How is air quality measured?
By: Judith Willson
Air quality is simply the concentration of pollutants and particles in the atmosphere and there are a variety of ways to measure it. Many people are familiar with the air quality indexes produced by countries to indicate when air pollution might be a problem for...
By: Janet Grischy
The hurricane season has begun, and a more active than usual season appears likely. Meanwhile, the BP oil spill cleanup is unlikely to be finished before August. It is indeed possible that a hurricane could pass over the site of the Deepwater Horizon disaster. What...
Factors that affect wind direction and speed
By: Annalou Mack
Wind is the movement of air across the earth’s surface. The differences in air density causes wind, which results in horizontal differences in air pressure. These pressure systems are both the result and the cause of atmospheric circulation. There are different types of winds...
How to prepare a hurricane plan
By: Judith Willson
Don’t be taken unawares by hurricanes. If you live somewhere that is at all likely to be hit by this summer then you should make a hurricane plan. Being prepared for the worst helps you avoid the worst ravages of extreme weather. It is...
Knowing the signs of heat exhaustion
By: A. Saafir
It is extremely important to be aware of the signs of heat disorders such as heat exhaustion. This is especially true during the summer months when temperatures can skyrocket. According to science writer Dana Desonie, extreme heat kills more people living in the United States...
A look at efforts to heal the ozone layer hole
By: Judith Willson
The efforts to heal the hole in the ozone layer form one of the few environmental success stories. This hole developed primarily due to human activity, particularly the use of CFCs. These chemicals have now been banned by most countries and it has been predicted...
By: A. Saafir
As many parts of society begin to focus more on the notion of being “green” many individuals, organizations, and even large businesses are beginning to realize the importance of caring for and preserving this planet. Air quality is an important part of Earth's overall...
What are the causes of a delayed summer monsoon?
By: Annalou Mack
The monsoons affect nearly a half of the world’s population and a delayed summer monsoon of even a few days can have a great impact. Water availability, hydroelectric power generation and agricultural production can be greatly affected by a delayed summer monsoon. A delay...
The blizzard that buried Buffalo
By: Denise Calaman
The Blizzard That Buried Buffalo Buffalo, New York has the distinction of being called snowiest city in the United State and many Americans may think that snowstorms routinely bury this westernmost New York city but for long time residents of Buffalo, “The Blizzard that...
By: Janet Grischy
The signs of heat exhaustion can be obvious, yet they can be quite subtle at times too, so it is a good idea to learn about heat exhaustion as summer begins. Without treatment, heat exhaustion sometimes progresses to heat stroke, which is a genuine medical...

 

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