Archive for the ‘Climate Change’ Category

Sep17

Hellbender populations

Hellbender

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North America’s largest salamander is disappearing at an alarming rate. Hellbenders commonly reach two feet in length and have a life span of up to 30 years. They are the third-largest salamander in the world, after the Chinese giant salamander and the Japanese giant salamander. (more…)

Sep11

Urban heat is not a myth

NYC

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It has long been observed that metropolitan areas are significantly warmer than surrounding rural areas as a result of human activities.  These areas are known as urban heat islands. (more…)

Sep09

Coral and sunscreen

Coral

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Summer is in full swing. With temperatures at their peak and beach vacations underway, most of us have probably stocked up on sunscreen. We slather it on children to prevent painful burns and apply it to ourselves to avert skin cancer. But as much as sunscreen protects our skin from harm, it can do just the opposite to coral reefs. (more…)

Sep05

Storing carbon under the sea

Ocean

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There are many strategies at play for reducing the carbon emissions that are driving global climate change.  These include reducing energy demand through conservation and efficiency measures and changing over to renewable energy sources.  But despite these efforts, the burning of fossil fuels continues to dominate the world’s energy sources because fossil fuels are plentiful and cheaper than the alternatives. (more…)

Sep03

Cyanobacteria

Algae

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In early August, nearly half a million people in Toledo, Ohio were told not to use their tap water for drinking, cooking or bathing.  The cause was a bloom of algae in Lake Erie, in this case a microbe known as cyanobacteria, which produces a dangerous toxin called microcystin. (more…)

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