On April 20, 2020, Texas Tech climate expert and Illinois alumna Katharine Hayhoe delivered the 2020 Charles David Keeling Lecture for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her talk, titled “Climate Science in a Fact-Free World,” was sponsored by the Department of Atmospheric Sciences and iSEE. More than 260 people attended the “zero carbon” lecture online.
Watch the video from National Geographic.
This video discusses the differences between climate and weather by defining and presenting examples of each. When presenting examples of weather, the video focuses on severe events and how meteorologists predict and study the weather using measurement, satellites, and radar. The climate focus is primarily on an overview of climate zones.Summary from Climate.gov.
Read the full story from the University of Missouri St. Louis.
An audience of more than 200 college and high school students logged in last Tuesday evening for a webinar presenting actionable steps Missouri can take over the next decade to address the problem of climate change.
Theresa Coble, the E. Desmond Lee Endowed Professor of Experiential and Family Education in the College of Education at the University of Missouri–St. Louis joined colleagues from Washington University in St. Louis’ Climate Change Program to organize the statewide event.
It was part of “Solve Climate by 2030,” a nationwide teach-in coordinated by faculty at Bard College in New York to generate enthusiasm for and accelerate state-level climate action by spotlighting ambitious, yet feasible ways to effect change. Similar sessions took place simultaneously in nearly all 50 states as well as Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and several countries.
Sustainability Illustrated presents the concept of Biomimicry:
Bio means life; mimicry means imitate. So biomimicry is the practice of imitating life. It looks to Nature to provide inspiration and direction to sustainably solve our most pressing challenges; it’s innovation inspired by nature. Read the book by Janine Benyus Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature.
Watch the video from the New York Times.
In the Video Op-Ed above, we debunk a recycling myth that has lulled us into guilt-free consumption for decades.
This holiday season, the United States Postal Service expects to ship almost one billion packages — cardboard boxes full of electronics and fabric and plastic galore. And the Environmental Protection Agency estimates that Americans generate 25 percent more waste in the period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s than during the rest of the year, an additional one million tons per week.
But hey, most of it is recyclable, right?
Well, not really.
Read the full story from the Atlantic.
Once, snails decorated the forests of Hawaii like Christmas ornaments. There were more than 750 unique species, which descended from ancestral mollusks that arrived on the islands millions of years ago. Hawaii’s snails were exemplars of evolution’s generative prowess.
But in recent decades, Hawaii’s snails have become notorious for the opposite force: extinction. Due to habitat loss and invasive predators, more than half of the snail species on the islands have gone extinct. Of those that remain, many have only a few dozen members left in their total populations. Some are endlings, the last of their kind.
A year in the life of a Pennsylvania log.
Several big food corporations are jumping on the regenerative agriculture bandwagon, escalating the buzz around the idea that capturing carbon in the soil could reverse climate change.
Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regions 7 and 8 announced the launch of the ”See a Bloom, Give It Room” High School Video Challenge. The competition, supported by EPA’s Office of Research and Development, is calling for videos from high school students (grades 9-12) that promote public awareness of harmful algal blooms through creative filmmaking.
Students are asked to create public safety videos (under two minutes in length) that explain how to spot harmful algal blooms and how people and their pets should be safe around them.
“Through this challenge, we’re asking high schoolers across our region to be creative, have fun, and be part of the solution,” said EPA Region 7 Administrator Jim Gulliford. “Harmful algal blooms can be dangerous to people and pets participating in recreational activities in the water. Winning video entries from this challenge will help EPA and our state, local and tribal partners inform communities about the risks of harmful algal blooms and how to spot and steer clear of them.”
“Harmful algae have emerged as a persistent and challenging human health concern in recreational waters across our region,” said EPA Region 8 Administrator Gregory Sopkin. “We’re asking young and aspiring videographers to help us find creative ways to make people aware of the risks and prevent exposure.”
The contest is open to high school students or teams in EPA Regions 7 and 8: Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming. This includes students in public, private and tribal high schools, and homeschool programs.
A winner from each state, along with two regional tribal winners, will be selected by judging panels to each receive a $2,000 cash prize. Two grand prize winners will also be selected to receive $4,000 each.
Winning videos will also be highlighted at the EPA Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) Conference in February; featured on EPA web and social media channels; and used by the Agency and its state environmental partners in HAB safety outreach efforts.
Information about the challenge, helpful HAB video resources, and instructions on how to submit videos can be found on EPA’s website.
Submissions are due by 11 p.m. (ET) on Jan. 3, 2020.
The solar energy market has grown significantly in the past few years. With the increasing number of solar panels being sold and installed in the United States each year, solar panels are ending up in the waste stream as well. While solar panel recycling is not yet widespread in the United States, organizations are busy laying the important groundwork to build the necessary collection, management and recycling systems.
This webinar covers the basics of the solar panel technology design and explores the impact of these solar panels on the waste management and recycling systems of today. It also includes insights into efforts by state governments to address solar panels in the waste stream and the trends they are seeing.