Student Voices - Page 8

Re-conceptualizing Adult Learning for a Changing World

by |July 19th, 2015

One of the most memorable characters from the cartoon series Charlie Brown is the faceless and prosaic teacher. Even though this character had no physical manifestation — no form, no dialogue — the caricature is memorable because of the frustration and giddiness it caused you to feel. No matter how eventful Charlie Brown’s day may have been, when he arrived at school, the teacher would motor on “wah-wah-wah-wah-wah,” inspiring the students to mutter to each other, “Are you getting anything of this?” Well, in a lot of adult learning situations, don’t you feel the same way?

How Being a Climate Researcher is Like Being a Kid

by |July 19th, 2015

When you were young, your family and teachers sought to teach you many things. They showed you how to tie your shoes and told you touching a hot stove will burn your finger. And like a good kid, you listened obediently without question, right?

Carbon Capture and Storage: Why People Don’t Know What’s Good for Them

by |July 15th, 2015

Carbon capture and storage (CCS) has been a relatively controversial topic in recent times. Yet when it comes to human perspective, let’s be clear about one thing: people don’t usually know what’s good for them.

Climate Risk Disclosure May Finally See Some Light

by |July 14th, 2015

The relationship between climate change and economic development has often been overlooked or deemed improbable. However, as climate change becomes an increasing threat to society’s finite resources and as technological prowess grows, many have begun to uncover the potential between fostering fruitful conversation regarding climate change and our economical future.

The Eastern Caribbean Might Possibly Experience A Severe Water Deficit In Early 2016…Maybe?

by |July 13th, 2015

Flying into the eastern Caribbean region at the end of May, the lush green vegetation that would normally greet visitors from the skies above was visibly brown. This was the first indication that precipitation over the islands was below normal, a fact confirmed by the climatological reports from the various islands. But will the drought last through the rainy season?

How Satellites Serve Society: My Summer With NASA

by |July 13th, 2015

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of satellites? If you were alive in the 1960s, you might have vivid memories of Russia’s Sputnik — the world’s very first satellite — and the resulting Space Race to be the first country to reach the moon. For younger generations, your association with satellites might be from brief references in pop culture, such as a glimpse in the Disney movie WALL-E or maybe something more Star Wars-esque. Now, picture a rural community in a poverty-stricken part of Africa.

Finding A Climate Signature in Tree Cores

by |July 13th, 2015

It was a clear and beautiful June morning when I joined a team led by Neil Pederson, Senior Ecologist at Harvard Forest to venture out into a swamp forest in Westminster, Massachusetts. Our mission was to core old-growth Atlantic white cedar that grows in these forests. According to the U.S. Forest Service, the Atlantic white cedar is one of only six species in this genus. Only three of the six are native to the continent, and two of them are West Coast species. This leaves Atlantic white cedar as the only representative in the East, where it occurs in a narrow band along the Atlantic coast from Maine to Florida.

Please, No More Evil Cupcakes!

by |July 10th, 2015

Did you know landfills are essentially evil cupcakes? It’s true. Find out why.

Public Perception Versus Scientific Facts in Carbon Capture Projects

by |July 9th, 2015

Carbon capture and sequestration, commonly referred to by its acronym CCS, could be an effective way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. But scientific perceptions of it versus the public are two different things.

The Right Path to a Million-Tree Urban Forest

by |July 9th, 2015

When most people think of forests, their mind immediately connects to pristine scenes of wilderness with undulating hills and valleys, highly dense tree coverage and wildlife roaming the woods. Street trees, on the other hand, are not quite the same as the ones in national forests, but there’s a growing body of literature espousing their benefits.