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Les climats en France

Fiche exposés : Les climats en France

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AU: Permian-Triassic Boundary notorious for being the most devastating extinction event in the planets history (95% of life wiped out in a geological blink). It is located at Austinmer, a coastal suburb between Sydney & Wollongong

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Pallas's cat (Otocolobus manul), also called the manul, Pallas cat, Asian cat, is a small wild cat having a broad but patchy distribution in the grasslands and montane steppe of Central Asia. The species is negatively affected by habitat degradation, prey base decline, and hunting, and has therefore been classified as Near Threatened by IUCN since 2002

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from Dot Earth Blog

Scientists Call for Practical Steps to Smooth Humanity's Journey

NYT article: Scientists Call for Practical Steps to Smooth Humanity’s Journey planetunderpressure2012.net - was 4 day conference exploring how science can identify and limit risks in the face of increasing human impacts on the Earth -- article has video of Sir John Beddington, the science adviser to the British government - with his perspective on the challenges of sustaining a thriving planet -- insightful Debategraph mapping issues and options explored at the meeting

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New Study Shows How Climate Change Is Already Reshaping The Earth... About 5.7% of the global total land area has shifted toward warmer and drier climate types from 1950–2010, and significant changes include expansion of arid and high-latitude continental climate zones, shrinkage in polar and mid-latitude continental climates. | ThinkProgress

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Jurassic Period: 201 MYA-145 Mya); end of Triassic to beginning of Cretaceous; middle period of Mesozoic Era; age of reptiles; start of period marked by Triassic-Jurassic extinction event; supercontinent Pangaea beginning to rift into 2 landmasses, Laurasia and Gondwana; created more coastlines and shifted continental climate from dry to humid; many arid deserts replaced by lush rain forests

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Each color band represents a 30-year mean temperature found on each continent. Their choice of data visualization method is very compelling, and visualizes a huge amount of data in a small space. Source: http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/04/22/study-charts-2000-years-of-continental-climate-changes/

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from NYTimes.com

Study Charts 2,000 Years of Continental Climate Changes

A chart from a new study of temperature changes over the continents through 2,000 years. The colors denote the extent of warming or cooling (key at right). The bars denote 30-year periods during which the mean temperature was calculated. (Larger version)

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