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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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2017

Death Fungus and Ohia Trees

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

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The Conservation Alliance

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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.
When Galaxies Collide

When Galaxies Collide

In three billion years or so, the Milky Way and Andromeda galaxies will collide producing a mega-galaxy.
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The Center of the Earth is About to Disappear

File:Battle Tarawa.jpgBy Reilly Capps 

Residents of the small island nation of Kiribati believe they're at the center of the world, when really they're at the end of it. Eventually, the end of the world (or maybe it's the center of it) will disappear into the ocean. Some thoughts on perspective.
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Algal Blooms 101

Algal Blooms 101

Like every other plant, algae require nitrogen and phosphorus for growth. Receive too  much fertilizer and an algal bloom occurs. They can happen to lakes and in the oceans with negative consequences to both aquatic environments.
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Ask a Roboticist with Lucas Gardner

Ask a Roboticist with Lucas Gardner

Lucas Gardner answers all your questions about robotics!
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In a Grim Scene, Receding Glaciers Defrost the Past

File:Marmolada-Ghiacciaio.jpgBy Reilly Capps 

In a wild and grim and very tangible reminders of climate change, two soldiers and a cache of explosives are revealed as European glaciers recede. 
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Desert Power

Desert Power

A decade of drought in the Rocky Mountains has been tough on Lake Powell and the water storage network sustaining much of the Southwestern USA.

















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Plague of Locusts Descends on Madagascar

 A plague of locusts of biblical proportions has descended on Madagascar. 
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Google Timelapse

Google Timelapse

Like a fine carpet being shredded by moths, a new Google animation shows landscape scale changes from development. It is both impressive and sad at the loss of environmental and ecological integrity.
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Ring of Fire over Monument Valley

Ring of Fire over Monument Valley

An annular eclipse occurs when the Moon's silhouette does not quite cover the Sun. It does create a momentarily spectacular 'ring of fire'.
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What is Missing?

What is Missing?

The conceptual artist Maya Lin has created a multimedia memorial to vanishing biodiversity. Like the Vietnam War Memorial her work draws the viewer directly into the power of the installation and its message.
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Photo Contest

Photo Contest

An Everest poster depicting the first climb of the West Ridge will be rewarded to the top three submitters to the Slideshow photo contest. Good luck to all!
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Amazing Photos of Killer Whale Attacking a Dolphin

Dolphins are fast -- and so whales have a hard time catching up. When they do, they can't just open their mouths and chomp them -- the drag would be too great. So they flip them up in the air first, then chow. 
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Mars Mystery

Mars Mystery

Mars is a mysterious place. Photographs returned from robotic orbiters are constantly producing images of strange landscapes that aren't obvious how they were created.
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Walking to Listen

Walking to Listen

Programs in environmental studies try to create individuals with a deep curiosity about the environment. The paths they choose have many twists and turns but are never boring.
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NASA's Instagram Moment

NASA's Instagram Moment

On April 21st, NASA launched the Antares rocket as part of a mission called the PhoneSat project. The
mission was simple - to return with photos from space... Taken entirely on smartphones. The photos
you see below were indeed taken with no more than a consumer grade smartphone camera.
Here are the ones NASA isn't proud of.
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Fire Season Starts Early

Fire Season Starts Early

The fire season has started early this year, three months early. California is showing the way again.
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Is This the End of the World as We Know It?

Is This the End of the World as We Know It?

By Reilly Capps
Every generation thinks it's living in the most important time in history. It's just that some generations turn out to be more right than others. Environmentalists say, of global warming, "If [the oil companies] carry out their business plan, the planet tanks ... This is the only question that will matter in the long run." And, "This is the biggest emergency the human family has faced since it came out of the caves." And, "What's at stake now is civilization itself." What's scary is that they might be right. 
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Snow Monitoring, 2.0

Snow Monitoring, 2.0

If you enjoy a salad, a bird refuge, or a swimming pool in LA, winter snows in the Sierra Nevada mountains should be of interest. New water monitoring approaches are being tested as climate change accelerates and water demand increases.
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Where the Money is; Where the Jobs Are

Where the Money is; Where the Jobs Are

By Reilly Capps

Huge profits for the oil companies will be used to deny climate change, fight against regulations to limit carbon, and ... oh, yeah ... make money off climate change, when it happens. 
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Bridge to Nowhere

Bridge to Nowhere

At the end of the last ice age, ice-dammed lakes burst. Their collapse released massive volumes of water in a few hours altering entire landscapes.
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Carl Sagan Blows Your Mind

The great man can still rock your mental world, even 17 years after his death. 
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"A Rose by Any Other Name..."

"A Rose by Any Other Name..."

Saturn's north polar cyclone appears like a rose in a new NASA photograph.
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History Doesn’t Stop -- It Doesn’t Even Slow Down

History Doesn’t Stop -- It Doesn’t Even Slow Down

By Reilly Capps
The news seemed to leap out at us from the dark last week, as it tends to do, with blood and fangs, scaring the bejeezus out of all of us.
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Sea Mountains

Sea Mountains

Sea-mounts are found everywhere under the oceans. Some are volcanoes that can erupt dramatically.
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Boiled Lobster

Boiled Lobster

In 2012, ocean surface temperatures along the northeast were the highest recorded in 150 years.
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