Climate Change | 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. We do this by: A Climate of Change Workshop During the summer of 2013, the Island Institute hosted a two-day climate change workshop focusing on the state of science and fishermen’s observations from an ecosystem perspective. View the full Climate of Change Workshop Report Video Series In addition to the report, a new video series was produced which highlights threatened fishing communities in Maine, Alaska, and Florida - and what they’re doing to adapt to these inevitable changes.
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. Lin recycled and refurbishes computers for kids in the U.S. and around the world. Transcript CURWOOD: One kid who needs no New Year’s resolutions on the environment is 14-year-old Alex Lin. When the electronic devices we use every day get taken apart or dumped, toxic substances, like lead, leech into the environment. And this year he received the prestigious Brower Youth Award for young environmental leaders. LIN: Thanks a lot. CURWOOD: So one day you’re reading the newspaper. LIN: I think what helped me choose to do this was that it’s such a little known problem, really. CURWOOD: So how many computers are you guys recycling? LIN: Recycling-wise we’re not really sure about the amount. CURWOOD: So it’s what—5,000 pounds a month or something like that? CURWOOD: Hey, Alex.
Places-Expedition | 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! Accessible version for screen reader user Before you begin... (<a href="expedition-popup-alt.html">Alternative version</a>) <a href="expeditions-508.html">Accessible version of all the expeditions</a> Map Data Imagery ©2015 NASA Satellite Map Select any flag on the map to start your journey! At the end of each stop, you'll get a passport stamp and a code. How Does this Expedition Work? At each stop on your journey, you'll see a 5– to 10–minute video. Depending on your Internet connection speed, the video might pause occasionally to allow the rest of the file to download. Each video will pause a few times to ask you a question. Enter your codes on the tracking sheet.
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. Soon the muddy track is flanked by piles of old TVs, gutted computer cases, and smashed monitors heaped ten feet (three meters) high. Beyond lies a field of fine ash speckled with glints of amber and green—the sharp broken bits of circuit boards. Choking, I pull my shirt over my nose and approach a boy of about 15, his thin frame wreathed in smoke. Another day in the market, on a similar ash heap above an inlet that flushes to the Atlantic after a downpour, Israel Mensah, an incongruously stylish young man of about 20, adjusts his designer glasses and explains how he makes his living.
Climate change: the effects on ocean animals The “poster child” for global warming is the polar bear. But many other animals are already feeling the effects of global climate change on the oceans. Find out about the changing climate's impact on the earth’s population of sea turtles, right whales, penguins, seals, lobsters, and cod. The Arctic’s top predator, the polar bear, is affected both by the reduction in sea ice and by reduced stocks of its primary food, the ringed seal. But sea ice is decreasing throughout their Arctic range due to climate change. As sea ice becomes thinner and multi-year ice disappears, a greater proportion of females make their dens on land, expending more energy to get there. Polar bears are often described as completely dependent on ice for their survival. In 2008, the U.S. Back to top Taken by New England Aquarium Educator Jessica Lavash in Padre Island, Texas. Rising temperatures, rising sea levels and other trends are having an effect on the world’s sea turtles. Kiwi, a Kemp's ridley sea turtle,
Piles of thrown-out TVs, laptops and phones pose an environmental risk Christmas gifts from past years meet a sad end at Absolute Green Electronics Recycling in California. Computers are dismantled. Their parts get sorted into cardboard bins. One bin holds nothing but hard drives. Stacked-up printers form a miniature mountain. “There are different grades of boards,” said owner and president Victor Kianipay, stepping past dust-covered TVs to poke into apple boxes filled with circuit boards. E-Waste A Global Problem This is electronic waste, or e-waste. Within five years, the annual figure may reach 65 million tons, the group estimates. A lot of companies send electronic waste to developing countries. “You see all these thousands — literally thousands — of women and young kids whose job is to cook circuit boards,” said Jim Puckett. Thirty-five nations have adopted the ideas of the Basel Convention, Puckett said. The U.S. Boosting Recycling In The U.S. Puckett has spent years investigating the issue. The old TVs are particularly bad. “I have kids.
Global Warming Effects Map - Effects of Global Warming What You Can Do | 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! Small steps add up, if we all do our part. At Home Making a few small changes in your home and yard reduces greenhouse gas emissions and saves you money. Learn More » On the Road Burning gasoline and other fossil fuels releases carbon dioxide (CO2) and contributes to climate change. Learn More » At the Office Business and home offices use a significant amount of electricity for heating and cooling, lighting, and operating equipment. Learn More » At School Learn More » Did You Know?
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. Either way, these events are very stressful for sea turtles. At the same time the larger sea turtles will become a common food supply for both sharks and whales. The additional hot temperatures can also make it extremely hard for the younglings to survive as they make the transition from land to the waters. The climate is also believed to affect the sex of the younglings. There are many theories out there that have a grim outlook. Some researchers estimate that all of the sea turtles left in the world could be extinct in the next 50 years.