Environment Forum

Save the planet, and win a T-shirt?

February 10, 2009

 If you come up with an idea for saving the planet from global warming, you may be the lucky winner of a T-shirt emblazoned with your design.

Antarctic weather balloons give climate clues

January 25, 2009


 Meteorologist Tamsin Gray releases a weather balloon at the British Rothera research station on the Antarctic Peninsula to help record temperature and other data from the freezing air. Apart from helping predict the weather, the balloons are also giving scientists clues to global warming.

Don’t rain on my electric car parade

January 20, 2009

Electric car organization Plug In America revved up the inaugural festivities this past weekend with a parade of 74 plug-in vehicles in Santa Monica, California, dubbing it the “greenest procession of its kind.”

How much electricity do you use in a year?

January 16, 2009

It was a disarmingly simple question but, embarrassingly, I didn’t have a clue when first asked that 18 months ago. Even though I’d have to describe myself as a genuine tightwad when it comes to expenditures, I simply had no idea, strangely enough, about how much money my four-person household was spending on electricity — nor how much carbon dioxide was being produced.

On Antarctic safaris, remember to bring a microscope

January 13, 2009

Many people hope to come back from a wildlife safari with close-up pictures of lions or elephants — this picture below is my best attempt from a search for the largest land animals in Antarctica.

Only dreaming of a “White Christmas”?

December 22, 2008

More and more people are only dreaming of a “White Christmas” because of global warming.

California takes leap of global warming faith

December 12, 2008

California is either about to bankrupt all its businesses, or it’s unleashing a green revolution.

Tulane advises New Orleans: move above sea level

December 4, 2008
Tulane University professors worried about global warming’s effect on New Orleans have advice for their co-citizens — don’t build new shopping malls below sea level.

Still recovering from Hurricane Katrina, Nola, as it is affectionately called, is a city built on a swamp. In fact, it is urban sprawl built on a swamp. Large parts are below sea level.