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Education about Climate Change is a priority for our Warm Heart Environmental Program
Every day we search for new, current information regarding global warming and climate change. Information that impacts all of us.

We share links to relevant articles on our Environmental Progress News on a daily basis. Article links are archived here.

June 2017

June 23, 2017

Best Farming Practices

Dennis Pollock’s article Mastering soil health elevates farm productivity, sustainability offers great advice to farmers who want to improve their soils and grow organic. Follow these tips, add in a little biochar and you will be amazed at the results!

June 22, 2017

Good News!

While the US Federal Government may be pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement individual States are not. Hawaii is the first State to pass legislation upholding the carbon emissions reduction goals originally set by the Paris climate change agreement. Yea for Hawaii!

For more details read Tom Lawson’s article Hawaii rebels against Trump with new climate targets

June 21, 2017

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More unforeseen problems at Antarctica

One of the biggest concerns about the Antarctica has been the melting of the glaciers. Now there is a new problem stemming from the rise in temperatures.

The Express Tribune exposes The latest threat to Antarctica – an insect and plant invasion

June 20, 2017

Take a fun quiz

The New York Times published a short fun quiz testing how much you know about solving global warming. Answer the first question “How We Eat” and the next question will pop up. See how well you do!

How Much Do You Know About Solving Global Warming? by Tatiana Schlossberg

June 18, 2017

Source: Lynne Sladky/AP

Baby Sea Turtles Baking in the Sand

Global warming is having an impact on many species besides humans. One that is being affected is the sea turtles eggs that are laid in the sand to incubate. Unfortunately, the sand has become so hot they are not hatching, but instead are baking and dying.

Stacey Leasca ” article Climate Change is causing sea turtle eggs to cook in the sand describes the problem and what scientists are trying to do about it.

June 17, 2017

Saving the coral reefs

It has become clear to scientists that unless we find a solution for saving coral reefs they are doomed to die, destroying an ecosystem and leaving our coasts vulnerable to erosion and extreme flooding. One plan is replanting with a garden-grown variety more resilient to both temperature and rising acidity linked to more carbon in the atmosphere. Read more about the saving our coral reefs in Jenny Staletovich’s article Florida reef rescuers race to keep pace with climate change.

June 16, 2017


Evolution not always a good thing

Sometimes evolution can be a bad thing, for example when disease-causing organisms become resistant to our medicines. Malaria, often associated with mosquitos, has become an issue that medical scientists are battling. With climate change having a big impact on an increase in the mosquito population it is imperative that science stays ahead of evolution.

See Heather Goldstone’s article Using Evolution to Fight Malaria for the latest updates.

June 15, 2017

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Best chance for survival of climate change

Another interesting study about bird evolution and adaption to climate change. Maybe not what you would have expected!

Birds in ‘Goldilocks’ habitats have best chance against global warming

June 14, 2017

Is Biochar the answer?

Here at Warm Heart we are very excited by the potential biochar has of helping reduce global warming. We are always interested in new articles regarding the advancement of Biochar. We are happy to share this article with you by Anna Guth:

Is Biochar a Game-Changer for Sustainable Farms?

June 13, 2017

New studies continue to show climate impact on bird migration

Small shorebirds like Ruddy Turnstones migrate from the coasts of New Zealand and Australia and all the way up to Russia and Alaska to breed. After breeding they migrate back, stopping on the East Asian coast along the way. In total that is a 20,000km round trip! Studies show they are leaving on their migratory trips two days earlier than before, arriving one day earlier. Is this a sign of evolution in progress? Read the media release to learn what scientists have observed.

New study shows climate change impacting shorebird migration

June 12, 2017

Credit: University of Connecticut

What happens when you are late?

Late for dinner? No problem, your food may a little cold, or you may have to grab something else if all the food is gone, but you will most likely eat, something.

Not so for birds whose internal clocks are being thrown off by climate change.

Loretta Waldman’s article Migratory birds arriving late to breeding grounds explains the problem.

June 11, 2017

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Climate vs Weather

With all the talk about climate change, many people are confused by the terms climate and weather, what exactly is the difference?

Read this article to get a clear understanding of climate vs weather.

Dennis Mersereau’s explanation of What’s the Difference Between Weather and Climate?

June 10, 2017

Can coral survive the impacts of global warming?

The Great Barrier Reefs have been bleaching at an alarming rate. Warmer, acidic waters are killing the coral. Scientists have discovered a new type of coral that has adapted to climate change. Is there hope to save the Great Barrier Reef?

Hannah Osborne covers the story in her article ‘SUPER CORALS’ ON AUSTRALIA’S GREAT BARRIER REEF MAY SAVE IT FROM CLIMATE CHANGE, SCIENTISTS DISCOVER

June 9, 2017

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Flightless Cormorant

Interesting that there are 40 species of Cormorant birds, but only 1 is unable to fly. The Cormorants living on Galapagos island have tiny wings that make it impossible for them to fly. Why only the Cormorants living on Galapagos?

New research explains this phenomena How the Galapagos cormorant lost its ability to fly

June 8, 2017

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Which 5 Countries are the worst offenders?

Where is all the garbage coming from that is polluting our oceans? As the world evolves into higher consumerism the remnants of our habits are having a devastating effect on marine life. Soda bottles, plastic bags and tons of cigarette butts, to name a few. A new article spotlights the 5 main countries responsible for 60% of the pollution. Can you guess which ones they are? What can be done to clean up the gross negligence that is affecting all of us?

To find out read Patrick Winn’s article 5 countries dump more plastic into the oceans than the rest of the world combined.

June 7, 2017

Human Evolution

Evolution affects all life forms, a built in mechanism we all share to prevent extinction. Evolution is a slow process, however, and whether it can keep up with the challenge of rapid climate change is the big unknown. Take a look at what some scientists predict humans may evolve into 1000 years from now.

Article and video by Rob Ludacer and Jessica Orwig This Is What Humans Could Look Like in 1,000 Years

June 6, 2017

Western Spotted Skunk

Climate change is nothing new

Our climate has seen changes for millions of years, the fact that it is changing is nothing new. What is new is the speed that it is changing at, which can be directly linked to human activity. In the past scientists have studied how the climate change has affected the evolution in some species. More research needs to be done to predict the impact of our fast moving climate change we are currently experiencing.

Anthony Bouchard examines How Climate Change Influenced the Evolution of the Western Spotted Skunk in his recent article in Science Daily published on Labroots.

June 5, 2017

How are people handling climate change in the Marshall Islands?

June 4, 2017

Credit: Sean Morris

Which has a bigger impact, a change in temperature or an increase of precipitation?

Summary: An international team of scientists participated in a joint study to answer the question “What matters more for the evolution of plants and animals, precipitation or temperature? Their results may surprise you.

To see their findings check out Changes in precipitation patterns influence natural selection at global scale

June 3, 2017

Credit: Curtis Horne

What effect will a warmer climate have on animals?

Summary: Scientists studying the effect on cold-blooded animals raised in a warmer environment discovered that the animals develop faster, which leads to maturing at a smaller adult version. How will this affect the overall ecosystem?

Read this informative article Seasonal warming leads to smaller animal body sizes to learn more.

June 2, 2017

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You have heard of Army Ants, but Farming Ants?

Summary: Interesting article that describes how leafcutter ants are great farmers. Scientists believe ants appear to have developed their advanced farming systems sometime after a global cooling event began lowering temperatures worldwide around 35 million years ago. When an ant brings food back to it’s home it is to feed the fungi, which they grow on an industrial scale in their underground gardens.

Read the Smithsonian article by Brian Handwerk How Ants Became the World’s Best Fungus Farmers

June 1, 2017

Photo by John A. Kelley, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

Change is already here

Summary: Ecological scientists recognize climate change is already here. John H. Matthews’ article provides a historic look at Atmospheric science, and what current day science is telling us.

Read John H. Matthews article “What Ecologists Are Most Worried About Right Now: 5 Emerging Trends in Climate Change Ecology