Episode 713: All About Climate Change

Original Airdate: 
Monday, November 30, 2015 - Sunday, December 6, 2015
Next Airdate: 
Monday, June 13, 2016 - Sunday, June 19, 2016

In This episode we tackle global warming, what it is, what is causing it and what effect it is having on the planet. We hear a lot about global warming now days. Is it the environmental issue of our time? Should we all be really concerned. What are the facts? Eco Company wanted to learn more in terms we can all understand. So Adam found an expert to get the basics on greenhouse gases.

So what effect do greenhouse gases have on the planet? Adam's next stop is a visit to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, He learns they do a lot more than design and build spacecrafts. Here on Earth, NASA has satellites gathering data about our atmosphere and greenhouse gases. Adam got the scoop from scientists on NASA's OCO Team (Orbiting Carbon Observatory).

So you want a real life example of the effect of too much carbon dioxide in the atmosphere? The Bodega Bay Marine Laboratory studies ocean acidification and the effects on marine life. Some of those effects are being felt right now at Hog Island Oyster Company just a short drive down the road from the lab. They are working together to study the oysters to understand what is happening to them and what can be done. Riley paid them a visit to find out more and enjoyed some juicy oysters while she was there!!

Infrared technology, 3D imaging! Theoe are just two ways NASA helps us understand our planet! Especially when it comes to greenhouse gases. And there's one more greenhouse gas we don't hear much about...and it may be the most important one of all. Adam goes back to NASA to see what it's all about.