Category: Earth/Climate science

Climate Change Model Verification

Climate Change Model Verification

Climate Change Model Verification

12/15/18

“How can we verify climate change models?”

 

Climate models are extremely useful for helping us predict the impacts of climate change. But how can we verify them? Well, what if we were to map their mathematical functions to historical data and see if they accurately predict temperature rises? If it turns out to be correct, then the model has a good chance of being valid. This Climate Model Verification, often known as hindcasting, gives our methods validity for future policy work.

 

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Climate Change Modeling

Climate Change Modeling

Climate Change Modeling

12/14/18

“How can we create models for the future climate?”

 

We seem to hear about the predictions of the future climate all the time in the media. Whether it be a warning if we go 2 degrees centigrade above pre-industrial levels or the ever-increasing rate of global warming. But how do we actually obtain this information? Well, people from a variety of different academic disciplines come together to make mathematical models that take in a variety of complex terrestrial processes and their interactions with each other and then layer it on to a physical model of the earth to produce a simulation of what will happen. This is known as Climate Change Modeling and is one of the most important tools that humans have to make policy goals.

 

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Carbon Neutral Economies

Carbon Neutral Economies

Carbon Neutral Economies

12/06/18

“How can an economy not contribute to climate change?”

 

Traditionally, economies have grown in tandem with carbon emissions. But with the advent of modern-day extreme climate change this is no longer feasible. To solve this, nations will have to adopt Carbon Neutral Economies in which all sectors have slashed their emissions to zero. The transition to a low carbon economy could yield enormous economic growth as well as inequality easing. Multiple governments around the world are committed to this action, with California’s 2045 and the EU’s 2050 initiatives as examples.

 

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The European Union Has Just Unveiled It’s Zero Carbon Emission Plan

The European Union Has Just Unveiled It’s Zero Carbon Emission Plan

The European Union Has Just Unveiled It’s Zero Carbon Emission Plan

11/29/18

“How will the EU become carbon neutral?”

 

Breaking news. The European Union, accounting for 10 % of carbon emissions globally, has recently unveiled its long-term plan to cut its carbon emissions to zero by 2050. Although its 2030 goals will not be changed, it does give more focus to the following decades. This will be an extremely exciting event for years to come.

Why the Increasing Frequency of Fires Will Threat Energy Resilience

Why the Increasing Frequency of Fires Will Threat Energy Resilience

Why the Increasing Frequency of Fires Will Threat Energy Resilience

11/26/18

“How will the increased frequency of fires make us less energy resilient?”

 

The climate is changing. As temperatures get higher, the natural world is being thrown out of balance, and this includes dangerous fires such the one seen in Northern California. As these fires become more frequent, they will threaten power lines and energy generation sources. As a result, The Increasing Frequency of Fires Will Threat Energy Resilience.

 

How Lab-Grown Meat Can Fight Climate Change

How Lab-Grown Meat Can Fight Climate Change

How Lab-Grown Meat Can Fight Climate Change

11/22/18

“How can lab-grown meat be good for the environment?”

 

This Thanksgiving, American families all around the world are spending time with their dear friends and families and give thanks to all of the good things that have come. And a core part of this celebration (usually) involves cooking a Turkey. However, all of this meat consumption drives up carbon emissions immensely. But is there a way where can circumvent this without having to give up meat?

 

Well, this can actually happen with the proliferation of Lab-Grown Meat. Since this artificial meat did not require an animal to be raised for production, it is able to avert countless tons of emissions associated with production. As a result, Lab-Grown Meat Can Fight Climate Change. So in the near future, you might be able to have your meat and eat it too!

 

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

How if Restaurants Used Less Ice it Would be Good for Climate Neutrality

How if Restaurants Used Less Ice it Would be Good for Climate Neutrality

How if Restaurants Used Less Ice it Would be Good for Climate Neutrality

11/21/18

“Why should restaurants use less ice?”

 

In the United States, it is customary for restaurants to serve ice with water. Although it may seem benign, having to store extra ice uses energy and water which contribute to climate change. Therefore, if Restaurants Used Less Ice it Would be Good for Climate Neutrality.