New England Leaf Out Project

Dear Teachers,

The New England Leaf Out Project (NELOP) needs your help observing leaf out this spring! Leaf out—when leaves first emerge and unfold in spring—is an important life stage that signals the beginning of the growing season in New England. NELOP is collecting leaf out observations from school groups, botanical gardens, and other volunteers across New England to study the effects of climate change on the timing of leaf out. We hope your classroom will help us gather observations of leaf out times in April and May of 2014 to add to the available database of current and historical observations. To participate, start by visiting our website: http://www.nelop.net/. Select one or more trees from the short species list, located on your school grounds. Next, starting in mid-April, check your tree(s) every couple of days and record the first signs of spring leaf out. Finally, take just a few minutes to enter your observations onto our straightforward NELOP website, along with a few notes about your tree’s surroundings. Your class’ observations will then be part of a growing scientific database of current and historic leaf out dates, and will be analyzed by researchers at Boston University. Monitoring spring leaf out is an engaging way for students to hone their naturalist and observational skills and to learn about trees, climate, and ecosystem interactions. We hope you’ll have a look at the NELOP website and consider joining us in observing leaf out this spring! Feel free to contact gallinat@bu.edu with any questions

 

 

Northern Shrimp

 

Northern Shrimp (Pandalus borealis)

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September 12, 2013

Quiet progress made on international greenhouse gas control. 

Advances still being made in photovoltaic efficiency and capacity.

Improvements in PV cell connection capacity.

Off-grid solar water sterilization developed. 
This is good news, particularly in the field of coping with the effects of climate change. Much of the world is expected to have increasing difficulty with access to drinkable water. This and the following link are new tools that can be used to make sure we have the water we need.

New fog-harvesting mesh allows for collection of fresh water from fog.

Solar-powered hydrogen production: a way to store the sun for later.

 Creative advancement: wood battery development. 

Advances in fuel cell technology.

Wave energy system also generates fresh water.

Solar power still growing in the U.S.

California enacting pro-renewable energy policy.

Germany broke world solar power generation record in July.

 

 

May 29, 2013


China’s wind power production increased more than coal power did for first time ever in 2012

Republican Mayor Leads City To First-Ever Solar Energy Mandate

Dairy farm uses cow manure to power barns, factory, gift shop, trucks, and more

Greenland halts new oil drilling licenses

Solar industry now likely a net energy producer

Australian carbon tax could mean 100% renewables by 2030

Portugal generates 70% of power from renewable sources for three months

Solar/wind hybrids more efficient than previously thought

Oslo's trash-to-energy system so successful they're now IMPORTING trash

Scientists develop new CO2 sequestration technique

Cost of solar still plummeting

"Market-driven moratorium" on new coal in the US

More advances in pulling CO2 out of the atmosphere

World's biggest ice sheets more stable than previously thought

Research guiding assisted migration of forests in Canada

Coming soon: solar power that costs the same as paint

Innovative power storage technique uses deep-water pressure

Study shows great potential for underground compressed air power storage

Researchers design photobioreactor to produce biofuel from algae

New battery technology offers another pathway to low-cost, long-life power storage

Innovative self-cooling, thermoelectric system consumes no electricity

More increases in black solar cell efficiency

Experiments in renewable microgrid

Investments in clean energy could reach $630 billion by 2030 (but probably more)

MIT designs floating wind turbines with built-in power storage

IBM develops solar collector that magnifies sunlight 2000x, costs 3x less than similar systems

The process of leap-frogging to renewable energy continues in developing countries

Successes in LED farming

Improvements in LED designs on the horizon