Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Resisting change

Study: Rivers can withstand floods from extreme rains

Scientific American

Scientific American

Large storms with lots of rain, which are prominent in future climate predictions, have the potential to flood rivers and change the landscape. But gravelly rivers coming from the mountains have the ability to resist large, fast floods without permanently changing their banks and altering their courses, according to a new study of more than 186 rivers. “What we discovered was that rivers have this ability to self-regulate,” says Douglas Jerolmack, a geophysicist at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Baltimore harbor gets another failing grade

Baltimore Sun

Baltimore's Inner Harbor and tidal Patapsco River posted failing grades in a water quality report card for a third consecutive year in 2015, casting doubt on a goal to make the waterways safe for swimming and fishing by the end of the decade. There were signs of slight improvement in some pollutants, but not enough to change grades for the harbor and Jones Falls from an F.

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Video portraits of a changing planet, in real time

Daily Climate

North Carolina is famous in climate science circles for a Legislature that sought to force state planners to look only at historical sea levels when planning for future sea-rise. But many are finding that the present is not quite like the past. Eight of these individuals are featured in a University of North Carolina video project that seeks to capture the voices of ordinary people dealing with the effects of a changing planet.

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