greenhouse gases

Will You Miss the Animals You Never Knew?

Candice Gaukel Andrews by Candice Gaukel Andrews | April 20th, 2011 | 10 Comments
topic: Eco Travel, Green Living | tags: bonobo, chimpanzees, China, climate change, conservation, Democratic Republic of Congo, environment, extinction, frogs, giant pandas, global-warming, greenhouse gas emissions, greenhouse gases, Gulf of California, habitat destruction, International Tiger Forum, mexico, nature, polar-bears, porpoises, species extinction, Tigers, vaquitas, World Wildlife Fund, Year of the Tiger

Polar bear

About four years ago, the U.S. Geological Survey released a projection report stating that two-thirds of the world’s polar bears would be gone by 2050. Their numbers would plummet, stated the report, due to shrinking summer sea ice caused by greenhouse gases. Since that time, images of polar bears have graced water bottles, T-shirts and tote bags. It’s now widely accepted that Ursus maritimus is the poster child for climate change.

We also know of other species in great peril — mostly because of media attention to them. According to the Chinese zodiac, 2010 was the Year of the Tiger, and last November the International Tiger Forum was held in St. Petersburg in the Russian Federation. As the world’s first global summit focused on saving a single species from extinction, the event received widespread news coverage.

Because their likenesses appear on TV screens and spearhead conservation campaigns, chances are that even if you don’t live in tiger or polar bear habitats — where it would at least be possible for you to run into them during your daily life — you would miss them if they disappeared from our planet. But will you mourn the extinction of other species living today if you’ve never heard of them?

Global Warming: Are You Still a Believer?

Candice Gaukel Andrews by Candice Gaukel Andrews | August 13th, 2010 | 8 Comments
topic: Eco Travel, Green Living | tags: al-gore, An Inconvenient Truth, carbon emissions, climate change, Climategate, Copenhagen Climate Summit, environment, Galileo, glaciers, Global Climate Change Conference, global-warming, greenhouse gas emissions, greenhouse gases, Greenland, human activity, NASA, Nicolaus Copernicus, President Obama, Rachel Carson, Silent Spring, tree ring patterns

New Zealand Iceberg

An island of ice more than four times the size of Manhattan broke off from a glacier in Greenland during the first week of August 2010. It’s drifting across the Arctic Ocean as you read this, probably headed to Canada’s east coast.

Do You Find Carbon Offsets Off-Putting?

Candice Gaukel Andrews by Candice Gaukel Andrews | March 11th, 2009 | 12 Comments
topic: Eco Travel, Green Living | tags: air travel, carbon offsets, CO2, global-warming, greenhouse gases, planting trees, solar power plants

carbon_13I’ll admit that math has never been my best subject. But I have a pretty good grasp of its basic concepts — and I wonder if the relatively new phenomenon of “carbon offsets” adds up.