Category Archives: Energy

Energy, Heat and Global Warming

By Daniel Brouse and Sidd Mukherjee for Sidd’s Science Center I ask: Is there anything humans do with energy that results in less heat? For example, furnaces generate heat, refrigerators generate heat, light bulbs generate heat, computers, cars, fans and even air conditioners create more heat. Is there anything that we do that has a […]

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Carbon Offsetting and Reduction

The United Nations has initiated the first “worldwide” pollution tax. The International Civil Aviation Organization’s global carbon offsetting system is aimed at slowing the growth of emissions from commercial flights. Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) The role of a global MBM scheme is to complement a broader basket of measures to […]

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Trump to Trash the Environment

by Daniel Brouse United States of America — The world watches in dismay as Donald Trump appoints Myron Ebell, a professional climate change denier, to head his EPA transition team. During his campaign, Trump said that climate change is a hoax. Slate magazine reports, “Trump had tweeted in 2012 that global warming “was created by […]

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Living Planet Report: the Decline of Wildlife

The World Wildlife Fund Reports — Global wildlife could plunge to a 67 per cent level of decline in just the fifty-year period ending this decade as a result of human activities, according to WWF’s Living Planet Report 2016. The report shows how people are overpowering the planet for the first time in Earth’s history […]

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Cities Sink Faster Than Seas Rise

Are sea levels rising due to global warming? Yes. Coastal cities are getting a double whammy. NASA reports: a review article published by a team of scientists who recently assembled in New Orleans, La., and in Venice, Italy, to examine the problem. Extraction of groundwater or fossil fuels, and sometimes simply generations of farming, are […]

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Climate Change, Extreme Weather and Toxic Crops

by Daniel Brouse The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a report that examines how climate change is increasing the toxicity of crops. Crop Toxicity Extreme weather events, such as “drought and high temperatures, can trigger the accumulation in crops of chemical compounds that are toxic to animals and humans.” The report goes on […]

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Temperature Reaches 123 Degrees in India

The temperature went over 123 degrees (50C) in India. This was the highest temperature ever recorded in the country. “Fishermen are advised not to venture into the sea along and off Tamil Nadu and Puducherry during the next 24 hours, along and off Andhra Pradesh coast during the next 48 hours and also and off […]

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Alaska Continues to Break Records

NOAA reports: During the first third of the year, January–April, the average temperature for the contiguous United States was 4.0 degrees F above the 20th-century average, making this period the second warmest on record. Alaska continues to break records for the warmest year to date on record, while 34 states across the West, Great Plains, […]

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Hope Versus Climate Change

Global warming is a huge problem; however, we can make it much worse if we keep burning fossil carbon and killing ecosystems. The hopeful bit is that: Coal is dead. The US energy information administration confirms coal production is declining across the country. Greenpeace reports that globally “coal is in terminal decline.” Solar and battery […]

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Global Drought

by Daniel Brouse EARTH — The world is experiencing one of the worst years of drought ever recorded. The conditions are so bad in India that the state of Bihar has banned daytime cooking. “We call this the fire season in Bihar,” a state-disaster management official said. “Strong, westerly winds stoke fires which spread easily […]

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