Climate Interpreter

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Most Recent Resources

  • Show the Wild Face of Climate Change

    You are invited to join Zoos & Aquariums for 350 for a day of action on 22 May 2014, during which zoos and aquariums around the world will organize activities using the “Show the Wild Face of Climate Change” photo project as a central theme.

    Show the Wild Face of Climate Change photos incorporate the "Zoos & Aquariums for 350" logo - or some other creative representation of "350" - into a photo that features zoo species. Each photo should include a caption that connects climate change to the pictured species (or wildlife in general).

  • Ocean Acidification Summary for Policymakers

    These are the summarized proceedings from the Third Symposium on the Ocean in a High-CO2 World. This symposium brought scientists and educators from around the globe together to share findings and communication strategies. This is some of the most up-to-date research on ocean acidification that you will find in a single place.

  • Habitat For Coral Reefs

    This very short animation (16 seconds) from NOAA's Environmental Visualization Library shows a map of suitable coral reef habitat over time, and how that habitat shrinks as we move into the latter part of this century.

     

    A short (16-sec) animation of past, present and future Aragonite Saturation Levels as it relates to coral reef habitats. This can be used as supplement to OA classroom presentations, it provides a good and colorful visual.

  • Climate Training Activities: Ocean Acidification

    As we add more carbon dioxide (CO2) to the atmosphere, the ocean absorbs about a quarter of it.  This changes the basic chemistry of the ocean, shifting it towards the more acidic end of the pH spectrum.  Ocean acidification makes it more difficult for shelled organisms to make their shells.  This activity takes the complex chemistry of ocean acidification and makes it physical.  It is designed for any age, with pictures and graphs to make the science deeper, richer, and easier to grasp.

  • Climate Training Activities: EcoHouse

    What makes the biggest impact? My insulation or my windows? How about appliances - should I replace them all?

    Household energy use accounts for 21% of the CO2 emissions in the US annually.  What can you do to reduce the carbon footprint of your house?  Through an interactive dollhouse, visitors exchange appliances, windows, insulation, and energy sources to reduce the impact of their housing. 

  • Energy Issues—Foundations of Life: Switch Energy Project

    Energy drives the modern world and underpins every other issue.

    We choose our energy based on four attributes: affordable, available, reliable and clean. But defining clean is complicated. All energies have environmental impacts that need to be managed effectively and affordably. Even so, the biggest challenge of energy is scale—the enormous amount of energy we demand. And the only way to counter scale, is with efficiency.

    © Switch Energy Project

  • Energy Issues—Efficiency: Switch Energy Project

    Energy drives the modern world and underpins every other issue.

    We choose our energy based on four attributes: affordable, available, reliable, and clean. But clean is complicated. All energies have environmental impacts, which need to be managed effectively and affordably. 

    Even so, the biggest challenge of energy is scale—the enormous amount of energy we demand. The only way to counter scale, is with efficiency.

    ©Switch Energy Project

  • Energy Issues—Energy Choices: Switch Energy Project

    Energy drives the modern world and underpins every other issue.

    We choose our energy based on four attributes: affordable, available, reliable and clean. But defining clean is complicated. All energies have environmental impacts that need to be managed effectively and affordably. Even so, the biggest challenge of energy is scale—the enormous amount of energy we demand. And the only way to counter scale, is with efficiency.

    ©Switch Energy Project

  • Energy Issues—Environmental Impacts: Switch Energy Project

    Energy drives the modern world and underpins every other issue.

    We choose our energy based on four attributes: affordable, available, reliable and clean. But defining clean is complicated. All energies have environmental impacts that need to be managed effectively and affordably. Even so, the biggest challenge of energy is scale—the enormous amount of energy we demand. And the only way to counter scale, is with efficiency.

    ©Switch Energy Project

  • Electricity Storage: Switch Energy Project

    Storing electricity in huge quantities, in a giant battery or by some other method, is cost prohibitive today. Yet solving this challenge would forever change our energy world, by turning intermittent sources, like wind and solar, into on-demand sources; making electric cars more affordable and better performing; and reshaping electricity use across the system. We’ve been working on better storage technology for more than a century, but progress has been slow.

  • Hydropower: Switch Energy Project

    Hydropower can be an always-on, baseload power, or spin up almost instantly to follow rising electricity demand—with no fuel to burn and no emissions. Building the power plants is high impact and expensive, but they produce cheap electricity for many decades. Hydropower is so good, we’ve used up almost all the locations for it. The few large-scale projects in the future will be in China, India, Africa, and other developing areas.

    ©Switch Energy Project 

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