Environment

Hawaiian Heat

With climate change forecasts calling for tough times in tropical climates, scientists in America’s tropical paradise of Hawaii are carefully monitoring nature for signs of change, and citizen scientists are helping them find those signs in the ocean’s coral reefs.


Teens, Frogs & Climate Change

With frogs and other amphibians already dying in large numbers, a group of teenagers is joining other amateur scientists nationwide to gather information on the problem. They’re doing so even as new research shows climate change is likely to worsen the threat. This ScienCentral News video explains.


Warming Walden

More than 150 years later, researchers are using Thoreau’s records to gather evidence of how the climate has warmed in the area of Walden Pond, in Concord , Massachusetts, a few miles from Boston.


20 Years Later: Exxon Valdez Spill Lingers

Just after midnight on this day in 1989, the oil tanker Exxon Valdez crashed against a reef off the coast of Alaska. Nearly 10.8 million gallons of crude oil spilled into the surrounding waters of the Prince Island Sound. And now, two decades later, the after effects of the Valdez spill linger.
Image courtesy: NOAA, Workers using high-pressure, hot-water washing to clean an oiled shoreline.

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Early Birds & Springtime

The sounds of birds chirping and fluttering outside your bedroom window are a welcome sign of spring, but scientists have evidence that suggests birds are nesting earlier due to global warming. And the harmful consequences aren’t just for the birds, as this ScienCentral video explains.


Irreversible Warming

A just published report on the future of global warming is showing that unless the output of carbon dioxide is curbed soon, the severe consequences of global warming will be essentially irreversible.

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Food and Global Warming

Half the world’s population could be facing a food crisis by the end of the century due to global warming. That’s the grim assessment of scientists who looked at projections of global warming’s impact on the average temperatures during the growing season.

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Trees and Forests Show Stress From Global Warming

When we bring a tree into the living room for the holidays we know it will lose needles. But, this season millions of trees still in the forest are losing needles, leaves – and their lives — at the hands of beetles. With the help of global warming, the tiny pests are doing the kind of damage to forests you might think only fires could do.


Environmental Themes in “The Day The Earth Stood Still”

When “The Day The Earth Stood Still” was released in 1951 the film served as an allegory for nuclear proliferation. But today’s remake of the sci-fi thriller is instead about global warming and environmentalism. In this video, ScienCentral speaks with Keanu Reeves and Jennifer Connelly about these issues.

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Network of Citizens’ Laptops Will Monitor Earthquakes

Scientists want you to help them catch earthquakes. Rather, they want your computer to do it. As you’ll see in this ScienCentral News video, scientists hope to use the down time on people’s computers to help get a better profile on earthquakes as they happen.

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