Anna Mazhirov, Author at State of the Planet - Page 3 of 3

Anna Mazhirov was the Senior Research Assistant for the Columbia Climate Center, where she worked on climate change communication and carbon management education. Graduating Duke University in 2010, she received a degree in English and Environmental Science & Policy. She contributed to "The Psychology of Climate Change Communication," while interning for the Center for Research on Environmental Decisions. As well as writing about the environment, Anna has created nonfiction multimedia content for the Middle East Fellowship, the Jazz Loft Project, and Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies. Her interests include biodiversity and conservation and documentary media.

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Climate News Roundup: Week of 4/03

Glaciers in Chile ‘melt at fastest rate in 350 years,’ BBC, Apr. 3 According to new research by the Universities of Aberystwyth, Exeter, and Stockholm, mountain glaciers of the Patagonian icefield are melting and causing sea level rise at the fastest rate in the past 350 years.  Using remote-sensing technology, the scientists were able to… read more

by |April 8, 2011

A Flood at Home More Motivational Than a Flood of Information

Is it necessary for your house to be flooded for you to feel personally threatened by climate change? Maybe not – but according to a March behavior study, a soggy basement will probably make you more inclined to take action to mitigate climate change. Despite the consensus within the scientific community that immediate action is… read more

by |April 7, 2011
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Climate News Roundup: Week of 3/20

USDA Funds Research on Crops and Climate Change, Businessweek, Mar. 21 The federal government is investing $60 million in three major studies on the effects of climate change on crops and forests. This adaptation strategy is meant to help farmers and foresters maintain their supply of food and timber, while experiencing shifting weather patterns. The… read more

by |March 25, 2011

Climate Change to Exacerbate Rising Food Prices

Despite all human provisions to maintain a steady and even increasing food supply, post-Green-Revolution agriculture remains heavily dependent on seasonal weather. Just in the past few years, weather extremes caused significant jumps in food prices, causing social, economic, and political disturbances in both developing and developed countries. Between 2006 and 2008, world average prices rose… read more

by |March 22, 2011
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Climate News Roundup: Week of 3/06

NASA Reels From Climate Science Setbacks, AFP, Mar. 6 NASA’s $424 million Glory satellite, meant to monitor aerosols and solar radiation, crashed into the Pacific last week. Climate scientists were relying on the satellite data to fill critical information gaps. The accident comes at an inopportune time, as Congress is in the process of determining… read more

by |March 11, 2011
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Climate News Roundup: Week of 2/27

Fact-Free Science, New York Times, Feb. 25 President Obama, advocating science as the means to a better future, requested increases in his budget proposal for scientific research and education, especially for developing alternative energy. According to research completed by the Center for American Progress, a majority of Republicans in Congress do not consider climate change… read more

by |March 4, 2011
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Climate News Roundup: Week of 2/20

Climate Change Affecting Owl Color in Finland, USA Today, Feb. 22 A longitudinal study of 28 years found that the brown variant of the Finnish tawny owl is surviving at a better rate than the grey owl. Milder winters with less snow cover allow the brown owls to better camouflage themselves from predators. Researchers from… read more

by |February 25, 2011

A Tentative Year for REDD+: Placing Value on Forests

Forests, particularly tropical forests, are economically valuable for their biodiversity and, especially relevant for climate change, their ability to store carbon within their vegetation and soil. Alternately, destruction of forests releases carbon into the atmosphere. Deforestation and forest degradation account for 12-20% of GHG emissions. REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) is a… read more

by |February 17, 2011