algae

Holding Up the Line: RuBisCo

With all the extra CO2 we’ve been putting into the atmosphere since the Industrial Revolution, the age of global warming is finally upon us. In our scramble to find new sources of energy, some scientists have turned to algae. The logic is there: plants take CO2 and make O2. More plants = less CO2. It’s even carbon neutral! Problem solved, right? A New Kind of Biofuel Algae are a promising source of alternative fuel because, in the right conditions, they grow fast and don’t take up a lot of space. Anyone who has ever had to spend a Saturday afternoon…

global warming

It’s Complicated

Saving the Planet When you read articles about climate change, much of the focus is on carbon dioxide emissions. At the end of these articles, there may be a few encouraging tips on how to save the planet, but have you ever stopped to ask yourself, “Why the focus on carbon dioxide?”Have you ever wondered, “Is there more to the story than polar bears and melting ice caps?”Turns out, global warming is a really complicated process. In this post, I’m going to lay out some of the other factors that contribute to fluctuations in Earth’s climate. Albedo The word “albedo”…