Saturday, 29 September 2018 00:00

We Now Have the First Detailed Map of Antarctica

Although Antarctica is an important part of the planet, playing an essential role in climate change, not nearly enough information is known about it. In fact, one scientist recently pointed out that until recently, we had better maps of Mars than we did of Antarctica.

That has now changed. Working together, a team of researchers at Ohio State University recently created the most detailed map of Antarctica in existence. However, putting together the map, called the Reference Elevation Model of Antarctica (REMA), was a bit of a challenge. The team had to compile all of the information provided by satellites flying over the area, which involved matching high-resolution images up to make sure the layout was captured accurately.

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It may be known as the world’s largest hot desert, but the Sahara could soon feature lush vegetation and plenty of rain. It will all be courtesy of solar and wind farms the size of Canada, generating enough energy to actually increase the temperature in the region by 1-2 degrees Celsius. Once natural vegetation is in place, even more cooling will take place, a recent study found.

A team of scientists were able to simulate the effects that 79 terawatts of solar panels would create, combined with 3 terawatts of wind turbines. They found that such a system would increase precipitation by 1.12 millimeters per day, which meant 16 more inches of rain per year. For the driest parts of the Sahara, that’s 16 times more than what those areas normally see.

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Tuesday, 25 September 2018 00:00

Are Hurricanes Becoming More Dangerous?

A slew of data would seem to indicate that they are.

According to a report from Popular Science, scientists have not always been entirely sure whether climate change has worsened major weather events such as cyclones and hurricanes. Recently, though, scientists seem certain that global warming has indeed intensified the characteristics of storms.

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