Category Archives: Air and Water

Wind Farms And Ordinary Farms

Wind Farms And Ordinary Farms

Farmers in many places have found additional sources of income by allowing wind turbines to be built on their land.  One example is the Amazon Wind Farm, which is a massive project of over 100 turbines near Elizabeth City, North Carolina.  The 494-foot tall turbine towers scattered over 34 square miles are rising up above farms that grow corn, wheat and soybeans.  It is the first utility-scale wind farm in the Southeast.

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Widespread Local Extinctions

Widespread Local Extinctions

Plants and animals have evolved over time to live in specific environmental niches.  As the climate warms, parts of the ranges in which they live may no longer offer the conditions under which they can thrive.  Species can respond to these changes in three ways:   they can adapt to new conditions by undergoing niche shifts;… Continue Reading

Changing National Parks

Changing National Parks

America’s National Parks are special places of incomparable beauty and fascination.  When the National Park Service was first created 100 years ago, it was instructed to leave these places “unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.”   We now live in a time when the changing climate is altering many aspects of the landscape including in… Continue Reading

The Great Salt Lake Is Shrinking

The Great Salt Lake Is Shrinking

Utah’s Great Salt Lake is the largest salt water lake in the Western Hemisphere and is the largest body of water in the United States after the five Great Lakes.  When the pioneers first arrived in the area back in the middle of the 19th century, the lake spread across about 1,600 square miles.   Now, the… Continue Reading