Highway of riches, road to ruin: Inside the Amazon’s deforestation crisis – Globe and Mail

The fate of the Amazon rainforest has never been as uncertain as it is right now. To understand the forces that are shaping its future, Stephanie Nolen travelled 2,000-kilometres along a dusty, dangerous corridor through a fragile ecosystem on which the world depends Continue reading

Learning about Climate Change: Conventional Teaching is not up to the Challenge – by Stan Kozak

Climate change is a challenge for the entire world, and it may present formal education with its greatest challenge. How do teachers teach about a long-term problem that is evolving rapidly and changing the environment in real time? Continue reading

How do hurricanes form? A lesson in the science behind the storm – The Globe and Mail

What are hurricanes?Hurricanes are part of a family of storms called tropical cyclones – storms that rotate rapidly around a low-pressure centre and produce heavy rain and strong winds. If one of these storms hits a sustained top wind speed of 119 kilometres an hour and appears in the Atlantic or eastern North Pacific, it qualifies as a hurricane. (Similar storms in the western North Pacific are called typhoons.) The Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale goes up from there, through to Category 5, which has no ceiling and represents storms with wind speeds greater than 252 km/h. Anything from Category 3 and up is a “major” hurricane.

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What would happen to the climate if we stopped emitting greenhouse gases today?


Richard B. Rood

Professor of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences at University of Michigan


Imagine the smokestacks without the billowing clouds of greenhouse gas pollution. Continue reading