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Earth Day Network Organizes 3-Year Climate Literacy Initiative

24 Mar

Earth Day Network is launching a 3-year global climate and environmental literacy campaign.

Earth Day Network (EDN), the global organizer for Earth Day, is launching a three-year campaign for environmental and climate literacy. Its goals are to promote mandatory environmental and climate literacy education, along with civic engagement and sustainable economic development. “We need to build a global citizenry fluent in the concepts of climate change and aware […]

Coastal Cities Will Pay Dearly for Climate Change

15 Mar

Rotterdam is one of the many coastal cities that will be severely impacted by climate change. Some cities will see major effects within just the next 13 years.

Climate change is, as far as the overwhelming majority of scientists and non-scientists alike, a process that is happening and which poses a significant threat to humanity, not to mention our neighbors among other species. According to a study in Frontiers in Marine Science, climate change is going to have a huge cost for coastal […]

Arctic Sea-Ice Loss Won’t Result in Colder European Winters

13 Mar

Arctic sea-ice loss is, surprisingly, not leading to colder winters in Europe, as scientists had expected.

Artic sea-ice loss is a significant side effect of global climate change, and one that is expected to have a number of consequences for the world at large. But one expected consequence, namely colder winters in northern Europe, doesn’t seem like it’s actually going to happen. According to a study from the University of Exeter […]

Climate Change Already Affecting Animal Populations

8 Mar

Climate change is already beginning to affect an array of species, according to a study examining data from northern Europe.

Global climate change is resulting in an increase in the populations of warm-dwelling creatures and a decrease in populations of cooler-dwelling creatures. This is based on research by scientists at the Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre in Germany. In a study that used data from 27 different scientific institutions, state authorities, non-governmental organizations and citizen […]

New Computer Model Predicts Location of Ocean Garbage Patches

24 Feb

ocean garbage patches

Garbage patches form in the world’s oceans when debris starts collecting in one area. It’s a phenomenon that we’ve known about for some time, but are only just starting to understand it. Researchers at the University of Miami Rosentiel School have developed a computer model which can help to explain how debris gets pulled into […]

NASA Mission Investigates Greenland Glacial Melt From the Air

20 Feb

NASA is studying Greenland glacial melt from above.

Greenland’s coastal glaciers are melting, faster than normal, and that has a lot of climate scientists concerned. But until recently, it was hard to know the extent of that melting because researchers simply didn’t have a lot of data about those glaciers. They didn’t even have that much data on the geography of Greenland under […]

Ocean Acidification Helps Microscopic Shell Formation

13 Feb

Ocean acidification could actually be helping foraminifera and other shelled microorganisms, but at what cost?

Although we’ve only been talking about ocean acidification for a relatively short period of time, the acidity of the ocean has increased by 30 percent since 1750. Many creatures are having difficulty adapting to increased ocean acidification, especially coral and shellfish because they use lime to build their shells. In more acidic water, lime dissolves […]

Climate Change Likely Caused Megafauna Extinctions

6 Feb

Climate change, not human activity, was the likely culprit for megafauna extinctions.

While the current changes in the global climate are being caused by human activity, this isn’t the first time that the Earth’s climate has changed in dramatic ways. There have been numerous climactic shifts in Earth’s history, and they have been one of the leading causes of animal and plant extinction, and will likely continue […]

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 […]

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 […]