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Night Vision

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2017

Night Vision

Tracking ice cracks in thermal infrared.

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Elemental Haikus

16

Aug

2017

Elemental Haikus

A table of elemental poems with purpose.

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The Conservation Alliance

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Intelligence of Plants

Intelligence of Plants

Amazing new understandings of intelligence in plants.

8 Aug 2017

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Fishing for Plastic

Fishing for Plastic 9 August 2017

Fishing for Plastic

It takes garbage to make a boat.

Intelligence of Plants

Intelligence of Plants 8 August 2017

Intelligence of Plants

Amazing new understandings of intelligence in plants.

A Monumental President

A Monumental President 5 August 2017

A Monumental President

Two new national monuments were designated.

The Colours of Australia are Fading

The Colours of Australia are Fading 2 June 2017

The Colours of Australia are Fading

Major changes have occurred recently to Australian forests.

Super Coral...a Super Hero?

Super Coral...a Super Hero? 26 May 2017

Super Coral...a Super Hero?

Heat-tolerant corals may help reef restoration.

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.

Code Purple update

Riled Up shared maps in a post on Australia’s new recently. A  “Code Purple” designating catastrophic temperatures has been added to the national maps and were predicted to occur in the following weeks. Today, National Public Radio aired an interview with an Australian meteorologist about the current temperature situation:  Roads Melt, Gas Evaporates in the Unprecedented Heat Wave.  A measurement of 120F has now been recorded on the southern continent:     Roads Melt, Gas Evaporates in ...
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Australia on Fire

Australia is on fire. Since the end 2012, hundreds of bushfires have raged throughout continent. Fueled by a record-breaking temperatures exceeding 109F, widespread drought, and resin filled bush vegetation the environmental conditions are set for a triple threat of wildfires. Widespread fires have struck from New South Wales, to Victoria, to Queensland, Western Australia, and Tasmania. Photography captured by several environmental monitoring satellites show the extent of the burning that ...
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Dust Generator

Dust is probably one environmental feature you’d rather not have to bother with. The choking Dust Bowl is not a pleasant thought. However, in some situations and with smaller volumes, dust can be beneficial. Volcanic dust deposits produce rich and productive soils for vineyards, orchards, and many crops. Early this year, a satellite passing over Africa captured an impressive photograph of a wide dust-storm blowing from the Sahara Desert into the Atlantic Ocean. A veil of dust stretched ...
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Of Beetles and Biomass

For years, residents of the Central Rocky Mountains have lamented the proliferation of the mountain pine beetle, which has killed lodgepole pine trees across some 4 million acres of forest. In Grand and Summit counties in Colorado, entire mountainsides have turned from a deep green to rusty brown as the infestation has spread. The damage to forests in British Columbia has been even more widespread. The beetles have always lived in the Rockies, but drought has weakened trees and warmer ...
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It’s Not Getting Hot, It’s Just Getting Comfortable

By Reilly Capps People talk about the U.S. getting hotter, but that’s not the objective truth of it. The U.S. is just now getting comfortable. We live in a country where the average temperature is 55, which is too cold for comfort. Humans are happy at 72. Who wouldn’t want the temperature cranked up a notch or two? 2012 was the hottest year in the continental U.S., by a long shot, one degree hotter than the previous hottest year. Warm is good. Warm means happy. Given the choice ...
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Dolphin Stampede

Several years ago, a good friend related a situation he had experienced while diving in the Azores Islands. He had participated in an interaction between a human and a marine animal that deeply affected him. It was a remarkable story. Now, a group of other observers have participated in an equally amazing event---a stampede of 1,000 common dolphins---off Dana Point in Southern California. The captain of a tour boat service, Capt. Dave's Dolphin and Whale Safari, captured video of this rare ...
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Old & New Mars

We don’t expect aerospace engineers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to be poets or artists but their terminology for a “Dust Removal Tool” seems a bit overly technical. The simple term “brush” would have been sufficient for a tool on the Curiosity rover used to clean rocks. The photograph of a newly cleaned rock with its dust covering removed is one of the highest resolution images photographed by the mobile labs camera. Fractures, veins, pits, and tiny grains in the rock are visible, as ...
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Code Purple

According to NOAA, 2012 was the hottest year ever recorded in the USA. Climate deniers may dither and point to sun spots as the culprits but climate change driven by atmospheric carbon dioxide increases continues pushing extreme weather events ever higher. On the other side of the planet temperature conditions are turning even more extreme. A dome of heat settled over all of Australia a month ago and hasn’t moved. The nation’s meteorology bureau now indicates that temperature forecasts ...
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Appalachian Spring

As seen from space, the Appalachian Mountains appear in folded detail. This new photograph, captured by astronauts on the space station, shows the mountain chain stretching from Pennsylvania to West Virginia. The bend of the Potomac river is a guide to Washington D.C. and the Chesapeake Bay east of the ranges. The ridges appear striped because of a dark forest cover while the farmed lowlands appear lighter. The rugged  mountains also present a great story of both ancient and modern times. ...
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Tim DeChristopher speaks, and says volumes

By Reilly Capps In his first words published since he went to prison, the monkeywrencher Tim DeChristopher looks at the big picture, which he has always done as well as anyone in recent memory. It's well worth reading the whole article in full, here. It was published in the magazine for his church, the Unitarian Universalist.  The activist is still serving a two-year sentence for pulling off one of the greatest real-life punks of all time, mucking up a government oil and gas lease auction ...
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$3640/lb….More Valuable Than Gold!

According to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the population of Bluefin tuna in the Atlantic Ocean have declined by ninety percent since the 1970s and by over 50% worldwide. The IUCN has now declared the fish on their Red List as “critically endangered”. The single driver for this steep decline has been massive overfishing to meet demand for sushi in Japan where 80% of the tuna are sold and consumed. Now, a bluefin tuna has sold for nearly $1.8 million or ...
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Taklimakan Snows

The name alone, Taklimakan, suggests a far away place, shifting dunes, and buried ruins. It is all of that and also one of the world’s largest, hottest, driest, and sandiest deserts. Huge mountain ranges enclose the sea of sand including the Tien Shan on the north and the Kunlun on the south. Bounded by Tibet, Kirgizstan, Tajikistan, Mongolia, and China parts of the Taklimakan can produce dunes that pile up to nearly 1,000 feet high. What is rare in this vast hyper-arid region is ...
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