Archive for the ‘Climate Change’ Category

Aug26

Storing carbon in the soil

Soil

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The effort to reduce the amount of carbon in the atmosphere is primarily focused on the sources of carbon, such as emissions from the burning of fossil fuels.   This can be called a supply-side approach.  However, there is also the important issue of carbon sinks, which are termed demand-side approaches to the problem. (more…)

Aug20

Waiting to feel climate change

weather above oklahoma

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Even though the scientific evidence for the dangers of human-made climate change is overwhelming at this point, there is still plenty of skepticism about it among ordinary people and, unfortunately, among policy makers.  An important factor in this situation is that we don’t experience climate; we experience weather and weather is highly variable. (more…)

Aug19

Save the frogs

Frog

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Since the 1980s, there has been a worldwide decline in the population of amphibians – frogs, toads, and salamanders.  For a while, biologists were skeptical that these declines were anything more than natural variations.  However, study after study has revealed that the amphibian decline is a real and severe threat to biodiversity. (more…)

Aug11

The cost of climate change

Drought

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The costs of climate change are many – from the destruction of ecosystems and the loss of species to increased risk of famine. The famous Stern Review by the British government in 2006 looked at the effects on the world economy.  Eight years later, a recently released report focuses on the financial bottom line in the U.S., providing an assessment of how unmitigated climate change will add up over the remainder of this century. (more…)

Aug08

Climate change and human development

Coping with climate change

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There is much public discussion about the role of human activities in the changing climate but one research study looked at a diametrically opposite concept:  the role of changing climate in the development of human culture. (more…)

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