Potential Research Topics

Climate Change  

 - Climate Hot Map from the Union of Concerned Scientists

85 degrees in the Arctic !

- Carbon Dioxide new high levels  - what does it mean - NBC News

- Central America 

    - Climate change is contributing to the migration of Central American refugees

   - Climate Change Impacts in Latin America (Short story) 

   - Journal Article with Data : Future climate change scenarios in Central America at high spatial resolution

   - Belize Most Vulnerable In Central America To Sea Level Rise (news article) 

  - Journal Future climate change scenarios in Central America at high spatial resolution

. Global Warming

 - Climate Hot Map from the Union of Concerned Scientists

85 degrees in the Arctic !

- Carbon Dioxide new high levels  - what does it mean - NBC News

Jay Inslee is writing the climate plan the next president should adopt

- Climate Strikes ! 

Bill Nye shares 3-step plan to save the world in Cornell University speech

7 startling facts about the crisis facing our oceans

- Moving the United States toward a 100% clean energy economy

Climate Change can fuel wars

Air Pollution

Air Pollution

- China is having success with pollution


- Climate Friendly Food Source

Climate Change is altering the food America Grows

Renewable Energy 

       Electric Cars / 

Food Issues. 

Meat and Climate Change - Politico Article May 2019

Almond Milk is Taking a Toll on the Environment - UCSF Sustainability https://sustainability.ucsf.edu/1.713


Human Drugs Are Polluting the Water—And Animals Are Swimming in It ; Salmon on psychotropics, platypuses on prozac, and other strange tales from the wild


   - Elephants

Water Issues

- Drinking Water Issues

    - Contaminated Water in U.S. CBS news May 7

Architecture / Design

Air Conditioning warming the Planet NYTimes ;  Air-Conditioners Cool the Home but Heat the Planet. Can Anyone Invent a Better One? ;  Could Air Conditioning Fix Climate Change? 

3. Islands disappear

‘Literally drowning in plastic’: 414 million pieces of trash washed up on remote islands

Their Islands Are Being Eroded. So Are Their Human Rights, They Say.

 'One day we'll disappear': Tuvalu's sinking islands

This island was on the brink of disaster. Then, they planted thousands of trees

Seabirds ingesting plastic pollution warn scientists

- Climate Strikes ! 

Sea level rise

20 Countries Most At Risk From Sea Level Rise

Sea-level rise could be even worse than we’ve been led to expect

4. Elephants

 - Why Southern African Nations Are So Concerned About Elephants

- Conserve elephants. They hold a scientific mirror up to humans

-Cut ivory demand and supply to save elephants

- Why endangered species matter

Who Will Save the Elephants?

5. Amphibians /Frogs

 - Why frogs need saving

- Why the loss of amphibians matters ; Frogs and salamanders are disappearing at a startling rate, and that's reason for humans to worry.

- Climate change is helping spread a deadly virus among frogs in Britain

Mass extinction isn't an abstract idea for scientists who have watched species die

What we lose when we lose the world's frogs - Vox

- Effects of habitat loss and fragmentation on amphibians: A review and prospectus

Table of Loss Frogs and Amphibians

Decline in amphibian populations

Current extinction rates of reptiles and amphibians

Worldwide Amphibian Declines: What is the scope of the problem, what are the causes, and what can be done?

6Climate Food / Seaweed / Kelp

     - The Climate-Friendly Vegetable You Ought to Eat

     - Can Seaweed Farming Play a Role in Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation?

     - Seaweed: The ‘Superfood’ That Could Help Fight Climate Change

   -  How fear of climate change - created a new burger. - The Impossible Burger

   - This Vegan Burger ‘Bleeds’ and Tastes Like Beef, But Produces 87% Less Greenhouse Gas Emissions

 - Bruce Friedrich: How Is Eating Meat Affecting Our Planet?

Meet the 'star ingredient' changing fortunes in Alaska's waters: seaweed

Most 'meat' in 2040 will not come from dead animals, says report

Can chicken fight climate change? Blue Apron founder’s new company bets on carbon-friendly chicken

7.Central America Climate 

This Teenager Knows a Secret to Slowing Guatemalan Migration

- Climate change is contributing to the migration of Central American refugees

Solutions to Global Warming in Latin America - including pursuing new policies to curb deforestation and forest degradation

   - Soil Erosion - Nicaragua

   - Assessment of Climate Change in Nicaragua: Analysis of Precipitation and Temperature by Dynamical Downscaling over a 30-Year Horizon

 - Assessment of economic and ecological carrying capacity of agricultural crops in Nicaragua

Impacts of illegality and barriers to legality: a diagnostic analysis of illegal logging in Honduras and Nicaragua

Migration, remittances and smallholder decision-making: Implications for land use and livelihood change in Central America

8. Water Pollution China

9. Air Pollution China

“Tug-of-War” between Air Pollution and CO2 Masks Warming’s Impacts

Air pollution affects happiness, Chinese study finds

Beijing Air Pollution Exposes China’s Health & Environment Risks

7 shocking facts about air pollution


10. Glaciers dissappearing

    - Peru’s Glaciers  - Its Not going well,  Ice Apocalypse ; In Peru’s Deserts, Melting Glaciers Are a Godsend (Until They’re Gone). ; These indigenous communities are models for how to adapt to climate change

  - - making your own glacier ; 

-   Glaciers / STUPAS, New Yorker 

Half of glaciers in Satluj basin may disappear by 2050: Study

11.  Rain Forest

- Deforestation - good site with lots of details 

Causes of Deforestation (NASA) 

Beef: The Prime Cause of Deforestation in the Amazon


- Old Cellphones: The Key to Stopping Climate Change

Amazon deforestation: EU firms linked to illegal logging in Brazil

Bolsonaro, the Amazon and the world’s next environmental catastrophe

Nutella, Palm Oil and Rain forest

12. Plastic - Plastic is increasing in the Ocean, it is a threat to future generations because fish are impacted, and therefore people who depend on fish are at risk. 

 - Inside the Long War to Protect Plastic

- Are Plastic Bans Garbage ? 

Bacteria that eats Plastic

- Turns out there's more plastic pollution in the deep ocean than the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

 Plastic in the Ocean

   - Marine plastic pollution costs the world up to $2.5tn a year, researchers find

- Pathogens hitchhiking on plastics ‘could carry cholera from India to US’

- Many references to plastic here -> 7 startling facts about the crisis facing our oceans

We Were Missing Most of the Plastic in the Ocean

- Americans Eat and Inhale Over 70,000 Plastic Particles Each Year According to a New Analysis

People eat at least 50,000 plastic particles a year, study finds

13  Coral Reefs Disappearing

Obituary - Coral Reef

Coral reefs ‘will be overwhelmed by rising oceans’

How to save the ‘tropical rainforests’ of the ocean

My Depressing Summers in Belize

The race to save Florida’s devastated coral reefs from global warming

Sunscreen ingredient toxic to coral, killing off reefs: research

7 startling facts about the crisis facing our oceans

14.  Chocolate 

   Impact of Chocolate on the Environment - WWF

 - Make Chocolate Fair 

Cocoa’s child laborers

- search - terms link - Choolate Impact on Environment - negative impacts of growing cocoa

The history of chocolate - Deanna Pucciarelli -  Short Video. /link to transcript 

   Impact of Chocalate on the Environment - WWF

 - Make Chocalate Fair 

- search - terms link - Chocalate Impact on Environment - negative impacts of growing cocoa

15. Drinking Water Polluted

Rainwater in parts of US contains high levels of PFAS chemical, says study

A 'forever chemical' contaminates drinking water near military bases

16. Sea Turtles

- Sea Turtles - Story 1,  Story 2- Impact on Coral Reefs ; Value of Sea Turtle /conservancy ; Sea Turtles - Washington Post ; Economic Impacts - Sea Turtles

Marine Animals

17. Air Pollution / Cars ; United States

E.P.A. Plans to Get Thousands of Pollution Deaths Off the Books by Changing Its Math

7 shocking facts about air pollution

Climate change already bringing disease, air pollution and heatwaves

Air pollution limits in U.S. inadequate to prevent deaths

Minorities in the US breathe in more air pollution caused by white people

Air pollution: black, Hispanic and poor students most at risk from toxins – study

Air pollution is making us dumber, study shows

China's Surprising Solutions to Clear Killer Air

Revealed: air pollution may be damaging ‘every organ in the body’

Air Pollution Rate over time / data search 

18. Dead Zones

 - Oceans suffocating as huge dead zones quadruple since 1950, scientists warn

- Oceanic Dead Zones Continue to Spread


January 30, 2017


The Economics of Dead Zones: Causes, Impacts, Policy Challenges, and a Model of the Gulf of Mexico Hypoxic Zone

Video - TED - Dead Zone - Gulf of Mexico

- Massive 8,000-mile 'dead zone' could be one of the gulf's largest

‘A major punch in the gut’: Midwest rains projected to create near-record dead zone in Gulf

20. India and Climate Change / Global Warming

Its Real Hot in India - 120 degrees Wash Post 2019

Day Zero in India Looming For Millions

India's Air-Conditioning and Climate Change Quandary 

The World Wants Air-Conditioning. That Could Warm the World. 

Climate change threat to food produce in India, says study

21. Coffee

Falling Coffee Prices causing Migration

22. Maple Syrup

Canadian Maple Syrup - Climate Change - NYTimes. ,  New York Maply Syrup ImpactOnondaga County Maple SyrupNew Owner of Maple Syrup Business

Marine Life Issues 

Killer Whales and Decline of Salmon ; Seatle Times - Whales / Salmon; Protecting Salmon save Orcas

The Pebble Mine  impact on salmon 

Melting Glaciers impact on salmon and the ecosystem

The Trash Problem

 - Maine Bans Styrofoam The Market Place News Report - Stryofoam 


- eWaste in Africa - 

Recyling Con

U.S. Recycling Industry Is Struggling To Figure Out A Future Without China

Australia Wild Fires

Australia’s Catastrophic Fires Threaten to Upend the Way People Live

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