In the News: What We’re Reading This Week

Written by Stephanie Hedean on . Posted in Uncategorized

In the News is a Planet Change selection of the latest news, stories and images on climate change, nature, our environment and the impacts of a changing planet. This is what we’ve found and what we’re reading. What about you?
















Ice Age Data Bolsters Greenhouse Gas, Warming Link
The temperature increases that thawed the last ice age followed spikes in carbon dioxide levels in the air, a new study finds. Researchers say this further strengthens the scientific case explaining current man-made global warming. Interestingly, the initial trigger to the thaw was a small wobble in Earth’s orbit around the sun tilting us a bit more towards the sun resulting in more light. (

Google to Use Ice to Cool Overseas Data Centers
Google’s new $700 million data centers in Taiwan will use ice to cool, saving both energy and money. The process is known as “thermal storage” and it reduces energy bills by allowing companies to run air conditioning systems at night, when power rates are cheaper. The typical energy storage system is a giant ice maker that sits next to a conventional air conditioning system and freezes 450 gallons of water overnight, creating a giant ice block that acts like a “battery” of cold. (

New Interactive Carbon Map Explores Climate Change
The Carbon Map explores climate change responsibility and vulnerability and pulls together a comprehensive collection of data on national contributions to climate change, providing new ways to view the data. (

Indian Man Plants a 1,360 Acre Forest
Over 30 years ago, a teenager named Jadav “Molai” Payeng began planting seeds along a barren sandbar in northern India’s Assam region to grow a refuge for wildlife. And today, the spot is a sprawling 1,360 acres of jungle. (

Warming Atlantic Increases Amazon Fire Risks
Fires are a major source of carbon emissions in the Amazon, and scientists are beginning to worry that the region could become a net emitter, instead of a carbon sink. New findings link rising ocean temperatures off the northern coast of Brazil to changing weather patterns. As the Atlantic warms, it draws moisture away from the forest, priming the region for bigger fires. (

Stephanie Hedean is a Strategic Marketing and Communications Consultant and a Volunteer at The Nature Conservancy.

Photos by: Flickr users Xa’at (iceburg) and PhBasumata (forest) used under a Creative Commons license. Carbon Map courtesy of

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