Global Warming & Climate Change

Pros and Cons of Nuclear Energy

While everyone has probably heard the term “nuclear energy” and likely made jokes about it involving extra fingers, glowing skin, or Homer Simpson, knowing what it actually is and what it does is far less common. As far as human participation goes, nuclear energy has...

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Pros and Cons of 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...

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The Pros and Cons of Geothermal Energy

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...

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What is Plasma 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...

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Industrial Pollution: Causes and Effects

Starting in the 18th century and gaining popularity in the 19th century, the Industrial Revolution brought about drastic changes in the social and economic lives of humans. The benefits of the revolution are felt even today, but so are the adverse effects. The...

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Green Technology

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...

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The Pros and Cons of Wind Power

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...

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Map: Net Changes In Forest Area

Below: Map indicating the the net changes in forest area 2000-2005 (note that all the areas in red - decrease of more than 50% - are in the tropics and the majority of the loss are prime habitat for primates.   Taken form the FAO 2005 publication: Global Forest...

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Potential Impacts of Climate Change

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...

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Anemone Barrens In The Galapagos

December 2003 NOTICIAS DE GALAPAGOS 62 A NEW RECORD OF ANEMONE BARRENS IN THE GALAPAGOS By: Thomas. A. Okey, Scoresby. A. Shepherd, and Priscilla C. Martinez Continuous carpets of the anemone Aiptasia sp. were recorded on vast areas of shallow reef platforms along the...

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Global Climate Change Initiative

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,...

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