Earth Day Network Blog Updates

Chinese Students Visit EDN, Learn About History of Earth Day

On Tuesday, Earth Day Network was fortunate enough to host a group of students from the Little Swan Art Center in Xian, China. The students—ages 9-19—listened to a presentation about Earth Day and its history, snapped some photos with Earth Day Network staff members, and took a tour of our office building’s green roof.

At the end of the visit, the students presented Earth Day Network with some impressive prints, paintings and drawings. Each student received an Earth Day T-shirt.


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Carbon Pollution, Climate Policy, and the Built Environment: Introduction

“We, the people, still believe that our obligations as Americans are not just to ourselves, but to all posterity. We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations.”
- President Obama

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The Evolving Challenges of Conservation

In an effort to preserve the immense biodiversity on our planet, conservation efforts have traditionally focused on individual species as part of a reactive approach to dwindling population numbers. However, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s Red List Index shows that most of the species numbers are still declining, despite these targeted conservation efforts. Given this, conservationists and Earth Day Network are seeking new ways to solve this ongoing challenge in the face of new and evolving threats like climate change.

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2012: The Year of Broken Climate Records

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) State of the Climate report was released on Tuesday, and its findings were alarming. Hundreds of researchers and climate scientists from around the globe contributed to the report, which assessed global temperatures, ocean temperatures, sea level rises, arctic sea ice cover, greenhouse gas emissions, climate-related weather events and dozens of other variables—all of which painted a bleak picture of the current state of our climate.



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New Study Reveals Impact of Global Warming on Marine Life

While the effect of climate change on land animal species is well-documented, our understanding of the way that climate change impacts marine life has been limited—until now. A recent study undertaken by scientists at 17 institutions across the world revealed startling impacts.

Notably, evidence showed that phytoplankton, zooplankton and bony fish are moving toward the poles at an average rate of 72 kilometers per decade, compared with the terrestrial average of 6 kilometers per decade.

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The Future of Green: Floating Offshore Wind Turbines

Today is the first day of our exciting new blog series: The Future of Green. Every other Friday we will post a blog about a cutting-edge and futuristic innovation in the world of green technology. Technology is one of several barriers that stand between today’s society and a sustainable future. The innovators we highlight through The Future of Green are shattering those barriers. Make sure to tune in every other Friday for a glimpse into the future of energy and sustainability.

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How Can a LEED-Certified Building Use So Much Energy?

When it opened in 2010, the Bank of America Tower was called one of the world’s “most environmentally responsible high-rise office buildings,” and it earned the praise of Al Gore and Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The building also received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification, the first time a skyscraper had earned this distinction.

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New Project Launched to Show Opposition to Fracking in Colorado

The state of Colorado has been at the epicenter of the fracking debate recently. As the people of Colorado continue to express their opposition to fracking—through local legislation and widespread protesting—Colorado Governor Hickenlooper continues to disregard this opposition. He has even sued communities for adopting fracking bans.

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Bipartisan Energy Efficiency Bill to be Brought to Senate Floor

The bipartisan Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act—introduced by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Rob Portman (R-OH)—will soon be brought to the Senate floor for debate.

The bill seeks to encourage and advance the use of energy efficient technologies in residential and commercial buildings, primarily through updating building codes to integrate energy efficiency standards. There are several components to the bill:

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The Effect of Nature on Cognition

Being outside for recess is what students look forward to every school day. People say being outside is good for your health. They say connecting with nature is vital. But how important is it, and how does it improve health – especially your mind?

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