Science http://wlrn.org en Coping With Climate Change In Greenland http://wlrn.org/post/coping-climate-change-greenland <p><em>Contribution from the Miami Herald</em></p><p><span style="color: rgb(26, 39, 50); font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 19px;">On an inlet nestled between soaring cliffs, huge chunks of ice shimmer from a distance like precious stones on a cocktail ring.</span></p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 23:45:49 +0000 Nancy San Martin 26111 at http://wlrn.org Coping With Climate Change In Greenland Does Champagne Actually Get You Drunk Faster? http://wlrn.org/post/does-champagne-actually-get-you-drunk-faster <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6dzUOYTQtQ</p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 22:23:45 +0000 editor 25853 at http://wlrn.org Does Champagne Actually Get You Drunk Faster? Simple Tasks, Heavy Burdens: Robot Engineers Compete To 'Save Humanity' http://wlrn.org/post/simple-tasks-heavy-burdens-robot-engineers-compete-save-humanity <p>The Pentagon hosted a <a href="http://wlrn.org/post/robots-are-invading-homestead" target="_blank">robotics competition at the Homestead Miami Speedway</a> over the weekend.&nbsp;It’s being called the "Robot Olympics."<br /><br />Teams from all over the world came to prove their robots’ agility at the Robotics Challenge<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;trials</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. The teams whose robots earn the top scores would get a shot at winning $2 million in the finals next year.</span></p><p>But the games are about much more than the cash:</p> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 08:43:38 +0000 Sammy Mack & Maria Murriel 25513 at http://wlrn.org Simple Tasks, Heavy Burdens: Robot Engineers Compete To 'Save Humanity' Robots Are Invading Homestead http://wlrn.org/post/robots-are-invading-homestead <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The qualifying trials for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Robotics Challenge start Friday. The robot races are sponsored by the Pentagon’s research unit.</span></p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 19:11:21 +0000 Sammy Mack 25445 at http://wlrn.org Robots Are Invading Homestead Gorgeous Marine-Life Stills From UM's Underwater-Photo Contest http://wlrn.org/post/gorgeous-marine-life-stills-ums-underwater-photo-contest <p>It's not easy to get an amazing shot of marine animals or an arresting fish photo when you're in over your head and trolling camera equipment. But each spring, hopeful amateur snappers from around the globe enter the <a href="http://www.rsmas.miami.edu/outreach/underwater-photography/" target="_blank">Rosenstiel School of Marine &amp; Atmospheric Science's annual underwater-photography contest</a>.<br /><br />And each year, the winning photos are breathtaking. This year's fan favorite is of a pair of amorous dragonets. Even their name titillates.</p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 14:12:22 +0000 Laura Coburn 25064 at http://wlrn.org Gorgeous Marine-Life Stills From UM's Underwater-Photo Contest How We Left Hurricanes In Our Dust This Year – Literally http://wlrn.org/post/how-we-left-hurricanes-our-dust-year-literally <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s hard to be a fan of hurricanes. Two out of three Haitians don’t have enough food to eat these days – thanks largely to storms like last year’s Hurricane Sandy and how they’ve ravaged Haiti’s agriculture.</span></p><p>And yet we need hurricanes once in a while. They’re a sort of planetary thermostat that cools oceans and redistributes hot air. Their rains more effectively alleviate droughts, and that can be a help instead of a horror to impoverished countries like Haiti.</p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 23:36:54 +0000 Tim Padgett 24256 at http://wlrn.org How We Left Hurricanes In Our Dust This Year – Literally Puddles After A Rain-Free Night? It's Probably Sea-Level Rise http://wlrn.org/post/puddles-after-rain-free-night-its-probably-sea-level-rise <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In an upscale section of east Fort Lauderdale near the Intracoastal Waterway, John Englander kneels down and examines a storm drain.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“This is where we’re going to see the first evidence of sea-level rise,” says Englander, who points out the water in the drain has risen several inches within only 20 minutes.</span></p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 13:15:55 +0000 Christine DiMattei 23504 at http://wlrn.org Puddles After A Rain-Free Night? It's Probably Sea-Level Rise For A Future Glimpse Of Sea-Level Rise, Check Out The King Tide http://wlrn.org/post/future-glimpse-sea-level-rise-check-out-king-tide <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Want to see the effects of sea-level rise?&nbsp; Don’t want to wait 50 years?&nbsp; Just walk to virtually any coastal area during the natural phenomenon called “King Tide.”</span></p><p>There are plenty of charts, graphs and artist renderings hinting at what South Florida will look like once sea-level rise gets a foothold. &nbsp;But experts say it’s probably Mother Nature who offers the most vivid preview of things to come.</p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 13:05:30 +0000 Christine DiMattei 23400 at http://wlrn.org For A Future Glimpse Of Sea-Level Rise, Check Out The King Tide Sea-Level Rise Taking The Pines Out Of Big Pine Key http://wlrn.org/post/sea-level-rise-taking-pines-out-big-pine-key <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Big Pine Key takes its name from the pine forests that cover the island, about 30 miles from Key West. Rare plants and endangered animals — such as the Key deer — live in those forests.</span></p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 21:00:19 +0000 Nancy Klingener 23774 at http://wlrn.org Sea-Level Rise Taking The Pines Out Of Big Pine Key Building For Sea-Level Rise -- Without Rules http://wlrn.org/post/building-sea-level-rise-without-rules <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Miami-Dade County has recently worked out a $1.5 billion plan with the Environmental Protection Agency to fix its aging sewer system — an over-burdened network of pipes, pumps and plants that’s leaked a lot of sewage in the past years.</span></p><p>But a local environmental group says there’s a major piece missing from that agreement: climate-change planning in a consent decree.</p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 17:57:18 +0000 Arianna Prothero 22978 at http://wlrn.org Building For Sea-Level Rise -- Without Rules Sea Level Limbo In The Caribbean: How Low Can You Go? http://wlrn.org/post/sea-level-limbo-caribbean-how-low-can-you-go <p>The folks in the Bahamas hamlet of Dunmore Town seem blissfully unaware of sea level rise. One resort hotel operator I called in Dunmore, which sits on Harbour Island, dismissed it altogether.</p><p>“I was just down at our beachside bar,” she said. “I didn’t notice the sea level rising.” (Yes, she was serious.)</p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 13:55:15 +0000 Tim Padgett 23338 at http://wlrn.org Sea Level Limbo In The Caribbean: How Low Can You Go? Outdated Miami Canals Too Weak For Sea-Level Rise http://wlrn.org/post/outdated-miami-canals-too-weak-sea-level-rise <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>It’s been more than half a century since flood-control structures such as dams and canals were constructed throughout Florida. Now, with the impact of sea-level rise on the horizon, many of these structures are becoming fragile barriers to keep floodwaters and tidal surge safely away.</p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 20:24:37 +0000 Patricia Sagastume 23657 at http://wlrn.org Outdated Miami Canals Too Weak For Sea-Level Rise Fort Lauderdale Ahead Of The State When It Comes To Sea-Level Rise Protection http://wlrn.org/post/fort-lauderdale-ahead-state-when-it-comes-sea-level-rise-protection <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If not for its patchwork of different shades of asphalt, you would never imagine the stretch of State Road </span>A1A<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> along Fort Lauderdale Beach was all underwater a year ago.</span></p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 12:53:59 +0000 Wilson Sayre 23529 at http://wlrn.org Fort Lauderdale Ahead Of The State When It Comes To Sea-Level Rise Protection What To Make Of All Those Sea-Level Rise Projections http://wlrn.org/post/what-make-all-those-sea-level-rise-projections <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Climate scientists largely agree that sea level is rising. The extent of the change is a far more complicated matter.</span></p><p class="p2"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“Probably two feet. Three feet, possibly,” said David Enfield, a climatologist with the University of Miami and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration. “As an extreme -- if for example we see an unexpected acceleration of the melting ice in Greenland and Antarctica, something else we’re not observing -- we could be seeing six feet by the end of the century.”</span></p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 12:00:23 +0000 Kenny Malone 23430 at http://wlrn.org What To Make Of All Those Sea-Level Rise Projections Key West Awash With Plans For Rising Sea Level http://wlrn.org/post/key-west-awash-plans-rising-sea-level Florida — especially South Florida — is very flat and very low, and in places like Miami Beach and Key West, buildings are just 3 feet above sea level. Scientists now say there may be a 3-foot rise in the world's oceans by the end of the century.<p>Under ordinances recently adopted in Key West, all new buildings will have to be raised at least a foot and a half higher than the old standard, use green building codes, and have large, freshwater cisterns. The water will be used in gardens, swimming pools and toilets. Tue, 12 Nov 2013 08:06:00 +0000 Greg Allen 23532 at http://wlrn.org Key West Awash With Plans For Rising Sea Level