YSSP 2016 at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

Members of the Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP) for 2016 heard from Presidents Heinz Fischer of Austria (above) and Tarja Halonen of Finland, who spoke on the importance of science in policy-making. It was interesting to hear directly from them, who were involved in many of the high-level negotiations towards international climate change agreements aboutContinue reading “YSSP 2016 at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis”

Global climate assessment for February 2016

The following is from a news bulletin from NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information: The globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces for February 2016 was the highest for the month of February in the NOAA global temperature dataset record, which dates back to 1880. It was the highest departure from average among allContinue reading “Global climate assessment for February 2016”


A beautiful SEM image of Corynocera oliveri (deposited in sediment ca. 1909 CE) from a core I took in July 2014 from Alpine Pond, Cedar Breaks National Monument, Utah. SEM courtesy of Dr Simona Avnaim-Katav.   This is an Orthocladiinae from Alpine Pond, deposited ca. 1733 CE. Optically imaged.