Archives for the ‘Science & the Environment’ Category

Someday You Could be an Astronomer like Dr. Allyson Sheffield

Sep 19th, 2017 • Category: Science & the Environment

By IndyKids Staff
Dr. Allyson Sheffield is a professor and researcher in the field of astronomy.  On August 21, she hosted a solar eclipse viewing party at LaGuardia Community College.
IndyKids: How would you describe your job?
Allyson Sheffield: First, it’s awesome! My job is a combination of teaching physics and astronomy classes and carrying out research to [...]



Kids’ Climate Change Lawsuit Gets Its Day in Court

Sep 19th, 2017 • Category: Featured, Science & the Environment

By Julia Bautista, age 13
A group of youth plaintiffs who are suing the federal government over the use of fossil fuels that have a harmful effect on the environment has finally been given a court date.
The unprecedented climate change lawsuit, Juliana v. United States, will take place on February 5, 2018, as ordered by Federal [...]



States Fight Against Trump Leaving the Paris Climate Agreement

Sep 19th, 2017 • Category: Featured, Science & the Environment

By Mireynna Hernandez, age 11
Thirteen U.S. states and Puerto Rico are opposing President Trump’s decision to leave the Paris Climate Agreement.
“It’s hard to grasp the mortal danger that climate change represents,” California Governor Jerry Brown told the Los Angeles Times in July. Brown, along with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Washington Governor Jay Inslee, [...]



Countries React to U.S. Withdrawal from Paris Climate Agreement

Sep 19th, 2017 • Category: Featured, Science & the Environment

By Rida Ali, age 13
After President Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement in early June, countries around the world are disappointed because of the effect its withdrawal may have globally and economically.
Citing Trump’s pullout, Turkey announced it will not ratify the deal. As a developing country, Turkey would receive money from [...]



What You Need to Know About Leaving the Paris Climate Agreement

Sep 19th, 2017 • Category: Featured, Science & the Environment

What You Need to Know About Leaving the Paris Climate Agreement
By Mireynna Hernandez, age 11
Despite evidence of global climate change, the United States is in the midst of breaking with the rest of the world and leaving a landmark agreement that could have big implications for the environment.
In June, President Trump announced a withdrawal from [...]



Earth is on the Brink of its Sixth Mass Extinction

Sep 19th, 2017 • Category: Animals, Science & the Environment

By Amzad Ali, age 13
A growing body of scientific research suggests that Earth is undergoing its sixth mass extinction. Mass extinction is defined as the total elimination of multiple species within a short period of time. The fifth mass extinction, over 65 million years ago, resulted in the loss of 75 percent of Earth’s life, [...]



Electric Cars Are Taking Over

Sep 19th, 2017 • Category: Science & the Environment

By Audren Hedges Duroy, age 11
On July 4, Volvo announced that by 2019 it will stop all production of internal combustion engines and will only sell electric and hybrid cars.
The automaker’s decision aligns with the European Union’s carbon reduction targets to cut emissions 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050, and others are jumping on [...]



Emissions Cuts Up in Smoke?

Dec 2nd, 2016 • Category: Science & the Environment

MIT scientists say that even if all of President Obama’s Clean Power Plan is put into place, the United States will not reach its Paris climate accord promise to lower greenhouse gas emissions 28 percent by 2025.



Brain Size Linked to Length of Yawns

Dec 2nd, 2016 • Category: Science & the Environment

Scientists have confirmed that the bigger your brain is, the longer your yawn lasts.



Toughie, the Last Frog of His Kind

Dec 2nd, 2016 • Category: Science & the Environment

Toughie, the last Rabbs’ fringe-limbed tree frog, passed away at the Atlanta Botanical Garden on September 28, 2016.