Winter Storms To Heat Waves, How Better Climate Data Can Make Us More Prepared

From NPR

JANUARY 30, 2019

In a cow pasture near Shawnee in central Oklahoma, Kirk Wilson parks his work truck, grabs a harness, and prepares for a 30-foot climb. 

“We’re changing the sensor at the top of the tower that measures the wind direction,” explains Wilson, a burly meteorological electronics technician with a big beard and a booming laugh. 

On the ground, another tech uses a GPS receiver to make sure the sensitive instrument is properly aligned before it’s tightened in place.

When this station ...

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Mammal diversity will take millions of years to recover from the current biodiversity crisis

Matt Davis, Søren Faurby, and Jens-Christian Svenning


Biodiversity is more than the number of species on Earth. It is also the amount of unique evolutionary history in the tree of life. We find that losses of this phylogenetic diversity (PD) are disproportionally large in mammals compared with ...

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