Top Climate Change Articles of the Week

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Our new Pippette Robot got us feeling Pip-pumped!

This week we welcomed a new member to our team…the Opentrons CT-2. Johan in particular was excited about it’s arrival as it will have a huge impact on the work he is carrying out on nematodes.

While most lab research is still done by hand, Johan will be able to use Our Opentrons OT2 pipetting robot for automating large-scale soil microbiome analyses. The robot will limit the amount of manual labor, saving costs and time (our Business Development and Stratrgy Officer will be pleased). More importantly, it will reduce human error and increase reproducibility. It will also come in handy in setting up experiments studying ecosystem functioning. We  will try to understand how different abundances of particular protist species alter the functioning of an ecosystem.


Scientists Just Found The Cause of Earth’s First Global Warming That Triggered Mass Extinctions’


New research has found that when animals ‘turned up’ on Earth, a out 520-540 million years ago, they caused a huge global warming event not unlike like the climate change we are experiencing now. These new arrivals caused oxygen levels to fall and carbon dioxide and temperatures rose. Tiny creatures would burrow under the sea bed, disturbing and recycling the dead organic material that lay there. They threw everything off balance in a process called bioturbation. They burrowed 1-3cm into the sea bed, disturbing and mixing all of the dead organic material there. Some say there is an interesting parallel between the earliest animals changing the world, and what humans are doing to the planet now.


Cloudy with a chance of chemistry’


20 NASA scientists have embarked on a flying research laboratory to survey the gas particles in the atmosphere. Coolest place of work in the world? Most probably. They are collecting this data to improve atmospheric chemistry models. These will be used as a tool to see what is happening across the globe.


‘Trump’s skepticism aside, the Navy is taking climate change seriously.’

While Trump’s administration is downplaying the threats of climate change, the Navy can’t take it so lightly. The increase in severe storms and rising sea temperatures are forcing them to take action and adjust to the changes. One of the most alarming changes is the decreased levels of drinking water in the Guam Naval Facility.


UK publishes latest results in tackling global climate change


The International Climate Finance (ICF) published results showing the impact UK investments have had in combatting climate change on the 6thJuly. The UK has committed to 5.8 billion between 2016 and 2021 to help support people who can’t cope with the effects of climate change, provide people with clean energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and more. The results have shown further progress and the UK wishes to continue demonstrating their commitment in tackling these global environmental issues.