Day: February 27, 2020

Climate change in the Arctic has ripple effects for all life on Earth

Read the full story at Massive Science.

The poles are warming faster than the rest of the planet, causing extreme weather events in the Northern hemisphere

Climate change is rotting away Greenland’s cultural heritage

Read the full story at Massive Science.

Archaeologists are moving as fast as they can, but the past is slipping away.

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The numbers suggest the green investing ‘mega trend’ is here to stay

Read the full story at CNBC.

A green revolution has been promised before, but if the latest data across all asset classes is to be believed, this time it is here to stay.

Whether it’s in equities, government bonds, ETFs (exchange-traded funds) or hedge funds, investors around the world are demanding socially and environmentally conscious options.

In a letter to CEOs last month, BlackRock CEO Larry Fink said climate change has become a “defining factor in companies’ long-term prospects” with a significant reallocation of capital on the horizon a lot sooner than expected. And the numbers appear to back him up.

The Geology Project: Bilingual Geoscience Communication by Bilingual Geoscientists

Read the full post at the Plainspoken Scientist.

During the AGU Fall Meeting 2019, I presented a talk on The Geology Project (TGP). TGP is a social media-based geoscience communication enterprise with special focus on providing content in both Spanish and English. Based in Puerto Rico, TGP is run by five young Puerto Rican geoscientists, with one mission: communicating science to the world! We are primarily Facebook-based, and our original written and audiovisual content is specifically geared towards the Spanish-speaking, and Puerto Rican public. We have social media followers in every Latin American country, and numerous other countries as well!

(More) Citizen Science Resources

Read the full post at Inside Science Resources.

This upcoming April 22nd is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and is the perfect time to consider citizen science. This year’s Earth Day theme is climate action. There are many ways to get involved in the fight against climate change, including participation in citizen science. In honor of this auspicious anniversary, here are some useful citizen science resources.

Toxic Algae Is Ruining Our Lakes. The Solution: Beer.

Read the full story in Outside Magazine.

A researcher thinks we may be able to recycle beer waste into a powerful algae-fighting tool

What Happens To Your Mail-Order Mattress After You Return It

Read the full story from FiveThirtyEight.

Earlier this year, I noticed something curious: four Craigslist ads, selling the same brand of mattress, using nearly the same text, at the same location, but illustrated with different photographs. Let’s just say it doesn’t take a crack journalistic mind to suspect something odd was happening.

So this journalistic mind responded to all the ads. What I found was a story that went beyond mattresses in Minneapolis. More Americans are buying more stuff online, a trend driven partly by free and easy return policies. But as retailers sell more, they also end up with more items being sent back — creating a long, winding logistical trail that can very easily end up at the city dump.

The problem only gets more complicated when the thing being sold is a large, awkward block of heavy foam. Many, many online bed-in-a-box retailers have sprung up in recent years.1 The first of these companies popped up around 2010. Today, there are dozens of them, and as mattress-in-a-box companies proliferate like so many bedbugs, they’re finding themselves with a waste problem.

Louisiana high school students study coastal restoration amid climate change

Read the full story at NOLA.com.

Spreading chicken poop and plucking privet might not seem to be obvious educational activities. But the experiences were just another Thursday for students at New Harmony High, a fledgling charter school in New Orleans that’s the first in the state to focus exclusively on training teenagers for careers and studies in coastal ecology and restoration.

STEM Outreach Provides Opportunities for Students and Teachers

Read the full story from U.S. EPA.

Many scientists credit a teacher with helping inspire them to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). A hands-on demonstration or experiment with a connection to real-world challenges can make textbook studies come alive with renewed importance and possibility for students, plus illuminate career paths not previously considered. As EPA celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2020, our agency will be highlighting scientific contributions to public health and environmental protection. Part of this celebration will include our scientists and engineers sharing their scientific knowledge and how EPA science has contributed over the past 50 years to better understand and tackle environmental issues.

EPA researchers are involved in a variety of STEM outreach activities with schools and students of all ages. They share their knowledge at workshops designed for students and visit classrooms, museums, educational fairs, and other venues to connect the public with environmental stewardship and opportunities in environmental science. Some researchers have even created innovative environmental education activities hoping to inspire the next generation of environmental professionals.

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