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Southeast could see an expansion in agriculture under changing climate

Bloomburg Businessweek published a map this week that caught my attention.  It shows the results of a recent research project by German scientists which predict changes in suitability for agriculture in the period 2071-2100 compared to the present under modeled changes in climate.  The map shows that the Southeast is…
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Fall foliage colors may arrive later, last longer in the future

Science News reported this week that scientists from Princeton University predicted that fall foliage changes in future years may be delayed by several weeks and the color season may lengthen if current temperature trends continue.  Leaves change color in response to a number of factors, including temperatures, precipitation and day…
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Storm surge estimates based on historical records may be too low

If you live near the coast in the Southeast, you are no doubt aware that storm surges associated with land-falling hurricanes can cause tremendous devastation.  Storm surges from Ivan and Katrina caused tremendous damage to coastal areas.  At the same time coastlines are being developed at a rapid rate, putting…
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Fall stories

Since fall has just started, the media is full of stories about autumn colors and the difference between astronomical and climatological fall.  Here are two I thought were especially interesting. Slate magazine produced an online video which discusses why American trees produce both red and yellow leaves but European leaves…
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