Episode 205 - Weird Science

Original Airdate: 
Monday, October 11, 2010 - Sunday, October 17, 2010
Next Airdate: 
Monday, June 22, 2015 - Sunday, June 28, 2015

There's a heavy dose of science in the first half of this episode, and some weird science at that! There's some very interesting research is taking place at the Department of Energy's Joint Genome Institute. We're talking DNA from thousands of years ago extracted from permafrost!! In the first story, Brendan pays them a visit to get the scoop on the latest studies with implications on climate change, and there he discovers two teens in lab coats helping out!

When you think of NASA you think of space, right. Well, they're using their satellites and their scientific brain power to study the Earth's oceans as well! Oceans cover two thirds of the Earth's surface. Eco Company wanted to know how the oceans are being affected by climate change, so Adam visited the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena and discovered...you guessed it, NASA scientists are on it...studying changes in ocean temps and what it's doing to our coastlines and beaches.

Finding teens who have a passion for the outdoors and for the planet is not so unusual. But Eco Company found this group of teens who are sharing their passion by mentoring younger kids. It's all part of the Headlands Institute's Teen Environmental Education Mentor program. Jalena caught up with them to see what it's all about!

This past summer Eco Company host Jordan was selected to be trained by Al Gore's non-profit The Climate Project as part of the new Inconvenient Youth Program. She took her tiny camera with her to Nashville, Tennessee, to shoot the events of the weekend and talk with the other teens from around the world. It's a look behind the scenes of future environmental leaders.