Have 26 seconds? Watch how global temperatures have changed between 1880 and 2011.
From the August 6, 2012 blog posting on Climate Central
While temperatures have been blistering this summer, this video takes the longer historical view. It comes to us from our friends at NASA and is an amazing 26-second animation depicting how temperatures around the globe have warmed since 1880. That year is what scientists call the beginning of the “modern record.” You’ll note an acceleration of those temperatures in the late 1970s as greenhouse gas emissions from energy production increased worldwide and clean air laws reduced emissions of pollutants that had a cooling effect on the climate, and thus were masking some of the global warming signal. The data come from NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York, which monitors global surface temperatures. As NASA notes, “in this animation, reds indicate temperatures higher than the average during a baseline period of 1951-1980, while blues indicate lower temperatures than the baseline average.”
This week we lost a great American hero. Dr. Sally Ride was an astronaut, educator, and champion of science education for girls. After retiring from NASA in 1987, she founded Sally Ride Science, an organization devoted to encouraging young people, especially girls, pursue careers in science and math. In the short video below, hear Dr. Ride talk about what it was like to see that thin blue line of the earth’s atmosphere from space for the first time. She ends her message on a note of optimism about what can do to preserve the health of our planet. We salute Dr. Ride for all she accomplished during her lifetime. Her story and legacy will continue to make a difference to us all.
Is the weird weather we are having this summer just a strange one-off event or part of a larger pattern? Tune in and listen to Dr. Eugene Cordero, climate scientist at San Jose State University and founder of the Green Ninja Project, on last week’s radio program on KPFA called “Up Front.” Download the podcast to hear the segment called “Weather Weirding” starting at minute 33:45. It’s a very interesting discussion about how to make sense of the unusual weather patterns we have been having across the country this summer in general, and about some of the effects on the Bay Area in particular.
UpFront – LIBOR, Weather Weirding, and. . . a Supermarket Strike? – July 11, 2012 at 7:00am
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July 13, 2012 — Many thanks to blogger Bora Zivkovic for choosing our video as Scientific American’s “Video of the Week”! There is still time to vote for this video in the People’s Choice Awards. The prize money of $5,000 will be used to create more free videos for teachers and kids. Head on over to the Green Green Screen Climate Fix Flicks site and cast your vote. You can only vote once, and every vote counts!
As Dr. Eugene Cordero took to the stage at the TEDxSanJoseCA conference last month, he showed a slide with a picture of his favorite tee-shirt and posed this question to the audience: How far do you think you could you go on the energy you get from eating one burrito? This drew an appreciative laugh from the audience as he began to explain. What do you think? Is the claim on his tee-shirt correct? How would you go about figuring this out?
Questions like these fuel the imaginations of us here at The Green Ninja Project. Our scientists, educators, and filmmakers create engaging, fun, and creative ways for students to learn about the science behind our changing environment. The Green Ninja™ energizes, activates, and engages students (and teachers!) to make a difference. We create resources teachers can use, such as:
Stay tuned to hear more about our upcoming projects. In the meantime, check out Eugene Cordero’s 13-minute TEDx talk and tell us where you fall on Eugene’s burrito enjoyment index. And see the Green Ninja make his dramatic entrance with a special-delivery burrito. You won’t believe how high he can leap. Go Green Ninja!
–Julie Noblitt, Green Ninja Team