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Hurricane Sandy: Is climate change to blame?

Image credit: GOES satellite image provided by NASA. Hurricane Sandy churns off the East Coast on Monday morning, Oct. 29, 2012. “Our climate is changing and while the increase in extreme weather we have experienced in New York City and around the world may or may not be the result of it, the risk that […]

Cleaning the air with our 18 foot inhaler

Community Leaders and volunteers gather around a giant inhaler at Stewart Field to raise awareness the dangerous health problems of air pollution. Photo by Christy Newell, Will Steger Foundation Intern On Tuesday, Minneapolis residents protested dangerous air pollution from cars and coal-fired power plants with an 18-foot-tall human hand holding an asthma inhaler. Concerned citizens […]

Clean Air Act 101

What is the Clean Air Act? For forty years the Clean Air Act has given the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) authority to set limits on harmful air pollutants. From mercury to lead, the EPA has enforced needed safeguards to ensure basic health and environmental protection from air pollution for all Americans. For this, it is […]

What Does Extreme Weather Mean for Climate Change Educators?

Over the last month 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, and above normal temperatures have caught the media and the nation’s attention and looking for answers, inevitably the question has risen, “is THIS climate change?”, […]

Climate Change and Your Health

The Union of Concerned Scientists released an excellent peer-reviewed report Thursday called Climate Change and Your Health: Rising Temperatures, Worsening Ozone Pollution. The full national report is at www.ucsusa.org (PDF 2.3MB). The report found climate change-induced ozone increases in Minnesota could result in about 62,000 additional cases of serious respiratory illnesses and almost $107 million […]

Concepts in climate education

Every fall I teach an online course for graduate students in education at Hamline University called Communicating Climate Change in the Classroom.  The goal is that in four short weeks students will walk away with the knowledge, skills and comfort to teach climate change in their classroom.  This time constraint, as well as the need […]

Guest Blogger Reaction To Climate Change Migration

GUEST BLOG On occasion I will feature blogs from guest contributors.  If you have an idea or something to contribute that you think would be helpful to educators, feel free to pass one my way at kristen@willstegerfoundation.org Following Kristen Poppleton’s most recent blog post on the impact of climate change on human migration, I thought […]

TED talk shows “The science behind a climate headline”

I came across this great video today on TED:  Ideas Worth Spreading.  It is only 4 minutes, 14 seconds long, but it gives a great peak into the scientific research that can go into the making of a headline. Rachel Pike: The science behind a climate headline In 4 minutes, atmospheric chemist Rachel Pike provides […]