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Krakatoa Awakens

24

Sep

2018

Krakatoa Awakens

Krakatoa is again active.

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Pollution from Hurricane Florence

21

Sep

2018

Pollution from Hurricane Florence

Water pollution seen from space.

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The Conservation Alliance

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High School chemistry & biology

High School chemistry & biology

Some parts of climate change science and the consequences of increased CO2 in the atmosphere are  explained with high school textbooks.

23 Feb 2015

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Rewilding

Rewilding 4 September 2018

Rewilding

A 'silent spring' could become a 'wild summer' 

Conserving, the Mother Load

Conserving, the Mother Load 26 June 2018

Conserving, the Mother Load

Avoiding another Dust Bowl.

Environmental Art

Environmental Art 15 January 2018

Environmental Art

Creating paintings with natue connections.

Patagonia and Sustainability

Patagonia and Sustainability 31 December 2017

Patagonia and Sustainability

Patagonia shows how to apply sustainability in business practice.

Where Good Ideas Come From

Where Good Ideas Come From 22 December 2017

Where Good Ideas Come From

A clever storyteller suggests an answer.

Bottled Arctic Notes

Bottled Arctic Notes 15 December 2017

Bottled Arctic Notes

A bottled note tossed to the waves recovered years later.

Deadly Sunrise

If you were to live on Gliese 876d, sunrise might be a deadly event. An artist illustration gives an idea of the conditions on this close-in planet orbiting red dwarf star Gliese 876 discovered by the Kepler Space Telescope. The planet is very close to its parent star and much of its surface may be molten lava. An orbiting moon---if it exists---would have any atmosphere stripped away by the star’s solar wind. This is not an ideal location for a piece of pleasant ‘beach front’ property. ...
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Deadly Sunrise

If you were to live on Gliese 876d, sunrise might be a deadly event. An artist illustration gives an idea of the conditions on this close-in planet orbiting red dwarf star Gliese 876 discovered by the Kepler Space Telescope. The planet is very close to its parent star and much of its surface may be molten lava. An orbiting moon---if it exists---would have any atmosphere stripped away by the star’s solar wind. This is not an ideal location for a piece of pleasant ‘beach front’ property. ...
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Do We Care if Wind Farms Warm the Ground?

Poor wind farms.  For years, they've suffered more abuse than LiLo's liver:  They kill birds, say birdwatchers.  They ruin views, say viewlovers.  They're ugly, says an extremely ugly man: Much of the criticism is overblown. They do kill birds, but domestic house cats kill about 5,000 times more birds than wind farms, and that silent killer -- windows -- kill 2,500 times more (while also proving that birds, miracles of natures that they are, aren't all that ...
  • 3243

Do We Care if Wind Farms Warm the Ground?

Poor wind farms.  For years, they've suffered more abuse than LiLo's liver:  They kill birds, say birdwatchers.  They ruin views, say viewlovers.  They're ugly, says an extremely ugly man: Much of the criticism is overblown. They do kill birds, but domestic house cats kill about 5,000 times more birds than wind farms, and that silent killer -- windows -- kill 2,500 times more (while also proving that birds, miracles of natures that they are, aren't all that ...
  • 2981

Do We Care if Wind Farms Warm the Ground?

Poor wind farms.  For years, they've suffered more abuse than LiLo's liver:  They kill birds, say birdwatchers.  They ruin views, say viewlovers.  They're ugly, says an extremely ugly man: Much of the criticism is overblown. They do kill birds, but domestic house cats kill about 5,000 times more birds than wind farms, and that silent killer -- windows -- kill 2,500 times more (while also proving that birds, miracles of natures that they are, aren't all that ...
  • 2893

Salty Seas

The oceans are getting more salty. In a new Science Magazine report, Australian researchers confirm that saltier parts of the ocean are getting saltier and the fresher parts are getting fresher. Paul Durack, a marine environmental researcher at CSIRO and the University of Tasmania and now a fellow at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and his team analyzed ocean salinity changes and the relationship between salinity, rainfall and evaporation. Salinity affects the hydologic cycle and ...
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Salty Seas

The oceans are getting more salty. In a new Science Magazine report, Australian researchers confirm that saltier parts of the ocean are getting saltier and the fresher parts are getting fresher. Paul Durack, a marine environmental researcher at CSIRO and the University of Tasmania and now a fellow at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and his team analyzed ocean salinity changes and the relationship between salinity, rainfall and evaporation. Salinity affects the hydologic cycle and ...
  • 3124

Salty Seas

The oceans are getting more salty. In a new Science Magazine report, Australian researchers confirm that saltier parts of the ocean are getting saltier and the fresher parts are getting fresher. Paul Durack, a marine environmental researcher at CSIRO and the University of Tasmania and now a fellow at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and his team analyzed ocean salinity changes and the relationship between salinity, rainfall and evaporation. Salinity affects the hydologic cycle and ...
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Shark Apocalypse

At Riled Up, we’ve spoken about the situation of sharks before. Shark fins are used as an ingredient in a soup served in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and elsewhere in Asia. The fins contribute no nutrition or flavor to the expensive porridge. This demand has led to a massive reduction in shark populations but until now the extent of the decline was not well known. Scientific American has just released a report on shark declines. Their status appears more like an apocalypse as the ...
  • 2856

Shark Apocalypse

At Riled Up, we’ve spoken about the situation of sharks before. Shark fins are used as an ingredient in a soup served in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and elsewhere in Asia. The fins contribute no nutrition or flavor to the expensive porridge. This demand has led to a massive reduction in shark populations but until now the extent of the decline was not well known. Scientific American has just released a report on shark declines. Their status appears more like an apocalypse as the ...
  • 2290

Shark Apocalypse

At Riled Up, we’ve spoken about the situation of sharks before. Shark fins are used as an ingredient in a soup served in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and elsewhere in Asia. The fins contribute no nutrition or flavor to the expensive porridge. This demand has led to a massive reduction in shark populations but until now the extent of the decline was not well known. Scientific American has just released a report on shark declines. Their status appears more like an apocalypse as the ...
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Losing Steam on the Road to Alternative Energy

If our goal is to reduce the production of CO2 and the other greenhouse gasses driving climate change, then we have a very long way to go. Reporting from London, National Public Radio attended the meeting of The International Energy Agency where energy managers were warned they were falling far behind meeting targets to wean the world from dirty energy production. The radio network commented that: Nations are nowhere near being on track to avert significant climate change in the coming ...
  • 2558

Losing Steam on the Road to Alternative Energy

If our goal is to reduce the production of CO2 and the other greenhouse gasses driving climate change, then we have a very long way to go. Reporting from London, National Public Radio attended the meeting of The International Energy Agency where energy managers were warned they were falling far behind meeting targets to wean the world from dirty energy production. The radio network commented that: Nations are nowhere near being on track to avert significant climate change in the coming ...
  • 2326

Losing Steam on the Road to Alternative Energy

If our goal is to reduce the production of CO2 and the other greenhouse gasses driving climate change, then we have a very long way to go. Reporting from London, National Public Radio attended the meeting of The International Energy Agency where energy managers were warned they were falling far behind meeting targets to wean the world from dirty energy production. The radio network commented that: Nations are nowhere near being on track to avert significant climate change in the coming ...
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Walking on Air

I recommend turning the sound off -- which is precious, cloying, and too on-the-nose -- and cranking up your own soundtrack for it. Pink Floyd or Sigur Ros should work, because this thing is TRIPPY. 
  • 2100

Walking on Air

I recommend turning the sound off -- which is precious, cloying, and too on-the-nose -- and cranking up your own soundtrack for it. Pink Floyd or Sigur Ros should work, because this thing is TRIPPY. 
  • 2052

A Call for Increased Whining

My nominees for the "Humanity's All-Time Worst Inventions":  1. The Timeshare.  2. Peanut Butter and Jelly in a can.  3. Jellies.  4. The Facebook status update.  The first three, at least, you can ignore. But the Facebook status update has become part of your life. If you want to have friends and not live under a bridge, you have endure reading your friends' typed-out thoughts which, I believe, they decided were too boring to say to their cats.  I do not care that you are baking ...
  • 2233

A Call for Increased Whining

My nominees for the "Humanity's All-Time Worst Inventions":  1. The Timeshare.  2. Peanut Butter and Jelly in a can.  3. Jellies.  4. The Facebook status update.  The first three, at least, you can ignore. But the Facebook status update has become part of your life. If you want to have friends and not live under a bridge, you have endure reading your friends' typed-out thoughts which, I believe, they decided were too boring to say to their cats.  I do not care that you are baking ...
  • 1964

Antarctic Warming

According to NASA research, warm currents upwelling under Antarctic ice shelves are the dominant cause of recent ice losses around the continent. The space agency has created an animated video to show the circulation of currents around West Antarctic ice shelves. The shelves themselers are indicated in rainbow colors with red indicating thicker ice (greater than 550 meters) and blue tones representing thinner cover (less than 200 meters) of ice.                                 ...
  • 2083

Antarctic Warming

According to NASA research, warm currents upwelling under Antarctic ice shelves are the dominant cause of recent ice losses around the continent. The space agency has created an animated video to show the circulation of currents around West Antarctic ice shelves. The shelves themselers are indicated in rainbow colors with red indicating thicker ice (greater than 550 meters) and blue tones representing thinner cover (less than 200 meters) of ice.                                 ...
  • 2182

Walking on Air

I recommend turning the sound off -- which is precious, cloying, and too on-the-nose -- and cranking up your own soundtrack for it. Pink Floyd or Sigur Ros should work, because this thing is TRIPPY. 
  • 2085

A Call for Increased Whining

My nominees for the "Humanity's All-Time Worst Inventions":  1. The Timeshare.  2. Peanut Butter and Jelly in a can.  3. Jellies.  4. The Facebook status update.  The first three, at least, you can ignore. But the Facebook status update has become part of your life. If you want to have friends and not live under a bridge, you have endure reading your friends' typed-out thoughts which, I believe, they decided were too boring to say to their cats.  I do not care that you are baking ...
  • 2315

Antarctic Warming

According to NASA research, warm currents upwelling under Antarctic ice shelves are the dominant cause of recent ice losses around the continent. The space agency has created an animated video to show the circulation of currents around West Antarctic ice shelves. The shelves themselers are indicated in rainbow colors with red indicating thicker ice (greater than 550 meters) and blue tones representing thinner cover (less than 200 meters) of ice.                                 ...
  • 2086

A BOLD Approach

A team of scientists, led by Dirk Schulze-Makuch of Washington State University, proposes to send a fleet of biological sensors to Mars. Called the Biological Oxidant and Life Detection, or BOLD, the mission would test for life and finally answer the question if it occurs there today. Not since the Viking landers produced conflicting indications of biological reactions during three soil tests, has any Mars probe successfully landed with biological testing gear. A 2003 attempt by Great ...
  • 2141

A BOLD Approach

A team of scientists, led by Dirk Schulze-Makuch of Washington State University, proposes to send a fleet of biological sensors to Mars. Called the Biological Oxidant and Life Detection, or BOLD, the mission would test for life and finally answer the question if it occurs there today. Not since the Viking landers produced conflicting indications of biological reactions during three soil tests, has any Mars probe successfully landed with biological testing gear. A 2003 attempt by Great ...
  • 2142

A BOLD Approach

A team of scientists, led by Dirk Schulze-Makuch of Washington State University, proposes to send a fleet of biological sensors to Mars. Called the Biological Oxidant and Life Detection, or BOLD, the mission would test for life and finally answer the question if it occurs there today. Not since the Viking landers produced conflicting indications of biological reactions during three soil tests, has any Mars probe successfully landed with biological testing gear. A 2003 attempt by Great ...
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