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A Super Bloom

22

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2019

A Super Bloom

California landscapes flower. 

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Ode to Mars

21

Mar

2019

Ode to Mars

A planetary haiku for Poetry Day.

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Grass-fed Meat Sequesters Carbon?

Grass-fed Meat Sequesters Carbon?

By Reilly CappsIt's possible that certain kinds of meat might not be quite so bad. Animals can be part of a climate solution. “If...

3 Jul 2013

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The Conservation Alliance

 

Where a River Delta Isn’t

Normally we think of a river delta like the Mississippi, Nile, and Amazon emptying broad expanses of muddy water into the ocean. However, some rivers end flowing out into continental interiors like Australia. For the the island continent’s Channel Country, transforming rains often fall hundreds of miles away. This Outback region of Queensland has an inland delta created by several rivers. Instead of flowing to the coast during the rainy season, the famous Diamantina and Georgina flow from ...
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African Fires

The western USA experienced extensive wildfires during 2012. Most of these fires were the result of lightening strikes on tinder dry forests. Fires also raged in Central Africa fires and seen by the environmental monitoring satellite, AQUA. Most of the African fires were in the Central African Republic, Chad, Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo and resulted from widespread agricultural burning. The satellite captured the fires in multiple red heat signatures while smoke appears to ...
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Winter Night, Yosemite

A dark night with the Milky Way over Yosemite Valley in California. Jupiter is the brightest object seen in the nightscape view. The wandering planet joins yellowish Aldebaran and the Hyades star cluster with Orion’s beautiful belt rising sideways over the Sierra Nevada mountains. Not bad for a seasonal impression. If you’re anywhere near the mountains on a clear winter night, it’s never a bad idea to look upwards and check out the stars.  Yosemite Winter Night (credit: NASA/Wally ...
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Happy Season

Ho, ho, ho, tis the season for saying such things. It’s also a frantic time for many folks. Here at Riled Up we suggest taking a deep breath, listen to some nice music, and sip a glass of wine. So join Santa and “rise above it” to meditate on all that is good and beautiful around you.  Rise Above It Santa (credit: Adbusters) Happy Season! Riled Up
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Happy Season

Ho, ho, ho, tis the season for saying such things. It’s also a frantic time for many folks. Here at Riled Up we suggest taking a deep breath, listen to some nice music, and sip a glass of wine. So join Santa and “rise above it” to meditate on all that is good and beautiful around you.  Rise Above It Santa (credit: Adbusters) Happy Season! Riled Up
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Happy Season

Ho, ho, ho, tis the season for saying such things. It’s also a frantic time for many folks. Here at Riled Up we suggest taking a deep breath, listen to some nice music, and sip a glass of wine. So join Santa and “rise above it” to meditate on all that is good and beautiful around you.  Rise Above It Santa (credit: Adbusters) Happy Season! Riled Up
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Car of the Future. Soon.

It’s 2012. Where’s my Jetsons car? Boom. I got your car of the future right cheer. Watch and marvel. - Reilly Capps
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Car of the Future. Soon.

It’s 2012. Where’s my Jetsons car? Boom. I got your car of the future right cheer. Watch and marvel. - Reilly Capps
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Car of the Future. Soon.

It’s 2012. Where’s my Jetsons car? Boom. I got your car of the future right cheer. Watch and marvel. - Reilly Capps
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Watching the Earth Breathe

Separating man-made carbon dioxide from the CO2 produced by biological sources -- plants -- is important. The role of the gas in trapping infrared heat is the basis for global warming. A little CO2-induced heat is good, but a lot is bad -- very bad. The CO2 growth rate has been rising fast over the past century and climate change is under way from this growth in the atmospheric concentration. Using data from two NASA Earth monitoring satellites, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at CalTech has ...
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Watching the Earth Breathe

Separating man-made carbon dioxide from the CO2 produced by biological sources -- plants -- is important. The role of the gas in trapping infrared heat is the basis for global warming. A little CO2-induced heat is good, but a lot is bad -- very bad. The CO2 growth rate has been rising fast over the past century and climate change is under way from this growth in the atmospheric concentration. Using data from two NASA Earth monitoring satellites, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at CalTech has ...
  • 2304

Watching the Earth Breathe

Separating man-made carbon dioxide from the CO2 produced by biological sources -- plants -- is important. The role of the gas in trapping infrared heat is the basis for global warming. A little CO2-induced heat is good, but a lot is bad -- very bad. The CO2 growth rate has been rising fast over the past century and climate change is under way from this growth in the atmospheric concentration. Using data from two NASA Earth monitoring satellites, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at CalTech has ...
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The Bucket List

Got this email just now from my homie. Thought I’d share in case you’re interested in coming to the party. -RC to: buddies (list) from: jenkoff@youmail.com Subject: World’s End Party Sup bros!? LeRoy T. Jenkins here, on parole but still going strong. Like 6 million other Americans, you and I know that the world is ending. We need to party like it's our last night, cause it is. (BTW, my friend Hugh said wrongly that the world was supposed to end at midnight last night. It's tonight, ...
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The Bucket List

Got this email just now from my homie. Thought I’d share in case you’re interested in coming to the party. -RC to: buddies (list) from: jenkoff@youmail.com Subject: World’s End Party Sup bros!? LeRoy T. Jenkins here, on parole but still going strong. Like 6 million other Americans, you and I know that the world is ending. We need to party like it's our last night, cause it is. (BTW, my friend Hugh said wrongly that the world was supposed to end at midnight last night. It's tonight, ...
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NIMBYs vs. Renewables

Perhaps it’s the drought, or the persistent warm temperatures. Or maybe history will remember Superstorm Sandy as the turning point in U.S. public opinion about the risks of climate change. But the results are in: surveys confirm that roughly two thirds of Americans believe global warming is a threat that merits meaningful action by elected officials. Accordingly, there is growing support for renewable energy sources that reduce the country’s reliance on greenhouse gas-producing fossil ...
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NIMBYs vs. Renewables

Perhaps it’s the drought, or the persistent warm temperatures. Or maybe history will remember Superstorm Sandy as the turning point in U.S. public opinion about the risks of climate change. But the results are in: surveys confirm that roughly two thirds of Americans believe global warming is a threat that merits meaningful action by elected officials. Accordingly, there is growing support for renewable energy sources that reduce the country’s reliance on greenhouse gas-producing fossil ...
  • 2017

The Bucket List

Got this email just now from my homie. Thought I’d share in case you’re interested in coming to the party. -RC to: buddies (list) from: jenkoff@youmail.com Subject: World’s End Party Sup bros!? LeRoy T. Jenkins here, on parole but still going strong. Like 6 million other Americans, you and I know that the world is ending. We need to party like it's our last night, cause it is. (BTW, my friend Hugh said wrongly that the world was supposed to end at midnight last night. It's tonight, ...
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NIMBYs vs. Renewables

Perhaps it’s the drought, or the persistent warm temperatures. Or maybe history will remember Superstorm Sandy as the turning point in U.S. public opinion about the risks of climate change. But the results are in: surveys confirm that roughly two thirds of Americans believe global warming is a threat that merits meaningful action by elected officials. Accordingly, there is growing support for renewable energy sources that reduce the country’s reliance on greenhouse gas-producing fossil ...
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We’re Alive!!!

I don’t know about you, but I’m still here. The Apocalypse must not have been televised as I missed it and the Sun is still rising in the East. NASA reminds us as well that today, December 21st, is also the winter solstice and the world did not end ...even according to the ending cycle on the Mayan calendar. To celebrate, here’s an image of Orion seen rising over the Temple of Kukulkan at Chichén Itzá, one of the great Mayan centers on the Yucatán peninsula in Mexico. The temple was built ...
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We’re Alive!!!

I don’t know about you, but I’m still here. The Apocalypse must not have been televised as I missed it and the Sun is still rising in the East. NASA reminds us as well that today, December 21st, is also the winter solstice and the world did not end ...even according to the ending cycle on the Mayan calendar. To celebrate, here’s an image of Orion seen rising over the Temple of Kukulkan at Chichén Itzá, one of the great Mayan centers on the Yucatán peninsula in Mexico. The temple was built ...
  • 4063

We’re Alive!!!

I don’t know about you, but I’m still here. The Apocalypse must not have been televised as I missed it and the Sun is still rising in the East. NASA reminds us as well that today, December 21st, is also the winter solstice and the world did not end ...even according to the ending cycle on the Mayan calendar. To celebrate, here’s an image of Orion seen rising over the Temple of Kukulkan at Chichén Itzá, one of the great Mayan centers on the Yucatán peninsula in Mexico. The temple was built ...
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Follow Tight

We know everyone has been asking Santa for their own personal robot and those cutting-edge engineers at DARPA have come up with some ideas of their own. It isn’t too pretty but it responds well. Working with the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory and designers at Boston Dynamics, researchers supported by DARPA's LS3 robotics program demonstrated personal robot control, stability, and maneuverability around rough terrain and hazards. The lumbering bot looks like a big cow but understands ...
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Follow Tight

We know everyone has been asking Santa for their own personal robot and those cutting-edge engineers at DARPA have come up with some ideas of their own. It isn’t too pretty but it responds well. Working with the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory and designers at Boston Dynamics, researchers supported by DARPA's LS3 robotics program demonstrated personal robot control, stability, and maneuverability around rough terrain and hazards. The lumbering bot looks like a big cow but understands ...
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Follow Tight

We know everyone has been asking Santa for their own personal robot and those cutting-edge engineers at DARPA have come up with some ideas of their own. It isn’t too pretty but it responds well. Working with the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory and designers at Boston Dynamics, researchers supported by DARPA's LS3 robotics program demonstrated personal robot control, stability, and maneuverability around rough terrain and hazards. The lumbering bot looks like a big cow but understands ...
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Environmental Archeology---Who knew?

Typically, we think of archeologists piecing together broken pots, digging up ancient buildings, and trying to decipher strange hieroglyphics. Who would have thought that environmental destruction could also be uncovered by a dig or recovered object. In a research situation where ‘connecting the dots’ required the skills of a Sherlock Holmes, investigators have determined that a trident shaped spear collected in the Gilbert Islands tells the story of reef bio-diversity. For centuries, the ...
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Environmental Archeology---Who knew?

Typically, we think of archeologists piecing together broken pots, digging up ancient buildings, and trying to decipher strange hieroglyphics. Who would have thought that environmental destruction could also be uncovered by a dig or recovered object. In a research situation where ‘connecting the dots’ required the skills of a Sherlock Holmes, investigators have determined that a trident shaped spear collected in the Gilbert Islands tells the story of reef bio-diversity. For centuries, the ...
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