“A new website highlights the International Polar Year, an intense program of research, analysis, and observations at Earth’s poles that has yielded insights important to the entire planet. Meet the scientists who are exploring these icy landscapes and watch a webinar presentation.
In preparation for Earth Day – April 22, 2012 – explore NBC Learn’s “Changing Planet” Special Collection. These climate science videos, produced in partnership with the National Science Foundation, cover headline issues from rising sea levels to falling lizard populations, thawing permafrost to withering crops. Each video is accompanied by an activity provided by “Windows to the Universe” at the National Earth Science Teachers Association, to engage and involve your students in examining and understanding climate issues.
Higher Ed subscribers: To access the “Changing Planet” collection, please click here.
A “grand challenge” to understand the manifestation of change in floods and droughts faces climate and water science researchers, says a new report from the National Research Council based on proceedings from a workshop. A coherent picture of how these phenomena will shift due to changes in climate and land use has yet to emerge, but better understanding could be achieved through greater exchange of research findings among climate scientists, water scientists, and engineers.
As a Nature Publishing Group (NPG) customer, we would like to let you know that with the publication of the first issue imminent, the first Nature Climate Change articles are now available free to view online, ahead of print. They are:
March 1, 2011 — “Geologic records that are millions of years old could hold clues to how the Earth’s future climate would respond in an environment with high levels of atmospheric greenhouse gases, says a new report from the National Research Council. Through a “deep-time” climate research program, these ancient rocks and sediments could enable scientists to better understand how climate behaved during past warm periods and major climate transitions.”
In honor of World Water Day, the Laureate of the 2010 Stockholm Water Prize was announced: “Dr Rita Colwell, distinguished Professor from the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health in the U.S., has been named the 2010 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate. Dr Colwell has shown how changes in climate, adverse weather events, shifts in ocean circulation and other ecological processes can create conditions that allow infectious diseases to spread, and through that link she has led the ability to craft preemptive policies to minimise outbreaks.”
Don’t overlook the European Union network of websites — a portal — as a resource for information on the environment. Here is the homepage for Climate Change. Documents can be found on International Climate Negotiations, EU Domestic Actions, and Studies, and links and archives are accessible.
This book is available free on the Web, compiled by the Union of Concerned Scientists in 2009:
Thoreau’s Legacy: American Stories about Global Warmingintroduces a new generation of writers and photographers with a personal connection to global warming. The 67 essays and images in this anthology are drawn from nearly 1,000 submissions about beloved places, people, plants, animals, and activities at risk from a changing climate—and the efforts that individuals are making to save what they love. A foreword by author Barbara Kingsolver serves as a powerful call to action. The essays we selected represent a variety of perspectives, voices, and experiences. The authors follow in the long tradition of great American environmental writers, like Henry David Thoreau, who have broadened our awareness and sharpened our perspective about the world we share. And they are inspiring action to protect our planet from global warming. They are Thoreau’s legacy.
Source: Email from Union of Concerned Scientists [firstname.lastname@example.org] June 22, 2009.