Category: climate change

  • Green Junction: How exactly can carbon dioxide be removed from the air?By Julie Peller Ph.D.

    A recent statement by the United States Secretary of Energy, Jennifer Granholm, suggests that one of the many ways to address climate change is through the removal of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. “..removing legacy carbon pollution from the air through direct air capture and safely storing it is an essential weapon in our fight […]

  • Green Junction: Carbon footprints By Julie Peller Ph.D.

    Leaders from countries with the largest carbon footprints recently met to discuss last November’s climate goals in Glasgow. An overall conclusion was that the necessary actions to reduce carbon emissions and slow climate change are not being implemented fast enough.  As an example, the world used 9% more coal in 2021 than in 2020. While we look […]

  • Green Junction: The Band Coldplay by Julie Peller Ph.D.

    Many people and organizations are making the critical changes that are required for a sustainable planet. My students recently brought to my attention the eco-responsible actions of the music group Coldplay on their current world tour. The British band started their eco-friendly world tour this past March in Costa Rica, a country that the band […]

  • Green Junction: Existential Threat to Human Health by Julie Peller Ph.D. threat to human health 

    A newly released article describes modern-day pollution levels as “an existential threat to human health and planetary health, and jeopardizes the sustainability of modern societies.” The authors studied 2019 data from Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors and determined that 9 million people, or 1 in 6 people, die each year due to […]

  • Green Junction: We take for granted Water by Julie Peller Ph.D.

    Many areas worldwide experience shortages of fresh water and/or severe problems with contaminated water supplies. At the same time, populations of people use significant amounts of water to create unnatural green lawns through daily watering and overuse of fertilizers. In contrast, Nature’s rainfall is concentrated along or near the equator; daily rain is rare in […]

  • Green Junction: Think about your freshwater. By Julie Peller Ph.D.

    Spring is the season of more daylight, more sunshine, and the renewal of plant life. Warmer temperatures and plentiful rainfall bring about budding trees and bushes and green grass. Among colorful spring flowers, the beauty of yellow dandelions emerges. Dandelions are known to contain many nutrients and have been used for food, drinks, and medicinal benefits for […]

  • Green Junction: Carbon footprints by Julie Peller Ph.D.

    Leaders from countries with the largest carbon footprints recently met to discuss last November’s climate goals in Glasgow. An overall conclusion was that the necessary actions to reduce carbon emissions and slow climate change are not being implemented fast enough.  As an example, the world used 9% more coal in 2021 than in 2020. While we look […]

  • Green Junction: Look around the house what do so many items have in common? By Julie Peller Ph.D.

    What do curtains, carpets, furniture fabrics, insulation, and certain plastics often have in common? Flame retardants; are chemical additives that have been incorporated into many common goods and often in response to state and federal flammability requirements. As the name implies, these chemical compounds are added to reduce the flammability of materials or slow the […]

  • Green Junction: God’s gift of Creation by Julie Peller

    For the protection of the earth, God’s gift of Creation, it is beneficial to devote time in our busy lives to take in nature’s beauty in a way that rouses feelings of profound gratitude. How much time do most people spend connecting with the natural world and how does this compare to time spent doing […]

  • Green Junction: Katharine Hayhoe educates us by Julie Peller Ph.D.

    Katharine Hayhoe continues to be an educated, spiritual and effective communicator of climate change information. She is an atmospheric scientist and is currently the chief scientist for the Nature Conservancy. For many years, she has produced a series of videos under the title “Global Weirding,” available on YouTube. The videos help to explain different climate […]