Climate change content for school kids gets revamp

Climate change content for school kids gets revamp

Young New Zealanders can now access the most up-to-date educational material about the science of climate change and its impacts on Aotearoa thanks to NIWA’s new web section: .

The Magic of Teaching Science Labs Isn't Lost Online

The Magic of Teaching Science Labs Isn't Lost Online

To help flatten the curve of Covid-19 cases, universities across the nation have closed, and many professors are scrambling to transition to teaching online.Both of us have experience teaching lab courses in person, which often already involve an online interface for sharing syllabi, files, grades, and to foster student discussion.

YouTube Slashes Video Quality to Save Bandwidth

YouTube Slashes Video Quality to Save Bandwidth

Nokia's network analytics business Deepfield told WIRED earlier this month that it has seen internet traffic peaks at 20 percent to 40 percent higher than usual over the past four weeks in areas highly impacted by Covid-19.

FAO - News Article: Green Climate Fund approves a $119 million climate resilient project for Cuba

FAO - News Article: Green Climate Fund approves a $119 million climate resilient project for Cuba

12 March 2020, Havana/Rome - The Board of the Green Climate Fund today approved a $119 million disbursement for a FAO co-designed project to boost the resilience to climate change of vulnerable rural communities in Cuba.

Car on a Trampoline: More Kicks With Kinetic Energy

Car on a Trampoline: More Kicks With Kinetic Energy

The car drop happens near the end of the video, starting at 9:20.Even if you don't think this is awesome (c’mon, it’s empirically proven to be awesome), it's still a great source for some physics problems you can work out at home, while we’re all doing this social distancing thing.

Is the Split Over Covid-19 Really About Politics?

Is the Split Over Covid-19 Really About Politics?

(Witness House Republican Devin Nunes telling Fox Business viewers on Sunday that “it’s a great time to just go out, go to a local restaurant.”) According to a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll, only 40 percent of Republicans believe the coronavirus is “a real threat,” compared to 76 percent of Democrats.

The Coronavirus Pandemic Is Bringing Down Emissions, but Not for Long

The Coronavirus Pandemic Is Bringing Down Emissions, but Not for Long

“When the Chinese economy does recover, they are likely to see an increase in emissions in the short term to sort of make up for lost time, in terms of production,” says Zeke Hausfather, a climate scientist and the director of climate and energy at the Breakthrough Institute, which advocates for climate action.

We don’t know much about lakes and climate change, says researcher

We don’t know much about lakes and climate change, says researcher

Lake scientist Piet Verburg was part of an international team of 39 researchers from 20 countries who carried out a recent review of current knowledge on how lake ecosystems respond to extreme storm events.

Think Flash Floods Are Bad? Buckle Up for Flash Droughts

Think Flash Floods Are Bad? Buckle Up for Flash Droughts

For scientists to actually quantify how things might get worse in the future thanks to climate change, they need objective measurements.

Australia's Bushfires Completely Blasted Through the Models

Australia's Bushfires Completely Blasted Through the Models

“This is perhaps one of the first really big cases where we've seen the real world do something before we've been able to have the capacity to model it properly,” says climate scientist Benjamin Sanderson of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, who cowrote a piece in the Nature Climate Change package.

Jeff Bezos Can Control Earth’s Future With His $10 Billion Pledge

Jeff Bezos Can Control Earth’s Future With His $10 Billion Pledge

In an Monday, the world’s richest man committed $10 billion of his personal fortune to set up the new Bezos Earth Fund, which would support “scientists, activists, NGOs—any effort that offers a real possibility to help preserve and protect the natural world.” The announcement was light on specifics, and it’s not clear yet how the money will be spent .

The Arctic Is Getting Greener. That's Bad News for All of Us

The Arctic Is Getting Greener. That's Bad News for All of Us

Lightning—a phenomenon more suited to places like Florida—is now striking within 100 miles of the North Pole .All the while, researchers are racing to quantify how the plant species of the Arctic are coping with a much, much warmer world.

Wildfire Photographs Are Constant Reminders of Chaos

Wildfire Photographs Are Constant Reminders of Chaos

“They’ll say, ‘Oh I thought it was wrapping up and suddenly the wind shifted and three hours later it’s burning 500,000 acres,’” McCulloh says.

The Hottest New Literary Genre Is ‘Doomer Lit’

The Hottest New Literary Genre Is ‘Doomer Lit’

The genre, which imagines stories and worlds shaped by climate change, is sometimes considered a cousin of science fiction.R. Burgmann, he calls pessimistic fatalism one of the major “paradigmatic responses to climate change in recent fiction.”.

Want to Fight Climate Change? Stop Believing These Myths

Want to Fight Climate Change? Stop Believing These Myths

In response to the argument that we can ditch oil and coal immediately, he points out that renewable technologies are still more expensive and are not as readily available in the economically developing world, where plentiful and cheap fossil fuels are helping pull people out of poverty.

Google, Amazon, and Apple Have a Trillion Dollar Problem

Google, Amazon, and Apple Have a Trillion Dollar Problem

In August 2018, Apple became the first trillion-dollar tech company .I’m familiar with the founders of all four of those trillion-dollar companies, as well as the one in waiting, and not one of them in the early days ever dared to think of such a shockingly high corporate worth.There are no underdogs worth a trillion dollars.

FAO - News Article: First comprehensive portal to track international capacity development support for forest monitoring

FAO - News Article: First comprehensive portal to track international capacity development support for forest monitoring

27 January 2020, Rome - The Global Forest Observations Initiative (GFOI) today launched a portal - the first such comprehensive platform - to track international capacity development support to developing countries in forest monitoring for climate action.

Pop Culture May Evolve at the Same Rate as Birds and Bugs

Pop Culture May Evolve at the Same Rate as Birds and Bugs

That’s the conclusion of a new study by a group of British researchers who analyzed rates of change for popular songs, English literature, scientific papers, and car design.

A Practical Guide for Building Ethical Tech

A Practical Guide for Building Ethical Tech

Some ethics executives experimented with creating a new process for these “ethics checkpoints,” but quickly realized that this unduly burdened the notoriously tight product development cycle, or was ignored altogether.

Do Carbon Offsets Really Work? It Depends on the Details

Do Carbon Offsets Really Work? It Depends on the Details

Last week, JetBlue announced it will offset its 15 billion to 17 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions by purchasing carbon credits and pumping cleaner-burning aviation fuel into planes landing at San Francisco International Airport.

Australia’s Wildfires Might Intensify Future Climate Crises

Australia’s Wildfires Might Intensify Future Climate Crises

The ongoing Australian fire season has released more than 350 million metric tons of CO2 so far, with fires expected to keep burning over the next two months.

Twitter Wants to Let Users Limit Who Replies. Here’s Why

Twitter Wants to Let Users Limit Who Replies. Here’s Why

“The philosophical approach we took here is, when you start a conversation, as the author of a tweet you should have a little more control over the replies to that tweet,” Beykpour said.

Australia Is Blazing Into the Pyrocene—the Age of Fire

Australia Is Blazing Into the Pyrocene—the Age of Fire

And just as fast-moving flames swallowed up Paradise in 2018 , fires are moving so quickly, they’re overwhelming whole Australian towns.

Science Conferences Are Stuck in the Dark Ages

Science Conferences Are Stuck in the Dark Ages

Unlike teaching, where we have real consequences when we fail to modernize, such as poor evaluations and losing enrollment, there are no real consequences for the professional societies organizing the meetings or for presenting scientists.

Cities Race to Slow Climate Change—and Improve Life for All

Cities Race to Slow Climate Change—and Improve Life for All

These mayors are members of C40, a network of 94 large cities—Paris, Los Angeles, Shanghai, Lagos, to name a few—committed to meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius over preindustrial levels and reducing global greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent by 2030.That declaration didn’t just reaffirm these cities’ efforts to fight climate change .

The Decade's 10 Most Influential Videogames

The Decade's 10 Most Influential Videogames

I can't tell you how many games I've played in the last decade that are clearly riffing on Thirty Flights of Loving.A whole generation of independent games has used this trick, with fantastic results, but Thirty Flights of Loving is still thrilling.

What's in the Forecast: Private Weather Predictions

What's in the Forecast: Private Weather Predictions

After several years of testing, NOAA is now preparing to purchase readings from commercial satellites that use GPS signals to measure the density of the atmosphere.

We Might Not Be Planting the Right Kinds of Forests

We Might Not Be Planting the Right Kinds of Forests

“Although these can support local economies, plantations are much poorer at storing carbon than are natural forests, which develop with little or no disturbance from humans,” they wrote.

Water Scarcity Around the World: It’s about You and Me

Water Scarcity Around the World: It’s about You and Me

Long before climate change became recognized as one of the world’s major problems, water scarcity was widely recognized as a challenge for humanity.Unfortunately, the rise of awareness about the challenges of climate change had a perverse result when it came to the world working collectively to reduce global water scarcity.

FAO - News Article: Greater innovation needed to fight climate change, poverty and hunger

FAO - News Article: Greater innovation needed to fight climate change, poverty and hunger

There is a need for innovation not only in science but also in policies, in how we do business and the way we think, said the FAO chief at the opening of SDG 2 - Linking Technological Innovation and Climate Change Actions for a World Free of Hunger, Malnutrition and Poverty event on Thursday, on the margins of COP25.