Archive | January, 2017

Ex-National Park Employee Incites “Climate Facts” Twitter Rebellion

30 Jan

These are some of the tweets from Badlands National Park's account. They were quickly deleted, but the internet is forever.

There has been a lot of talk about government social media accounts and the current administration. The issues apparently began when the Department of the Interior’s National Park Service retweeted a photo comparing the audience of President Obama’s inauguration ceremony with the audience of the current president’s inauguration ceremony. In response to that, and the […]

Are We Using the Right Date Range for Pre-Industrial Climate Records?

27 Jan

Scientists are starting to question whether we are using the proper date range for the pre-industrial period when measuring climate change.

In today’s climate studies, researchers define the pre-industrial period as being between 1850 and 1900. The trouble with that date range is, the Industrial Revolution began in Britain in the late 1700s and was in high gear throughout the western world by 1850. In fact, industrial development was at its peak during the years that […]

Researchers Looking For the Best Algae For Biofuels

25 Jan

Researchers are looking for the best algae to use as biofuels.

Biofuel is a renewable alternative energy source that, while it’s catching on, is nowhere close to replacing petroleum. One reason for that is the cost of growing the algae used to produce some of those biofuels. This is where a new project at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory comes in. The team […]

Massive 2015 Sandstorm Caused by Climate Change

23 Jan

A massive sandstorm in Syria was caused by climate change, not the ongoing conflict in the area as previously suggested.

In August of 2015, a massive sandstorm covered seven nations in the Middle East, closing ports, canceling flights, killing several, and causing thousands of injuries. At the time, many news outlets posited that the storm was the result of the Syrian Civil War. While that may sound far-fetched, they argued that increased use of military […]

Rising Temperatures Mean Declining Insect Populations

20 Jan

Rising temperatures are leading to declining insect populations, according to a recent study done on fruit flies.

Rising temperatures are already starting to affect insect populations, especially in high-latitude regions such as northern Europe, where they are apparently less capable of adapting. Increased temperatures aren’t killing insects outright, but they are damaging young in such a way that those young insects, upon growing up, are less capable of reproducing, resulting in declining […]

Researchers Find Way to Sequester Carbon Dioxide in Crystals

18 Jan

Scientists have recently discovered a way to sequester carbon dioxide from air.

While working a system to remove contaminants from water, scientists at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory stumbled on a system to remove carbon dioxide from air, by storing it in crystals. The crystals are formed when a synthetic guanidine in water is exposed to air. “When we left an aqueous solution of the guanidine open […]

Burying Fossil Fuels Helped Keep Oxygen in the Atmosphere

16 Jan

Burying fossil fuels helped keep oxygen in the atmosphere.

The creation of fossil fuels may have helped kick off the evolution of animal life on the planet. Why? Animals need oxygen, not just to breathe but also to process energy from food. But large amounts of carbon in the form of plant material were left on the surface of the earth for billions of […]

Sundrop Farms Produces Tomatoes Using Solar Energy, Desalinated Water

13 Jan

Sundrop Farms produces tomatoes using solar energy and desalinated water.

Sundrop Farms has just made history. The Australian company is the first agribusiness to grow tomatoes using solar power and desalinated water. This marks a major turning point in sustainable agriculture. It proves that crops can be harvested on a mass scale with minimal environmental impact. It’s a story of faith, resilience, and unwavering determination. […]

Changing Climate Means Changing Flood Threat

11 Jan

Flood threat levels around the United States are changing, according to a new study from the University of Iowa.

Flood threat levels around the United States are changing, according to a new study from the University of Iowa. Across the northern half of the country, the risk of floods is rising, while in the southern half it is declining. This is due in part to the amount of groundwater in those regions. The Midwest, […]

China to Invest $361 Billion In Renewable Power Generation

9 Jan

China is set to invest billions in renewable energy in order to combat pollution.

It’s long been known that Beijing is one of the most polluted cities in the world. A recent time-lapse video of smog rolling in over the city proved that point in no uncertain terms. But now it looks like China is getting ready to tackle that issue head on. On January 5, Reuters reported that […]