climate change

Science & Health
12:05 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

U.A. Student Attending Climate Conference in Peru

Catherine King
Matthew Wood, University of Alabama

A University of Alabama student is heading to Lima, Peru next month for a United Nations conference on climate change.  Catherine King is a chemical engineering major with a focus on green chemistry.  She’s one of 8 students across the country the American Chemical Society selected to attend the conference.  King says the issue of climate change has become too politicized.

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Science & Health
6:11 am
Wed November 12, 2014

UA Student Chosen to Attend Climate Conference

Catherine King
Credit uanews.ua.edu

University of Alabama officials say a senior chemical engineering and chemistry student has been chosen to participate in a conference on climate change being hosted by the United Nations.

University officials said in a statement that Catherine King of Huntsville is one of eight students the American Chemical Society selected to attend the UN's conference in Lima, Peru. The event is expected to include representatives from more than 190 countries.

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Science & Health
9:37 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Dinosaur Fossil Expert to Speak at UA

amazon.com

An expert on dinosaur fossils will speak at the University of Alabama Thursday night.  It’s part of a lecture series on evolution called ALLELE.  Emory professor Anthony Martin will talk about what dinosaur fossils can teach us about evolution.  He studies what are called trace fossils.

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Science & Health
2:49 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Study: Climate Change Threatens Birds Across Alabama

White-breasted Nuthatch
Jim Paris (allaboutbirds.org)

A new study finds that climate change is threatening more than half the bird species in the United States.  The National Audubon Society studied 588 bird species, including in Alabama. Of those, 314 could be forced to relocate as their habitats shift.  Scot Duncan is an Associate Professor of Biology at Birmingham-Southern College. 

Scot Duncan: “We’re looking at a tremendous loss of birds, and some species entirely, leaving our neighborhoods and the places that we like to spend time.”

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Politics & Government
6:24 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Alabama AG to Testify Against Carbon Limits

Credit lutherstrange.com

Alabama's attorney general is scheduled to testify to a Senate subcommittee in Washington in opposition to environmental regulations affecting coal-fired power plants.

A spokesman for Attorney General Luther Strange says he was invited by Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions to testify Wednesday at a meeting of the Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety. The subcommittee is focusing on climate change. Sessions is a member of the subcommittee.

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Science & Health
1:40 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

'Carbon Capture' One Key to Combating Global Warming

Lester Lefkowitz/Getty Images

The question of how to reduce the pollution that causes global warming is now a hot topic since new carbon limits were announced by the EPA earlier this month.  Those proposed rules aim to reduce national carbon emissions from existing power plants 30 percent by the year 2030.  In Alabama, the goal is 27 percent.  The boom in natural gas could help, as could investments in renewable energy like wind and solar.  Another method is what’s called “carbon capture.”  Dr.

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Science & Health
6:28 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Alabama AG May Sue Over EPA Carbon Rules

Credit lutherstrange.com

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange says he may take legal action to challenge the Obama administration's latest ruling on power plant emissions.

Strange says restrictions on emissions will cost Alabama jobs and increase heating and cooling costs. Al.com reports that Strange says 16,000 coal-related jobs in Alabama could be affected.

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Science & Health
5:28 pm
Sun May 11, 2014

New Climate Report Details Harms to the Southeast US

From the report: The map shows the relative risk that physical changes will occur as sea level rises. The Coastal Vulnerability Index used here is calculated
National Climate Assessment

This week saw the release of yet another in a long string of increasingly dire reports on climate change.  The federal government’s third National Climate Assessment is perhaps most notable for documenting the impact climate change is having in the U.S. RIGHT NOW as opposed to in the future.  More severe weather, extreme drought, and torrential rainfall like that seen along the Gulf Coast last week are becoming measurably more common.

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