SCIENCE IN THE NEWS WEEKLY
Launched last week, Map of Life is an interactive resource for global biodiversity analysis that promises a new era in the visualization of species distributions. Map of Life will soon allow users to add or update species data.
In other environmental news, researchers say the great Pacific garbage patch is giving sea striders a place to breed out on the open ocean, changing the natural environment there.
Scientific maverick James Lovelock says climate catastrophe is not as certain as he once thought. Lovelock, one of the world's leading environmental thinkers, once warned climate change would reduce mankind to a few breeding pairs in the Arctic.
For geophysical scientists, the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in 1991 on the Philippine island of Luzon provided the best model in at least a century to help us understand what might happen if humans attempted to ameliorate global warming by deliberately altering the climate of the earth. The eruption reduced global temperatures by nearly three-quarters of a degree Celsius in a single year.
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