TAG: Global warming

Burn Out

Burn Out

Candles are a favorite relaxing decoration for many homes, creating warm low lighting or emitting aromatic scents through the room. For more than decoration, this line of home interior also has a message. From Gentle Giants Studio, their collection of candles called BERGY BIT have been designed to mimic the effects of global warming. The name comes from the scientific definition for the process of when glacier breaks apart and another smaller one is created. As the candle burns it changes shape and resembles a melting iceberg. They were made for BOZU Italian Workshop Design and come in 3 scents. Deep Sea… read more

Melting Permafrost Could Release A Super Virus

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Recently, a giant virus was discovered in Siberian permafrost. The virus in question had been frozen for nearly 30,000 years, but had come to light when its frosty cocoon melted. Luckily, the virus strain — Pithovirus sibericum — is not harmful to humans. Giant viruses were discovered 10 years ago in the U.K. What differentiates them from regular viruses is the fact that they can be viewed under visible light microscopes, which is a terrifying prospect. When scientists revived the giant virus from the Siberian permafrost, it caused an infection, meaning it had been perfectly preserved under the ice. Researchers worry… read more

Harsh Reality, Not Theory

Harsh Reality Not Theory

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

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

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

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

What Did People Wear Ages Ago?

What Did People Wear Ages Ago?

Turns out, tunics may have been the style of choice during 230 and 390 A.D. A tunic was unearthed in Norway, discovered in a bundle in an area used for hunting, surfacing from the Lendbreen glacier at about 6,560 feet above sea level. Actually discovered in 2011, the unique find has just now been revealed to the public. Experts used a carbon dating process to determine what time period the fabric originated from and stated that the garment is about 1,700 years old, predating the Viking era. The tunic features a boat neck opening and is made to be loose fitting. Displaying… read more

Food For The Future

Food For The Future

In 2011, the Environmental Working Group released a report comparing the environmental impacts of various protein sources. The study found that lamb, beef, cheese, pork, and farmed salmon are the worst for the environment in terms of greenhouse gases produced. With the exception of farmed salmon, they also require the most inputs (feed, fuel, water, pesticides, chemical fertilizers, etc.) and generate the most manure. Turkey, chicken, canned tuna, and eggs also scored highly for greenhouse gas emissions. Where do all these greenhouse gas emissions come from? A lot of this pollution is caused by feed production and the nitrogen dioxide… read more

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

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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

Homemade Hairspray

Homemade Hairspray

Use of commercial hairspray is known to cause considerable damage to the environment. Hairspray contains volatile organic compounds, known as VOCs. These include chlorine, fluorine, and carbon, or CFC’s. Just a few sprays send these chemicals up to the ozone, where they will break apart thousands of ozone particles. This damage reduces our protection from UV rays and will eventually lead to global warming. That’s a pretty potent blow coming from 15km or so below. Hairspray’s immediate damage is found in its negative effects on your health. The formaldehyde found in many commercial hairsprays can lead to migraines, low blood… read more