A team of more than 300 Federal and non-federal science experts released a voluntarily-coordinated but governmentally-mandated assessment of the impacts of climate change on the United States, also known as the Fourth National Climate Assessment Volume 2.
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A good mind is a terrible thing to waste and a good mind would certainly not want to waste a precious resource like water. The folks at Energy Star have put together some ways that the nation wastes water (it’s a lot of water too!) and a few ways to plug those holes to enact some big savings in return.
Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday season here in the United States. This last chunk of the year is commonly known for lots of food, presents, and family traveling long distances to visit one another.
Earth from space is a beautiful image. This is how we can not only see the pretty patterns created by our lights on the dark side of the planet, but overtime we’ve also seen the amount of these lights on Earth grow. Our population is growing and artificial light is certainly a fundamental part of any developed area at this point. As of now, more people means more lights.
Elections are the opportunity that citizens have to voice our opinion on topics that we feel matter. Over the years many constitutional changes, leadership roles, and other civic decisions have been placed in the hands of voters. Science related items even make it onto elections.
We often talk about plants and trees because they are simply that important! They provide shade, are home to many of the world’s species, they look beautiful, they crank out oxygen, soak in CO2, and serve many more functions.
As our population grows, we will need more and more places for us to do our human things. This means as we grow we tend to convert natural spaces into developed areas. An urban environment is quite different from a natural landscape and thus has its own variables to be concerned with. The growth of urban spaces compounded with the changing climate is causing some scientists to take a look at how our urban areas interact with heat.
Until some huge new change happens we’ll need to eat to live. Humanity’s quest for food has shaped where we live, how we work together, and has impacted society, science, technology, you name it.
While it may be true that Virginia is currently ranked 17th in nation for the total amount of solar capacity it has installed and that less than 1% of the energy that we use as a Commonwealth comes from solar, you might never guess who or what is an emerging leader in the renewable energy transition in our lovely state? Who’s a leader in Virginia’s solar capabilities? Listen to this Question Your World radio report produced by the Science Museum of Virginia to find out.