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Slide Show: What Does Climate Change Science Look Like?

A new book pictures the science of climate change
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GOVERNMENT POWER

The Capitol Power Plant in southeast Washington, D.C., used to supply heat to building, is the only coal-fired plant in the nation's capital and is responsible for a large part of the city's air pollution and carbon emissions.....[ More ]

MAIN FRAME

In the early years of climate modeling, all instructions were input into the mainframe using punch cards. Each card was good for one line of code, and a whole program would take hundreds to thousands of cards in exactly the right order.....[ More ]

OLD AND NEW

In McCamey, Tex., the wide open spaces, previously populated only by nodding donkey oil pumps, turn out to be suitable for wind turbines, too. The state has the largest capacity and the fastest growth rate wind-based generating capacity in the U.S.....[ More ]

SCIENTIFIC SURVEY

Mount Schrankogl, Austria. Daniela Hohenwallner is counting bryophytes (mosses) and other high-altitude flora, in systematically measured out 10 square foot (one square meter) quadrants. These results will be compared with similar surveys in decades past (and future) to track the climate change impacts on alpine ecosystems.....[ More ]

RUNAWAY GROWTH

Kudzu growth in Melville, N.Y. An invasive species, kudzu was initially imported from Japan for ornamental gardening and agricultural purposes in the southern U.S. but rapidly became a pest due to its lack of predators and fast growth.....[ More ]

ARCTIC SOIL

Arctic soils are generally kept together by ice and permafrost. As the permafrost melts, the soils become sandy and erode easily. On the coast, sea ice retreat also exposes them to increased ocean wave activity.....[ More ]

GLACIER RETREAT

The Mendenhall Glacier in Tongass National Forest near Juneau, Alaska, photographed in 1894 and again in 2004. Like almost all Alaskan glaciers, and indeed, most glaciers globally, there has been a dramatic retreat of the front the glacier as a function of warmer temperatures during summer and reduced snowfall in winter.....[ More ]

SPACE SHOT

A second wave of infernos occurred in August as seen in this satellite image. A combination of little precipitation and multiple heat waves left Greece particularly vulnerable. By the end of summer 2007 there had been 120 major fires and 469,000 acres (190,000 hectares) of forest land had been burned.....[ More ]

FOREST FIRE

The summer of 2007 saw two sets of forest fires rage across Greece. The first picture is from Poros in June, where fires broke out during the heat wave's highest temperatures, which were above 110 Fahrenheit, or 43 degrees Celsius.....[ More ]

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