By: Sophia Ahmed Hurricane Katrina’s Category 5 winds killed nearly 2,000 people when the storm made landfall in August 2005, and Hurricane Harvey damaged an estimated 203,000 homes. Combined, these hurricanes caused destruction that totaled over 400 billion U.S. dollars. Needless to say, hurricanes cause extensive damage to families and infrastructure when their winds rip
Category: climate change
By Sonia Mahajan President Donald Trump’s decision to nominate Scott Pruitt as head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in December 2016 reflects a growing—and alarming—lack of concern about climate change. Pruitt, who was previously Attorney General of Oklahoma, attempted to sue the EPA a total of fourteen times before being nominated to head the
By: Julia Zeh When you put on sunscreen at the beach and then jump in the water, have you ever seen what looks like an oil slick appear in the water behind you? It turns out that sunscreen is not really all that waterproof, and it tends to come off when you go into the
Welcome to our new blog series, Spread Science, where we will detail a way for you to participate in and promote science. Hopefully, these organisations and projects will keep you entertained over the summer. We are going to look at Microsoft Hohm. If you are staying at home over the summer, check out Microsoft Hohm.
Geo-engineering is pretty scary business. The idea is to deliberately change the climate in order to combat all the incidental damage we’ve inflicted on the planet over the past few centuries. (This Atlantic article is a thorough and entertaining review of the major theories and issues, including at least two movie references and the words
Have you heard of the sheep-albedo hypothesis? I think it is hands down the silliest climate solution i have ever heard. It’s not that i don’t think it’d work– it probably would–but if you run with the logic of it, you’re gonna get yourself in trouble! The hypothesis is based on very simple reasoning: “most