TAG: Climate change

The Solar Powered Tank

Student-built solar powered tank

Watch this solar-powered tank as it explores Greenland. Created by students of Goddard engineering bootcamp, a future iteration will eventually be used by NASA to study climate change phenomenon…

The Arctic Region Breaking Records

Arctic Report Card

According to the Arctic Report Card  of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) the Arctic region continued to break records in 2012. None of those records bode well for the future of the region. Loss of summer sea ice, loss of spring snow cover, and melting of the Greenland ice sheet were all recorded. This was true even though air temperatures in the Arctic were unremarkable relative to the last decade, according to a new report released on December 5th. A record-breaking 141 authors from 15 countries contributed to the peer-reviewed report. Major findings of this year’s report include:… read more

Your Idea for Solving the Climate Crisis Could Win $10,000

Climate CoLab

An online forum from MIT, called Climate CoLab, provides a place where people can create proposals for solutions for dealing with climate change, in essence harnessing the collective intelligence of people across the world to work toward climate solutions. And it’s also a place where the best idea gets a $10,000 award and an invitation to present their proposal at conference at MIT. The contest from Climate CoLab breaks down the complex problem of climate change into a series of more related sub-problems, which are simpler to address than the overarching subject of climate change as a whole. People can… read more

Health Needs in the Future

Climate Change

When climate change is discussed, no matter at what level, the primary concern is rising temperatures and the impact that will have on the environment. This is justified as rising temperatures are by far the most pertinent aspect of climate change which must be addressed. However, climate change is not exempt from the “focus problem”, wherein the smaller facets of an issue are ignored, usually unintentionally, due to the stronger focus on a large aspect of the issue. People frequently respond to a large scale issue with more determination, which is why it makes sense to present an argument in that… read more

Teaching Kids About Migratory Birds

Teaching Kids About Migratory Birds

Kids love to learn about wildlife, and offering experiences that revolve around the outdoors provides motivation to learn more about the natural world. The actions of migratory birds offer an interesting study of how animals interact with the environment. Investigating hummingbirds can provide attention-grabbing lessons about these roaming creatures. There are around 340 different types of hummingbirds which can be found in the Western Hemisphere, throughout the North and South Americas. Most are tropic residing, with some having a preference for spending their summers in North America, and colder days in tropical climates. Hummingbirds use up enormous amounts of energy,… read more

97% of Peer-Reviewed Climate Papers Agree on Human-Caused Global Warming

97percent

Talking to the average layman, you might think that human-caused climate change is a debatable topic, but when talking to actual climate scientists, there is an overwhelming amount of agreement on it. A meta-analysis of thousands of climate papers that expressed a position on anthropogenic global warming found that over 97% of them endorsed the theory of human-caused global warming. That finding runs contrary to public perceptions of climate change, according to lead author John Cook: “There is a gaping chasm between the actual consensus and the public perception.” – Cook A poll taken in 2012 by the US Pew… read more

The Most Beautiful Video on Earth

NASA ISS Earth at night

The world celebrates Earth Day today, the 22nd of April, with over one billion people taking part, according to Earth Day Network. The theme this year is ‘The Face of Climate Change’, and the idea is that we are all affected in some way by climate change. The impacts are real, not only on the natural environment, but also on people from all walks of life. If you need another reason to celebrate, here’s one. Watch this incredible montage of night-time images from the International Space Station, as produced by Knate Myers. Image Source

Getting Schooled on Climate Change

Getting Schooled on Climate Change

Global warming – is it or isn’t it? That seems to be the question a lot lately. Researchers have been following a 1600 year old ice formation and have been documenting its downgrading. It has taken only 25 years for this massive landmark to melt. According to scientists, the effects of global warming have played the major role in melting the massive glacial structure in the Andes, the Quelccaya Ice Cap. Remarkably, researchers acquired and studied samples of the ice structure’s core. They were able to inspect plant life as well as unearth discoveries about the climate spanning almost the… read more

What is Earth Day?

Earth Day

The observance of Earth Day began in the U.S. in 1970 as a way for individuals to gather in response to the growing interest in a national environmental movement. Escalating concerns for ecological awareness in both the personal and political arenas were amplified by many during this time. A bit of history from The Old Farmer’s Almanac recounted that proactive John McConnell from California and Gaylord Nelson, then Senator of Wisconsin, both opened the gates for exchange in their local areas. They initiated people to gather together in order to demonstrate their unity over environmental issues. The spring equinox on… read more

The Great Arctic Cyclone

NASA

The Great Arctic Cyclone roared out of Siberia last August alerting storm watchers something unusual was taking place. While similar storms are quite common in the Arctic the most powerful of them tend to come in the winter. A study published by Geophysical Research Letters, looking at no fewer than 19,625 Arctic storms, concluded that the Great Cyclone was the most extreme summer storm. It was the 13th most powerful storm since modern satellite observations began in 1979. On August 2nd, 2012 a dramatic storm formed over Siberia, moved into the Arctic, and died in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago on… read more