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Trees Before Rain

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2017

Trees Before Rain

Which came first: trees or rain?

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A 'Medicane' Forms

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2017

A 'Medicane' Forms

A medicane heads toward Italy and Greece.

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The Conservation Alliance

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Rescue Beetles

Rescue Beetles

It's easy to miss a plague of green while being amazed by canyon walls and class 5 rapids on the Colorado River.

15 Jul 2014

Video Highlights

Recent Archive Highlights

Compassion and other creatures

Compassion and other creatures 5 November 2017

Compassion and other creatures

Compassion is considered a trait uniquely human but we should make it more inclusive.

Efficiency, efficiency, & more efficiency!

Efficiency, efficiency, & more efficiency! 4 November 2017

Efficiency, efficiency, & more efficiency!

Efficiency is the name of the game for energy, architecture, and solar design with three new developments showing the way.

Conservatives and Conservation

Conservatives and Conservation 2 November 2017

Conservatives and Conservation

 

Republican presidents from Theodore Roosevelt, to Richard Nixon, through George W. Bush left good environmental accomplishments.

 

Re-seeding Reefs...one polyp at a time

Re-seeding Reefs...one polyp at a time 1 November 2017

Re-seeding Reefs...one polyp at a time

One way to restore coral reefs could require re-seeding with transplanted corals.

Whales & Drones

Whales & Drones 31 October 2017

Whales & Drones

Remotely controlled drones provide a quiet way to track animal behavior.

Crazy Engineering: the Gecko Gripper

Crazy Engineering: the Gecko Gripper 30 October 2017

Crazy Engineering: the Gecko Gripper

Robotic engineers at JPL are turning to bio-mimicry and using a gecko as their design guide.

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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