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Discussions Discussion Global Warming - A myth?
Malicka Avendano, April 20, 2012

IT IS TOTALLY NOT A MYTH. earth is soon gonna be a sauna

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  • Olesya Seattle WA Olesya Seattle WA April 26, 2012
    It is defiantly not a myth! I just don’t understand how people could be so naïve and think that after all polusion they’ve gone to the planet everything would be ok??

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Discussions Discussion Now it’s time for action!
Samuel A-Sweden, April 20, 2012

Hello, everyone. I feel that there isn’t very much to say after Irena Lauzadiene’s post, which basically summarised the most important things we can do for the environment. However, I personally feel that the most important factors to affect the environment and our carbon dioxide emissions are to reduce our travelling costs and reduce how much meat we eat. After playing around a little bit with the carbon footpint calculator I realised that changing the amount of meat eaten drastically affects the amount of carbon dioxide you release into the atmosphere. Therefore, reducing our consumption of meat should be one of our main priorities when talking about carbon dioxide.

Transportation is obviously also an important factor; reducing the time we spend on airplanes should also be one of the things we prioritise when helping the environment.

Samuel A-Sweden
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  • Jason Hodin Jason Hodin April 20, 2012
    I totally agree with your thoughts on meat consumption, Sam. It was the main reason I decided to become a vegetarian some years ago. Maybe we should start a discussion on Einztein for sharing tasty vegetarian recipes?
  • Randall Dunkin Randall Dunkin April 27, 2012
    A comparison has been made of the methane emitted by cattle, weight for weight, to insects. It was found that insects emitted 80 times less methane — a gas with 25 times more impact on global temperature levels than carbon dioxide. Ohio State University was once working on recipes for insect dishes with the idea that protein from insects would be much less costly than from beef, pork, chicken, and even fish, primarily due to the high efficiency of converting feed to protein by insects. But just like our energy needs, one source of food will more than likely not provide us with a sustainable food production strategy.

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Discussions Discussion Now it’s time for action!
Isak WSweden, April 20, 2012

Dear People of the ISCFC.
You will not save this planet by installing low-emission lights.
What is happening to the earth is a global problem (hence the name “Global warming”), and must be treated as such. What we need to do is not turn off the water when we brush our teeth, but rather put the resources we as humans possess to use in research concerning sustainable energy.
Even the time and effort put into creating this web page could instead have been used to help the environment.
Don’t take this the wrong way, but if we aim to save the environment by closing windows to conserve heat and expect that to make a significant difference, we’re doing it wrong. We’re deluding ourselves believing that we will make a change like that.
The most CO2 emissions in the world come from transports, and this is what we should focus on. If humans in power actually got off their butts and seriously invested into sustainable transport methods, such as geothermally-charged lithium batteries (yes, these exist. There have been motorcycles designed running solely on lithium-battery strength.)
I believe we’re fighting on the wrong axis. While showering in cold water and eating less meat certainly is cute, it will do little to improve the actual health of our planet. This planet needs brains that can figure out how to lessen our carbon emissions where we have the most, not self-gratifying students who believe they are changing anything.
Sincerely
Isak

Isak WSweden
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  • Isak WSweden Isak WSweden April 23, 2012
    The CO2 footprint you aim to reduce is the very thing causing global warming. I am all for reducing our carbon footprint, but I belive that there are better things to which we can devout our energy than finding energy-efficiant lightbulbs.
  • Vendela vF-Sweden Vendela vF-Sweden April 23, 2012
    Hi!
    I do agree that a lot of things have to be changed, but if everyone do something, even if it is something as little as turning of the water when brushing your teeth, there will be a difference. Even a slight act in the right direction is better none. Also imagine how it would be if no one turned of their water when they brushed their teeth, a huge amount of energy would be lost.
    In many ways I agree that a web-page isn't the best way of making a change, especially since one search on google uses as much energy as boiling one litre of water. Still it is a way of acknowledge the problem and hopefully it will make at least a few of us considering things which will help saving our planet.
  • Randall Dunkin Randall Dunkin April 27, 2012
    Faucets can be purchased that turn the water off after a few seconds of use. Certainly there are lights that turn off after no motion is detected in the room. Similar inventions can help us to do the right thing and keep us from feeling guilty about wasting resources. And we can all consider where an item might be used by someone else before we consider simply throwing it in the waste stream.
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Discussions Discussion Sustainable city
Jason Hodin, April 19, 2012

Smart waste bins at the University of Washington send digital signals to waste collection when it’s time for pickup.

Writ large, such a system could save tons (of CO2) in unnecessary disposal truck emissions.

http://www.washington.edu/news/articles/dirty-to-digital-uw-introduces-2018intelligent2019-kiosks-for-composting-recycling-garbage
Jason Hodin
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  • Kayden Johnson Kayden Johnson April 30, 2012
    This is very cool. This is definately worth looking into.
  • Kit B. Seattle, U.S.A Kit B. Seattle, U.S.A May 1, 2012
    This is great! If these were used all over the world, this would help reduce the overall carbon footprint an enormous amount. It really motivates people to recycle.

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Discussions Discussion ISCFC schools in the news!
Pam Miller, April 18, 2012

Students at Waterloo Intermediate/Middle School in Jennifer Mortensen’s class are featured in the Currier News.

http://wmcourierenews.com/main.asp?SectionID=2&SubSectionID=52&ArticleID=3964

Pam Miller
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Discussions Discussion ISCFC schools in the news!
Pam Miller, April 18, 2012

Patrick Nicolas and Marie Christine Osmont’s students at Lycée Louis Vicat in France are featured in two articles!

http://La Depeche du Midi": http://www.ladepeche.fr/article/2012/02/14/1284056-souillac-les-lyceens-planchent-sur-l-empreinte-carbone.html
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Discussions Discussion unselected
Jennifer Lesko, April 17, 2012

In light of some of the discussion of how habitat destruction and biodiversity reduction has lead to emergence of zoonoses, this article profiles Nathan Wolfe, a biologist who studies infections that have dire consequences for human beings. His work is in trying to prevent viral transmission to the human host.

http://www.lexisnexis.com.ezp-prod1.hul.harvard.edu/hottopics/lnacademic/?shr=t&sfi=AC01NBSimplSrch

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Discussions Discussion Real Climate
Marco Masoni, April 17, 2012

Arctic Sea Ice Volume: PIOMAS, Prediction, and the Perils of Extrapolation

Filed under: Arctic and Antarctic Climate modelling Climate Science — group @ 11 April 2012

Guest Commentary by Axel Schweiger, Ron Lindsay, and Cecilia Bitz

We have just passed the annual maximum in Arctic sea ice extent which always occurs sometime in March. Within a month we will reach the annual maximum in Arctic sea ice volume. After that, the sea ice will begin its course towards its annual minimum of both extent and volume in mid-September. This marks the beginning of the ritual of the annual sea ice watch that includes predictions of the extent and rank of this year’s sea ice minimum, as well as discussion about the timing of its eventual demise. One of the inputs into that discussion is the “PIOMAS” ice-ocean model output of ice volume – and in particular, some high-profile extrapolations. This is worth looking at in some detail.

http://realclimate.org/
Marco Masoni
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Discussions Discussion Real Climate
Marco Masoni, April 17, 2012

A young well-educated Sherpa takes a journey back to his ancestral village in the Himalayas, to see for himself the problems his people face as a consequence of global warming.

http://youtu.be/c-P0o83vx4k
Marco Masoni
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Discussions Discussion Einztein Blog
Marco Masoni, April 16, 2012

One of the classrooms participating in the international student carbon footprint challenge (http://goo.gl/9PqjG) makes the news in Lithuania. Google’s English translation of the article is here: http://goo.gl/JCidZ

http://www.grokiskis.lt/temos/ekologija
Marco Masoni
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