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Latest and Breaking Atmospheric Science News

NASA's Terra satellite sees Tropical Cyclone Glenda stretching out
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA's Terra satellite revealed that Tropical Cyclone Glenda was being stretched out by wind shear on Feb. 27.

JRC Annual Report 2014 is now available
(European Commission Joint Research Centre) The Annual Report giving an overview of the JRC work in 2014 has been published. It provides highlights of research activities carried out over the year in support of the main EU policies. Topics include economic and monetary union; innovation, growth and jobs; digital agenda; energy and transport; environment and climate change; agriculture and global food security; security and disaster risk reduction; health and consumer protection and nuclear safety and security.

PNAS announces six 2014 Cozzarelli Prize recipients
(Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences) The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Editorial Board has selected six papers published by PNAS in 2014 to receive the Cozzarelli Prize.

The sun has more impact on the climate in cool periods
(Aarhus University) The activity of the Sun is an important factor in the complex interaction that controls our climate. New research now shows that the impact of the Sun is not constant over time, but has greater significance when the Earth is cooler.

Africa, from a CATS point of view
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) From Saharan dust storms to icy clouds to smoke on the opposite side of the continent, the first image from NASA's newest cloud- and aerosol-measuring instrument provides a profile of the atmosphere above Africa.

Economic models provide insights into global sustainability challenges
(Purdue University) Using models that blend global economics, geography, ecology and environmental sciences is essential to understanding how changes in trade and natural systems in one part of the world affect those in another, a review concludes.

NASA sees the Tropical Cyclone Glenda away from land
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA's Aqua satellite gathered infrared data on the Southern Indian Ocean's Tropical Cyclone Glenda that showed powerful thunderstorms circling the storm's center.

Better genes for better (more adaptable) beans
(Botanical Society of America) Out of thousands of legume species, only a few are used in mainstream agriculture. Among the underutilized legume species are crops that can tolerate poor soil with limited water. A new genetic resource identifying over 30,000 genes and nearly 3,000 genetic markers will help researchers link genetic sequences to traits found in legumes that thrive in harsh environmental conditions. This study, published in Applications in Plant Sciences, marks a new, valuable genetic resource for Fabaceae.

Pollution is driving force behind growth of nuisance algal scums, study finds
(University of Nottingham) Potentially toxic microbes which pose a threat to our drinking water have undergone a dramatic population explosion over the last 200 years as a result of pollution, research involving experts from The University of Nottingham has found.

Interaction of Atlantic and Pacific oscillations caused 'false pause' in warming
(Penn State) The recent slowdown in climate warming is due, at least in part, to natural oscillations in the climate, according to a team of climate scientists, who add that these oscillations represent variability internal to the climate system. They do not signal any slowdown in human-caused global warming.

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