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Submission + - US Plans 'National Climate Service' 1

Standing Bear writes: "NPR reports that 140 years after the creation of the National Weather Service, the US government is proposing the creation of a similar service that will provide long-term projections of how climate will change. "We are actually getting millions of requests a year already about: How should coastal cities plan for sea-level rise? How should various other agencies in the federal government or in state governments make plans for everything from roads to managing water supplies?" says NOAA Administrator Dr. Jane Lubchenco. "And a lot of that is going to be changing as the climate changes." Under the plan, the new NOAA Climate Service would incorporate some of the agency's existing laboratories and research programs, including the National Climatic Data Center, the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory and the National Weather Service's Historical Climate Network. Meanwhile, as plans for the new climate service shape up, NOAA launched a new Web site,, designed to provide access to a wide range of climate information, from links to federal reports to a "dashboard" that allows visitors to examine climatic conditions for any year between 1880 and 2009. "American citizens, businesses and governments — from local to federal — must be able to rise to the challenges that lie ahead," adds Lubchenco. "And that's where NOAA's climate service will prove absolutely invaluable.""

Comment Re:Newspapers Place in Our Society (Score 1) 488

Like I said elsewhere, it's not a question of whether we pay journalists or not. The question is who pays journalists. If Newspapers can't make an Ad driven model work for their online content, that's a problem with their business model. But it's not like people who read free online content are depriving journalists of food and rent - instead, the costs are just getting passed on to the ad agencies, who are paying for the content to be produced so they can put their "Corona Light" ads smack in the middle of things.

I don't necessarily think that high-quality content costs that much more to produce. Instead, I think NYT has a terrible business mechanism that is trapped too much 30 years ago to capitalize on emerging media.

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