This Week on Earth

Week In Review – June 24th

June 20, 2016 – Exposure to higher-than-normal ocean temperatures for three consecutive years intensifies the rate of bleaching for coral reefs. Climate change, together with El Nino patterns, makes this the longest and most extensive bleaching event on record. June 21, 2016 – A recent study suggests that crop development can’t keep up with rising global temperatures. Accurately predicting future growing conditions is key to staying ahead of the heat. June 21, 2016 – Health scientist calls for the reduction of dependence on “dirty energy” for the sake of our children. Toxic emissions and climate change will put future generations at risk. June 22, 2016 – Better understandings of summer “watermelon snow” leads researchers to consider its effect on climate change. These algae can change the albedo of snow, affecting the rate of Arctic snowmelt. WIR2402 June 23, 2016 – The solar powered aircraft, Solar Impulse, crosses the Atlantic. Landing in Spain, it finished the 15th leg of its journey around the globe. WIR2403 June 23, 2016 – A British technology company recently fabricated floor tiles that generate power from footsteps. They don’t generate much energy per step, but what if thousands of people walked on these tiles every day? June 24, 2016 – Plastic litters the shore of an atoll in the Indian Ocean uninhabited by humans, but there is plenty of life on that small stretch of land. This oceanic trash washing ashore has massive negative impacts on the ecosystem there. WIR2404