Celebrate the launch of the NASA Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Mission by hosting a GPM Rain EnGAUGE Event – a family science night at your school, outdoor education center, library or museum. See NASA's Rain EnGAUGE for a full electronic toolkit, including activities menu, planning schedules, a sample advertising flier, and more.
NASA Earth Observatory has updated their blog post "Key Science Points from the 2013 IPCC Report" with a new video from the IPCC. The blog post is an excellent summary that can be shared with students. We have included the new video below (published November 21, 2013).
Short description -- How will the Arctic's changing plant life influence global climate? A new data visualization available for educators explores this question and more. Learn about it at a Google+ Hangout hosted by American Museum of Natural History's Science Bulletins program at 3:30 p.m. EST on November 13.
For updates on the impact of what is being referred to as a "super typhoon," be sure to visit these websites:
With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), lake ecologist Jasmine Saros and her team from the University of Maine are plying the lake waters of southwestern Greenland, gathering samples of "diatoms" to study how climate change is affecting this Arctic ecosystem. Diatoms are a type of algae that responds rapidly to environmental change and leaves a fossil in lake sediments.
Maps on the National Geographic website show the world as it is now, with only one difference: All the ice on land has melted and drained into the sea, raising it 216 feet and creating new shorelines for our continents and inland seas.
There are more than five million cubic miles of ice on Earth, and some scientists say it would take more than 5,000 years to melt it all. If we continue adding carbon to the atmosphere, we will very likely create an ice-free planet, with an average temperature of perhaps 80 degrees Fahrenheit instead of the current 58.
Video from CNN.com from October 20, 2013, with footage of the oarfish and saber-toothed whale.
On November 1st, Skype in the Classroom will set sail on a month-long exploration of the oceans with Skype lessons from marine scientists and oceanographers from all over the world. Learn more at: https://education.skype.com/collections/exploring-oceans
From EARTH Magazine - Throughout the history of Earth, supercontinents have formed and ocean basins have opened and closed over timescales of 300 million to 500 million years. But scientists haven't found direct evidence of the in-between phase - an ocean basin that was opening, starting instead to close - until now. Thanks to new high-resolution surveys of the seafloor, scientists think they have evidence of that process starting in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Portugal.