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Melting Ice Slows Down Ocean Circulation

The Atlantic conveyor belt is a system of ocean currents including the Gulf Stream that bring warm temperatures and important nutrients to the waters off East Coast America and Western Europe. But as global warming melts ice in Greenland, the influx of fresh water could shut the system down altogether, which could spell trouble for the ocean and the economy.

What a Record-Low Snowpack Means for Summer in the Northwest

Snowpack is important for summer life in the Northwestin the winter, it accumulates on mountaintops and as temperatures rise, snowmelt recharges water systems and generates hydropower throughout the region. This year, snowpacks are at record lows and many fear that this supply wont be enough to last throughout the drought season. But as EarthFixs Ashley Ahearn reports, its not time to hit the panic button just yet.

Beyond the Headlines

In this weeks trip beyond the headlines, Peter Dykstra discusses Japans refusal to eat whale meat contaminated by toxic chemicals that bio-accumulate in the ocean food chain. Also, more evidence of the governor of Floridas alleged antipathy to climate change-related words, and President Obamas ill-timed confidence in the safety of offshore oil rigs.

Defending Darwin

The University of Kentucky, is located in the heart of the Bible Belt, a region with many Fundamentalist Christians who are skeptical of the theory of evolution. Today, Jim Krupa is a biology professor at UK who has taught evolution to thousands of students, some of whom believe that the idea of evolution, as posited by Charles Darwin, is fraudulent and the Earth and its creatures are only about 6000 years old. Prof. Krupa says that despite opposition from some students, hes following in the footsteps of UK educators who have defended academic freedom and scientific fact.