2014 Warmest On Record; Except for Michigan

In a report issued on January 16, 2015, scientists determined that it was the Earth’s warmest since 1880, according to two separate analyses by NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Since 1880, Earth’s average sIceCoverAvg1973_2013urface temperature has warmed by about 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit (0.8 degrees Celsius), a trend that is largely driven by the increase in carbon dioxide and other human emissions into the planet’s atmosphere. The majority of that warming has occurred in the past three decades.

Michigan and other Great Lakes state experienced a different experience due to an arctic polar vortex setting over the region. This unique weather pattern resulted in close to 90% ice coverage across the Great Lakes.  Currently ice is covering 22% of the lakes.

The temperature analysis incorporates surface temperature measurements from 6,300 weather stations, ship- and buoy-based observations of sea surface temperatures, and temperature measurements from Antarctic research stations.

ThumbWind’s Android App – Updated

Over a year ago the author of this little blog decided it would be cool to try to create a little mobile app. So he did…then promptly forgot about it. Now a year later he was stumbling around in his Google Play account and realized he never published his creation. Its now up and running and available to take up space on your Android.

The app contains content feeds from our posts and an updated Michigan Wind Farms map.

You can download the App in Google Play at this Link.


Why do we Have Fisheries Scientists?


Fishery management by Ontario and the Great Lake states coordinated efforts of respective DNR agencies is under increased pressure by special interests. Resorts and some commercial operations want less diligence in the protection of native species such as lake trout and whitefish. It’s an international concern as Canada and the United States must cooperate in ecosystem management. Here is interesting take on emergency measures taken by Wisconsin.

Originally posted on Dr. Derek H. Ogle:

The Guardian recently posted an article entitled “Fishing quotas defy scientists’ advice” with a caption on an introductory picture that reads

“(t)he 2015 quota for cod is to rise by 5%, though scientific advice suggested it be cut by 20%.”

At the bottom of that article are links to previous articles entitled “EU Fishing Quotas Defy Scientific Advice, Say Conservationists“, “European Fleets Flouting Deep Sea Fishing Quotas, Study Says“, and “Should Ministers Submit to Scientists on Fishing?

At first glance, this may seem like an EU problem.  However, it is a global problem as witnessed by my recent post on “Politicking Bluefin Tuna” (one only need to search on Bluefin Tuna regulations to find a host of examples where scientific evidence has been dismissed and ignored).

Surely it is not a local problem, though.  A quick read of my recent…

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