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The Future is Fungus

The natural alternative to plastic.

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Real-time Storm Forecasts

GOES-16 watches storms form in real-time.

 

 

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Irony Alert: Plants Used in Herbal Remedies Cause Cancer

By Reilly Capps Plants that have been used by Chinese medicine men for centuries as a natural way to cure arthritis and other disease actually...

14 Aug 2013

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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".

Intelligent Designers

Intelligent Designers 17 April 2015

Intelligent Designers

Portland is using 'intelligent designers' to replace an aging coal-fired power plant and other cities should follow their lead.
Hi, my name is Click, Whistle, Pop

Hi, my name is Click, Whistle, Pop

Dolphins have individual names that they recognize.
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Attack of the Cannibal Lobsters

Attack of the Cannibal Lobsters

Marine studies in Maine have observed cannibalization in lobsters for the first time
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Granary's Rainbow

Granary's Rainbow

Up a desolate canyon, by a slow-moving river, far from any roads...sounds like the beginning of a mystery novel. A novel it isn't but a mystery it definitely is.
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Dam Down

Dam Down

Using cranes and heavy-duty engineering gear, the Veazie Dam has been breached on the Penobscot River in Maine.
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Size Doesn't Matter

Size Doesn't Matter

Hurricanes and cyclones can be tiny or large. Irrespective of the size they are a danger.
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Echoes of Carl

Echoes of Carl

Carl Sagan coined the famous phrase: a pale blue dot to describe how Earth would appear if seen from far in outer space.
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River Running

River Running

Environmental restoration has multiple meanings. Reseeding a tall-grass prairie, helping to recover endangered sea turtles, or restoring a river are different and all important examples. The Veazie Dam in Maine is now the latest case of dam removal to restore a free-flowing river.

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Bright Ideas

Bright Ideas

Grassroots ideas that aim to move us forward in positive, creative, and sustainable ways are worth following and supporting.
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Khumbu IR

Khumbu IR

Human eyes see objects only in visible light. What would the world look like viewed in other wavelengths?
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Mermaid Kicked Out of Public Pool

File:Waterhouse a mermaid.jpgBy Reilly Capps
In the news: mermaid kicked out of public pool. Or, a woman with a plastic mermaid fin was asked not to swim there. The pool has a no-swim-fin policy.Bringing up two questions: 1. Would a real mermaid be kicked out of a public pool? 2. Can there be real mermaids?
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Sea Lettuce in Brown Sauce

Sea Lettuce in Brown Sauce

Qingdao City along China's Yellow Sea coast has been invaded by algae. It doesn't make for a pleasant beach experience or tasty meal.
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Carbon Taxes Take a Step Back. Maybe It Needs a New Name.

  1. A carbon tax falters in Australia, sees dim prospects in America, and inches along in Canada. Maybe it needs a new name. 
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New Video Pick of the Week

This is Part 1 of a series of tribute videos to the late Carl Sagan, the best explainer of space who ever lived, and it's our video pick of the week. 
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Tiny Plants---Big Blooms

Tiny Plants---Big Blooms

Phytoplankton are microscopic plants that float around in the oceans. The tiny plants account for half of all photosynthesis on Earth
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The Last Ocean, an update

The Last Ocean, an update

Marine reserves have been proposed for the Ross Sea off Antarctica. They are now being considered at a convention in Germany.
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World's Biggest Coal Company Installing ... Solar Panels

Coal India, trying to reduce its energy bills, installs solar panels. 
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Lucky Impala---Stunned Tourists

Something is always in-line on a food chain. Trying to escape capture can get creative.
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The March of Ideas

The March of Ideas

By Reilly Capps
One of the beautiful things about science is that, generally, there is an orderly progression in which ideas build on ideas. And one of the real pleasures of studying history is watching the good, the true ideas rise through the muck of all the mediocre or bad ones. Here's a snapshot of a good idea on its way up. This graph shows the rise of temperatures around the world -- as seen in 1959. 
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Climate, 2.0

Climate, 2.0

Temperatures during the decade of 2001-2010 were the highest in recorded history.
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Conservatives and Libertarians Continue to 'Come to Jesus'

By Reilly Capps 
As we've written over and over again, a carbon tax -- revenue-neutral! revenue neutral! -- is the single-most important piece of legislation being proposed today. (Revenue-neutral means that gas taxes will go up, but your income taxes will go down.) The identity of some supporters of a carbon tax are more surprising. It's those people who may turn the tide. We've written about how economists favor a carbon tax, how Reagan's supply-side guru favors a carbon tax, how a former Republican congress member favors a carbon tax. And the hits just keep coming, as conservatives think real hard about a carbon tax -- revenue-neutral! -- and decide to Come to Jesus. 
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Farther Back into the Sonic Past

We wrote about a student at the University of Minnesota who charted temperatures from the last 132 years, sonically, on his cello. The folks at Lawrence Livermore Labs took it back even further. Here's 600 years of temperature records made audible:

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Still Life with Dust, #7

Still Life with Dust, #7

Like a complicated drip painting, a cosmic photograph appears as wild streamers of dust and splashes of stars.
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Concerto for a Changing Climate

Concerto for a Changing Climate

If music was being written to accompany our changing climate, this cello concerto would be a good beginning.
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Mementos of Earth

Mementos of Earth

In 1977 the Voyagers were launched towards interstellar space carrying a collection of Earth mementos. The creative adventurers who envisioned the dual explorers are worth celebrating on this 4th of July.
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Grass-fed Meat Sequesters Carbon?

Grass-fed Meat Sequesters Carbon?

By Reilly Capps
It's possible that certain kinds of meat might not be quite so bad. Animals can be part of a climate solution. “If you’re eating grassland meat,” Michael Pollan told Slate, “your carbon footprint is light and possibly even negative.”
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1.5 Cubic Miles of Water

1.5 Cubic Miles of Water

A lake under the Antarctic ice cap collapsed in a massive flood dumping 1.5 cubic miles of water into the ocean.
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