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Space Mirrors and Other Weird Ways to Fight Climate Change

Today on Reactions: craziest ideas to combat climate change. Let’s do this. First up: massive gigantic enormous space mirrors. The Sun is constantly emitting all kinds of light — including visible, ultraviolet, and infrared— which heat up the Earth. A space mirror is designed to cast a small shade on the Earth and reduce the …

How Much Energy Does the Internet Use? | Hot Mess ?

How Much Energy Does the Internet Use? | Hot Mess ?

About half the world has internet access. That’s 3.6 billion people surfing the web. How much energy is that using? And what is our online world doing to our planet’s climate? Hey Alexa, how much electricity do you use? “Hmm I’m not sure” No worries, that’s what we’re here for. [OPEN] Hey! I’m Miriam, and …

Which Greenhouse Gas is Actually the WORST? | Hot Mess ?

Which Greenhouse Gas is Actually the WORST? | Hot Mess ?

Earth’s atmosphere naturally contains greenhouse gases. Without them, the world would be way too cold for humans: averaging an icy 0 degrees fahrenheit [-18C] instead of the cozy average of 59 degrees [15C] it is today. But we are adding extra greenhouse gases, which are causing Earth to heat up and disrupting weather patterns worldwide. …

What If We Burned ALL the Fossil Fuels? | Hot Mess ?

What If We Burned ALL the Fossil Fuels? | Hot Mess ?

Buried beneath your feet are trillions of tons of dead plants and algae. Over millions of years, their carbon-rich bodies have been compressed under so much heat and pressure that they’ve transformed into energy-rich fossils. In fact, we call them ‘fossil fuels’ since we burn them to release their energy. But burning this coal, oil …

Allergic to MEAT?! It’s Happening Thanks to Climate Change | Hot Mess ?

Allergic to MEAT?! It’s Happening Thanks to Climate Change | Hot Mess ?

Picture this, one afternoon you’re at your best friend’s backyard barbeque, enjoying a freshly grilled hamburger, then later that night, you’re on the ground, barely breathing… because guess what?! You’ve become allergic to meat. The culprit? A tick bite. Thanks to climate change, critters like these are expanding their ranges, and their seasons are getting …

Using Space Mirrors to Cool the Globe | Hot Mess ?

Using Space Mirrors to Cool the Globe | Hot Mess ?

Humans are running a dangerous experiment on our planet. We’re putting more and more carbon dioxide and other gases into the atmosphere, which are trapping the sun’s energy, and lo and behold, our planet is heating up in response. To fix this, we could cut carbon dioxide emissions, but that’s been hard. What if there …