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States of Denial: We Don’t Need No Climate Education

Given the flagging rank of American students in science and math, updated science standards would seem to be a good idea. But some are trying to block this progress. (iStockphoto/clearstockconcepts)
by Bill Chameides
May 21, 2014

Our story of the cozy partnership between political leaders and the fossil fuel industry moves to Wyoming where the state has moved to block efforts to modernize the science curriculum taught in our nation’s schools.

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Scientists Find Melting of Antarctic Ice Sheet Accelerating

Thwaites glacier
by Bill Chameides
May 14, 2014

Two new papers point to eventual complete loss of glaciers, but it will take centuries or more to occur.

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Nature Photographer James Balog Honored

James Balog LEAF award
by Bill Chameides
Apr 16, 2014

The cameraman featured in the Oscar-nominated film “Chasing Ice” has captured a lot more than ice with his lens.

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E.O. Wilson: Preserving Biodiversity Is an Ethical Imperative

“Biodiversity is the totality of all inherited variation in the life forms of Earth, of which we are one species. We study and save it to our great benefit. We ignore and degrade it to our great peril.” —E.O. Wilson (Duke Photography)
by Bill Chameides
Feb 17, 2014

The famed scientist is at Duke this spring, kicking off a scientific partnership between the Nicholas School and the biodiversity foundation that bears his name. His advice to young folks: “Be an ‘ologist.’”

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Art Makes Environmental Change Real

Eve Mosher, High Water Line | NYC
by Bill Chameides
Jan 24, 2014

Experiencing the science of climate change rather than learning about it.

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Starting to Suss Out Connections Between Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Hurricane Sandy was a massive "superstorm" that struck the U.S. eastern seaboard in late October 2012, breaking many a record. Was it linked to climate change? A new study looks at it and 11 other events and connects the climate dots where appropriate. (NOAA)
by Bill Chameides
Sep 10, 2013

Scientists start to meet a “grand challenge” and none too soon.

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Climate Change Chatter, Issue 11

by Bill Chameides
Aug 2, 2013

In July after 154 leader-less days, the EPA finally got a new administrator. Days later House Republicans put the agency's budget on the chopping block. Today four former EPA chiefs under Republican presidents chimed in with their thoughts on climate change, the agency they all headed, and the need for action.

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The Artistic Appeal of Clouds

by Bill Chameides
Jul 19, 2013

Never underestimate the power of an image to connect people to the natural world.

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On Science, Politics and Climate Change

It's important to avoid "overheated rhetoric" on climate change. It's equally important to get the science right. For example, while the rate of warming in the atmosphere in the 2000s has slowed, the oceans continue to absorb heat, and some of that heat will undoubtedly eventually find its way into the atmosphere. (Flickr/lanacar)
by Bill Chameides
May 22, 2013

U.S. Representative Lamar Smith’s strutting his science cred.

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House Hears About Climate

Testifying on Capitol Hill, April 25, 2013
by Bill Chameides
Apr 29, 2013

Is last week's hearing on climate the start of a thaw?

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