The Science of Sustainability

Tag: climate change

Is This Heat Wave Evidence of Global Warming?

Is This Heat Wave Evidence of Global Warming?

Another heat wave is upon us. It seems like there have been a lot of heat waves this summer. We in the Bay Area were sweating for a few days back in August; New York City had the hottest summer on record; Russia suffered through horrible heat and fires. Are all these heat waves the result of global warming?

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The Importance of Studying the History of Sea-Level Change in San Francisco Bay

The Importance of Studying the History of Sea-Level Change in San Francisco Bay

Sea-level rise is happening and more than 100 million people could be affected globally over the next century even under somewhat conservative projections.

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Reporter's Notes: Cow Power Not Cutting It

Reporter's Notes: Cow Power Not Cutting It

A handful of dairies across California are capturing the climate change emissions produced by their cows. But they're running headlong into another environmental problem.

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Producer's Notes: Going UP: Sea Level Rise in San Francisco Bay

Producer's Notes: Going UP: Sea Level Rise in San Francisco Bay

There is no question that sea levels have been steadily rising, and will continue to rise at an increased rate in the future.  So the real question is not, "Will it rise?" but, "How MUCH will it rise, and what can we do about it?"

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The Changing Bay: Wetland Restoration Projects in Northern California

The Changing Bay: Wetland Restoration Projects in Northern California

Wetlands — they are possibly the most diverse ecosystems on the plant, according to environmental scientists.

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Reporter's Notes: The Changing Bay

Reporter's Notes: The Changing Bay

Less sediment in the bay means there's less for the wetlands, which could be an issue. But there's one thing that makes it worse: sea level rise.

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Corporations Behaving Badly… and Well

Corporations Behaving Badly… and Well

There are those who, for selfish, near-term interests, work hard to obscure the truth and only pretend to be part of the solution. When it comes to products and information, buyer beware.

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Passing Time in a Museum

Passing Time in a Museum

Time is measured a bit differently by those who work in a museum. Exhibits both permanent and temporary have a lot to do with this.

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In Conversation with Copenhagen

In Conversation with Copenhagen

Last Thursday night at NightLife, Healy Hamilton called in from Copenhagen to give an update on the Copenhagen conference. This year is the 15th annual conference of the United Nation’s Framework Convention on Climate Change.

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Climate Talks in Copenhagen: No Silver Bullet?

Climate Talks in Copenhagen: No Silver Bullet?

Between the aquarium of drowning-delegate sea-level rise protesters, the chicken flock of animal rights protesters, and the cocktail party of fur-coated protest protesters, there will certainly have been a lot to see these past two weeks in Copenhagen during the latest United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

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Producer's Notes – Climate Watch: Unlocking the Grid

Producer's Notes – Climate Watch: Unlocking the Grid

Last summer I visited the Netherlands, the original home of the windmill. Surprisingly, I saw hardly any of the quaint structures we associate with Dutch wind power. One hundred years ago Holland had about 10,000 wooden windmills dotting its landscape. Today, barely 10% remain.

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Reporter's Notes: Do We Need Nuclear?

Reporter's Notes: Do We Need Nuclear?

More people appear to be saying "yes" these days, even if grudgingly. The question is: Is it too late?

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Reporter's Notes: Journey to the Farallones

Reporter's Notes: Journey to the Farallones

Our trip to the Farallon Islands was certainly eventful: seasickness (me), bug bites (me) and immersion in one of the most unique wildlife habitats in the world (luckily). This chain of windblown rocks, about 27 miles from San Francisco, is teeming with 300,000 seabirds in the spring and summer.

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Get a Dog and Save the Planet

Get a Dog and Save the Planet

Are pets, and dogs in particular, a step in the right direction in the battle against global warming and the fight for energy security? Is Underdog more than a cartoon?

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Reporter's Notes: California at the Tipping Point

Reporter's Notes: California at the Tipping Point

The conventional wisdom is that a warming planet means more wildfires–and in many cases the conventional wisdom is right. But globally it's a more complex question.

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Don't be a "Wasteful Wendy"

Don't be a "Wasteful Wendy"

Cool the Earth is an organization that reaches into elementary school classrooms and Girl Scout troops all over the country, and they're working to make saving energy and being good stewards of our natural resources fun.

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Reporter's Notes: Tracking Carbon through Your Cell Phone

Reporter's Notes: Tracking Carbon through Your Cell Phone

"Do I get to keep the phone?"

Not exactly the environmentally-conscious line of thinking that organizers were hoping for, but understandable for those high-schoolers holding a brand new, latest version of the Nokia in their hands.

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Reporter's Notes: Redesigning the Bay

Reporter's Notes: Redesigning the Bay

The most recent estimate looks pretty dire. The Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC), a state planning agency, says it expects San Francisco Bay to rise about 16 inches by 2050, and 55 inches by the end of the century.

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Reporter's Notes: Building Blocks Go Green

Reporter's Notes: Building Blocks Go Green

I got interested in this story after hearing Silicon Valley venture capitalist Vinod Khosla speak at a conference this fall in Sausalito. He explained how he decides where to invest in green tech and it was fascinating. He and other top venture capitalists think they can help stop global warming and make a ton of money at the same time.

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Engineering the Planet

Engineering the Planet

On the surface, geoengineering almost seems like science fiction. Could humans engineer ways to compensate for global warming by changing dynamics in the Earth's atmosphere?

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