Water Aid Project Takes Man Across Earth

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To raise awareness for Water Aid, independent filmmaker Graham Hughes traveled across the globe on a teeny-tiny budget, filming his adventure. As part of the trip, Graham didn’t travel by plane, rather, he hopped on trains, buses, cars, bikes, and walked to each destination. After it was all said and done, he made a video showing what every country on earth looks like for one second. Check it out below: Water Aid is a charity based in the U.K. that partners with local water sources to deliver aid to drought-suffering areas, and other services. Graham will soon be preparing a… read more

Weather Channel Explores Tipping Points of Climate Change

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We all know there’s a big issue for our planet with the connections between carbon emissions and climate change, but unfortunately, until it really hits us where we live, we may not pay too close attention to it. But even if climate change isn’t directly affecting our lives right now in our neighborhoods, there are places on Earth that are in a near-crisis state due to the effects of climate change. In order to call attention to those places, and how it can affect lives and livelihoods, the Weather Channel is launching a new TV series, called Tipping Points, that… read more

Experiments For Kids

Solar Science Experiments For Kids

Kids soak up learning just like solar panels soak up the sun. Invest in their learning with science experiments that will teach them about how solar energy works. Children love hands on activities, and the following are great ways to incorporate instruction with fun. One way to put perspective into how solar energy can operate at home is to do a site evaluation. Have kids explore their outdoor area to see which spots in the yard get the most amount of sun, looking for things that may affect how much sunlight hits different areas. Have them observe things like trees or… read more

25 Largest Man-Made Environmental Disasters

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Chernobyl, the Exxon-Valdez oil spill, the Three-Mile Island explosion, and more. How well do you know your history regarding man-made environmental disasters? Educational YouTube channel ‘List 25’ has created a top 25 list that’s sure to leave you wondering how it’s possible for humanity to have screwed up so many different things all around the same time-period. What did you think? How many of those did you already know, and how many were new? It’s a sad fact, but in the next 50 years, most of those will likely be replaced by disasters we’ve yet to experience.

The Atmosphere Has A Recycling Washing Machine

The Atmosphere Has A Recycling Washing Machine

The atmosphere’s ability to recycle pollutants is being compared to a washing machine that can recycle the detergent from the wash cycle, and then use it again when the area needs a good cleaning. Troposphere research specialists from the Institute of Energy and Climate Research in Jülich, Germany found that radicals are actually recycled in an atmospheric stage called isoprene degradation. The researchers were able to effectively show that isoprene, a naturally occurring hydrocarbon, can be broken down, or cleansed, by hydroxyl radicals. These radicals are referred to as the atmosphere’s cleansing agents that are capable of reducing isoprene, which… read more

When Science And Art Come Together

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Science doesn’t always have to be visualized as the crunching of numbers and data, or a lab full of beakers and white coats. In fact, science is actually quite beautiful (as anyone who’s ever studied science says, “duh!”). Thanks to Fabian Oefner and TED, we have these stunning images of science in action. Check them out: A combustion of alcohol. Sound coming from the surface of speakers. Ferrofluid is a magnetic fluid that looks like this when combined with a magnetic surface and watercolor paint. A beautiful mixture of liquid and spray paint hanging in mid-air. Oil marbles sitting in… read more

Carbon Emissions Explained with LEGO

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We know there’s something important to understand about carbon emissions, but sometimes the way that it’s addressed leaves a lot to be desired, unless you’re ready to do some research on your own. For instance, the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), called Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis, states that if we want to be able to limit global warming to less than 2°C (as compared to historical levels), we need to stay within a strict carbon budget, keeping our cumulative CO2 emissions from human-based activities to less than 840 gigatonnes of carbon (GtC)…. read more

Making Music

Making Music

Researchers have been taking a deeper look into medical issues that affect aging populations, like Alzheimer’s disease. Those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in the U.S. are projected to increase by threefold in the next few decades, rising to 13.8 million individuals aged 65 and older that will potentially have the disease, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. It is known that being physically and mentally active can help with forms of dementia, and a lot of attention has been directed toward musical ability and activity as a beneficial factor in therapy. Many studies have shown that musicians might have an advantage in cognitive… read more

Is Global Cooling the Next Environmental Trend?

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As with all arguments of a scientific nature, it depends on who you listen to. Only in this case, both sides can be found as having emerged, more or less, from the same source. New research suggests that, without Geo-engineering on a massive scale, global warming will be irreversible. In spite of our efforts, it is not enough for us to switch to carbon neutral practices, we’ll have to remove massive quantities of carbon dioxide from the earth’s atmosphere if we wish to tackle climate change. Initiatives for doing so include soot reduction, iron fertilization of the oceans, and carbon… read more

How We Need Our World

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Conservation psychology is the study of the connection between human beings and the environment. Possibly a lesser known discipline than other areas in the psychological realm, there is an intense focus on ecosystems, renewable resources and conservancy in this particular field. Influenced by, but not to be confused with environmental psychology, it looks at how the natural world affects our mental and physical health. This branch of psychology is not afraid to address that human actions are to be attributed to many environmental issues. It further states that current behaviors need to be modified according to the natural balance intended… read more