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Tree Huggers

Thermography shows why Koalas hug trees.

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With the Stoke of a Pen, an update

With the Stoke of a Pen, an update

In 2014, major marine preserves were created.

5 Dec 2017

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Environmental Art

Environmental Art 15 January 2018

Environmental Art

Creating paintings with natue connections.

Patagonia and Sustainability

Patagonia and Sustainability 31 December 2017

Patagonia and Sustainability

Patagonia shows how to apply sustainability in business practice.

Where Good Ideas Come From

Where Good Ideas Come From 22 December 2017

Where Good Ideas Come From

A clever storyteller suggests an answer.

Bottled Arctic Notes

Bottled Arctic Notes 15 December 2017

Bottled Arctic Notes

A bottled note tossed to the waves recovered years later.

Bloody Falls, Dry Valleys, & Mars

Bloody Falls, Dry Valleys, & Mars 7 December 2017

Bloody Falls, Dry Valleys, & Mars

The Dry Valleys are one of the strangest environments on Earth.

With the Stoke of a Pen, an update

With the Stoke of a Pen, an update 5 December 2017

With the Stoke of a Pen, an update

In 2014, major marine preserves were created.

Mas Agua, por favor

Corridos are topical songs from Mexico often with contemporary social or political themes. The environment can now be added to the attention of the Hispanic songwriters as the new Corrido de Nuestro Rio (Our River) shows. The song expresses concern for the fate of the Colorado River by the band. Long-term drought, climate change, miss-management, and increasing water demand throughout the western USA and Mexico have all severely impacted a river that no longer reaches the Gulf of California ...
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Life on Mars

The Viking Program sent the first Mars robots that survived landing on the planet. The goal of the dual orbiters and their landers was to photograph the planet, sample the local geology, and test for extant life using several simple lab experiments. The results of the three petri dish tests were intriguing but inconclusive and a fierce debate ensued. Now, a new analytical approach has been used with the original data and may have solved the mystery. The results are being published in the ...
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Life on Mars

The Viking Program sent the first Mars robots that survived landing on the planet. The goal of the dual orbiters and their landers was to photograph the planet, sample the local geology, and test for extant life using several simple lab experiments. The results of the three petri dish tests were intriguing but inconclusive and a fierce debate ensued. Now, a new analytical approach has been used with the original data and may have solved the mystery. The results are being published in the ...
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Life on Mars

The Viking Program sent the first Mars robots that survived landing on the planet. The goal of the dual orbiters and their landers was to photograph the planet, sample the local geology, and test for extant life using several simple lab experiments. The results of the three petri dish tests were intriguing but inconclusive and a fierce debate ensued. Now, a new analytical approach has been used with the original data and may have solved the mystery. The results are being published in the ...
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Forests of the Clouds

Cloud forests are some of the most amazing ecosystems on planet Earth. They are restricted in distribution, exceptionally diverse, and threatened almost everywhere they exist. They are also one of the most magical places I have ever had the opportunity to visit and investigate. Their primeval nature is both spooky and astounding to experience by anyone willing to make an effort. The University of Queensland and the Australian Research Council have released a report on the potential impacts ...
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Forests of the Clouds

Cloud forests are some of the most amazing ecosystems on planet Earth. They are restricted in distribution, exceptionally diverse, and threatened almost everywhere they exist. They are also one of the most magical places I have ever had the opportunity to visit and investigate. Their primeval nature is both spooky and astounding to experience by anyone willing to make an effort. The University of Queensland and the Australian Research Council have released a report on the potential impacts ...
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Forests of the Clouds

Cloud forests are some of the most amazing ecosystems on planet Earth. They are restricted in distribution, exceptionally diverse, and threatened almost everywhere they exist. They are also one of the most magical places I have ever had the opportunity to visit and investigate. Their primeval nature is both spooky and astounding to experience by anyone willing to make an effort. The University of Queensland and the Australian Research Council have released a report on the potential impacts ...
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Big Ideas for Busy People

I’ve been involved with science since I was a kid of 7 years old and cut a daffodil and lily bulb in half and stuck them together trying to create a hybrid. It didn’t work but this early experiment sparked my curiosity to study plants, biology, and environmental matters from then onwards. Back in the 1960’s, kids with science interests typically participated in fairs where they displayed a science project they had investigated and people would walk around and ask you questions. Times have ...
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Big Ideas for Busy People

I’ve been involved with science since I was a kid of 7 years old and cut a daffodil and lily bulb in half and stuck them together trying to create a hybrid. It didn’t work but this early experiment sparked my curiosity to study plants, biology, and environmental matters from then onwards. Back in the 1960’s, kids with science interests typically participated in fairs where they displayed a science project they had investigated and people would walk around and ask you questions. Times have ...
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Big Ideas for Busy People

I’ve been involved with science since I was a kid of 7 years old and cut a daffodil and lily bulb in half and stuck them together trying to create a hybrid. It didn’t work but this early experiment sparked my curiosity to study plants, biology, and environmental matters from then onwards. Back in the 1960’s, kids with science interests typically participated in fairs where they displayed a science project they had investigated and people would walk around and ask you questions. Times have ...
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This Is Not Good

The Winter of 2011-2012 will go into the record books. NOAA (the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration) has just announced the rankings and the winter of 2011-2012 was the 4th warmest winter on record. According to the National Climate Data Center, a part of NOAA: “The winter average temperature of 36.8°F was just 0.4°F cooler than the warmest winter on record, the winter of 1999 – 2000.” It was also the 3rd least snowy winter on record and March 2012 registered the highest ...
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This Is Not Good

The Winter of 2011-2012 will go into the record books. NOAA (the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration) has just announced the rankings and the winter of 2011-2012 was the 4th warmest winter on record. According to the National Climate Data Center, a part of NOAA: “The winter average temperature of 36.8°F was just 0.4°F cooler than the warmest winter on record, the winter of 1999 – 2000.” It was also the 3rd least snowy winter on record and March 2012 registered the highest ...
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This Is Not Good

The Winter of 2011-2012 will go into the record books. NOAA (the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration) has just announced the rankings and the winter of 2011-2012 was the 4th warmest winter on record. According to the National Climate Data Center, a part of NOAA: “The winter average temperature of 36.8°F was just 0.4°F cooler than the warmest winter on record, the winter of 1999 – 2000.” It was also the 3rd least snowy winter on record and March 2012 registered the highest ...
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Is Growth, Equity, and Sustainability Impossible?

Kate Raworth, of Oxfam, has attempted to place natural resources, social equity, and the health of the planet into an easily understood, and interactive, circular matrix. Her provocative discussion paper is: A Safe and Just Space for Humanity: can we live within the doughnut?  and described in this short video: ";" alt=""> Kate Raworth (credit: Oxfam) Raworth readily admits that no country meets all the parameters for living in a sustainable fashion. It may be an ...
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Is Growth, Equity, and Sustainability Impossible?

Kate Raworth, of Oxfam, has attempted to place natural resources, social equity, and the health of the planet into an easily understood, and interactive, circular matrix. Her provocative discussion paper is: A Safe and Just Space for Humanity: can we live within the doughnut?  and described in this short video: ";" alt=""> Kate Raworth (credit: Oxfam) Raworth readily admits that no country meets all the parameters for living in a sustainable fashion. It may be an ...
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Is Growth, Equity, and Sustainability Impossible?

Kate Raworth, of Oxfam, has attempted to place natural resources, social equity, and the health of the planet into an easily understood, and interactive, circular matrix. Her provocative discussion paper is: A Safe and Just Space for Humanity: can we live within the doughnut?  and described in this short video: ";" alt=""> Kate Raworth (credit: Oxfam) Raworth readily admits that no country meets all the parameters for living in a sustainable fashion. It may be an ...
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Changing Mountains

While most mountaineering attention is directed towards Mount Everest and climbing attempts being made to commemorate the 1963 American first ascent, other eyes are following the impact of climate change on mountains everywhere. In a new post to the Energy Collective on Five Iconic Mountains Threatened by Climate Change, Joseph Romm notes that glacial melt, invasive species, mudslides, and erosion are all impacting mountains around the world. Focusing his attention on five famous mountain ...
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Changing Mountains

While most mountaineering attention is directed towards Mount Everest and climbing attempts being made to commemorate the 1963 American first ascent, other eyes are following the impact of climate change on mountains everywhere. In a new post to the Energy Collective on Five Iconic Mountains Threatened by Climate Change, Joseph Romm notes that glacial melt, invasive species, mudslides, and erosion are all impacting mountains around the world. Focusing his attention on five famous mountain ...
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Changing Mountains

While most mountaineering attention is directed towards Mount Everest and climbing attempts being made to commemorate the 1963 American first ascent, other eyes are following the impact of climate change on mountains everywhere. In a new post to the Energy Collective on Five Iconic Mountains Threatened by Climate Change, Joseph Romm notes that glacial melt, invasive species, mudslides, and erosion are all impacting mountains around the world. Focusing his attention on five famous mountain ...
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3D Tornadoes

Recently we mentioned a new national initiative to interrupt the volume of big data that is accumulating from the internet, space explorations, and environmental studies. This NASA animation illustrates the value of 3D visualization of data sets gathered during the massive tornadoes that hit the Dallas area on April 3rd. ";" alt=""> Texas Tornados in 3D (credit: NASA) As the new visualization technologies becomes more common, numerous other applications will be emerge and ...
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3D Tornadoes

Recently we mentioned a new national initiative to interrupt the volume of big data that is accumulating from the internet, space explorations, and environmental studies. This NASA animation illustrates the value of 3D visualization of data sets gathered during the massive tornadoes that hit the Dallas area on April 3rd. ";" alt=""> Texas Tornados in 3D (credit: NASA) As the new visualization technologies becomes more common, numerous other applications will be emerge and ...
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3D Tornadoes

Recently we mentioned a new national initiative to interrupt the volume of big data that is accumulating from the internet, space explorations, and environmental studies. This NASA animation illustrates the value of 3D visualization of data sets gathered during the massive tornadoes that hit the Dallas area on April 3rd. ";" alt=""> Texas Tornados in 3D (credit: NASA) As the new visualization technologies becomes more common, numerous other applications will be emerge and ...
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In The Dark

Radiolab is about curiosity. Developed by Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich, the weekly NPR program explores big ideas with an infectious enthusiasm for the mysteries of science and the power of storytelling. Using modern radio production, engaging real-life anecdotes, and a bit the magic, Radiolab has become a sensation since the shows introduction by NPR in 2005. Radiolab now has a live stage tour called In The Dark and it lives up to all the accolades. In The Dark has the two Radiolab ...
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In The Dark

Radiolab is about curiosity. Developed by Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich, the weekly NPR program explores big ideas with an infectious enthusiasm for the mysteries of science and the power of storytelling. Using modern radio production, engaging real-life anecdotes, and a bit the magic, Radiolab has become a sensation since the shows introduction by NPR in 2005. Radiolab now has a live stage tour called In The Dark and it lives up to all the accolades. In The Dark has the two Radiolab ...
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In The Dark

Radiolab is about curiosity. Developed by Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich, the weekly NPR program explores big ideas with an infectious enthusiasm for the mysteries of science and the power of storytelling. Using modern radio production, engaging real-life anecdotes, and a bit the magic, Radiolab has become a sensation since the shows introduction by NPR in 2005. Radiolab now has a live stage tour called In The Dark and it lives up to all the accolades. In The Dark has the two Radiolab ...
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Exo-App

The Kepler Space Telescope has discovered a slew of extra-solar planets or exo-planets since it began focusing its powerful lens on the stars three years ago. Some of the new planets are super-weird, potentially made of solid diamond, while others may be more Earth-like in habitability around their parent stars. Now there is an application has been developed so that anyone can follow the Kepler discoveries. Kepler Exo-planet (credit: NASA-Ames) The “exo-app”, called the Kepler ...
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