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While everyone has probably heard the term “nuclear energy” and likely made jokes about nuclear energy pros and cons involving extra fingers, glowing skin, or Homer Simpson, knowing what nuclear energy actually is and what it does is far less common. As far as human participation goes, nuclear energy has been around since the beginning of World War II,...
hydropower
Hydroelectric power, or hydropower, refers to using moving water to generate electricity. Water flowing downhill turns turbines that drive electric generators. Reservoirs created by dams allow operators to precisely control the rate of water flow and the amount of power produced. A release pipe called a penstock concentrates the force of the elevated water in the reservoir. As long...
Geothermal power station
Fossil fuels have been the primary source of energy for human civilization since the start of the industrial revolution. While coal, oil and natural gas still supply most of the world’s energy, growing concerns about dwindling supplies and the carbon released when these fuels are burned have spurred a search for clean, renewable energy sources. While wind and solar...
Plasma ball energy
Plasma energy is produced when fusion takes place in a controlled and magnetized environment. Plasma is the fourth state of matter, a gas in which a sufficient amount of energy is present to enable ions and electrons to coexist. Scientific evidence suggests that plasma is actually the most common state of matter in the universe, and plasmas are even...
Green technology combines science and technology to reach a goal of repairing the world’s ecosystems. Also known as environmental or clean technology, this strategy encompasses a wide variety of techniques, such as green building, recycling and using clean energy. The ultimate goal is to conserve nature and make the Earth a sustainable place for future generations. We’re digging into...
In today’s world, there seems to be a growing focus on practices that are sustainable and respectful of the environment.  This includes turning to forms renewable energy as alternatives to fossil fuels. One of the most well-known and visible examples of a sustainable energy source is wind power. If you’ve ever been on a road trip and seen fields full of...
Global temperature
The thermohaline circulation is a global ocean circulation. It is driven by differences in the density of the sea water which is controlled by temperature and salinity (Broecker, 1995). The thermohaline circulation is sometimes called the “ocean conveyor belt” and plays an important role in supplying heat to the polar regions. There are projections that global warming could shut...
indicators of human influence on the atmosphere
Global warming refers to the effect on the climate of anthropogenic activities, in particular the burning of fossil fuels (coal, oil and gas) and large-scale deforestation activities, which cause large amounts of ‘greenhouse gases’ to be released into the atmosphere, of which the most important is carbon dioxide. The other greenhouse gases are nitrous oxide, chlorofluorocarbons (CFC’s), methane, and...
a dried up tree in the desert
What is Desertification? As the word suggests, the definition of desertification is: the process of an area of land becoming a desert. This typically makes it difficult or nearly impossible to live in. Causes Some of the causes of desertification include the mismanagement of land, such as by harvesting too much vegetation too quickly. Climate change can also be a cause when...