The Psychology of Climate Change Communication

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The  Center for Research on Environmental Decisions has made available for free a guide for communication climate change.  The Psychology of Climate Change Communication is a “Guide for Scientists, Journalists, Educators, Political Aides, and the Interested Public.”  The guide is available in its entirety on the CRED site, by clicking through the contents menu at left. You can also download a PDF.

Glowing, gutsy hitchhikers

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To hungry humans, glow-in-the-dark food may seem suspicious and unappetizing. To creatures that swim, slither and crawl in the darkest depths of the ocean, however, a glowing bug may be a welcome and easy snack. Scientists have come up with many ideas about why organisms light up. New experiments on tiny, glow-in-the-dark bacteria that live in the sea support the idea that a microbe’s glow isn’t just for show. Hungry animals are attracted to the light and eat the microbes, which then cruise around the ocean inside the animal’s guts. Read more here

Water, water, not everywhere

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Scientists who study water’s movements recently reported that levels of groundwater — water found in soil or pooled in underground reservoirs — have been dropping for the last nine years in many places. Part of that decrease is probably due to human activities. People drill wells and pump water from deep underground pools, especially in dry areas, to grow crops and supply drinking water. The new study suggests we’re pumping out too much. The scientists’ measurements came from a surprising source: two satellites orbiting Earth. Nicknamed Tom and Jerry after the cartoon cat and mouse, they constantly chase each other around the planet. Instead of teasing and tormenting each other, though, the twin satellites track changes in groundwater by measuring gravity. Read more here

View 100 of the World’s Worst Invasive Alien Species

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Do you want to know which are the world’s worst invasive alien species? The IUCN Species Specialist group have laid them out in a database that can be found via this link:

Buy, use, toss?

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Are you concerned about sustainable living? Do you wonder whether we are able to maintain our materials economy? Facing the Future is providing its book: Buy, Use, Toss for free download on its website. “Buy, Use, Toss? is an interdisciplinary unit that includes ten fully-planned lessons (…) Students will learn about the five major steps of the materials economy; Extraction, Production, Distribution, Consumption, and Disposal. They will also be asked to analyze the sustainability of these steps, determining how consumption can benefit people, economies, and environments. This book is suitable for ages 9-12. Download it here.