When Mother Nature Stops Being Maternal

Natural Disasters Explained at Natural History Museum By EDWARD ROTHSTEINNOV A model showing a type of earthquake fault in “Nature’s Fury,” at the American Museum of Natural History.CreditAgaton Strom for The New York Times Humanity has an extraordinary talent for causing catastrophes; we are even likely, as many have suggested over the past century — to […]

In Alaska’s Remote Towns, Climate Change Is Already Leaving Many Hungry

By Claire Leschin-Hoar (NPR) Warmer winters and changing ice conditions meant hunters were unable to bag the Pacific walrus the Savoonga residents traditionally relied on as a key food source. Three years ago, the situation became so dire, the governor declared the island an economic disaster to help loosen assistance funds. “The animals are there, […]

Here’s how fruit is inspiring earthquake-proof buildings

By Leeanna McLean Researchers are analyzing the integrity of coconut walls for inspiration in developing building designs that can withstand earthquakes and other natural disasters. Coconut palms are known to grow up to 98′ high. Coconut shells consist of three layers to protect the inner seed and prevent the ripe fruit from splitting when they fall […]

Coal pollution in China has likely peaked

via The Guardian  “The global battle against climate change has passed a historic turning point with China’s huge coal burning finally having peaked, according to senior economists. They say the moment may well be a significant milestone in the course of the Anthropocene, the current era in which human activity dominates the world’s environment. China is […]

What is Blue Carbon?

In this quick exhibit from Smithsonian Online, learn about Blue Carbon and its environmental functions “What is blue carbon? It’s a term used to describe the carbon that is captured from the atmosphere by ocean ecosystems, mainly coastal mangroves,seagrasses and salt marshes. These coastal areas can hold up to five times more carbon than tropical […]

Climate Change May Already Be Shifting Clouds Toward The Poles

By Nell Greenfieldboyce (NPR) July 11, 2016 The way clouds cover the Earth may be changing because of global warming, according to a study published Monday that used satellite data to track cloud patterns across about two decades, starting in the 1980s. Clouds in the mid-latitudes shifted toward the poles during that period, as the […]

21 Year Old Leading Pacific Ocean Cleanup Efforts

Sarah Grossman-Editorial Fellow, The Huffington Post THE OCEAN CLEANUP It’s time to see if this activist’s plan to clean the ocean can really hold water. Boyan Slat, a 21-year-old who gained worldwide recognition two years ago for his ambitious plan to rid the oceans of plastics, is one step closer to making his idea a reality. […]

Polar Bear Diet Changes as Sea Ice Melts

by AMNH on 01/21/2014  RESEARCH POSTS A series of papers recently published by scientists at the American Museum of Natural History suggests that polar bears in the warming Arctic are turning to alternate food sources. As Arctic sea ice melts earlier and freezes later each year, polar bears have a limited amount of time to […]

FAS Capacity-Building Efforts in Central America Yield Benefits There and at Home

Posted by Robert Schubert, FAS Office of Capacity Building and Development, on June 27, 2016 Pablo Chacón, a young Guatemalan farmer who is studying agroforestry at the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE) in Turrialba, Costa Rica, can now show the people in his home community how livestock grazing and hardwood forests can […]

Desert Museum in Egypt Focuses on Fossils and Climate Change

A new museum has opened in the middle of the Egyptian desert, focusing on prior marine life in the region, and also placing an emphasis on the impacts of climate change. The museum was designed to be eco-friendly, and is powered via renewable energy. This video provides a tour of the museum, and highlights the […]