New Report on Climate Change

ENVIRONMENT

The world’s leading body of climate scientists has released a major report on the impacts of climate change, with the goal of spurring world leaders to act more decisively to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. (National Geographic News)

Use our resources to better understand how climate change can be addressed by government, industry, communities, and individuals.

Coral bleaching is a dramatic impact of climate change. Ocean acidification and warming sea waters have killed this once-vibrant coral reef off Kanton Island in the Phoenix Islands Protected Area near the island nation of Kiribati in the South Pacific Ocean. Photograph by Brian J. Skerry, National Geographic

Coral bleaching is a dramatic impact of climate change. Ocean acidification and warming sea waters have killed this once-vibrant coral reef off Kanton Island in the Phoenix Islands Protected Area. This massive marine protected area (MPA) is part of the island nation of Kiribati in the South Pacific Ocean.
Photograph by Brian J. Skerry, National Geographic

Discussion Ideas

  • One of the most pressing concerns about global climate change is the management of greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere through burning fossil fuels such as petroleum and coal. Watch our hosted video “The New Empire of Cleantech.” How is China working to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions?
    • China has invested more money in renewable energy than any other nation on Earth. The Chinese government has invested in wind, solar, and nuclear power technologies.
    • China is pursuing “clean coal” technology, including carbon sequestration and gasification.
    • China is sharing its “cleantech” innovation with American companies, so that the U.S. can have options to reduce its emissions.

 

  • Read through our article “Working with Nature to Slow Global Warming.” How is the company in the article, a private industry, working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions?
    • The companies in the article are using a biomimicry process called Mineralization via Aqueous Precipitation, or MAP, to produce high-quality Portland cement. (MAP is associated with biomimicry because it mimics the natural process corals use to build their sturdy calcium carbonate structures.) MAP reduces the carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere during┬áthe cement-production process.

 

  • Sea level rise is another impact of climate change. Read through our article “Shore Thing.” How are communities in the Chesapeake Bay addressing sea level rise in their communities?
    • Many Chesapeake Bay communities are creating “living shorelines” to reduce the impact of sea level rise on the coast. A living shoreline is, in essence, a restructured wetland, integrating┬áplants, stone, sand, and other materials. Living shorelines are much more likely than barriers or seawalls to withstand storm surges and adapt to sea level rise.

 

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