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Trees Before Rain

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Nov

2017

Trees Before Rain

Which came first: trees or rain?

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A 'Medicane' Forms

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Nov

2017

A 'Medicane' Forms

A medicane heads toward Italy and Greece.

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The Conservation Alliance

Archive Highlights

"Look to the Mountains"

"Look to the Mountains"

A photographer, mountaineer, and environmental ambassador says: "look to the mountains".

24 Apr 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.

Are You Capable of Feeling Wonder?

If you aren’t, this exercise won’t do anything for you. If you are capable of feeling wonder, at least as far as you can feel wonder while starting at a computer screen, you will stare at this simulation of the size of the universe and feel amazed and vaguely stoned. Like staring at a mountain or the sea, it will help orient you and put you in your proper place, size-wise, and make you wonder at the size of the universe. - Reilly Capps
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Are You Capable of Feeling Wonder?

If you aren’t, this exercise won’t do anything for you. If you are capable of feeling wonder, at least as far as you can feel wonder while starting at a computer screen, you will stare at this simulation of the size of the universe and feel amazed and vaguely stoned. Like staring at a mountain or the sea, it will help orient you and put you in your proper place, size-wise, and make you wonder at the size of the universe. - Reilly Capps
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TED: Natural Wonders

With holiday shopping engaging the conscientiousness of many folks, two TED presenters show us that nature’s beauty can be easily overlooked in all the shuffle for consumer goodies. Their talks should remind us to pay more attention. The first video involves the time-lapse photography of Louie Schwartzberg accompanied by words from the Benedictine monk Brother David Steindl-Rast. The visual and verbal reflections serve as a meditation on being grateful for every day. The second presentation ...
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TED: Natural Wonders

With holiday shopping engaging the conscientiousness of many folks, two TED presenters show us that nature’s beauty can be easily overlooked in all the shuffle for consumer goodies. Their talks should remind us to pay more attention. The first video involves the time-lapse photography of Louie Schwartzberg accompanied by words from the Benedictine monk Brother David Steindl-Rast. The visual and verbal reflections serve as a meditation on being grateful for every day. The second presentation ...
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TED: Natural Wonders

With holiday shopping engaging the conscientiousness of many folks, two TED presenters show us that nature’s beauty can be easily overlooked in all the shuffle for consumer goodies. Their talks should remind us to pay more attention. The first video involves the time-lapse photography of Louie Schwartzberg accompanied by words from the Benedictine monk Brother David Steindl-Rast. The visual and verbal reflections serve as a meditation on being grateful for every day. The second presentation ...
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How Ugly is Oil Shale? So Ugly.

By Reilly Capps The Denver Post comes out against oil shale, the dirty, water-intensive energy source that oil companies have been dreaming about for decades. The came out against it not because the Post is a bunch of liberal-hippie enviro-lefties. But because it makes as much sense as an eject button a submarine. The Post says: “While there were some predictable complaints about job-killing and energy security, the reality on the ground in Colorado is that large-scale shale ...
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How Ugly is Oil Shale? So Ugly.

By Reilly Capps The Denver Post comes out against oil shale, the dirty, water-intensive energy source that oil companies have been dreaming about for decades. The came out against it not because the Post is a bunch of liberal-hippie enviro-lefties. But because it makes as much sense as an eject button a submarine. The Post says: “While there were some predictable complaints about job-killing and energy security, the reality on the ground in Colorado is that large-scale shale ...
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How Ugly is Oil Shale? So Ugly.

By Reilly Capps The Denver Post comes out against oil shale, the dirty, water-intensive energy source that oil companies have been dreaming about for decades. The came out against it not because the Post is a bunch of liberal-hippie enviro-lefties. But because it makes as much sense as an eject button a submarine. The Post says: “While there were some predictable complaints about job-killing and energy security, the reality on the ground in Colorado is that large-scale shale ...
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“Chasing Ice” Doc Spreading Across the Country

Balog’s pictures are changing the world. Photos can do that. By Reilly Capps Friend of the site James Balog is getting tons of attention for his new documentary, “Chasing Ice,” which documents the crumbling Arctic ice shelf. “Chasing Ice” is “catching fire,” said the Boulder Daily Camera, metaphor-mixing. After a strong opening weekend in New York, 35 theaters contacted the distributors, looking to play it, the Camera says. I had a chance to see it last year. It’s stroke of genius, a ...
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“Chasing Ice” Doc Spreading Across the Country

Balog’s pictures are changing the world. Photos can do that. By Reilly Capps Friend of the site James Balog is getting tons of attention for his new documentary, “Chasing Ice,” which documents the crumbling Arctic ice shelf. “Chasing Ice” is “catching fire,” said the Boulder Daily Camera, metaphor-mixing. After a strong opening weekend in New York, 35 theaters contacted the distributors, looking to play it, the Camera says. I had a chance to see it last year. It’s stroke of genius, a ...
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“Chasing Ice” Doc Spreading Across the Country

Balog’s pictures are changing the world. Photos can do that. By Reilly Capps Friend of the site James Balog is getting tons of attention for his new documentary, “Chasing Ice,” which documents the crumbling Arctic ice shelf. “Chasing Ice” is “catching fire,” said the Boulder Daily Camera, metaphor-mixing. After a strong opening weekend in New York, 35 theaters contacted the distributors, looking to play it, the Camera says. I had a chance to see it last year. It’s stroke of genius, a ...
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Guessing Games

According to early reports, those crafty researchers at CalTech say that the Curiosity rover on Mars has found “something for the history books.” The data from the rover’s Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument is being confirmed.  Could it be water related? Some carbon based organic chemistry? Methane? Perhaps a fossil bug? They’re not saying. You will need to wait until the results are presented in early December at a San Francisco conference.  Mount Sharp Viewed from ...
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Guessing Games

According to early reports, those crafty researchers at CalTech say that the Curiosity rover on Mars has found “something for the history books.” The data from the rover’s Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument is being confirmed.  Could it be water related? Some carbon based organic chemistry? Methane? Perhaps a fossil bug? They’re not saying. You will need to wait until the results are presented in early December at a San Francisco conference.  Mount Sharp Viewed from ...
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Guessing Games

According to early reports, those crafty researchers at CalTech say that the Curiosity rover on Mars has found “something for the history books.” The data from the rover’s Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument is being confirmed.  Could it be water related? Some carbon based organic chemistry? Methane? Perhaps a fossil bug? They’re not saying. You will need to wait until the results are presented in early December at a San Francisco conference.  Mount Sharp Viewed from ...
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Strange Things Happening Every Day

In a 1944 gospel song, Sister Rosetta Tharp reminded us that strange things happen every day and that we should pay close attention. Well, if you haven’t noticed, some very strange things have been happening almost every day lately---particularly in Australia.  First, an unseasonably, severe thunderstorm battered New South Wales creating a roaring water-tornado that erupted from the sea a mile offshore at Bateman Bay on their East Coast. Images make the waterspout look almost like an atomic ...
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Strange Things Happening Every Day

In a 1944 gospel song, Sister Rosetta Tharp reminded us that strange things happen every day and that we should pay close attention. Well, if you haven’t noticed, some very strange things have been happening almost every day lately---particularly in Australia.  First, an unseasonably, severe thunderstorm battered New South Wales creating a roaring water-tornado that erupted from the sea a mile offshore at Bateman Bay on their East Coast. Images make the waterspout look almost like an atomic ...
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Reagan’s Tax Expert Says Carbon Tax “Makes a Lot of Sense”

Supply-side guru Arthur Laffer tells me that it’s better to tax carbon than almost anything else By Reilly Capps Did Sandy, which plunged Lower Manhattan, the world’s most powerful island, into the dark, change the climate – the political climate, the intellectual climate – of the discussion on global warming? Did it change it … as far away from the East Coast as Colorado Springs? That’s how it seemed over dinner at the Broadmoor, a ritzy old hotel that is to conservatives what the ...
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Reagan’s Tax Expert Says Carbon Tax “Makes a Lot of Sense”

Supply-side guru Arthur Laffer tells me that it’s better to tax carbon than almost anything else By Reilly Capps Did Sandy, which plunged Lower Manhattan, the world’s most powerful island, into the dark, change the climate – the political climate, the intellectual climate – of the discussion on global warming? Did it change it … as far away from the East Coast as Colorado Springs? That’s how it seemed over dinner at the Broadmoor, a ritzy old hotel that is to conservatives what the ...
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Strange Things Happening Every Day

In a 1944 gospel song, Sister Rosetta Tharp reminded us that strange things happen every day and that we should pay close attention. Well, if you haven’t noticed, some very strange things have been happening almost every day lately---particularly in Australia.  First, an unseasonably, severe thunderstorm battered New South Wales creating a roaring water-tornado that erupted from the sea a mile offshore at Bateman Bay on their East Coast. Images make the waterspout look almost like an atomic ...
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Reagan’s Tax Expert Says Carbon Tax “Makes a Lot of Sense”

Supply-side guru Arthur Laffer tells me that it’s better to tax carbon than almost anything else By Reilly Capps Did Sandy, which plunged Lower Manhattan, the world’s most powerful island, into the dark, change the climate – the political climate, the intellectual climate – of the discussion on global warming? Did it change it … as far away from the East Coast as Colorado Springs? That’s how it seemed over dinner at the Broadmoor, a ritzy old hotel that is to conservatives what the ...
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Aussie-clipse

Australia is a big place and the Outback seems to go on forever. The country and its landscapes have formed the basis for Aussie mythology since the earliest days of the aboriginal Dreamtime and Australian folk heroes like Ned Kelly. Last week, Australia was the place to be when another myth-making event took place---a total eclipse of the Sun. Three images from northern Queensland capture the rare spectacle near Port Douglas, Mulligan highway, and the outback town of Mount Carbine. ...
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Aussie-clipse

Australia is a big place and the Outback seems to go on forever. The country and its landscapes have formed the basis for Aussie mythology since the earliest days of the aboriginal Dreamtime and Australian folk heroes like Ned Kelly. Last week, Australia was the place to be when another myth-making event took place---a total eclipse of the Sun. Three images from northern Queensland capture the rare spectacle near Port Douglas, Mulligan highway, and the outback town of Mount Carbine. ...
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Aussie-clipse

Australia is a big place and the Outback seems to go on forever. The country and its landscapes have formed the basis for Aussie mythology since the earliest days of the aboriginal Dreamtime and Australian folk heroes like Ned Kelly. Last week, Australia was the place to be when another myth-making event took place---a total eclipse of the Sun. Three images from northern Queensland capture the rare spectacle near Port Douglas, Mulligan highway, and the outback town of Mount Carbine. ...
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The Dusts of Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro sits on the border between Tanzania and Kenya. It is one of the Seven Summits, the highest peak on each continent. At 19,341 feet, it is the highest mountain in Africa. First successfully climbing by the German geologist, Hans Meyer, and  Austrian mountaineer, Ludwig Purtscheller, with an elite climbing team including two local herders, nine porters, a cook, and a guide in 1889. According to Wikipedia: “in the late 1880s the summit of Kilimanjaro was completely covered by ...
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The Dusts of Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro sits on the border between Tanzania and Kenya. It is one of the Seven Summits, the highest peak on each continent. At 19,341 feet, it is the highest mountain in Africa. First successfully climbing by the German geologist, Hans Meyer, and  Austrian mountaineer, Ludwig Purtscheller, with an elite climbing team including two local herders, nine porters, a cook, and a guide in 1889. According to Wikipedia: “in the late 1880s the summit of Kilimanjaro was completely covered by ...
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The Dusts of Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro sits on the border between Tanzania and Kenya. It is one of the Seven Summits, the highest peak on each continent. At 19,341 feet, it is the highest mountain in Africa. First successfully climbing by the German geologist, Hans Meyer, and  Austrian mountaineer, Ludwig Purtscheller, with an elite climbing team including two local herders, nine porters, a cook, and a guide in 1889. According to Wikipedia: “in the late 1880s the summit of Kilimanjaro was completely covered by ...
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