TAG: Climate change

Plant a Tree on Arbor Day

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The recognition of Arbor Day began in 1872 by J. Sterling Morton. The intent of this day was to create awareness of the importance of planting trees. 100 years later, the Arbor Day Foundation was started. This not for profit organization has a focus on conservation, environmental education and the significant role that tree planting plays in both. Trees help to reduce carbon dioxide and promote oxygen in the air. By increasing tree growth where it can be helpful instead of continually cutting down these natural resources, a positive ecological boost is created. The foundation encourages tree planting and inspires… read more

Climate Change Is Not A Hoax

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Before any of this gets started, there must first be made a clarification and acceptance of terms and contexts, otherwise this will tear apart at its seams. First, it must be accepted that United States and United Kingdom media outlets are legitimate, fair, and accurate in their reporting. Second, it must be accepted that climate change deniers and skeptics deserve an equal part of the debate and attention, solely based on their ability to form an idea in their heads, and not on any merit or evidence. Now that’s out of the way, let us continue: It is reprehensible for… read more

Could Climate Change Alter Your Cup of Tea?

Could Climate Change Alter Your Cup of Tea?

As we learn more about climate change and its effects, there is one area that may not readily come to mind: the tea industry. Supposedly, a cup of tea in some areas in China may begin to taste a little different. Climate change and its difference in temperatures and rainfall levels is said to be responsible for altering some agricultural systems, and tea fields may also be susceptible. Other significant changes like antioxidant levels, and even the scent of the tea leaves, are reportedly subject to variances. Researchers from Tufts University are looking into how this favored beverage might be… read more

What Will We Miss When We’re Gone?

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The circle of life. Kicking the bucket. Moving on to the “Great Blue Bayou”. Whatever you call it, we all pass away someday, leaving behind an entire future for our children to explore. Since the human body only lives for 70 – 90 years on average, this doesn’t give us much time to enjoy the world we inhabit. So just what will we miss out on? Vsauce created an extraordinary video showing us how exciting the universe is going to get in the near future (and by near, I mean the next few billion years). The video is a wonderful tool showing… read more

Harsh Reality, Not Theory

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It is no longer excusable for anyone to believe climate change isn’t happening, nor is it excusable to think human activity is not causing it—or at the very least exacerbating natural climate change. For the purposes of this writing, regardless if one denies the existence of climate change or if one denies human activity is responsible for making it worse, they will be coupled together and regarded as a “skeptic.” It was allowable for skeptics to spew their scientifically unfounded opinions on climate change when the effects were just theoretical—no one knew better; it was a theory. However, it is… 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

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

How the Climate is Shaping the Future of Design

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Necessity facilitates innovation, instigating new creations at a progressive speed. Nothing brings about as much need today as that to limit our contribution to climate destruction. One means of doing this persists through the elimination of waste. While waste reduction is often achieved by implementing sensible habits, such as limiting consumption and recycling, there remains an abundance of existing ‘waste’ that needs to be utilized and kept out of landfills. Thus, more designers are using climate change as inspiration to fuel new ideas and concepts in their work. Boutique Designers Existing businesses are implementing greener practices. Additionally, new businesses are… read more

Are We About To Experience Another Ice Age?

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The sun has been unusually quiet recently, and nobody really knows why. Could this possibly be the beginnings of a mini-ice age? The scientific term for the cooling phenomenon is a “Maunder minimum”. Here’s the definition as stated by the Encyclopedia Britannica: Maunder Minimum, an unexplained period of drastically reduced sunspot activity that occurred between 1645 and 1715. When solar activity slows down for lengthy periods of time, our planet’s temperature cools, as the sun is our sole provider of heat. English astronomer Edward Walter Maunder first noticed in 1894 that we’d observed very few sunspots in between 1645 and… read more

The Climate Change Debate Is About To Take A Turn

The Climate Change Debate Is About To Take A Turn

A new report expected on climate change is outlining some interesting and unexpected developments. According to current research findings from climate specialists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the causes of global warming may not be exactly as initially thought. For decades carbon dioxide levels have been on the rise, and greenhouse gasses have remained a staple topic. However, it has been found that average global air temperatures have actually remained fairly stable for 15 years, in spite of the rise in emissions. The new research suggests that cyclic cooling temperatures in the Pacific Ocean can help to explain this. The world’s… read more