Extreme Weather 101

  Extreme Weather 101 for Educators Image: Climate Change Connection Throughout the last year it has been hard to miss the news reports, blogs and editorial commentary on the extreme weather events that have been sweeping the country. Tornadoes, flooding, snowstorms, above normal and below normal temperatures have caught the media and the nation’s attention. […]

Other Websites Covering Climate Change Basics

Union of Concerned Scientists Pew Center on Global climate Change Real Climate – a forum for climate scientists Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change US Government research on climate change Climate vs. Weather NRDC climate education center Former Asst. Secretary of Energy, Joseph Romm interprets climate science and policy Former NYT journalist, Andrew Revkin Climate Change […]

Climate Change Basics

Driven by a commitment to solutions, the Will Steger Foundation provides information on climate change basics, giving educators and learners background knowledge to work towards slowing climate change. Categories: Basics Extreme Weather 101 Solutions: Personal Behavior Solutions: Renewable  

The Energy-Conscious Consumer

Save money and the planet all at once! Being a smart consumer and basing purchasing and lifestyle decisions on energy consumption can save money and energy, and even provide you with a higher quality of life. The major drawback of buying energy-smart is that it can mean an initially high investment. This can be something […]

Biodiesel and beyond

Most trucks in the United States and many cars around the world have diesel engines. To make these vehicles greener involves replacing their current petrodiesel fuel with biodiesel. It only makes sense, considering that the inventor of the diesel engine, Rudolf Diesel, originally intended for them to run on fuels derived from vegetable oil. Biodiesel […]

Fuel Cells

If you spend enough time studying up on fossil fuel alternatives, you will often encounter the phrase “hydrogen economy.” But what is it? And what does it mean for the future of global energy production (not to mention global warming)? First of all, let’s look at a fuel cell. A fuel cell is something called […]

Biomass and Biogas

People have been burning garbage for a long time, and until recent technology and new systems became available, it was generally a bad idea. Open-pit trash burning gave way to municipal solid waste incinerators and so-called “waste-to-energy” facilities, but all of them involved the burning of general household, industrial, and even medical garbage – spewing […]

Smart Design for Energy Efficiency

One of the many ways to reduce dependence on fossil fuels is to conserve energy. However, it is often difficult for people to build lifestyles of energy efficiency when living in communities whose infrastructures were designed with the assumption that fossil fuels were cheap, inexhaustible, and did not harm the environment. It may therefore be […]

Geothermal Energy

Harnessing the heat from deep inside the earth is one of the world’s oldest sources of energy. The Romans bathed in spas built around natural hot springs, and Native Americans cooked food and heated their homes with geothermal energy. Now this power source is being tapped for both heat and electricity. Geothermal energy is used […]