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Bringing engineering into the climate change discussion

Geoengineering has emerged in recent years as a highly controversial solution for dealing climate change. Andrew Revkin recently discussed this on his blog in more detail, and Yale 360 has a great article posted today, A Hard Look at the Perils and Potential of Geoengineering.  Essentially geoengineering focuses on finding human made methods to use […]

Fun modeling tool to understand climate change past and future

I came across the Climate Wizard a few weeks ago and have been playing around with it since then.  It isn’t too complicated and gives students (and teachers!) an opportunity to explore a number of different aspects of climate change science including historical temperature and precipitation averages, and future climate predictions based on a number […]

Climate change and oceans

I recently attended a conference for informal educators on climate literacy put on by AAAS.  The goal of the conference was to bring “together educators working in a wide range of informal science environments for a two-day professional development conference that focused exclusively on climate literacy in all of its dimensions and provided opportunities for […]

The Exciting World of Climate Science

The Christian Science Monitor addresses what they call the “communications gap between scientists and the public,” in their article As Climate Change debate wages on, scientists turn to Hollywood for help yesterday.  One paragraph in the article caught my eye. Today’s climate story is often framed as a sober warning, not as an exciting adventure. […]

Talking to Children About Climate Change

I came across this essay in one of my favorite monthly magazines, Orion, a few years ago.  Rereading it today I was struck by how deeply I connected with it now that my own  children are reaching the “why?” age of life.  In the essay Sandra Steingraber, an accomplished environmental writer and ecologist, describes her […]

Challenges of Science Communication Featured on Podcast

Today’s podcast from Point of Inquiry features yesterday’s blog topic (pure coincidence of course!) on the importance of science communication and the challenges the professional science communicators face. Some important points from the podcast, which features an interview with Andrew Revkin, include : “We face science centered risks: climate and energy crises, biological and nuclear terror […]

The Importance of the “Translator” in Climate Science

“Recent changes in the seasonal timing of biological events have been linked to warmer temperatures.”, caught my eye on my twitter feed(@ClimateCentral) this morning. I thought it might lead to a good blog topic for the day discussing the observed changes in the arrival of spring over the last few decades. Birds arrive earlier, flowers […]

Multimedia In the Climate Change Classroom

As educators we know that the way to teach about any subject, is approaching it from different angles and using different methods. Climate science can be fairly complicated and using visualizations and hands on examples can help make the the greenhouse or albedo effect, sea level rise (see recent blog entry), or any climate related […]

Learning Opportunity in Media Coverage of Climate Change

At the end of last week the buzz in the climate change media coverage was about a new study that came out in Friday’s edition of Science .  Andrew Revkin breaks down the study well in his blog that day, but essentially the study states that methane gas is being released from Arctic sea beds.  […]