Phil Plait dumps on Global Warming Deniers

No, we do not have a “record level of arctic sea ice in the modern era”   Phil Plait has the details (and a good video) here:

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2013/09/20/arctic_sea_ice_what_s_really_going_on.html

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Oregon Dead Zone – sign of global warming?

In a story on Wired News we find that a region of oxygen-depleted ocean water (with 1/6 normal oxygen levels) has returned off the Oregon coast for the sixth year in a row.

“It does, indeed, appear to be the new normal,” said Jane Lubchenco, professor of marine biology at Oregon State University. “The fact that we are seeing six in a row now tells us that something pretty fundamental has changed about conditions off of our coast.”