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Writer Fuel: “Doomsday Glacier” Hemorrhaging Ice

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Antarctica’s so-called Doomsday Glacier is losing ice at its fastest rate in 5,500 years, raising concerns about the ice sheet’s future and the possibility of catastrophic sea level rise caused by the frozen continent’s melting ice. The finding comes from a study of prehistoric sea-deposits found on the shores surrounding the “doomsday” Thwaites Glacier and … Read more

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WRITER FUEL: Climate Change Updates

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Here are a bunch of recent climate change updates you may have missed, for all the cli-fi writers out there: When did scientists first warn humanity about climate change?Climate change warnings are coming thick and fast from scientists; thousands have signed a paper stating that ignoring climate change would yield “untold suffering” for humanity, and … Read more

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WRITER FUEL: Storing and Care of Renewable Energy

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Renewable-energy storage is important to help humanity reduce its dependence on fossil fuels such as oil and coal, which produce carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases that cause climate change. Harnessing the power of the sun with solar panels and utilizing wind power with wind turbines are two common ways to generate renewable energy. But … Read more

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WRITER FUEL: Old Trees Are a Genetic Lifeline for Forests

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Ancient trees, the venerable sentinels of forests, may preserve genetic diversity that helps woodlands thrive for thousands of years, a new study suggests. In a typical deciduous forest, the oldest of the old trees — many of which were standing during the First Crusade — can act almost like time-travelers, representing the forest as it … Read more

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WRITER FUEL: Weather Control 101

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Welcome to the latest installment of “Writer Fuel – cool real-world stories that might inspire your little writer heart. Check out our Writer Fuel page on the LimFic blog for more inspiration. Today:  Geoengineering is the term used to describe the manipulation of weather to combat the effects of global warming, according to the Oxford … Read more

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WRITER FUEL: Black Box to record Earth’s Demise for Whatever Comes Next

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Welcome to the latest installment of “Writer Fuel – cool real-world stories that might inspire your little writer heart. Check out our Writer Fuel page on the LimFic blog for more inspiration. Today:  Every commercial flight you have ever taken has been recorded. Every tug on the yoke and every adjustment of the throttle has … Read more

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WRITER FUEL: How the Lunar “Wobble” Could Amplify Rising Sea Levels

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Welcome to the latest installment of “Writer Fuel – cool real-world stories that might inspire your little writer heart. Check out our Writer Fuel page on the LimFic blog for more inspiration. Today:   Coastal communities in the United States, be forewarned. A “dramatic” surge in high-tide floods is just over a decade away in the … Read more

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WRITER FUEL: What’s Sleeping Under the Arctic Permafrost?

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As climate change warms the Arctic, melting ice could release hazardous chemicals and radioactive material dating to the Cold War. Vanishing permafrost could also free viruses and bacteria that have slumbered beneath Arctic ice for tens of thousands of years, a new study shows. By poring over historical records and past studies on contamination, the … Read more

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WRITER FUEL: We’ll probably Survive Climate Change – As a Species

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We’re launching a brand new feature on Liminal Fiction – “Writer Fuel – cool real-world stories that might inspire your little writer heart. Today:  The impacts of climate change are here with soaring temperatures, stronger hurricanes, intensified floods and a longer and more severe wildfire season. Scientists warn that ignoring climate change will yield “untold … Read more

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Writer Fuel: How Much Heat Can a Body Take?

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We’re launching a brand new feature on Liminal Fiction – “Writer Fuel – cool real-world stories that might inspire your little writer heart. Today: With climate change causing temperatures to rise across the globe, extreme heat is becoming more and more of a health threat. The human body is resilient, but it can only handle … Read more