Living on Earth: E-waste Youth Activist Air Date: Week of January 4, 2008 stream/download this segment as an MP3 file Alex Lin (Courtesy of Alex Lin) Living on Earth interviews Alex Lin, who won the Brower Youth Award for his pioneering work on electronic waste. Island Institute (Ocean Acidification) A Climate of Change Workshop | Ocean Acidification Island and coastal communities are on the front line of environmental changes associated with climate change and ocean acidification. Across New England, fishermen and scientists are observing notable shifts in the ecosystem and dramatic changes in the number of fish in the water. Years of harvesting pressure paired with the effects of warming waters and an ever-changing ocean ecosystem have led to the crisis we currently face in the groundfish fishery. Other fisheries such as lobster and shrimp are also grappling with shifting environmental conditions. Scientists, managers, and fishermen have all begun to discuss how we can and should be planning for the unpredictable, impacts these shifts will have on the marine environment and the communities that depend on the ocean resources.
Effects Global climate change has already had observable effects on the environment. Glaciers have shrunk, ice on rivers and lakes is breaking up earlier, plant and animal ranges have shifted and trees are flowering sooner. Effects that scientists had predicted in the past would result from global climate change are now occurring: loss of sea ice, accelerated sea level rise and longer, more intense heat waves.
Global Warming and the American Pika The tiny pika, a cousin of the rabbit that lives on mountain peaks in the western United States, is running out of options. In fact, they have already disappeared from over one-third of their previously known habitat in Oregon and Nevada. Now, the situation is so dire that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering the pika for protection under the Endangered Species Act. Because these small mammals have adapted to cold alpine conditions, pikas are intolerant of high temperatures and can die from overheating when exposed for just a few hours.
High-Tech Trash June is the wet season in Ghana, but here in Accra, the capital, the morning rain has ceased. As the sun heats the humid air, pillars of black smoke begin to rise above the vast Agbogbloshie Market. I follow one plume toward its source, past lettuce and plantain vendors, past stalls of used tires, and through a clanging scrap market where hunched men bash on old alternators and engine blocks. A Student's Guide to Global Climate Change Get your passport ready! It's time to go on a trip around to world to explore the effects of climate change. Each flag on the map below represents a stop on your journey, and you can visit them in any order you like. You'll see a short video at each stop... and you'll also need to complete a few challenges along the way!
Moral Heroes In the mid 1990’s, a bright young youth made a global impact on Child Slavery. Iqbal Masih’s life was cut short just shy of 13 years but his powerful and eloquent speeches encouraged thousands of bonded laborers and child slaves to follow his example. He brought awareness and promoted education so that others could stand up for their rights and end the injustice in sweat shops around the world. In 1983, Iqbal Masih was born in the poor community of Maridke outside of Lahore, Pakistan. His family was financially burdened, and his father Saif Masih decided to leave when Iqbal was young. When he was 4 years old, Iqbal’s mother Inayat needed funds to pay for his older brother’s wedding.
Climate Change Driving a car, using electricity to light and heat your home, and throwing away garbage all lead to greenhouse gas emissions. You can reduce emissions through simple actions like changing a light bulb, powering down electronics, using less water, and recycling. This site provides more than 25 easy steps you can take at Home, School, the Office, and On the Road to protect the climate, reduce air pollution, and save money. Take action today!
Sea Turtles Global Warming - Sea Turtle Facts and Information Sea Turtles and Global Warming Even though sea turtles tend to live in warmer waters, the climate changes do affect their natural habitat. This is the result of global warming and every human out there is responsible for it. There are many elements that have to be explored to fully understand how climate change affects them. Sea turtles are very timid creatures, and they don’t do well with stress. Not being able to find enough to eat will be stressful for them.