Tue, Nov 25 2008 at 3:00 PM
TRANSITION TO GREEN: While still eight weeks away from becoming president, Obama's in no short supply of advice. Today he received a 391-page report titled "Transition to Green" from a coalition of environmental-advocacy groups laying out their wish list for his first 100 days.
POST-GLACIAL SOCIETY: Tibetan glaciers are melting at a faster rate than scientists expected, which could be bad news for billions of people who rely on them for drinking water.
ACID TEST: In keeping with the "faster than anyone thought" theme, carbon emissions are increasing acidity in the world's oceans 10 times faster than scientists previously thought, which could especially threaten shell-building marine animals, because making shells requires a less acidic environment.
OILY EDITION: Kenya is running mock relief operations off the coast of Somalia in case the ongoing stalemate there among pirates, authorities and Islamic militias ends with damage to the hijacked Saudi supertanker. Its 2 million barrels of crude oil could have a devastating effect, spreading for miles and possibly spoiling Kenya's beaches and marine national parks.
THE BELLOW PAGES: Researchers are using mobile phones to spy on koalas in Australia, hoping to decipher the meanings of the animals' beguiling bellows that fill the night. They plan to glean information for conserving koalas from their calls.
'SHOCK AND TRANCE' MODE: Andrew Revkin writes in the NYT's Dot Earth blog about the cycles of "shock" and "trance" in public concern over global warming. It's a fascinating, pithy overview of our evolving perception of human-induced climate change.
MAKING TRACKS: Scientists have discovered a grape-sized single-cell marine animal that leaves tracks on the ocean floor when it rolls, explaining a long-running mystery about what created fossilized tracks during an era before multicellular animals existed.
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