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World of Wonder

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Apr

2018

World of Wonder

Reflections for Earrth Day.

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Toxic Fog

19

Apr

2018

Toxic Fog

Marine mercury found deposited on land by fogs.

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The Conservation Alliance

Archive Highlights

Vaquita, the Next Species for Extinction?

Vaquita, the Next Species for Extinction?

Fishing bycatch could cause extinction for the smallest dolphin in the world.

22 Sep 2014

Video Highlights

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Environmental Art

Environmental Art 15 January 2018

Environmental Art

Creating paintings with natue connections.

Patagonia and Sustainability

Patagonia and Sustainability 31 December 2017

Patagonia and Sustainability

Patagonia shows how to apply sustainability in business practice.

Where Good Ideas Come From

Where Good Ideas Come From 22 December 2017

Where Good Ideas Come From

A clever storyteller suggests an answer.

Bottled Arctic Notes

Bottled Arctic Notes 15 December 2017

Bottled Arctic Notes

A bottled note tossed to the waves recovered years later.

Bloody Falls, Dry Valleys, & Mars

Bloody Falls, Dry Valleys, & Mars 7 December 2017

Bloody Falls, Dry Valleys, & Mars

The Dry Valleys are one of the strangest environments on Earth.

With the Stoke of a Pen, an update

With the Stoke of a Pen, an update 5 December 2017

With the Stoke of a Pen, an update

In 2014, major marine preserves were created.

Only Yesterday

Ever wondered who might have inspired Ansel Adams, the dean of landscape photography? Was it a cowboy painter like Charles M. Russell, a native American portraitist like Edward Curtis, or a dustbowl  documentarian like Dorothea Lange? Perhaps, but more likely it was a Civil War veteran, Timothy O’Sullivan, who traveled to the “wild west” to photograph the grand landscapes and people of Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico in the 1870’s at the dawn of media technology. ...
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Only Yesterday

Ever wondered who might have inspired Ansel Adams, the dean of landscape photography? Was it a cowboy painter like Charles M. Russell, a native American portraitist like Edward Curtis, or a dustbowl  documentarian like Dorothea Lange? Perhaps, but more likely it was a Civil War veteran, Timothy O’Sullivan, who traveled to the “wild west” to photograph the grand landscapes and people of Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico in the 1870’s at the dawn of media technology. ...
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Only Yesterday

Ever wondered who might have inspired Ansel Adams, the dean of landscape photography? Was it a cowboy painter like Charles M. Russell, a native American portraitist like Edward Curtis, or a dustbowl  documentarian like Dorothea Lange? Perhaps, but more likely it was a Civil War veteran, Timothy O’Sullivan, who traveled to the “wild west” to photograph the grand landscapes and people of Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico in the 1870’s at the dawn of media technology. ...
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De-fauna-tion

Sometimes a word or phase appears to describe a new environmental situation and it catches the eye. Defaunation is a good example. The term was used in an article published by the online journal PloS-One to describe the consequences on wildlife populations remaining in small fragments of tropical forests left behind after deforestation. The author of the Brazilian study from the University of East Anglia’s School of Environmental Sciences commented: "You might expect forest fragments with ...
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De-fauna-tion

Sometimes a word or phase appears to describe a new environmental situation and it catches the eye. Defaunation is a good example. The term was used in an article published by the online journal PloS-One to describe the consequences on wildlife populations remaining in small fragments of tropical forests left behind after deforestation. The author of the Brazilian study from the University of East Anglia’s School of Environmental Sciences commented: "You might expect forest fragments with ...
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De-fauna-tion

Sometimes a word or phase appears to describe a new environmental situation and it catches the eye. Defaunation is a good example. The term was used in an article published by the online journal PloS-One to describe the consequences on wildlife populations remaining in small fragments of tropical forests left behind after deforestation. The author of the Brazilian study from the University of East Anglia’s School of Environmental Sciences commented: "You might expect forest fragments with ...
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The Wall Street Journal’s appalling record reporting on climate change

By Reilly Capps I don’t get it. The Wall Street Journal is the greatest paper in the county and the most widely circulated, with more than twice the circulation of the New York Times, in part because it’s all about facts. There is so little spin in the Journal. The Times? The New York Times is great, but sometimes it will bloviate on about some subject, turning some small event into a huge deal with some boilerplate line like, “This small anecdote raises new and troubling questions, ...
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The Wall Street Journal’s appalling record reporting on climate change

By Reilly Capps I don’t get it. The Wall Street Journal is the greatest paper in the county and the most widely circulated, with more than twice the circulation of the New York Times, in part because it’s all about facts. There is so little spin in the Journal. The Times? The New York Times is great, but sometimes it will bloviate on about some subject, turning some small event into a huge deal with some boilerplate line like, “This small anecdote raises new and troubling questions, ...
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The Wall Street Journal’s appalling record reporting on climate change

By Reilly Capps I don’t get it. The Wall Street Journal is the greatest paper in the county and the most widely circulated, with more than twice the circulation of the New York Times, in part because it’s all about facts. There is so little spin in the Journal. The Times? The New York Times is great, but sometimes it will bloviate on about some subject, turning some small event into a huge deal with some boilerplate line like, “This small anecdote raises new and troubling questions, ...
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Moving Mars

Plate Tectonics has been discovered on Mars.The plates move more slowly than on Earth but it’s important as it indicates the geology of the planet is still active.  Mars Plates  (credit: NASA) Moving Mars landscapes could also mean potential habitats for Martians. WHB
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Moving Mars

Plate Tectonics has been discovered on Mars.The plates move more slowly than on Earth but it’s important as it indicates the geology of the planet is still active.  Mars Plates  (credit: NASA) Moving Mars landscapes could also mean potential habitats for Martians. WHB
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Moving Mars

Plate Tectonics has been discovered on Mars.The plates move more slowly than on Earth but it’s important as it indicates the geology of the planet is still active.  Mars Plates  (credit: NASA) Moving Mars landscapes could also mean potential habitats for Martians. WHB
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Storms Upon The Ocean

When did you hear about a hurricane at the North Pole? Probably never. Satellite imagery was just released by the Goddard Space Center showing that a cyclone is heading towards North Pole. The Center said that a cyclone was last seen in the Arctic 34 years ago. For a storm of such magnitude to develop in mid-summer will create strange wave actions that will accelerate the transfer of heat from the atmosphere into the ocean. This temperature transfer will result in extensive break-up and of ...
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Storms Upon The Ocean

When did you hear about a hurricane at the North Pole? Probably never. Satellite imagery was just released by the Goddard Space Center showing that a cyclone is heading towards North Pole. The Center said that a cyclone was last seen in the Arctic 34 years ago. For a storm of such magnitude to develop in mid-summer will create strange wave actions that will accelerate the transfer of heat from the atmosphere into the ocean. This temperature transfer will result in extensive break-up and of ...
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Storms Upon The Ocean

When did you hear about a hurricane at the North Pole? Probably never. Satellite imagery was just released by the Goddard Space Center showing that a cyclone is heading towards North Pole. The Center said that a cyclone was last seen in the Arctic 34 years ago. For a storm of such magnitude to develop in mid-summer will create strange wave actions that will accelerate the transfer of heat from the atmosphere into the ocean. This temperature transfer will result in extensive break-up and of ...
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Docked

In books like Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain immortalized the Mississippi River while Johnny Cash did the same in song with his ode, Big River. Boat travel down the river has now become a bit more of a problem this year with the major drought underway throughout the mid-west. The drought has left one of the remaining Mississippi steamboats---the American Queen---stranded and docked at Memphis, Tennessee unable to paddle further down the river due to low water levels and rising ...
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Docked

In books like Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain immortalized the Mississippi River while Johnny Cash did the same in song with his ode, Big River. Boat travel down the river has now become a bit more of a problem this year with the major drought underway throughout the mid-west. The drought has left one of the remaining Mississippi steamboats---the American Queen---stranded and docked at Memphis, Tennessee unable to paddle further down the river due to low water levels and rising ...
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Docked

In books like Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain immortalized the Mississippi River while Johnny Cash did the same in song with his ode, Big River. Boat travel down the river has now become a bit more of a problem this year with the major drought underway throughout the mid-west. The drought has left one of the remaining Mississippi steamboats---the American Queen---stranded and docked at Memphis, Tennessee unable to paddle further down the river due to low water levels and rising ...
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Drought Monitor Maps

The National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska has just released its latest Drought Monitor Map for the United States. It shows four levels of drought intensity and one level of "abnormal dryness". The Drought Monitor, recognized the need for a simple, accurate way to communicate drought conditions and a map was devised to show drought intensity on a scale similar to tornadoes and hurricanes. The percentage of the USA struggling in drought conditions this year now ...
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Drought Monitor Maps

The National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska has just released its latest Drought Monitor Map for the United States. It shows four levels of drought intensity and one level of "abnormal dryness". The Drought Monitor, recognized the need for a simple, accurate way to communicate drought conditions and a map was devised to show drought intensity on a scale similar to tornadoes and hurricanes. The percentage of the USA struggling in drought conditions this year now ...
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Drought Monitor Maps

The National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska has just released its latest Drought Monitor Map for the United States. It shows four levels of drought intensity and one level of "abnormal dryness". The Drought Monitor, recognized the need for a simple, accurate way to communicate drought conditions and a map was devised to show drought intensity on a scale similar to tornadoes and hurricanes. The percentage of the USA struggling in drought conditions this year now ...
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The Difference Between Men and Monkeys, or, The Value of Education

A speech delivered to a small child on the occasion of her second day of kindergarten The writer and science blogger Reilly Capps took his niece to her second-ever day of school today. He’s the uncle, a second string relative, but even the second day felt important. Capps doesn’t have any kids, and so doesn’t have many chances to feel adult and important and deliver speeches about the meaning of life, and he desperately wants to. So, near the playground in front of the school, he kneeled ...
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The Difference Between Men and Monkeys, or, The Value of Education

A speech delivered to a small child on the occasion of her second day of kindergarten The writer and science blogger Reilly Capps took his niece to her second-ever day of school today. He’s the uncle, a second string relative, but even the second day felt important. Capps doesn’t have any kids, and so doesn’t have many chances to feel adult and important and deliver speeches about the meaning of life, and he desperately wants to. So, near the playground in front of the school, he kneeled ...
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The Difference Between Men and Monkeys, or, The Value of Education

A speech delivered to a small child on the occasion of her second day of kindergarten The writer and science blogger Reilly Capps took his niece to her second-ever day of school today. He’s the uncle, a second string relative, but even the second day felt important. Capps doesn’t have any kids, and so doesn’t have many chances to feel adult and important and deliver speeches about the meaning of life, and he desperately wants to. So, near the playground in front of the school, he kneeled ...
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Nocturnal

If you’re in the southern hemisphere, the nights are different. Here’s a beautiful nocturnal view from western Australia and southern Chile. Nocturnal  (credit: Vimeo)
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Nocturnal

If you’re in the southern hemisphere, the nights are different. Here’s a beautiful nocturnal view from western Australia and southern Chile. Nocturnal  (credit: Vimeo)
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