CO2.Earth makes it easy for you and other people around the world to track key planetary changes as they happen. Visit CO2.Earth at your convenience to get the latest readings for atmospheric CO2, global temperature, global emissions, and pH in seawater.
This citizen-launched website saves you and other interested citizens from needing to figure out where on the internet to find source data and information that provides a current and holistic picture of what is happening to the planet we inhabit. It brings it all together in formats that people can use whether they know a little or a lot about global earth system change. The site is a kind of global online learning place where non-specialists can discover and explore some of the best sources of knowledge about our planet.
Ultimatley, CO2.Earth is a 'track and learn' website with a purpose. That purpose is to empower the global public to connect with changes at the planetary level and learn enough to discover for themselves what is needed to stabilize the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere--and other parts of the interconnected earth system along with it. CO2.Earth is about citizens engaging with the planet that brought our species into the cosmos.
This project is starting small with large aims and great hope. The site was pulled together quickly and launched with some pieces unfinished or unpolished. Some errors are inevitable. Corrections, suggestions and offers to assist are welcome.
CO2.Earth in Brief
|November 13, 2015|
|Vancouver Island, Canada|
|EVOLUTION OF THE CO2 RE-POSTING PROJECT
|Solar Powered in California, USA|
|TRANSLATION FOR ARTICLES
CO2.Earth 2015: CO2.Earth Launch
CO2.Earth Website Production
CO2.Earth Clean Energy
CO2.Earth is influenced by research in environmental education and earth system science. References and links are distributed throughout the website. Here, two quotations have been selected that reflect some of the more philosophical thinking behind the selection and organization of content at CO2.Earth.
First, the following quote summarizes a workshop presentation on climate change education in grades K-14 by Daniel Edelson, VP at the National Geographic Society: "Most of what one needs to understand in order to be climate-literate has nothing to do with climate in particular, but rather is covered by the fundamentals of earth systems science" (National Research Council, 2012, p. 6).
Second, Edward T. Clark Jr. (1997) articulates the importance of systems thinking (and its focus on the whole) as a complement to the scientific method that can provide an understanding of the mechanisms that describe how things work. In shot, he writes: "Systems thinking makes it possible to know more with less information." For example, monthly means from the Mauna Loa CO2 record tells us a great deal about the earth system with less than 700 data points.
Clark, E. T. (1997). Designing and implementing an integrated curriculum: A student-centered approach. Brandon, Vermont: Holistic Education Press.
National Research Council. (2012). Climate change education in formal settings, K-14: A workshop summary, A. Beatty, Rapporteur. Steering Committee on Climate Change Education in Formal Settings, K-14. Board on Science Education, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. Retrieved from http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=13435