Student Topics

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1. Global Warming

а-аClimate Hot Mapаfrom the Union of Concerned Scientists

85 degrees in the Arcticа!

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

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

- Climate Strikes !а

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

7 startling facts about the crisis facing our oceans

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

Climate Change can fuel wars

2. stirfoam?а

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.

а'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 !а

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

а-аWhy Southern African Nations Are So Concerned About Elephants

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

-Cut ivory demand and supply to save elephants

-аWhy endangered species matter

Who Will Save the Elephants?

5. Amphibians /Frogs

а-аWhy 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.

-аClimate 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

-аEffects 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:аWhat is the scope of the problem, what are the causes, and what can be done?

6. Climate Food / Seaweed / Kelp

а а а-аThe Climate-Friendly Vegetable You Ought to Eat

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

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

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

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

а-аBruce 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 Climateа

This Teenager Knows a Secret to Slowing Guatemalan Migration

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

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

а а- Soil Erosion - Nicaragua

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

а-аAssessment of economic and ecological carrying capacity of agricultural crops in Nicaragua

Impacts of illegality and barriers to legality: a diagnosticаanalysis 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

а а - Peru’s Glaciers а- Its Not going well, аIce Apocalypseа;аIn Peru’s Deserts, Melting Glaciers Are a Godsend (Until They’re Gone). ;аThese indigenous communities are models for how to adapt to climate change

а - -аmaking your own glacierа;а

- ааGlaciers / STUPAS, New Yorkerа

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

11. аRain Forest

- Deforestation - good site with lots of detailsа

Causes of Deforestation (NASA)а

Beef: The Prime Cause of Deforestation in the Amazon


-аOld 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.а

а- Inside the Long War to Protect Plastic

- Are Plastic Bans Garbage ?а

- Bacteria that eats Plastic

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

аPlastic in the Ocean

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

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

- Many references to plastic here ->а7 startling facts about the crisis facing our oceans

We Were Missing Most of the Plastic in the Ocean

-аAmericans 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 аCoral 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. аChocolateа

аааImpact of Chocolate on the Environment - WWF

а-аMake Chocolate Fairа

Cocoa’s child laborers

- search - terms link - Choolate Impact on Environmentа-аnegative impacts of growing cocoa

The history of chocolate - Deanna Pucciarelli - аShort Video. /link to transcriptа

15. Drinking Water Polluted

16. Sea Turtles

-аSea Turtles - Story 1, аStory 2- Impact on Coral Reefsа;аValue of Sea Turtle /conservancyа;аSea Turtles - Washington Postа; Economic Impacts - Sea Turtles

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 searchа

18. Dead Zones

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

-аOceanic 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

-аMassive 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 Quandaryа

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

Climate change threat to food produce in India, says study

21. Coffee

Falling Coffee Prices causing Migration

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