Category Archives: Thought

John Bullard Shares the Realities of Climate Change

by Jessica Garrity Our team meeting this past Halloween left me feeling incredibly motivated and inspired. John Bullard, Northeast Regional Administrator for NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) and  former mayor of New Bedford, recently came and spoke to the Challenge interns about the effects of climate change, and the part we all play… Continue Reading

The Impacts of Climate Change on Biodiversity: It’s Not Just a Matter of Less Animals

by Jessica Garrity In order to understand the impact that climate change will have on biodiversity, we must first understand biodiversity. Biodiversity is defined as “the variety of life in the world or in a particular habitat or ecosystem.” Biodiversity is extremely important, partly because having a wide variety of plants and animals provides us… Continue Reading

Cigarettes and the Environment

by Malena Buker Most people know that smoking pollutes the air and the lungs. However, the negative effects of cigarette smoking do not end at the ash tray. Two hundred and eighty billion cigarettes are purchased each year, and most of these cigarettes end up as litter on highways, parks, and beaches. Here, toxic chemicals in the cigarettes… Continue Reading

Gender Wars: Do Men or Women Have a Bigger Carbon Footprint?

After a simple carbon footprint exercise at a recent team meeting for the South Coast Energy Challenge, a question popped into my head: ‘Which is the greener gender? In general, women are said to be “greener” in their attitudes and preferences, but does that really directly relate to their carbon footprint? Strictly based on the… Continue Reading

Energy Journey to the Center of the Earth

By Miles Flisher An often forgotten source of energy is one that is below us at all times, yet we tend to look right over it. Geothermal energy is converting the heat from the center of the Earth’s core into energy, which can then besides being used for just heat, be converted into energy that… Continue Reading

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