ACS Climate Science Toolkit

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The American Chemical Society (ACS) has created an online toolkit that enables scientists and the general public to educate themselves on the basic science of climate change.  According to the ACS, the Climate Science Toolkit “is designed to equip you with the information and other resources necessary to develop a robust intellectual structure that can be the basis for your …

Europe Experiences Effects of Climate Change

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The European Environment Agency (EEA) released a report last week on the impacts that climate change is having on all regions of Europe.  The report, entitled Climate change, impacts and vulnerability in Europe 2012, was written and compiled by approximately 50 authors, including the Europe Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. Overall, the report found higher average temperatures across all …

Earth 911 – Recycling Resource

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As climate change continues to be a serious problem that requires immediate attention, it is at times difficult to know how you as an individual can make an impact.  Reducing consumption and reusing items that would other wise be thrown away are two methods to help reduce your carbon footprint.  However, if there are items that can’t be reused, then …

Climate Change and Hurricane Sandy

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As we all know, Hurricane Sandy ripped through the eastern United States last week, wreaking havoc along the way.  Estimates of the damage include at least 40 U.S. deaths, $50 billion in economic losses, 8 million homes without power and the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of people.  With both presidential candidates staying mostly quiet about climate change before the …

The Great Barrier Reef Quickly Disappearing

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The Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) released a new study that reports that the Great Barrier Reef has lost half of its coral cover in just the last 27 years.  This is an astounding rate of loss.  The findings were based on the most comprehensive reef monitoring program available.  This program began broad surveillance of 100 of the reefs …

60 Potential Refrigerant Fluids Identified

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The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has identified 60 substances that may be useful as new refrigerant fluids.  These substances were chosen out of the 56,203 fluids that were tested and considered.  The reason these substances were identified is due to their low climate change potential in addition to low boiling points, which is necessary for use in …

Improving Solar Energy

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While standard solar cells are good at generating electricity, they aren’t as good at generating heat.  However, a researcher at Michigan Technological University has created a solar cell that is good at both making electricity and capturing heat in order to warm your home and your water.  Joshua Pearce, an associate professor of materials science and engineering, teamed up with …

Emperor Penguins Threatened by Melting Ice

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A new study published in the journal Global Change Biology studied the effects of diminishing sea ice on the Emperor penguin population in Terre Adelie, a region in East Antarctic.  The study was led by researchers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI).  Emperor penguins are Antarctica’s largest sea bird, normally standing at almost 4 feet tall.  A disappearance in …

Climate Policy Initiative’s Analysis of GHG Tracking Systems

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Climate Policy Initiative (CPI) recently conducted an analysis of national systems that track emissions and other activities aimed at reducing emissions.  The study focused on four major countries, U.S., Germany, Italy and China, each of whom contribute their fair share of greenhouse gases (GHG) to the atmosphere. CPI is an analysis and advisory organization that assesses, diagnoses, and supports national …

Carbon Dioxide Measurement

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How could we accurately measure changes in anthropogenic carbon dioxide (CO2), if a global treaty mandated specific reductions?  A group of scientists from Harvard University and the University of Utah have recently developed a new strategy for calculating the changes in CO2 concentrations in the air.  Their report was published in the online edition of the Proceedings of the National …