Climate and Agriculture in the Southeast

Is grass-fed beef better for the planet? It’s complicated

The Washington Post posted an article yesterday discussing grass-fed beef and how production methods affect the balance of greenhouse gases like methane.  Since cows produce methane as part of the digestion process, and methane can increase global warming by absorbing infrared radiation being given off from the Earth, this is…
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Winter weather woes

I don’t know about you, but I am ready for spring.  But while we’re waiting for the next storm to hit northern parts of the Southeast tomorrow, here are a few stories about winter storms that might be of interest to you. Yahoo News has a story colorfully entitled “Why…
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Why Americans still use the Fahrenheit temperature scale

Vox.com had an interesting article this week which discussed the history of the Fahrenheit and Centigrade temperature scales and why the US is the only major country that still uses the Fahrenheit scale.  You might enjoy reading about the controversy here. Marshall Shepherd, UGA Geography professor, posted a blog article this…
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Do climate scientists “fabricate” data to make it look like the Earth is warming?

One of the frequent claims of climate change skeptics is that climate scientists are making up  or falsifying data to make it appear that the Earth is warming.  You may have heard this from some of your own clients who based their beliefs on stories promoted in some media outlets….
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The Pineapple Express: More from the EDEN blog

After my post earlier this week about atmospheric rivers, I was pleased to see that the blog of EDEN (Extension Disaster Education Network) also posted a story on atmospheric rivers, also know as the “Pineapple Express”.  You can read their blog posting and view a neat animation at http://blogs.extension.org/edenotes/2015/02/11/weather-wednesday-the-pineapple-express/
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