Climate Change, Coral Bleaching and Arctic Ice Melting

The topic of climate change is not a new issue, but it is a very important one to discuss. 

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Recently in the news, we’ve heard that February 2016 was the warmest month recorded to date. Along with these warm temperatures, we’ve seen recent reports about arctic ice melting. Just last week, put out an article regarding a gigantic chunk of ice breaking off into the Arctic Ocean. The chunk of ice was roughly a 2,000 square-mile block of ice.  It’s about the size of Rhode Island and slightly smaller than Delaware! To read more about this event please visit the link below.

Not only is the Arctic experiencing the effects of climate change, but so are our oceans as well. In another recent news article written by, Australian scientists that are managing the Great Barrier Reef have lifted their emergency response to the highest level following the publication of video footage of massive coral bleaching damage. 

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The Great Barrier Reef stretches 2,000 km (1,200 miles) along Australia’s northeast coast and is the world’s largest living ecosystem. Authorities this month said that areas of the Great Barrier Reef were experiencing the worst coral bleaching in 15 years. Coral bleaching is a process by which coral expels living algae, causing it to calcify.

Coral can only survive within a narrow band of ocean temperature. They generally live in water temperatures of 20–32°C. In February 2016 the water temperatures were 1.35℃ above the average temperatures!  It only takes a temperature increase of 1-2℃ to cause entire reefs and regions to bleach.

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New Climate Change Non-Profit Could Change Asheville’s Future Economy

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There’s a new non-profit in town! 

The Collider, a non-profit seeking to combine business and science on the topic of climate change, launched in the Wells Fargo Building on Friday, March 11, 2016 in Asheville. 

NASA released a statement saying that February 2016 has been the “Most Abnormally Warm Month Ever Recorded”. With that news it is growing more and more important to tackle the issues of global warming and climate change. Which is exactly what the Collider is setting out to do!

“The Collider is a solutions laboratory,” said Bill Dean, The Collider CEO, who has developed research parks in the space industry of Huntsville, Ala., and biotechnology in Winston-Salem’s new research corridor. “This is a viable business model for Asheville. We will have a global reach but happen to be based here in Asheville.”

According to local Asheville newspaper, The Citizen Times, 

Dean said The Collider could help generate ideas to shift crops in changing climates to prevent famine and food shortages, or help plan for more resilient roads and subways to withstand superstorms like Sandy, which devastated New Jersey and flooded lower Manhattan in 2012.

Dealing with climate change could heat up Asheville’s future economy with better paying jobs in a potential $1 trillion industry.

Read more about the Collider and climate change efforts here:

NOAA and Global Fever

High Touch High Tech is excited to present our Global Fever program at the NOAA headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland today! Dinosaur Dan will be presenting the hands-on Global Fever experience to approximately 70 scientists and administrators. The presentation will also be simulcast on the OneNOAA Science Seminar which NOAA scientists and educators from all over the world will log on and view.
The Global Fever program is a way to educate children about global warming and climate change in a fun, hands-on experience. We here at HTHT are very proud and excited about the possibility to work with NOAA!