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I just returned from San Francisco where I spent a week at the American Geophysical Union’s fall meeting. With more than 21,000 attendees and tens of thousands of posters and talks, there’s never a shortage of things to see, just a shortage of time to see it all. I did a bit of blogging for What on Earth  this year. Links below:

How Satellites Can Fill the Gaps in Air Quality Maps
Airborne Particles a Threat to Himalayan Glaciers
Dust Storm Triggered Phytoplankton Blooms in the South China Sea
New Project Aims to Predict South Asian Floods
How Shifting Storm Tracks Are Amplifying Climate Change
What Would Pristine Air Mean for the Climate?

As flood waters continue to inundate Thailand and drought parches Texas, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and Goddard Institute for Space Studies Director James Hansen have both released new statements about the connection between extreme weather and climate change. Although linking extreme weather weather to climate change has generated controversy in the past, both of the new reports point plainly to a connection. The IPCC, an international organizational that represents the scientific consensus of hundreds of leading climatologists, put it this way in the executive summary of its new report.

What on Earth, November 2011