Climate Change

Climate change affects all of us and all the systems on planet Earth - from natural disasters to disrupted growing seasons, our changing climate is having widespread effects. Here are some ideas for how to deal with climate change, how to adapt and how to try and cut down on the change while we still can.

A field of shrubs under a cloudy sky.

Clouds hang low over Beaufort West, South Africa (Jaunita Swart/Unsplash)

George Washington University
Have we finally cracked the code on controlling the weather? A recent paper suggests that by using drones to charge up the water droplets in clouds, we can cause them to fall as rain.
Four shots of a model in a black and white colored tunic
George Washington University
Through fashion, Brazilian designer Daniel Davilla detects the intrinsic beauty of “junk” and molds it into a garment that appeals to all audiences.
Garden bed with green sprouts covered by a dome of plastic sheeting.

A hoop house composed with plastic sheeting and tubes provides cover for a raised garden in Washington, DC. (Lance Cheung/USDA (Public Domain Mark 1.0))

University of Maryland
University of Maryland international Ph.D. student Krisztina Christmon launched her award-winning idea of repurposing farm plastic as part of a university innovation challenge in 2020. One year later, she serves as CEO of Repurpose Farm Plastic LLC.
SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry
This video is a picture book come to life, with original designs and watercolor paintings made to present the topic of coastal degradation in an eye-catching and engaging way. 

A glimpse of volunteering at an environmental education center's edible garden in Carmel, California. They are taking a peek at some beautiful compost. (Image courtesy Kamryn You Mak/Middlebury College)

Middlebury College
Dearest child,  I’m sorry for bringing you into this world. It must be stressful and unfair and frustrating. It already is here in 2022 and has been for many, for years. But I would hazard a guess that this is a scary time to be alive and growing up... Read More

Volunteers pull ice plants in the Martin Dunes in Marina, California, as a part of a project of the Big Sur Land Trust.

Middlebury College
The invasive ice plant can be seen as a metaphor for the components of climate change, from the unbalanced way climate effects different groups to the pervasiveness of the climate crisis in everything we do.
A side by side of two forested mountains.

Left: Spain, 2021 (Ryan Bieber/Ithaca College) Right: California, 2019 (Andreas Haslinger/Unsplash)

Planet Forward Correspondent | Ithaca College
There are two huge mountain ranges, on two different continents, both of the same name. The similarities don’t end there either. Both are being increasingly affected by climate change.

(Photo by Hannah Richter/ University of Chicago)

University of Chicago
Composting is a growing practice that diverts food waste from greenhouse gas-producing landfills; Chicago colleges provide a case study into how this practice can be implemented more broadly today.
A collage of words and phrases used in relation to climate change, including "global warming," "environment," and "fossil fuels."

"Climate Change" by www.scootergenius.com (Kevin Smith/Flickr)

George Washington University
From "global warming" to "climate change" to "climate crisis," the terms that we use to refer to the worsening environment have political and social implications.
Asian elephant in an enclosure at the National Zoo.

An Asian elephant stands near the fence of its enclosure at the National Zoo in Washington DC. Asian elephants are the closest living relatives of wooly mammoths. Photo from 5/8/2019. (Skylar Epstein/George Washington University)

Planet Forward Correspondent | George Washington University
One biotech startup claims it can use Asian elephants to breed “functional mammoths” that help fight climate change. The prospect of bringing genetic engineering technologies into the world of conservation raises complex moral questions.

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