Archive for August, 2009

Ozone Story Challenges Science Writers

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

NOAA's announcement on August 28, 2009 that nitrous oxide is replacing chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) as the most abundant ozone-depleting substance emitted by human activities offers a big challenge to science writers. Making sense of ozone and the substances that deplete it is always difficult because the atmospheric chemistry involved is complex. This story is a continuation of the story I tell in Chapter... »

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The Other Important 40th Anniversary

Friday, August 14th, 2009

The Page One Cover Story in the Friday, August 14 issue of USA TODAY, "Woodstock: More of a curiosity than a benchmark in 2009?" (online) is just one among the many such stories newspapers, Web sites, and television and radio networks (including NPR) are running to markĀ ... »

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Ask Jack: Upper Air Temperatures

Sunday, August 9th, 2009

Q: I am trying to find out how many degrees Fahrenheit the temperature decreases with each 1,000 feet of elevation. Thanks for your response. -Harry, Phoenix, Ariz. A: The exact rate at which the temperature changes with elevation differs from day to day and place to place, but I suspect that you are looking for something like an average rate.... »

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