climate change

Science, Tech & Environment

A Rockefeller uses his oil legacy to help save the oceans

Nearly 140 years ago, John D. Rockefeller Sr. co-founded Standard Oil, which revolutionized the petroleum industry and helped build one of the largest family fortunes in US history. He also helped revolutionize philanthropy, creating, among other funds, the Rockefeller Foundation. Now his great-grandson, David Rockefeller Jr., chairs the foundation and is using its influence and money to help save our seas.

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Melting Arctic sea ice doubles the chances of harsh winters in other parts of the world

When most people hear the term "global warming," they naturally think of air temperature. In reality, more than 90 percent of the warming caused by greenhouse gases happens in the oceans. Much of this warming takes place in the waters in and around the Arctic Ocean, leading to increasingly rapid melting of sea ice. A new study links this melting to cold, harsh winters that are becoming more common in parts of the world.

Arts, Culture & Media

Geo answer

An equatorial mountain range figures in today's Geo Quiz. The answer is the Rwenzori Mountains. The central African range is featured in "Africa: Atlas of our Changing Environment" a new atlas published by UNEP, the United Nations Environmental Program. The glaciers that give these stunning mountains their snowcapped appearance are disappearing due to global climate change.

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Geo answer

For today's Geo Quiz we were looking for an island nation in the Indian Ocean with a sinking economy, one that's literally in danger of going under due to rising sea levels. The answer is the Maldives.