Envision a world with a warming climate. What does it look like? Warmer weather all-year-round? Less snow during the winter? Maybe no winter at all? More snow during the winter months probably isn’t the first thing that would come to mind while picturing a warmer climate; however, record-breaking snowstorms have been one of the many … More Why has there been so much snow in the U.S. if the overall climate is warming?
It is easy to fall into the trap of thinking of climate change as something that is happening somewhere else and which won’t directly affect us as individuals. We know about the threats to animal species and rising sea levels and change in crop production, but since we are not involved with these sectors, it … More How Climate Change Affects Everyone
Scientists writing a study published in the journal Nature were surprised that levels of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) in the atmosphere weren’t decreasing at the normal rates. CFCs do a lot of damage to the ozone layer that protects the Earth from UV light from the Sun, so they were banned internationally by the Montreal Protocol—but somehow, … More Study points to CFC production
Climate change and monarchs Monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) are being threatened by the early arrival of spring in Texas, according to an article from Yale Climate Connections. As climate change has made spring come earlier, monarchs have begun migrating before the milkweed plants in the rest of the country have grown enough to support the … More Monarch Butterflies and Our Changing Climate
A recent study published in the journal Current Biology and led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), entitled ‘Environmental Warming and Feminization of One of the Largest Sea Turtle Populations in the World,’ found that 99% of Green Sea Turtles born along the east coast of Queensland, Australia, were female. This natural phenomenon, the … More Climate Change Leading to the Feminization of Turtles
Photosynthesis — the planet altering cellular process you likely learned about in school at various points. While some of us might be fuzzy on the details since we learned it, many researchers are trying to understand how we can manipulate the process to combat climate change. For example, our featured scientist from December reprograms plant cells to be better and faster … More Tree Growth and Carbon Sequestration
In August of 2016, during the last months of his presidency, Obama used his executive power to quadruple the size of the Papahanaumokuakea (pronounced “Papa-ha-now-moh-koo-ah-kay-ah”) Marine National Monument in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Originally created by President George W. Bush, the national monument is now the largest ecologically protected area on the planet at roughly 582,578 square … More New leader, same land.