Featured STAO 2016 Speakers: Dr. Katharine Hayhoe

hayhoeSession Title:  Climate Change: What is Happening and How Do We Know? 

Date:  Saturday Nov 12 at 10:15 AM

Room: International B

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Dr. Hayhoe, an international authority in her field, will trace the
history of climate change and the effects that it is having on Planet
Earth today. A up-to-date look at what we need to know as teachers and as
citizens in a changing world. Be prepared for an informative, lively look
at this very important topic, one that we all have to take seriously. Plan
to attend. You will not be disappointed!

Cap and Trade In Ontario

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Fighting climate change while encouraging innovation and productivity is part of the government’s plan to grow the economy and create jobs. An important part of this plan is creating a low-carbon economy through a cap and trade system, which will limit pollution, reward innovative companies and create more opportunities for investment in Ontario.

Source: Government of Ontario

NASA’s Earth Minute: Sea Level Rise

or over 20 years NASA has been tracking the global surface topography of the ocean in order to understand the important role it plays in our daily lives. Climate change is causing our Ocean to warm and glaciers to melt, resulting in sea level rise. Since 1880, the global sea level has risen 8 inches; by 2100, it is projected to rise another 1 to 4 feet. Continue reading

Cool Jobs: Green Science | Science News for Students

Scientists get at the root (and stem, leaf, flower, fruit and seed) of the relationship between plants and their environment

BY SHARON OOSTHOEK, MARCH 14, 2013

White spruce grow across northern North America, from Alaska to Labrador. As Arctic temperatures rise, spruce are spreading even farther north.

Even if trees cannot walk, they are still on the move.

In parts of the Arctic, entire forests are creeping northward. Luckily, ecologist Serge Payette is hot on their trail. Like the two other scientists we will meet here, Payette has spent decades trying to understand the often surprising ways plants influence their environment.

Together, these three experts are showing how plants don’t just colonize new surroundings, but also can warm and clean them. Some plants can even rid an area of any competing plants, using chemicals that continue to marvel scientists. As work by these scientists shows, plants do many things to interact with their environment — and ours.

Move on up

Across the Arctic, temperatures are rising faster than anywhere else in the world. As that happens, the tree line that marks where forests stop and the treeless tundra starts has been shifting northward. Payette is an Arctic plant ecologist who works at Université Laval in Québec, Canada. And he’s been studying how trees respond to this climate change in northern Canada. Read more …

via Cool Jobs: Green Science | Science News for Students.