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Tree Huggers

15

Sep

2019

Tree Huggers

Thermography shows why Koalas hug trees.

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in vino veritas

13

Sep

2019

in vino veritas

Art and science making wine.

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Climate Change's Murder Mysteries

Climate Change's Murder Mysteries

Climate change is like a murder mystery where suspected assassins number in the thousands.

29 Apr 2014

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The Conservation Alliance

 

Penguins Aren't People

by Conrad Anker Humans have a tendency to anthropomorphize animals. Penguins, with their tuxedo like plumage and waddle, are a fine example of how we extend characteristics and behavior of humans to animals. The physical similarity makes the connection to animals is logical--- they are born, they die, and they share a brief time span on this planet. Obviously penguins, cute and adorable as they are, would not be granted personhood in the Bill of Rights. Less obvious are corporations and ...
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Another run at the Olympics

Forget the Olympics, I used to think. Sure, they look pretty, done up in rainbow colors with classiest necklaces this side of the British Crown Jewels, but the 1980 Olympics practically brought down the Soviet Empire, and the 1984 games left Los Angeles deeply in debt.  And so I was always perversely proud, as a fourth generation Coloradan, that my wise ancestors rejected the 1976 Olympic games' invitation to dance, the only time that's ever happened. We rejected it as too expensive and too ...
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Good News for Warblers

The voice of the Seychelles Warbler is often described as rich, melodious, and similar to a person whistling. An endemic bird found only in the Seychelles Islands, it is endangered, and was once close to extinction. At one point the entire population of warblers was down to 26 individuals all confined to a small rocky outcrop in the Indian Ocean, Cousin Island. So it is exciting to learn that captive breeding efforts between conservationists in the Seychelles and researchers in the United ...
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Carnivorous Plants Get Creative

Carnivorous plants are true curiosities of the vegetable world. They exist in all environments but typically are found in waterlogged bogs or soils poor in essential nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus. To compensate for these mineral deficiencies, carnivorous plants evolved sticky leaves, pitcher-like structures, and snap-traps to capture unsuspecting insects and bugs get stuck in the plant which then provides with the missing environmental nutrients. Some carnivorous plants are able to ...
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On Deniers

From way back in 2007, here's an oldie but a goodie, as climate scientist Richard C.J. Somerville drops some genius during a debate with exceptional novelist and noted climate blowhard Michael Crichton. The end is great, when he dismisses wing nuts like Crichton by summarizing: "it tends to be the rare exception rather than the rule when a lone genius eventually prevails over conventional mainstream scientific thought." Here's the whole excerpt:  The science community today has ...
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Electric Shocks

Check out the Chevy Volt. It's not stylish. Based on looks alone, it probably ups your cool factor by about ... point five percent. If that.  The New York Post calls the Chevy Volt "one part lemon, one part government albatross."  In the article, the Cato Institute's Patrick Michaels offers a litany of facts and half-facts about the car's problems, and a list of the problems other eco cars are facing.  True, they're expensive -- about $40,000. True, the battery only powers ...
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Rewilding

Rewilding 10 September 2019

Rewilding

Bringing back the wild again.

Look to the Mountains

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An environmental ambassador says: Look to the Mountains.

Intelligent Designers

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Efficiency, Efficiency, & Efficiency!

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Energy efficiency is the 'name of the game'.

Lost & Found Worlds

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Biogeography rules: odd things evolve on islands.

Conserving, The Mother Load

Conserving, The Mother Load 19 March 2019

Conserving, The Mother Load

Avoiding another Dust Bowl.

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