Posts Tagged: climate change

Are Irma and Harvey a Product of Global Warming?

Are Irma and Harvey a Product of Global Warming?

     A lot of focus has been on the hurricanes hitting the southeast United States this year. Hurricane Harvey devastated much of Texas and Hurricane Irma flooded parts of Florida. Additionally, there have also been multiple other hurricanes and tropical storms this season that did not receive as much press. Irma and Harvey were… Read more

Twitching While Falling Asleep? Here’s Why

Twitching While Falling Asleep? Here’s Why

Have you ever been jolted awake by the feeling of falling off a cliff right before you’re about to fall asleep? Or perhaps your body shook uncontrollably as you were closing your eyes? There is a very high chance you might have—in fact, about 70% of people have experienced this at one or multiples times in their lives. Sudden, involuntary… Read more

Veganism: What and Why?

Veganism: What and Why?

Veganism, along with vegetarianism, has become an increasingly popular lifestyle in today’s society. It rejects the concept of using non-human animals for trade, sports, and anything to satisfy our human needs. One confusing aspect of veganism is the difficulty of differentiating the lifestyle from that of vegetarians. According to The Vegetarian Resource Group, just like vegetarians, vegans don’t… Read more

Is Climate Change Actually a Hoax?

Is Climate Change Actually a Hoax?

In the midst of the current political environment surrounding Trump’s presidency, the population of climate change deniers has been given unmerited attention. Those knowledgeable of the increases in Earth’s temperature have been struggling with the idea that someone—let alone an enormous crowd and the very president of our nation—could deny it in spite of clear, sufficient evidence. … Read more

Phenomenon El Niño Causes Catastrophe in Peru

Phenomenon El Niño Causes Catastrophe in Peru

Weather conditions in Peru have been incredibly disastrous for the past 5 weeks. Mudslides, abnormally heavy rains, and floods have left over 150,000 people without a home—or missing—and 100 people dead. These mudslides are sweeping away everything that gets in their way, including roads, bridges, and houses, looking much like an apocalyptic scene. But what is causing these abnormal… Read more

Water Access and Childhood Illness

Water Access and Childhood Illness

Over 20 million people in the United States do not have access to clean, treated drinking water. This issue is growing rapidly in urban areas of the country. A researcher at Florida State University’s Geology Department examined a potential link between untreated drinking water, childhood illness, and climate change. In particular, he analyzed childhood gastrointestinal (GI)… Read more

Storing Carbon Dioxide in Stone

Storing Carbon Dioxide in Stone

Using natural chemical reactions, engineers in Iceland have developed a method of storing harmful carbon dioxide emissions in stone. The study took place at the Hellisheidi power plant in Iceland, which runs its turbines using volcanically-heated water. This process stirs up volcanic gasses, such as hydrogen sulfide and carbon dioxide, both of which are also… Read more

Anthropocene: The Epoch of Destruction

Anthropocene: The Epoch of Destruction

Epochs are put in place to document periods of time that encapsulate powerful alterations the planet. Never before has an epoch been determined based on the impact human beings have had on the Earth – until now. Although it is still up for debate as to whether the new epoch, known as the Anthropocene, will be validated, the… Read more