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COVID-19 and Climate Change

COVID-19 and Climate Change IT IS AN invisible, deadly menace. It’s causing almost unfathomable economic destruction. We knew it was coming, but were caught woefully unprepared. It tricked nations into blaming one another—the US being the primary antagonist—instead of working together to stop it. It is the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, and it is climate change. The two are intimately linked: As you’d expect, emissions have fallen as people drive less and industries grind to a halt. But dig deeper into how the...

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Great Dying Similarities

Great Dying Similarities There was a time when life on Earth almost blinked out. The “Great Dying,” the biggest extinction the planet has ever seen, happened some 250 million years ago and was largely caused by greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Now scientists are beginning to see alarming similarities between the Great Dying and what’s currently happening to our atmosphere.There was a time when life on Earth almost blinked out. The “Great Dying,” the biggest extinction the planet has...

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California Wildfires – Example of Unpreparedness

California Wildfires – Example of Unpreparedness For days now, a cloud of acrid smoke has settled over the Bay Area, blown down from the Kincade Fire in the north. More than 200,000 people have been evacuated from that fire alone, while the lingering effects of a long drought and high winds have turned the region into a tinderbox. On Sunday, a sudden fire in Vallejo stopped traffic on a bridge across the northeast side of the bay, forcing workers to abandon toll booths as the bridge was swallowed with smoke. It’s a scary moment, made...

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Best Way to Cut Carbon Emissions

Best Way to Cut Carbon Emissions The key divide here is personal/political: what are the things we can do ourselves, and what can governments do? A balance here is crucial, mostly because neither side of the equation can be trusted to fully implement their changes. Governments often sacrifice the environment first, and the populous often has bigger issues to be concerned about. Therefore, if a balanced solution can be achieved, the whole plan can never truly fail. Just as environmental policy until now has been a case of...

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Last-ditch Ways To Survive Climate Change

Last-ditch Ways To Survive Climate Change Here are some strategies researchers have put forth to hack the planet and combat climate change. Geoengineering is a term that refers to technology that can alter Earth’s natural cycles to cool down the planet. It’s being increasingly discussed as a potential way to address climate change. Putting mirrors in space, capturing carbon dioxide, and seeding clouds with particles are all ways of manipulating weather or the atmosphere. But some scientists and politicians think...

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Climate Change: Cities will Seem 500 Miles South

Climate Change: Cities will Seem 500 Miles South “Within the lifetime of children living today, the climate of many regions is projected to change from the familiar to conditions unlike those experienced in the same place by their parents, grandparents, or perhaps any generation in millennia,” said Matt Fitzpatrick of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. “Many cities could experience climates with no modern equivalent in North America.” In one generation, the climate experienced in many North American cities is...

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Global Warming is like a Terror Movie

Global Warming is like a Terror Movie Global warming is posing such wide-ranging risks to humanity, involving so many types of phenomena, that by the end of this century some parts of the world could face as many as six climate-related crises at the same time, researchers say. This chilling prospect is described in a paper published Monday in Nature Climate Change, a respected academic journal, that shows the effects of climate change across a broad spectrum of problems, including heat waves, wildfires, sea level rise,...

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Arctic Wildfires

Arctic Wildfires In July of 2018, there were 11 wildfires occurring north of the Arctic Circle. That’s more than ever before…. In July of 2018, there were 11 wildfires occurring north of the Arctic Circle. It is a fitting visual backdrop to the recently published study led by NASA that concludes that the Arctic carbon cycle is speeding up. Carbon spends 13% less time locked in frozen soil in the Arctic Circle than it did 40 years ago, which means that the landscape in the region is now leaning...

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Runaway Global Warming

Runaway Global Warming A new study out Monday warns of the possibility of out-of-control global warming if humans fail to band together to fight the worst effects of climate change. The analysis, conducted by researchers at the Australian National University and the Stockholm Resilience Center, among other institutions, outlines the potential for a “threshold” that, if crossed, would lead to runaway warming patterns and the advent of a “Hothouse Earth.” If such a threshold is crossed, the...

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Wildfire Evacuation Preparation

Wildfire Evacuation Preparation PREPARE YOUR FAMILY How to Prepare for evacuation from a Wildfire Evacuation plans for families with young children should include helping toddlers understand how to quickly respond in case of fire, and how adults can escape with babies. Prepare ahead of time by practicing your family’s fire escape plan, and what to do to be safe when there is a wildfire nearby.It is important to talk to toddlers and small children at a level that they understand and that does not frighten. Here are a few...

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