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Goodbye Voyager 2

10

Dec

2018

Goodbye Voyager 2

Voyager 2 enters interstellar space

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A Volcano & Climate Change

9

Dec

2018

A Volcano & Climate Change

A Canadian volcano re-awakens.

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External to What?

External to What?

Environmental externalities are now becoming central to how best to control carbon pollution.

10 Mar 2013

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Where Do Good Ideas Come From?

Where Do Good Ideas Come From? 24 November 2018

Where Do Good Ideas Come From?

A storyteller suggests an answer.

My Life As A Turkey

My Life As A Turkey 21 November 2018

My Life As A Turkey

A true turkey story for Thanksgiving.

Krakatoa Awakens, an update

Krakatoa Awakens, an update 28 October 2018

Krakatoa Awakens, an update

Krakatoa is again active.

Rewilding

Rewilding 4 September 2018

Rewilding

A 'silent spring' could become a 'wild summer' 

Conserving, the Mother Load

Conserving, the Mother Load 26 June 2018

Conserving, the Mother Load

Avoiding another Dust Bowl.

Environmental Art

Environmental Art 15 January 2018

Environmental Art

Creating paintings with natue connections.

What is a Flame?

Bid questions are asked by science. Here’s what one 11 year old proto-scientist wanted to know. We should all ask such deep questions. WHB
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What is a Flame?

Bid questions are asked by science. Here’s what one 11 year old proto-scientist wanted to know. We should all ask such deep questions. WHB
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What is a Flame?

Bid questions are asked by science. Here’s what one 11 year old proto-scientist wanted to know. We should all ask such deep questions. WHB
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Transit Sunrise

Some locations on Earth provided more interesting perspectives of the recent transit of Venus across the Sun. This dramatic image was captured on the Black Sea at sunrise. The effects of atmospheric refraction enhanced by long, low, sight lines and temperature gradients off the sea produced the visual distortions. Sunrise and Venus (credit: NASA/Emil Ivanov) WHB
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Transit Sunrise

Some locations on Earth provided more interesting perspectives of the recent transit of Venus across the Sun. This dramatic image was captured on the Black Sea at sunrise. The effects of atmospheric refraction enhanced by long, low, sight lines and temperature gradients off the sea produced the visual distortions. Sunrise and Venus (credit: NASA/Emil Ivanov) WHB
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Transit Sunrise

Some locations on Earth provided more interesting perspectives of the recent transit of Venus across the Sun. This dramatic image was captured on the Black Sea at sunrise. The effects of atmospheric refraction enhanced by long, low, sight lines and temperature gradients off the sea produced the visual distortions. Sunrise and Venus (credit: NASA/Emil Ivanov) WHB
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Following Bidder 70, ‘The Whammer’ Wrecks a Gas Auction: Another ‘Wrench in the Gears’

By Reilly Capps   Next month, Monkeywrencher Tim DeChristopher will have been in prison for half of a two-year sentence. To mark the occasion, I’m taking a look at how he’s changed the landscape of environmentalism. Today, an exclusive story about a man who followed DeChristopher’s playbook, knowingly broke the law, and saved land from being drilled. The authorities are after him. Up next, a look at a new film about DeChristopher, and a story about the filmmakers behind it.   To protest ...
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Following Bidder 70, ‘The Whammer’ Wrecks a Gas Auction: Another ‘Wrench in the Gears’

By Reilly Capps   Next month, Monkeywrencher Tim DeChristopher will have been in prison for half of a two-year sentence. To mark the occasion, I’m taking a look at how he’s changed the landscape of environmentalism. Today, an exclusive story about a man who followed DeChristopher’s playbook, knowingly broke the law, and saved land from being drilled. The authorities are after him. Up next, a look at a new film about DeChristopher, and a story about the filmmakers behind it.   To protest ...
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Following Bidder 70, ‘The Whammer’ Wrecks a Gas Auction: Another ‘Wrench in the Gears’

By Reilly Capps   Next month, Monkeywrencher Tim DeChristopher will have been in prison for half of a two-year sentence. To mark the occasion, I’m taking a look at how he’s changed the landscape of environmentalism. Today, an exclusive story about a man who followed DeChristopher’s playbook, knowingly broke the law, and saved land from being drilled. The authorities are after him. Up next, a look at a new film about DeChristopher, and a story about the filmmakers behind it.   To protest ...
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Ray Bradbury, RIP

As someone who read any science fiction novel he could get his hands on in the 1950’s, Ray Bradbury was one of those essential writers who opened up a young mind to unlimited possibilities. In fantastic stories like The Martian Chronicles, Fahrenheit 451, and The Illustrated Man Bradbury created worlds of imagination and creative thought. Bradbury passed away at his home this week in Los Angeles. A fine obituary was crafted by the New York Times on his long writing career and influence on ...
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Ray Bradbury, RIP

As someone who read any science fiction novel he could get his hands on in the 1950’s, Ray Bradbury was one of those essential writers who opened up a young mind to unlimited possibilities. In fantastic stories like The Martian Chronicles, Fahrenheit 451, and The Illustrated Man Bradbury created worlds of imagination and creative thought. Bradbury passed away at his home this week in Los Angeles. A fine obituary was crafted by the New York Times on his long writing career and influence on ...
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Ray Bradbury, RIP

As someone who read any science fiction novel he could get his hands on in the 1950’s, Ray Bradbury was one of those essential writers who opened up a young mind to unlimited possibilities. In fantastic stories like The Martian Chronicles, Fahrenheit 451, and The Illustrated Man Bradbury created worlds of imagination and creative thought. Bradbury passed away at his home this week in Los Angeles. A fine obituary was crafted by the New York Times on his long writing career and influence on ...
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The Ocean of Life, a book

It is getting close to being that time for a summer vacation to the beach. The Ocean of Life by the marine conservationist Callum Roberts should be everyone’s reading list in the travel bag. Roberts was recently interviewed on the Diane Rehm Show and commented on the finding in his new book. He is a researcher at the University of York in the UK who examines the impacts of human activity on marine ecosystems, particularly coral reefs. His book take a global view of what is happening to ...
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The Ocean of Life, a book

It is getting close to being that time for a summer vacation to the beach. The Ocean of Life by the marine conservationist Callum Roberts should be everyone’s reading list in the travel bag. Roberts was recently interviewed on the Diane Rehm Show and commented on the finding in his new book. He is a researcher at the University of York in the UK who examines the impacts of human activity on marine ecosystems, particularly coral reefs. His book take a global view of what is happening to ...
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The Ocean of Life, a book

It is getting close to being that time for a summer vacation to the beach. The Ocean of Life by the marine conservationist Callum Roberts should be everyone’s reading list in the travel bag. Roberts was recently interviewed on the Diane Rehm Show and commented on the finding in his new book. He is a researcher at the University of York in the UK who examines the impacts of human activity on marine ecosystems, particularly coral reefs. His book take a global view of what is happening to ...
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Big Bugs

During the Carboniferous Era and continuing from 300 million until 150 million years ago insects were very big---super big. New research published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) shows just how big the bugs became. Reviewing more than 10,000 fossils the researchers from UC Santa Cruz found that predatory dragonfly-like griffin flies had wingspans of up to 28 inches. The study’s co-author Matthew Clapham said the bugs were "a little bit smaller than a crows". By ...
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Big Bugs

During the Carboniferous Era and continuing from 300 million until 150 million years ago insects were very big---super big. New research published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) shows just how big the bugs became. Reviewing more than 10,000 fossils the researchers from UC Santa Cruz found that predatory dragonfly-like griffin flies had wingspans of up to 28 inches. The study’s co-author Matthew Clapham said the bugs were "a little bit smaller than a crows". By ...
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Big Bugs

During the Carboniferous Era and continuing from 300 million until 150 million years ago insects were very big---super big. New research published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) shows just how big the bugs became. Reviewing more than 10,000 fossils the researchers from UC Santa Cruz found that predatory dragonfly-like griffin flies had wingspans of up to 28 inches. The study’s co-author Matthew Clapham said the bugs were "a little bit smaller than a crows". By ...
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The Rarest Event, Streamed Live

This is what the Transit of Venus looks like from my neighborhood. Nada. Good thing NASA is live-streaming the whole thing. You won’t be able to see it again until you’re dead. Stream videos at Ustream The Transit of Venus is when that planet passes between us and the sun. It helped prove that the Earth orbits the sun, not the other way around. (Somebody get the memo to congress.) It’s almost exactly as rare as a Mets no-hitter. Here’s part of something I wrote about the ...
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The Rarest Event, Streamed Live

This is what the Transit of Venus looks like from my neighborhood. Nada. Good thing NASA is live-streaming the whole thing. You won’t be able to see it again until you’re dead. Stream videos at Ustream The Transit of Venus is when that planet passes between us and the sun. It helped prove that the Earth orbits the sun, not the other way around. (Somebody get the memo to congress.) It’s almost exactly as rare as a Mets no-hitter. Here’s part of something I wrote about the ...
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The Rarest Event, Streamed Live

This is what the Transit of Venus looks like from my neighborhood. Nada. Good thing NASA is live-streaming the whole thing. You won’t be able to see it again until you’re dead. Stream videos at Ustream The Transit of Venus is when that planet passes between us and the sun. It helped prove that the Earth orbits the sun, not the other way around. (Somebody get the memo to congress.) It’s almost exactly as rare as a Mets no-hitter. Here’s part of something I wrote about the ...
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Milkomeda

You may not have heard the news but our own Milky Way Galaxy and Andromeda are on a collision course to collide in a direct hit. It was long known that the two galaxies were hurtling towards each other but it wasn’t known exactly how they might interact until the Hubble Space Telescope made precise measurements of their direction and motion. The combined Milkomeda Galaxy will likely provide a stunning slow motion light-show in the night sky as the galaxies merge. Milky Way and Andromeda ...
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Milkomeda

You may not have heard the news but our own Milky Way Galaxy and Andromeda are on a collision course to collide in a direct hit. It was long known that the two galaxies were hurtling towards each other but it wasn’t known exactly how they might interact until the Hubble Space Telescope made precise measurements of their direction and motion. The combined Milkomeda Galaxy will likely provide a stunning slow motion light-show in the night sky as the galaxies merge. Milky Way and Andromeda ...
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Milkomeda

You may not have heard the news but our own Milky Way Galaxy and Andromeda are on a collision course to collide in a direct hit. It was long known that the two galaxies were hurtling towards each other but it wasn’t known exactly how they might interact until the Hubble Space Telescope made precise measurements of their direction and motion. The combined Milkomeda Galaxy will likely provide a stunning slow motion light-show in the night sky as the galaxies merge. Milky Way and Andromeda ...
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Highest, Tallest, Fastest, etc.

We like keeping scores---the highest batting average in baseball, the tallest building in the world, the fastest jet speed to make it into the book of Guinness World Records. The record keepers will now need a new category of Hottest Summer ever recorded in US history. This dubious honor has been awarded to the State of Oklahoma for the Summer of 2011. The National Climate Data Center, a division of NOAA, has determined that Oklahoma has beaten out Texas by two tenths of a degree for the ...
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Highest, Tallest, Fastest, etc.

We like keeping scores---the highest batting average in baseball, the tallest building in the world, the fastest jet speed to make it into the book of Guinness World Records. The record keepers will now need a new category of Hottest Summer ever recorded in US history. This dubious honor has been awarded to the State of Oklahoma for the Summer of 2011. The National Climate Data Center, a division of NOAA, has determined that Oklahoma has beaten out Texas by two tenths of a degree for the ...
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