Human energy use has driven the planet into its current climate state. Since the Industrial Revolution, the burning of fossil fuels has forced so much carbon dioxide into the atmosphere that the Earth’s natural balance has been destabilized, resulting in climate change.
Earth is the only planet known to support life. Earth is finite and humans cannot continue literally burning through such valuable resources. The energy for life on Earth comes ultimately from the sun, and generating power from solar and other renewable energy sources will be what sustains humanity’s future.
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Human energy use has lead to rapid climate change across the planet.
Climate Change and the Global Ocean
One of the best ways to understand Earth's ocean is from the perspective of space. NASA’s Earth observing satellites gather data, including ocean surface temperature, surface winds, sea level, circulation, and marine life.
Climate Change and Particles in the Air
Aerosols are small particles suspended in the air. Glory's Aerosol Polarimetry Sensor instrument will help researchers understand the properties, global distribution, and chemical composition of natural and anthropogenic aerosols and clouds.
The Psychology of Climate Change Communication
A great resource to print out and have available to your volunteers. It's well written and easy to understand. Plus there are some great things that you can test out right away. It is has been helpful to me and I feel complements our NNOCCI training well.
Shrinking Ice, Rising Seas
Sea level rise is an indicator that our planet is warming. When ice on land, such as mountain glaciers or the ice sheets of Greenland or Antarctica, melts, that water contributes to sea level rise.
Global Warming's Six Americas
Over the last several years, researchers from the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication have been conducting multiple representative surveys of the American population across the country and finding a clear demarcation between different perceptions, understandings, concerns, and attitudes related to climate change and global warming. They have identified six distinct types that broadly describe these differences within the American population: Global Warming's Six Americas. These are: alarmed, concerned, cautious, disengaged, doubtful, and dismissive.
Towers in the Tempest
Hurricane intensification can be caused by phenomenon called 'hot towers,' which form as air spirals inward towards the eye and is forced rapidly upwards, accelerating the movement of energy into high-altitude clouds.
Global Climate Change as Seen by Zoo and Aquarium Visitors
This report shares the findings of a summer 2011 survey conducted at 15 zoos and aquariums. The results reveal that zoo and aquarium visitors are receptive audiences for climate change education; want to do more to address climate change, yet perceive barriers to doing so; and have access to and experience with virtual social networks and other technology platforms. Furthermore, zoos and aquariums provide visitors with socially supportive contexts for discussions about animal exhibits and connections to nature; and zoo and aquarium visitors’ concern about climate change and participation in behaviors to address climate change systematically vary with their sense of connection with animals.
Climate Change Education: A Primer for Zoos and Aquariums
Climate Change Education: A Primer for Zoos and Aquariums, a free eBook available for major eReader platforms, reveals what some of the best minds know about climate change science, electronic media, psychology, learning sciences, communication, and interpretation. The book explores the links between these fields and provides valuable insights to zoos and aquariums and other cultural institutions.
Candid Conversation: Connecting with Global Warming's Six Americas
A part of the Aquariums and Climate Coalition's ‘Candid Conversations’ series, this March 2011 webinar discusses the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication's Six Americas research and its usefulness in helping interpreters research their audiences at zoos, aquariums, and museums.
Climate Literacy - The Essential Principles of Climate Sciences
Seven principles are essential for a good understanding of our ocean. This list was the work of several organizations, including NOAA, NSF, NASA, and NCAR.