Nuclear War Could Ignite ‘Global Food Crisis’

I recently absorbed some alarming information on nuclear weapons and the catastrophic global impact of even a small-scale nuclear war… For starters, a very interesting article in The New Yorker focused on three Plowshares peace activists, including an 82-year-old nun, who easily broke into the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Y-12 is the nation’s sole industrial complex where weapons-grade uranium is fabricated and stored, according to the article by Eric Schlosser… Lastly, I looked at a recent study by Lili Xia and Alan Robock of Rutgers University and several others on the potential impact of a regional nuclear war between India and Pakistan… I talked with Robock, a Wall resident, meteorologist and distinguished professor in Rutgers University’s Department of Environmental Sciences, this morning. He said the researchers calculated that a nuclear war between India and Pakistan, involving 50 nuclear weapons apiece, would generate 6.5 million tons of black soot.

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Our Rutgers, Our Future Campaign “Thank You” Video

Our Rutgers, Our Future, the university’s seven-and-a-half-year campaign came to a formal close on December 31, 2014, raising a record-setting $1,037,056,700. In announcing the availability of the campaign’s final report, Rutgers President Robert Barchi said, “These funds will enable Rutgers to act on the vision developed by faculty, students, staff, alumni, and friends and expressed in our University Strategic Plan for what Rutgers can become: one of the nation’s finest public research universities—preeminent in research, excellent in teaching, and committed to community.”

Video: Thanks a Billion

SEBS faculty members Peter Gillies, founding director of the New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health, Larry Katz, director of Rutgers Cooperative Extension, and Karyn Malinowski, director of the Rutgers Equine Science Center are featured saying “Thank You” to the donors who believed in and supported this historic Rutgers campaign. View the Thank You video above.

Arctic Sea Ice is at its Lowest

The spring and summer melt season is officially on for Arctic sea ice, and it’s not off to a good start. The 2015 melt season will start with a record low maximum ice extent… According to scientists at the National Snow and Ice Data Center, sea ice extent was 425,000 square miles below the 1981-2010 average. That’s the equivalent of 1.6 times the size of Texas (the largest state in the Lower 48) or 411 Rhode Islands (the smallest state). No matter how you measure it, it represents a huge missing chunk of ice… This year’s record low maximum for winter sea ice in the Arctic doesn’t guarantee another record low minimum when summer rolls around in August. But it is cause for concern and provides a clear sign of how the planet is changing as the Earth warms… "The fact that we’re starting the melt season with low- maybe record low- winter extent cannot be good," Jennifer Francis, a Rutgers University Arctic researcher, said in an email right before the records came in.

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Pair Encouraged Autistic Man to Plunge in Icy Ocean

Battered by waves off Manasquan, in frigid water over his head, the 19-year-old autistic, diabetic Howell man struggled to make it back to shore- while two other young men laughingly taped him with a cellphone as he fought to stay alive. The men, Drake said, had egged him into accepting a dare on Feb. 25: Plunge into the icy waters of the Atlantic and stay there for a minute, in exchange for $20 and two packs of cigarettes… Drake took the dare, but it almost cost him his life. The pair took him onto a jetty and told him to jump. Once in the icy water, his insulin pump froze. Drake said he’s still not sure how he made it back to shore… The temperature in the vicinity of Manasquan at 5 p.m. on Feb. 25 was 35 degrees Fahrenheit, but it felt like 28 to 31 degrees Fahrenheit with the wind chill, according to David Robinson, New Jersey state climatologist at Rutgers University. The temperature of the ocean was 30 degrees that day, he said.

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Temps in Morris May Hit the ’60s on Thursday

Spring will make a brief appearance on Thursday, with temperatures expected to rise into the low ’60s in Morris County. The welcome warmth will be a mixed blessing however, as it will bring with it showers and possibly even thunderstorms… And the reprieve will be short-lived, as another cold front moves in on Friday when daytime temperatures are expected to drop to about 49 during the day and 30 degrees at night, according to the National Weather Service… "Thursday temperatures will be a bit of an aberration," says David A. Robinson, the New Jersey state climatologist at Rutgers University. "The outlook for the next two weeks is for below-average temperatures." At this time of year, he says, temperatures are usually in the low ’50s.

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