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Cyclone Debbie

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Mar

2017

Cyclone Debbie

Cyclone Debbie takes aim at Queensland.

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For The Ages: National Parks

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Mar

2017

For The Ages: National Parks

A 360-degree tribute to national parks.

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The Conservation Alliance

Archive Highlights

Carbon Taxes Take a Step Back. Maybe It Needs a New Name.

A carbon tax falters in Australia, sees dim prospects in America, and inches along in Canada. Maybe it needs a new name. 

16 Jul 2013

Video Highlights

Recent Archive Highlights

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".

It’s Summer---and Endless

It’s summer and hot---and getting hotter. New data has now convinced even one of the most climate skeptics, physicist Richard Muller at UC Berkeley, that the human generated CO2 emissions are the cause of this global  temperature increase. His Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature Institute has just reversed its contrarian position and now accepts the data. Being one of the last of the “climate deniers”, and receiving financial support from several carbon intensive industries, this is a big ...
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Columbia Glacier Visualized

Landsat satellites captured images of the Columbia Glacier in Alaska from 1986 to 2011. The glacier originates in the Chugach Mountains and has retreated rapidly creating a new fjord. The image shows ice in blue and vegetation in green. The dark blue that represents ocean water has opened and crept 12 miles (20 kilometers) up the mountain where the glacier used to be during the Landsat observations. The mosaic of images was crafted by the Scientific Visualization Studio at the Goddard ...
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Columbia Glacier Visualized

Landsat satellites captured images of the Columbia Glacier in Alaska from 1986 to 2011. The glacier originates in the Chugach Mountains and has retreated rapidly creating a new fjord. The image shows ice in blue and vegetation in green. The dark blue that represents ocean water has opened and crept 12 miles (20 kilometers) up the mountain where the glacier used to be during the Landsat observations. The mosaic of images was crafted by the Scientific Visualization Studio at the Goddard ...
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Columbia Glacier Visualized

Landsat satellites captured images of the Columbia Glacier in Alaska from 1986 to 2011. The glacier originates in the Chugach Mountains and has retreated rapidly creating a new fjord. The image shows ice in blue and vegetation in green. The dark blue that represents ocean water has opened and crept 12 miles (20 kilometers) up the mountain where the glacier used to be during the Landsat observations. The mosaic of images was crafted by the Scientific Visualization Studio at the Goddard ...
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Olympics Enthusiasm

I am unabashedly an enthusiast for the Olympics. The idea of the modern Games should inspire anyone even considering all the hoopla that surrounds them. The opening ceremonies in London choreographed by filmmaker, Danny Boyle, depicted scenes from UK history, industrial technology, art, music, dance, and precision engineering. Queen Elizabeth made a surprise entrance along with James Bond to open the 2012 Olympics. The symbolic Olympic Rings were “forged” in a 19th Century UK industrial ...
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Olympics Enthusiasm

I am unabashedly an enthusiast for the Olympics. The idea of the modern Games should inspire anyone even considering all the hoopla that surrounds them. The opening ceremonies in London choreographed by filmmaker, Danny Boyle, depicted scenes from UK history, industrial technology, art, music, dance, and precision engineering. Queen Elizabeth made a surprise entrance along with James Bond to open the 2012 Olympics. The symbolic Olympic Rings were “forged” in a 19th Century UK industrial ...
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Olympics Enthusiasm

I am unabashedly an enthusiast for the Olympics. The idea of the modern Games should inspire anyone even considering all the hoopla that surrounds them. The opening ceremonies in London choreographed by filmmaker, Danny Boyle, depicted scenes from UK history, industrial technology, art, music, dance, and precision engineering. Queen Elizabeth made a surprise entrance along with James Bond to open the 2012 Olympics. The symbolic Olympic Rings were “forged” in a 19th Century UK industrial ...
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Ecology for Bankers

Something is up when the US Federal Reserve asks ecologists to help them resolve a banking problem. That is just what happened after the 2008 financial meltdown and collapse of several banks. Understanding how biological systems repair themselves and are restored after catastrophes---natural or human---seems to have much to teach bankers about recovery. This was what the Fed wanted to know. Lordy, lordy, what a remarkable development.   On the surface, the overnight banking system, the ...
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Ecology for Bankers

Something is up when the US Federal Reserve asks ecologists to help them resolve a banking problem. That is just what happened after the 2008 financial meltdown and collapse of several banks. Understanding how biological systems repair themselves and are restored after catastrophes---natural or human---seems to have much to teach bankers about recovery. This was what the Fed wanted to know. Lordy, lordy, what a remarkable development.   On the surface, the overnight banking system, the ...
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Ecology for Bankers

Something is up when the US Federal Reserve asks ecologists to help them resolve a banking problem. That is just what happened after the 2008 financial meltdown and collapse of several banks. Understanding how biological systems repair themselves and are restored after catastrophes---natural or human---seems to have much to teach bankers about recovery. This was what the Fed wanted to know. Lordy, lordy, what a remarkable development.   On the surface, the overnight banking system, the ...
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DeChristopher: One Year Inside

Lawyer, reverend tell of his plans: chop vegetables, become a minister By Reilly Capps  Monkeywrencher Tim DeChristopher lives in a prison in a Denver suburb now, working five hours a day in the kitchen chopping potatoes, carrots and celery, paying attention to fruits and vegetables, and which are locally grown. The food in Colorado isn't as good as it was in California, where he used to incarcerated, but kitchen duty lets him eat better than he might have otherwise.  "I think he'll make a ...
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DeChristopher: One Year Inside

Lawyer, reverend tell of his plans: chop vegetables, become a minister By Reilly Capps  Monkeywrencher Tim DeChristopher lives in a prison in a Denver suburb now, working five hours a day in the kitchen chopping potatoes, carrots and celery, paying attention to fruits and vegetables, and which are locally grown. The food in Colorado isn't as good as it was in California, where he used to incarcerated, but kitchen duty lets him eat better than he might have otherwise.  "I think he'll make a ...
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DeChristopher: One Year Inside

Lawyer, reverend tell of his plans: chop vegetables, become a minister By Reilly Capps  Monkeywrencher Tim DeChristopher lives in a prison in a Denver suburb now, working five hours a day in the kitchen chopping potatoes, carrots and celery, paying attention to fruits and vegetables, and which are locally grown. The food in Colorado isn't as good as it was in California, where he used to incarcerated, but kitchen duty lets him eat better than he might have otherwise.  "I think he'll make a ...
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Crater in Pink

It’s not often that you get a chance to view Oregon's Crater Lake bathed in a pink glow and surrounded by constellations too. A stunning image of pink auroras at was captured recently after a major solar flare hit the Earth’s upper atmosphere above Crater Lake. The major constellations were superimposed on the night sky star scene. Aurora's and Stars over Crater Lake (credit: NASA/Brad Goldpaint) WHB
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Crater in Pink

It’s not often that you get a chance to view Oregon's Crater Lake bathed in a pink glow and surrounded by constellations too. A stunning image of pink auroras at was captured recently after a major solar flare hit the Earth’s upper atmosphere above Crater Lake. The major constellations were superimposed on the night sky star scene. Aurora's and Stars over Crater Lake (credit: NASA/Brad Goldpaint) WHB
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Crater in Pink

It’s not often that you get a chance to view Oregon's Crater Lake bathed in a pink glow and surrounded by constellations too. A stunning image of pink auroras at was captured recently after a major solar flare hit the Earth’s upper atmosphere above Crater Lake. The major constellations were superimposed on the night sky star scene. Aurora's and Stars over Crater Lake (credit: NASA/Brad Goldpaint) WHB
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You are only your chemicals

'Science of Compassion' conference in Telluride delves into deepest mysteries, debunks them By Reilly Capps Here's a story that made the rounds at a scientific conference this weekend: Researchers interested in the effects of mediation on the brain recruited Buddhist monks for a study. When they started attaching electrodes to the monks' heads, the monks started laughing. Why, the scientists asked, were the monks laughing? The researchers were attaching wires to the wrong part of the ...
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You are only your chemicals

'Science of Compassion' conference in Telluride delves into deepest mysteries, debunks them By Reilly Capps Here's a story that made the rounds at a scientific conference this weekend: Researchers interested in the effects of mediation on the brain recruited Buddhist monks for a study. When they started attaching electrodes to the monks' heads, the monks started laughing. Why, the scientists asked, were the monks laughing? The researchers were attaching wires to the wrong part of the ...
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You are only your chemicals

'Science of Compassion' conference in Telluride delves into deepest mysteries, debunks them By Reilly Capps Here's a story that made the rounds at a scientific conference this weekend: Researchers interested in the effects of mediation on the brain recruited Buddhist monks for a study. When they started attaching electrodes to the monks' heads, the monks started laughing. Why, the scientists asked, were the monks laughing? The researchers were attaching wires to the wrong part of the ...
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Conserve Energy---Be Efficient---Save Money

It is often said: “to save energy, shower with a friend”. That’s good advice but there are heaps of other ways to be energy efficient and also save money with simple lifestyle and building design changes. This clever little European animation illustrates several ideas that anyone can utilize to become more efficient with the energy they use: Energy Efficiency Ideas WHB
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Conserve Energy---Be Efficient---Save Money

It is often said: “to save energy, shower with a friend”. That’s good advice but there are heaps of other ways to be energy efficient and also save money with simple lifestyle and building design changes. This clever little European animation illustrates several ideas that anyone can utilize to become more efficient with the energy they use: Energy Efficiency Ideas WHB
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Conserve Energy---Be Efficient---Save Money

It is often said: “to save energy, shower with a friend”. That’s good advice but there are heaps of other ways to be energy efficient and also save money with simple lifestyle and building design changes. This clever little European animation illustrates several ideas that anyone can utilize to become more efficient with the energy they use: Energy Efficiency Ideas WHB
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Calving Season

by Wayne Osborn Winter is whale calving season and the new birthing for humpback whales is up and running in Western Australia. These images of a mother and new born calf were captured during survey work along with The Centre for Whale Research vessel, 'Whale Song' along the WA coast.           Humpback Whale birthing                Whale Song Research Vessel            Humpback Mum & Calf (credit: Wayne Osborn)                   (credit: SWP Media)                         (credit: ...
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Calving Season

by Wayne Osborn Winter is whale calving season and the new birthing for humpback whales is up and running in Western Australia. These images of a mother and new born calf were captured during survey work along with The Centre for Whale Research vessel, 'Whale Song' along the WA coast.           Humpback Whale birthing                Whale Song Research Vessel            Humpback Mum & Calf (credit: Wayne Osborn)                   (credit: SWP Media)                         (credit: ...
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Calving Season

by Wayne Osborn Winter is whale calving season and the new birthing for humpback whales is up and running in Western Australia. These images of a mother and new born calf were captured during survey work along with The Centre for Whale Research vessel, 'Whale Song' along the WA coast.           Humpback Whale birthing                Whale Song Research Vessel            Humpback Mum & Calf (credit: Wayne Osborn)                   (credit: SWP Media)                         (credit: ...
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Bio-mimicry Goes Live

Bio-mimicry is an engineering strategy that takes design direction from the myriads of living organisms and life-forms that have evolved over millennia. The latest effort has produced the first artificial jellyfish that actually swims. Researchers at CalTech and Harvard University crafted the "medusoid" named after the medusa, a classical name for a jellyfish, as a step toward a larger research effort to reconstruct hearts damaged by disease. The new medusoid is the size of a penny and ...
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