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Antarctic Melting = Rising Seas, the Right Way to Debate Climate Change, a Deep Sea Submarine Implodes
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Inland, ho: Researchers from NASA announced yesterday that we’ve reached a point where destabilization of the Western Antarctic Ice Sheet is now irreversible, which could result in a 10-foot sea level rise over the next couple centuries. Combine that with the 3-foot rise already predicted by the IPCC and you’ve got … a lot of swamped coastlines. OnEarth

Sludge report: Sewage sludge used to fertilize fields can leave remnants of prescription drugs and chemicals in the dirt, report federal scientists. Oh, and those chemicals can then seep into and contaminate groundwater, too. Environmental Health News

Bye, bye birdie: A recent report says that tar sands companies need better techniques to keep birds out of toxic tailing ponds that contain waste from open-pit mines. This is the first report to show that although loud noises and scarecrows attempt to keep birds away from the ponds, around 200,000 birds still land on them each year. Edmonton Journal

Ka-boom: A remotely operated submarine exploring the second deepest oceanic trench in the world disappeared last weekend, researchers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution confirmed yesterday. Diving 6.2 miles below the surface, the remote vehicle likely imploded due to the immense pressure. LiveScience

Food politics: Food producers should consider climate change so they can adapt to it, warned the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization director at an agriculture meeting in Morocco. Global warming, he said, “has the potential to reconfigure the planet’s food production.” Food Navigator

Snow thank you: The Rocky Mountains received a nice thick blanket (about three feet) of snow yesterday while parts of Denver got seven inches. Though the late date of the storm wasn’t unusual, the amount was. The city normally gets an average of just 1.7 inches during the whole month of May. Denver Post


Debate, shebate: If you’re going to have a debate about global warming, it shouldn’t be just Bill Nye the Science Guy versus … someone else. There should be a statistically representative sample of skeptics talking with scientists. So that’s what John Oliver did. (Thank you!) Climate Desk


Safety debate eyes taming Bakken crude before it hits rails, Reuters

Toxic Plumes: The Dark Side of Silicon Valley, NBC

Oil and Gas Spills up 18 percent in U.S. in 2013, E&E News

How much energy could the US save if it really tried? Vox

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