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Childhood Fantasy launches Life at Sea

Dr. Kevin Wood

Dr. Kevin Wood, with book that captured his imagination as a child, went on to a career at sea.

March 26, 2016

Most of us abandon our childhood dreams, and Kevin Wood was no different. As a boy he’d been enchanted by ships and he wanted desperately to sail the seven seas. Then he did the sensible thing and went to college on a normal career path. But one summer on a visit to Key West, he encountered a docked tall ship. The next thing he knew he was training to sail, dropping out of college, and beginning a life at sea.

Link: Childhood Fantasy launches Life at Sea

Record-breaking temperatures 'have robbed the Arctic of its winter'

March 15, 2016

Fort Yukon has recorded Alaska’s coldest ever temperatures but this winter temperatures have been much warmer than usual, leading to dangerously thin ice. 

Link: Record-breaking temperatures 'have robbed the Arctic of its winter'

19th Century Whaling Logs A Boon To Climate Scientists

March 01, 2016

Whaling was a booming business in the 1800s. By some estimates, the dangerous trade was more lucrative than the gold rush. Today, the most valuable harvest from the whaling years might be the ship’s logbooks.

A team of scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the University of Washington and the U.K. Meteorological Office’s Hadley Centre are enlisting 22,000 volunteers from around the world to comb through hundreds of thousands of pages of old ships’ logs.

Link: 19th Century Whaling Logs A Boon To Climate Scientists

What Do Long-Dead Whalers Have To Do With Climate Change?

February 24, 2016

When the steamship Belvedere left San Francisco in the spring of 1897, its crew members couldn’t have known what a treacherous voyage awaited them.

Their life-and-death experiences would all be captured in the ship’s log, which started out with this unassuming entry:

Link: What Do Long-Dead Whalers Have To Do With Climate Change?

Temperature Spike Almost 50 Degrees in North Pole

January 04, 2016

There has been a heat wave of sorts in the North Pole this week that might even have Santa trading in his sleigh for swim trunks.

Link: Temperature Spike Almost 50 Degrees in North Pole

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