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Climate Lesson Update: November 2012

November 13th was the first day that students and teachers returned to school in Long Beach, NY after superstorm Sandy.  According to one source, 4,000 New York City students and their school staff have been impacted, missing weeks of school.  While missing school is certainly not the most dramatic of Sandy’s effects, we stand by teachers and students […]

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 […]

Book of the Month: Ship Breaker

Note:  This is the third in a monthly series of posts focused on integrating literacy and climate science and energy issues.  The posts are based on discussions in the “Not So Serious Climate and Energy Book Club,” last Friday.  The book club evolved out of some informal virtual discussions between a number of us involved […]

Is it hot enough for you? Climate News Round-up

Is it hot enough for you? Extent of surface melt over Greenland’s ice sheet on July 8 (left) and July 12.[Via Climate Central] Summer 2012 has proved a landmark time in climate history, with record heat, rainfall, wildfires, floods and droughts throughout the country and across the globe. Recent reports came in that global CO2 […]

Duluth Flooding, Climate Adaptation, and Extreme Weather

An article in the Star Tribune this week discussed the recent flooding in Duluth and the fact that “Duluth is maybe in the firstwave of cities to adapt to climate change,” said University of Minnesota Extension climatologist Mark Seeley.  The article is nice starting point for a discussion about adaptation to climate change, the role […]

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?”, […]