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3 Earth Day Ideas

Suggestions on how to participate.

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Sierra Snowpack's, 2015-2017

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Sierra Snowpack's, 2015-2017

JPL applies science to water management.

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When Our Stories Get Ruined, We Get Upset

When Our Stories Get Ruined, We Get Upset

Over and over again in the history of ideas, some new piece of information threatens our stories, and we react. Badly.

14 Mar 2014

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Coral Reef Update, 3

Coral Reef Update, 3 18 March 2017

Coral Reef Update, 3

Explaining the biology and consequences of coral bleaching.

Supporting Environmental Work

Supporting Environmental Work 1 April 2016

Supporting Environmental Work

April campaign to We Keep it Wild and support The Conservation Alliance.

Protecting New Lands

Protecting New Lands 14 July 2015

Protecting New Lands

Several important land protections were declared in just one week, perhaps a new trend.

Explorer to present at The Conservation Alliance

Explorer to present at The Conservation Alliance 25 June 2015

Explorer to present at The Conservation Alliance

Eric Larsen will present his The Last North expedition to an outdoor/conservation audience in Utah..

Compassionate Turtles

Compassionate Turtles 24 June 2015

Compassionate Turtles

Behavior that would be considered compassionate in humans is also observed in animals.

"Look to the Mountains"

"Look to the Mountains" 24 April 2015

"Look to the Mountains"

A photographer, mountaineer, and environmental ambassador says: "look to the mountains".
An Odd Future. Hope we See It.

An Odd Future. Hope we See It.

What does the sky look like? No – let me start over. Are you there?

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'Before & After' Rocks

'Before & After' Rocks

Mars is full of surprises. A photograph taken twelve days apart shows a new rock had appeared where it hadn't been before.
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Economics Explained: The Impossible Hamster

Economics Explained: The Impossible Hamster

Economics is often called the 'dismal science'. A hamster shows the consequences.
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Convergences

Convergences

Mountain tops and remote islands are perfect environments to see convergent evolution expressed. The results are often strikingly odd and sometimes very beautiful.
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When Galaxies Collide

When Galaxies Collide

In a couple of billion years or so, the Milky Way and the Andromeda galaxies will collide.
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Attacking the Drones

Attacking the Drones

The FAA is putting up a stink about drones, saying these drones are not allowed. Why? Is the stuff they come back with too pretty? Too cool

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Migrating Mangroves

Migrating Mangroves

Mangroves are on the move. They are telling a climate change story as they march north and south.
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Squids, Silent Assassins of the Sea

Squids, Silent Assassins of the Sea

Squids. More badass than most action stars. 

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Water Saving Idea: Shower with a Friend

Water Saving Idea: Shower with a Friend

Save the Colorado suggest a unique way to conserve water---shower with a friend!
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Polar Deserts & Plants

Polar Deserts & Plants

The islands of the 'high arctic' are polar deserts but they still support some plant life.
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Pebble Mine Would Wreck Wetlands

Pebble Mine Would Wreck Wetlands

The Earth is made of metal and not metal. Metal mining has always been fraught, due to the slight tendency of metal mining to wreck the non-metal parts of the planet. 
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What a Difference a Year Makes

What a Difference a Year Makes

California is in a major drought. Much of the state's water supply is generated in the mountains as snow which is largely absent this year.
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The Origins of Skiing?

In the Atlay Mountains in China, you might be able to get a glimpse of the first people to invent skiing. But don't look for these guys in the Olympics. 
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The Biggest Climber Ever

The Biggest Climber Ever

Alex Honnold hangs, literally, between life and death, to a degree no climber ever has. Watching Honnold climb is seeing a baby in a bassinet balanced on top of a pole.
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Rustlers, Robbers, and other Thieves

Rustlers, Robbers, and other Thieves

Reports of wildlife poaching typically focus on killing of elephants for their tusks being exported to Asia for carved trinkets or rhinos for their horns used as knife handles and phony aphrodisiacs. We rarely hear about the illegal trade in plants.
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Coal in the Ground, People on the Land

Coal in the Ground, People on the Land

The American west, like so many other parts of this country and this world, is dividing into two distinct parts -- haves and have-nots, red and blue, powerful and not. Out here, the line is between the Old West and the New West.
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A Pale Blue Dot...animated

A Pale Blue Dot...animated

We are great admirers of the astronomer Carl Sagan who coined the term 'a pale blue dot' to describe the Earth as seen from deep space. A tribute animation illustrates Sagan's words well.
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Some of the Best Photos of the Year

Some of the Best Photos of the Year

Wired reposts its most-loved photo galleries of the year. 
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You Light Up My Life

You Light Up My Life

If you want to be knowing 
Why fishies be glowing 
Way down in the deep o' the sea, 
Read a sterling new study
About life where it's muddy ...
Or else you can listen to me. 
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Your Brain Can Move a Rat's Tail

Your Brain Can Move a Rat's Tail

A computer can read your thoughts and use that intention to move a rat's tail. 
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Restoration: to repair, return, or recover something to its original condition

Restoration: to repair, return, or recover something to its original condition

In the 1970's, restoration ecology hadn't been defined as a separate area of study or application. Diverse projects are now underway worldwide and all are worthy of following.
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Bringing the Sun to Themselves

Bringing the Sun to Themselves

This town in Norway doesn't get much sun. So they brought the sun to them. Other, less hardy people would have brought United Van Lines and moved. 
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Same Crater, Different Views

Same Crater, Different Views

The Opportunity rover landed on Mars in January 2004. Its expected life-time was 3 months but it is still rolling around taking measurements and snapping cool photos.
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NASA Robot Looks Like a Spider

NASA Robot Looks Like a Spider

A new idea from NASA is a robot tha A new idea from NASA is a robot that looks so much like a spider, its eerie. This robot could "crawl" across the surfaces of distant planets. 
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Pricey Fish

Pricey Fish

The Asian carp is a horror story. They were introduced to clean pond scum from fish farms and escaped into the Mississippi River system to become a 'poster-child' for invasive species.
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