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Projects That Matter

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Projects That Matter

Conservation successes happen one project at a time.

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Death Fungus and Ohia Trees

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Death Fungus and Ohia Trees

A deadly fungus is attacking an ecologically and culturally important Hawaiian tree, the ohia lehua.

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Archive Highlights

External to What?

External to What?

Environmental externalities are now becoming central to how best to control carbon pollution.

10 Mar 2013

Video Highlights

Recent Archive Highlights

Replanting Corals

Replanting Corals 17 May 2017

Replanting Corals

Some people are taking positive action today to reverse the damage caused by climate change and building resilience for tomorrow.

A Monumental President

A Monumental President 16 May 2017

A Monumental President

Two new national monuments were designated.

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.

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.
A Different View

A Different View

The space station had a different perspective of the Thanksgiving parades.
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Midsummer Fires

Midsummer Fires

Yosemite National Park experienced the massive Rim Fire in mid-August. Snow now covers the burn scars but run-off will carry exposed sediment in the spring.
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I Have Fallen in Love With a Car (Sharing Service)


[These sleek little Car2Go cars have just been introduced in my city, Denver. Photo from Daimler.]

America's love affair with big fat smelly belching cars may be coming to an end, but the author has kindled a new romance with a sleek shiny pretty little thing.
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in vino veritas

in vino veritas

There are few better examples of blending art and science than the production of wine as an ancient cellar reminds us.
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Transition Lab

Transition Lab

An existential angst often happens to college students saddled with large debts to gain degrees requiring them to then spend their lives paying it off waiting tables.
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What a Difference a Year Makes

What a Difference a Year Makes

Deforestation occurs in many ways: clearing for agriculture, illegal logging, political corruption, and fires. With remote sensing, researchers can see cleared ground in the Amazon that the previous year was intact forest.
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How to Convince Your Grandkids You're Not a Smelly A-Hole

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[If you own a car like this, smear mud on it. That will make it more plausible.]
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On the Level of Animals

By Reilly Capps

The animals keep getting more human.

Or maybe it's the other way around.

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What Next? answered and it's strange

What Next? answered and it's strange

Queensland's Sunshine Coast known for its fine beaches but now has now been pummeled by orange-sized hail.
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Off The Charts

Off The Charts

The extreme weather that moved through the mid-west this weekend was called "off the charts" for November.
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Mount Etna Erupts

Mount Etna Erupts

If ever you doubted that we live on the thin rind of a geologically active planet, the massive eruption of Sicily's Mount Etna should change your mind.
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The Deep Ocean -- Mother Earth's Curiosity Cabinet

The Internet is baffled by this animal. I have the answer. 

 
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Rare Cat

Rare Cat

The Bay Cat is one rare kitty. It has now been photographed by a hidden video camera.
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You Too Can Monitor a Forest

You Too Can Monitor a Forest

Over 30 years ago the congressional OTA investigated tropical deforestation. Now a  new tool has been developed to monitor this tragedy on a global scale by anyone.
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In Saturn's Shadow

In Saturn's Shadow

The Cassini spacecraft continues stunning everyone with its photography.
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Tea Party Hippies

The world is upside down. In the 60s, all the long-haired, eccentrically-dressed, angry placard-waivers were liberals and enviro-hippies, and all the clean-cut, buttoned-down, well-educated people were conservatives.  Now, the Tea Partiers are the unkempt, unruly, leather-jacket wearing protesters out in the streets waving signs, and they're the climate deniers who couldn't give a fig about forests or seas or anything except taxes and swearing that they aren't racists. 
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Return of the Thylacine...maybe

Return of the Thylacine...maybe

New reports indicate the unique marsupial carnivore, the thylacine, may still exist.
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From Space, a Super-typhoon

From Space, a Super-typhoon

The strongest cyclone in recorded history was observed by the TRMM satellite in visible, microwave and infrared wavelengths. The monster storm deserved its classification as a super-typhoon.
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Dr. Jane and a Super Storm

Dr. Jane and a Super Storm

Dr. Jane Goodall is known everywhere for her pioneering efforts at environmental understanding. A new super-storm shows the importance of paying attention to what she has been championing.
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The Fierce Beauty of a Hurricane


[Typhoon Haiyan, from the Facebook page of EUMETSAT]
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DeChristopher Wants to Make Life More Expensive for the Fossil Fuel Industry

In an interview, Tim DeChristopher calls for "People going beyond just their backyard issues and standing as a united front against the fossil fuel industry ... Until there is a carbon tax that accounts for the externality of climate change, we have to be the carbon tax and impose that cost of doing business on the fossil fuel industry."
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Going to the Prom

Going to the Prom

The national park, Wilson's Promontory, has always been mentioned as a very special place in Australia, a land of many special places to dot that vast country.
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In Patagonia...Wasting Away in Real Time

In Patagonia...Wasting Away in Real Time

Re-photography tells great stories---particularly when a time-line is involved.
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HOW TO MAKE SURE YOUR AZALEAS DONT DIE

HOW TO MAKE SURE YOUR AZALEAS DONT DIE

Twitter personality @Bill_Nye_tho teaches you the basics of making sure your azaleas don't die.
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Appalachian Fall

Appalachian Fall

What a difference a month makes and beauty comes in multiple dimensions.
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We're Just Going to Try to Hold Back the Sea

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[This thing melts: you buy galoshes.]

By Reilly Capps


The seas are rising and there are a few things we can do (besides live in the high country, which is what I do). As the beaches are eaten up by bigger storms and higher seas, and the land recedes, are people going to accept the march of water and move away? Or fight it? Who's stronger? Mother nature or us? Can't we kick this bitch's ass?
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