Climate Change

Bleached: Coral Death and Hawaii’s Fight to Stop It

Imagine stepping off the plane into the beautiful islands of Hawaii. You’re immediately hit with the smell of warm tropical air, the gentle tradewind breeze, and the bright and beautiful sun. Even though you just landed, you remember that there are some things that you need to pick up from the store. Most importantly, you will need sunscreen to protect …

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A Step-by-Step Guide to Greenhouse Gases and Carbon Footprints

I remember the first time I heard the term “greenhouse gases” in my high school biology class. It sounded intimidating, woven into a long and complicated lecture on climate change. To a sixteen-year old, it was all a bit much to take in. All I wanted was my driver’s license. After many more science classes, it finally dawned on me …

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Why I Don’t Care About Climate Change

It’s true. I really don’t care. Call me a denier if you want, or a skeptic if that suits you better. Feel free to think that I’m just burying my head in the sand. Although none of those are true. I very much believe that climate change is real, and I think that human activity is playing a part in …

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Biofuels Enormous Carbon Debt

Tropical ecosystems like forests, savannas and grasslands serve as storehouses for much of the world’s carbon, harboring an estimated 340 billion tons, about 40 times the amount released into the atmosphere each year, primarily through the burning of fossil fuels. When forests are cleared, not only are the future storehouse eliminated in most cases permanently, but the carbon that has …

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The Uncertain Fate of the Flattest Island Nation

The Republic of Maldives consists of 1,190 islands in 20 atolls spread over 900 km in the Indian Ocean. Only 199 of these islands are inhabited with a population of slightly over 300,000 people. The islands highest elevation is 2 meters or about 6 feet above sea level. Lured by its pristine beaches, underwater coral reefs, and spectacular marine wildlife, …

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