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Golden Snowball: The race is on for the Golden Snowball Award, given to the upstate New York city with the most snowfall in a season, with Syracuse in the lead so far with about 70 inches [178 centimeters] of snow.
Solar Parks: The Obama administration has proposed using public lands in six western states for utility-scale solar farms.
Big Bird Count: The National Audubon Society's annual Christmas bird count is underway. The volunteer event runs until Jan. 5. [Related: Birders Rejoice: Library Puts Avian Calls, Photos and Maps Online. ]
Adventurer Awards: National Geographic has named its nominees for 2010 Adventurer of the Year. Meet them and cast your vote. [Related: 9-Year-Old to Summit Everest, Illegally .]
So Long, Suburbs: Maps released this week highlight the consequences of climate change for one Australian suburb. One-in-100 year floods could become annual events there, the maps suggest.
Previously on Our Daily Planet: Freezing Weather and #AGU10