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Bench overlooking water.

Every park with water should have benches looking over the water.
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 Climate change means more frequent floods, which make it impossible to for customers to reach stores on some days -- and the frequency of those days is going up, which runs down the profit.
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 ... would reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.  That's great.  But it's more important to protect the ones we already have, as older forests are more valuable for carbon storage.
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 Dragon aurora.  Well, that's a bit alarming.  Beautiful, but alarming.  They don't usually show themselves so boldly and it is rarely a good thing when they do.  0_o
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Warmer oceans make stronger waves.  

If you are a surfer stuck with mediocre beaches, this is an asset.

But to most swimmers, some boaters, people with beach property, and everyone who wants the sand to stay put instead of washing away, it's a bad thing.  Also it's hard on beach wildlife such as grunion and turtles because heavier surf impedes their reproductive successes.
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Beautiful just to read, but incredibly useful if you write Japanese poetry such as haiku. 
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This article predicts wilder weather due to climate change.  I've been warning people all along that the Earth can move blindingly fast at times, and that we don't know how the system works that we're messing with, so forget precision in prediction.  You'll have to be satisfied with "FUBAR." 

Also, I have no faith in this new information altering public policy.  Mostly politicians want to stave off change as long as possible. They have that power.  They won't change unless forced to.  As climate change is already upon us and we are long past the point where doing anything about it would mitigate the changes to bearable levels, continuing to fuck around will likely result in a "beyond all recognition" scenario. 

Worth mentioning: impact of sea level rise depends primarily on two factors: total height above sea level and degree of slope.  Nations with a low maximum height (the Maldives is just a few meters at most) and/or a very gradual slope will be largely or wholly inundated.  Those whose coast consists of tall steep cliffs needn't worry on that point.
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This is one of local-America's main events in citizen science.  The Great Backyard Bird Count invites everyone to list the birds they see.  This year it runs February 15-18.

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