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Stories to Change 'Apocalypse Fatigue' into Action

18

Nov

2017

Stories to Change 'Apocalypse Fatigue' into Action

Moving away from cliamte fatigue into action.

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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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The Conservation Alliance

Archive Highlights

Explorer to present at The Conservation Alliance

Explorer to present at The Conservation Alliance

Eric Larsen will present his The Last North expedition to an outdoor/conservation audience in Utah..

25 Jun 2015

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.

Iceberg, the Orca

Orcas, or killer whales, classically appear patterned in black and white. Now a mature, male, albino orca has been observed by a research team off Kamchatka in Russia’s Far East. The group of researchers and students was led by a senior fellow with the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS) when they observed the white orca swimming with its pod of more familiar orcas. They named it Iceberg. The first-ever sighting of a pure white orca was captured in a short video from Russian ...
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Iceberg, the Orca

Orcas, or killer whales, classically appear patterned in black and white. Now a mature, male, albino orca has been observed by a research team off Kamchatka in Russia’s Far East. The group of researchers and students was led by a senior fellow with the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS) when they observed the white orca swimming with its pod of more familiar orcas. They named it Iceberg. The first-ever sighting of a pure white orca was captured in a short video from Russian ...
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Iceberg, the Orca

Orcas, or killer whales, classically appear patterned in black and white. Now a mature, male, albino orca has been observed by a research team off Kamchatka in Russia’s Far East. The group of researchers and students was led by a senior fellow with the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS) when they observed the white orca swimming with its pod of more familiar orcas. They named it Iceberg. The first-ever sighting of a pure white orca was captured in a short video from Russian ...
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The Biology of Corn Prices

Normally, it is complicated explaining a direct role of biology in an economy---to many variables to juggle. However, it is not difficult to connect-the-dots between the role of temperature on the rate of photosynthesis, the driving force in plant physiology and agricultural production. A new study in Nature Climate Change and summarized by the New York Times presents the affect of climate change on corn prices. Increasing temperatures will have a greater influence on corn productivity ...
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The Biology of Corn Prices

Normally, it is complicated explaining a direct role of biology in an economy---to many variables to juggle. However, it is not difficult to connect-the-dots between the role of temperature on the rate of photosynthesis, the driving force in plant physiology and agricultural production. A new study in Nature Climate Change and summarized by the New York Times presents the affect of climate change on corn prices. Increasing temperatures will have a greater influence on corn productivity ...
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The Biology of Corn Prices

Normally, it is complicated explaining a direct role of biology in an economy---to many variables to juggle. However, it is not difficult to connect-the-dots between the role of temperature on the rate of photosynthesis, the driving force in plant physiology and agricultural production. A new study in Nature Climate Change and summarized by the New York Times presents the affect of climate change on corn prices. Increasing temperatures will have a greater influence on corn productivity ...
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For Earth Day: 10 Ideas

Today is Earth Day. A celebration is in order because an educational gathering that was initiated here in the USA 40 years ago has now grown into a world-wide event. But it should also be recognized that even more needs to be accomplished now towards protecting and restoring the environment. A TED Talk reminds us why we have an Earth Day to begin with: Willie Smits on Restoring a Rainforest in Borneo (credit: TED Conferences) Here are 10 ideas on ways that anyone can ...
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For Earth Day: 10 Ideas

Today is Earth Day. A celebration is in order because an educational gathering that was initiated here in the USA 40 years ago has now grown into a world-wide event. But it should also be recognized that even more needs to be accomplished now towards protecting and restoring the environment. A TED Talk reminds us why we have an Earth Day to begin with: Willie Smits on Restoring a Rainforest in Borneo (credit: TED Conferences) Here are 10 ideas on ways that anyone can ...
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For Earth Day: 10 Ideas

Today is Earth Day. A celebration is in order because an educational gathering that was initiated here in the USA 40 years ago has now grown into a world-wide event. But it should also be recognized that even more needs to be accomplished now towards protecting and restoring the environment. A TED Talk reminds us why we have an Earth Day to begin with: Willie Smits on Restoring a Rainforest in Borneo (credit: TED Conferences) Here are 10 ideas on ways that anyone can ...
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Greening Captured

Spring arrived earlier this year, perhaps by nearly a month from anecdotal accounts. A NASA satellite has captured an image of the Piedmont area, between the Appalachians and the Atlantic coast, using its Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument that is providing more precise measurements. In an early April image, the Appalachian Mountains remain brown as the trees cover higher elevations and have not begun producing leaves yet. Spring Greening along East ...
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Greening Captured

Spring arrived earlier this year, perhaps by nearly a month from anecdotal accounts. A NASA satellite has captured an image of the Piedmont area, between the Appalachians and the Atlantic coast, using its Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument that is providing more precise measurements. In an early April image, the Appalachian Mountains remain brown as the trees cover higher elevations and have not begun producing leaves yet. Spring Greening along East ...
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Greening Captured

Spring arrived earlier this year, perhaps by nearly a month from anecdotal accounts. A NASA satellite has captured an image of the Piedmont area, between the Appalachians and the Atlantic coast, using its Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument that is providing more precise measurements. In an early April image, the Appalachian Mountains remain brown as the trees cover higher elevations and have not begun producing leaves yet. Spring Greening along East ...
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The Monks Know Best

Over the past several decades, China’s efforts to improve the health and welfare of millions has been impressive. However, the rate of these social improvements has come at great cost, not the least in terms of forest loss and general environmental degradation over large areas of the country. Mother Jones published one of the earliest investigative reports on the impacts of air and water pollution for both China and other countries beyond its borders. The consequences for the Chinese and ...
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The Monks Know Best

Over the past several decades, China’s efforts to improve the health and welfare of millions has been impressive. However, the rate of these social improvements has come at great cost, not the least in terms of forest loss and general environmental degradation over large areas of the country. Mother Jones published one of the earliest investigative reports on the impacts of air and water pollution for both China and other countries beyond its borders. The consequences for the Chinese and ...
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The Monks Know Best

Over the past several decades, China’s efforts to improve the health and welfare of millions has been impressive. However, the rate of these social improvements has come at great cost, not the least in terms of forest loss and general environmental degradation over large areas of the country. Mother Jones published one of the earliest investigative reports on the impacts of air and water pollution for both China and other countries beyond its borders. The consequences for the Chinese and ...
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Bad News in Green

Growing up in Los Angeles during the 1950’s, the neighborhood kids and I used to sell lemonade and limeade on the street corner for 5 cents a cup. Our refreshing drinks were made from real lemons and limes picked from trees in our own backyards. An apocalypse could now be descending upon on any current childhood dreams for cold beverage sales from all those beautiful, fragrant, and bountiful citrus trees that have typified so much of California’s mythology and agricultural commerce. Citrus ...
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Bad News in Green

Growing up in Los Angeles during the 1950’s, the neighborhood kids and I used to sell lemonade and limeade on the street corner for 5 cents a cup. Our refreshing drinks were made from real lemons and limes picked from trees in our own backyards. An apocalypse could now be descending upon on any current childhood dreams for cold beverage sales from all those beautiful, fragrant, and bountiful citrus trees that have typified so much of California’s mythology and agricultural commerce. Citrus ...
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Flight Deck

Ever wondered what it would be like to fly a space shuttle? NASA has provided a photograph from the interior flight deck of the Space Shuttle Endeavor and its impressive array of computers and controls. Endeavor is heading into retirement at the California Science Center in LA but you get an idea what it might be like to pilot the complicated machine. Looks fun! Space Shuttle Flightdeck (credit: NASA/Ben Cooper) The Endeavor’s companion shuttles Discovery and Atlantis will be sent to ...
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Flight Deck

Ever wondered what it would be like to fly a space shuttle? NASA has provided a photograph from the interior flight deck of the Space Shuttle Endeavor and its impressive array of computers and controls. Endeavor is heading into retirement at the California Science Center in LA but you get an idea what it might be like to pilot the complicated machine. Looks fun! Space Shuttle Flightdeck (credit: NASA/Ben Cooper) The Endeavor’s companion shuttles Discovery and Atlantis will be sent to ...
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Bad News in Green

Growing up in Los Angeles during the 1950’s, the neighborhood kids and I used to sell lemonade and limeade on the street corner for 5 cents a cup. Our refreshing drinks were made from real lemons and limes picked from trees in our own backyards. An apocalypse could now be descending upon on any current childhood dreams for cold beverage sales from all those beautiful, fragrant, and bountiful citrus trees that have typified so much of California’s mythology and agricultural commerce. Citrus ...
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Flight Deck

Ever wondered what it would be like to fly a space shuttle? NASA has provided a photograph from the interior flight deck of the Space Shuttle Endeavor and its impressive array of computers and controls. Endeavor is heading into retirement at the California Science Center in LA but you get an idea what it might be like to pilot the complicated machine. Looks fun! Space Shuttle Flightdeck (credit: NASA/Ben Cooper) The Endeavor’s companion shuttles Discovery and Atlantis will be sent to ...
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Climate Change on Steroids

If you’re someone who is perplexed to understand weather events and their relationship to climate change, then a clever video by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research UCAR is worth watching. Comparing increasing CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere to a baseball player on steroids, the effects become obvious: ";" alt="">Baseball and the Climate on Steroids (credit: NCAR & UCAR) WHB
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Climate Change on Steroids

If you’re someone who is perplexed to understand weather events and their relationship to climate change, then a clever video by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research UCAR is worth watching. Comparing increasing CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere to a baseball player on steroids, the effects become obvious: ";" alt="">Baseball and the Climate on Steroids (credit: NCAR & UCAR) WHB
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Climate Change on Steroids

If you’re someone who is perplexed to understand weather events and their relationship to climate change, then a clever video by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research UCAR is worth watching. Comparing increasing CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere to a baseball player on steroids, the effects become obvious: ";" alt="">Baseball and the Climate on Steroids (credit: NCAR & UCAR) WHB
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Restoring Hawaii

Beyond the fancy resorts of Waikiki or Kona, the beauty of the Hawaii can be sadly diminished and unknown to the Island’s tourists. The early Polynesians released rummaging pigs that soon went feral exposing mountainous vegetation to erosion; later, 19th Century white settlers logged off vast native koa tree forests converting the landscape to cattle ranches; and now more recently arrived mosquitoes spread avian malaria that has decimated native Hawaiian bird populations found nowhere else ...
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Restoring Hawaii

Beyond the fancy resorts of Waikiki or Kona, the beauty of the Hawaii can be sadly diminished and unknown to the Island’s tourists. The early Polynesians released rummaging pigs that soon went feral exposing mountainous vegetation to erosion; later, 19th Century white settlers logged off vast native koa tree forests converting the landscape to cattle ranches; and now more recently arrived mosquitoes spread avian malaria that has decimated native Hawaiian bird populations found nowhere else ...
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