrong but the basic concept right: a suite of equations that, when applied to measurements of heat, cloudiness, humidity and the like, could project how those factors would change over time.

A Film Explores Curaçao's Effort to Become a Caribbean Haven for Coral — After months of reporting and planning, a frenetic week of filming in March, and many long nights in the editing suite, 10 Pace University communication students, with guidance from Prof. Maria Luskay and me, have completed " Curaçao's Coral Challenge - Reviving the Rain Forests of the Sea."
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May 23, 2015

Found video of @nasciences talk on epic media shift, from "mainly white guys with pads" to all of us:

May 23, 2015

A Memorial Day question I explore with #DarWilliams: Where will they go when there's no more room in Arlington?…

May 22, 2015

Good to see this. Hope @worldwatch will also share our new #PaceMCVA coral conservation film!…

May 22, 2015

.@JBelsner paper on warming+cyclones sees fewer/stronger… Diff. methods than '10 Atlantic study

May 22, 2015

Akon Adds Solar Job Training to Business Lighting Up Africa: via @YouTube

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