Archive for the ‘Climate Change’ Category

Jul22

Weed crops for a warming world

Wheat

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Rising temperatures, droughts and higher CO2 levels pose threats to the world’s food supply.  Grains like wheat and rice have been bred for centuries for productivity but are not well suited to a changing climate. (more…)

Jul18

Commercial buildings and energy

Wall Street

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Buildings account for about 36% of America’s total energy use and 65% of our electricity consumption.  Commercial buildings use about 20% of the country’s energy and most of that is in the form of space heating, space cooling and lighting.  (more…)

Jul14

The warm Pacific caused our weird winter

pacific ocean

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Last winter was one of the coldest on record in the American Midwest.  Northeastern cities were buried in snow.  Meteorologists kept talking about the “polar vortex”.  And meanwhile, western states were unseasonably warm and were stricken by drought.  By all accounts, it was a weird winter. (more…)

Jul10

Ecosystems need predators

salt marsh

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Salt marshes are extremely important ecosystems.  They shield coasts from flooding, they remove pollutants from water, and they are the baby nurseries for many kinds of fish.  In recent years, salt marshes in places like the coastlines of New England have been dying off. (more…)

Jul08

Seashells

Seashells       

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Whether you’re a collector or just a casual beachgoer, you’ve probably bent to pick up a seashell that caught your eye. Children scour the beach for unique shells, and vacationers pocket them as mementos of their travels. Few things seem more innocent, but what is the impact of all those disappearing shells? (more…)

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