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Terrestrial Orchids of SW Australia: Plant of the Month

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Jul

2017

Terrestrial Orchids of SW Australia: Plant of the Month

Rare plants from a little known biological 'hotspot'.

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What Rivers Can Tell About Earth's History

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2017

What Rivers Can Tell About Earth's History

Rivers tells us about Earth's history.

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Republican. Climate Change Believer. Really.

Republican. Climate Change Believer. Really.

To find a conservative politician who believes in climate change? It's easier to find skinny whales. 

10 Mar 2014

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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.

A Monumental President

A Monumental President 16 May 2017

A Monumental President

Two new national monuments were designated.

Coral Reef Update, 3

Coral Reef Update, 3 18 March 2017

Coral Reef Update, 3

Explaining the biology and consequences of coral bleaching.

Supporting Environmental Work

Supporting Environmental Work 1 April 2016

Supporting Environmental Work

April campaign to We Keep it Wild and support The Conservation Alliance.

The Titanic Sails At Dawn

With the enduring fascination of a historical ocean catastrophe, it may be worth reflecting on the desolation and apocalyptic visions expressed in a famous poem: ";" alt="">Desolation Row (credit: YouTube) The Titanic sailed at dawn on April 12 and sank on April 14, 1912. Riled Up
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The Third Pole

The Tibetan Plateau, often referred to as The Third Pole, is the largest upland in the world with an elevation averaging nearly 15,000 feet. Bounded by the Himalayan mountain ranges to the south and the Karakorum Mountains in the west, the plateau is the source of the major Asian rivers including the Ganges, Indus, Brahmaputra, Mekong, and Yangtze from waters derived from glacial melting. This space image was captured by the European Space Agency and their Envisat satellite showing a high ...
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Rove dismisses global warming

Karl Rove rarely mentions climate change, except to say that it's "gone" as a political issue.   He dismisses global warming worries. He dismisses global warming. He dismisses the idea that climate change will have much of an effect on the 2012 presidential election. Rove, the GOP advisor and pundit known as "Bush's brain," who has a fascinating new memoir called "Courage and Consequences," was in my town, Denver, to speak the Colorado Republican Committee here. Global warming, ...
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Rove dismisses global warming

Karl Rove rarely mentions climate change, except to say that it's "gone" as a political issue.   He dismisses global warming worries. He dismisses global warming. He dismisses the idea that climate change will have much of an effect on the 2012 presidential election. Rove, the GOP advisor and pundit known as "Bush's brain," who has a fascinating new memoir called "Courage and Consequences," was in my town, Denver, to speak the Colorado Republican Committee here. Global warming, ...
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Rove dismisses global warming

Karl Rove rarely mentions climate change, except to say that it's "gone" as a political issue.   He dismisses global warming worries. He dismisses global warming. He dismisses the idea that climate change will have much of an effect on the 2012 presidential election. Rove, the GOP advisor and pundit known as "Bush's brain," who has a fascinating new memoir called "Courage and Consequences," was in my town, Denver, to speak the Colorado Republican Committee here. Global warming, ...
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Mas Agua, por favor

Corridos are topical songs from Mexico often with contemporary social or political themes. The environment can now be added to the attention of the Hispanic songwriters as the new Corrido de Nuestro Rio (Our River) shows. The song expresses concern for the fate of the Colorado River by the band. Long-term drought, climate change, miss-management, and increasing water demand throughout the western USA and Mexico have all severely impacted a river that no longer reaches the Gulf of California ...
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Mas Agua, por favor

Corridos are topical songs from Mexico often with contemporary social or political themes. The environment can now be added to the attention of the Hispanic songwriters as the new Corrido de Nuestro Rio (Our River) shows. The song expresses concern for the fate of the Colorado River by the band. Long-term drought, climate change, miss-management, and increasing water demand throughout the western USA and Mexico have all severely impacted a river that no longer reaches the Gulf of California ...
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Mas Agua, por favor

Corridos are topical songs from Mexico often with contemporary social or political themes. The environment can now be added to the attention of the Hispanic songwriters as the new Corrido de Nuestro Rio (Our River) shows. The song expresses concern for the fate of the Colorado River by the band. Long-term drought, climate change, miss-management, and increasing water demand throughout the western USA and Mexico have all severely impacted a river that no longer reaches the Gulf of California ...
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Life on Mars

The Viking Program sent the first Mars robots that survived landing on the planet. The goal of the dual orbiters and their landers was to photograph the planet, sample the local geology, and test for extant life using several simple lab experiments. The results of the three petri dish tests were intriguing but inconclusive and a fierce debate ensued. Now, a new analytical approach has been used with the original data and may have solved the mystery. The results are being published in the ...
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Life on Mars

The Viking Program sent the first Mars robots that survived landing on the planet. The goal of the dual orbiters and their landers was to photograph the planet, sample the local geology, and test for extant life using several simple lab experiments. The results of the three petri dish tests were intriguing but inconclusive and a fierce debate ensued. Now, a new analytical approach has been used with the original data and may have solved the mystery. The results are being published in the ...
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Life on Mars

The Viking Program sent the first Mars robots that survived landing on the planet. The goal of the dual orbiters and their landers was to photograph the planet, sample the local geology, and test for extant life using several simple lab experiments. The results of the three petri dish tests were intriguing but inconclusive and a fierce debate ensued. Now, a new analytical approach has been used with the original data and may have solved the mystery. The results are being published in the ...
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Forests of the Clouds

Cloud forests are some of the most amazing ecosystems on planet Earth. They are restricted in distribution, exceptionally diverse, and threatened almost everywhere they exist. They are also one of the most magical places I have ever had the opportunity to visit and investigate. Their primeval nature is both spooky and astounding to experience by anyone willing to make an effort. The University of Queensland and the Australian Research Council have released a report on the potential impacts ...
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Forests of the Clouds

Cloud forests are some of the most amazing ecosystems on planet Earth. They are restricted in distribution, exceptionally diverse, and threatened almost everywhere they exist. They are also one of the most magical places I have ever had the opportunity to visit and investigate. Their primeval nature is both spooky and astounding to experience by anyone willing to make an effort. The University of Queensland and the Australian Research Council have released a report on the potential impacts ...
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Forests of the Clouds

Cloud forests are some of the most amazing ecosystems on planet Earth. They are restricted in distribution, exceptionally diverse, and threatened almost everywhere they exist. They are also one of the most magical places I have ever had the opportunity to visit and investigate. Their primeval nature is both spooky and astounding to experience by anyone willing to make an effort. The University of Queensland and the Australian Research Council have released a report on the potential impacts ...
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Big Ideas for Busy People

I’ve been involved with science since I was a kid of 7 years old and cut a daffodil and lily bulb in half and stuck them together trying to create a hybrid. It didn’t work but this early experiment sparked my curiosity to study plants, biology, and environmental matters from then onwards. Back in the 1960’s, kids with science interests typically participated in fairs where they displayed a science project they had investigated and people would walk around and ask you questions. Times have ...
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Big Ideas for Busy People

I’ve been involved with science since I was a kid of 7 years old and cut a daffodil and lily bulb in half and stuck them together trying to create a hybrid. It didn’t work but this early experiment sparked my curiosity to study plants, biology, and environmental matters from then onwards. Back in the 1960’s, kids with science interests typically participated in fairs where they displayed a science project they had investigated and people would walk around and ask you questions. Times have ...
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Big Ideas for Busy People

I’ve been involved with science since I was a kid of 7 years old and cut a daffodil and lily bulb in half and stuck them together trying to create a hybrid. It didn’t work but this early experiment sparked my curiosity to study plants, biology, and environmental matters from then onwards. Back in the 1960’s, kids with science interests typically participated in fairs where they displayed a science project they had investigated and people would walk around and ask you questions. Times have ...
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This Is Not Good

The Winter of 2011-2012 will go into the record books. NOAA (the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration) has just announced the rankings and the winter of 2011-2012 was the 4th warmest winter on record. According to the National Climate Data Center, a part of NOAA: “The winter average temperature of 36.8°F was just 0.4°F cooler than the warmest winter on record, the winter of 1999 – 2000.” It was also the 3rd least snowy winter on record and March 2012 registered the highest ...
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This Is Not Good

The Winter of 2011-2012 will go into the record books. NOAA (the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration) has just announced the rankings and the winter of 2011-2012 was the 4th warmest winter on record. According to the National Climate Data Center, a part of NOAA: “The winter average temperature of 36.8°F was just 0.4°F cooler than the warmest winter on record, the winter of 1999 – 2000.” It was also the 3rd least snowy winter on record and March 2012 registered the highest ...
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This Is Not Good

The Winter of 2011-2012 will go into the record books. NOAA (the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration) has just announced the rankings and the winter of 2011-2012 was the 4th warmest winter on record. According to the National Climate Data Center, a part of NOAA: “The winter average temperature of 36.8°F was just 0.4°F cooler than the warmest winter on record, the winter of 1999 – 2000.” It was also the 3rd least snowy winter on record and March 2012 registered the highest ...
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Is Growth, Equity, and Sustainability Impossible?

Kate Raworth, of Oxfam, has attempted to place natural resources, social equity, and the health of the planet into an easily understood, and interactive, circular matrix. Her provocative discussion paper is: A Safe and Just Space for Humanity: can we live within the doughnut?  and described in this short video: ";" alt=""> Kate Raworth (credit: Oxfam) Raworth readily admits that no country meets all the parameters for living in a sustainable fashion. It may be an ...
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Is Growth, Equity, and Sustainability Impossible?

Kate Raworth, of Oxfam, has attempted to place natural resources, social equity, and the health of the planet into an easily understood, and interactive, circular matrix. Her provocative discussion paper is: A Safe and Just Space for Humanity: can we live within the doughnut?  and described in this short video: ";" alt=""> Kate Raworth (credit: Oxfam) Raworth readily admits that no country meets all the parameters for living in a sustainable fashion. It may be an ...
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Is Growth, Equity, and Sustainability Impossible?

Kate Raworth, of Oxfam, has attempted to place natural resources, social equity, and the health of the planet into an easily understood, and interactive, circular matrix. Her provocative discussion paper is: A Safe and Just Space for Humanity: can we live within the doughnut?  and described in this short video: ";" alt=""> Kate Raworth (credit: Oxfam) Raworth readily admits that no country meets all the parameters for living in a sustainable fashion. It may be an ...
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Changing Mountains

While most mountaineering attention is directed towards Mount Everest and climbing attempts being made to commemorate the 1963 American first ascent, other eyes are following the impact of climate change on mountains everywhere. In a new post to the Energy Collective on Five Iconic Mountains Threatened by Climate Change, Joseph Romm notes that glacial melt, invasive species, mudslides, and erosion are all impacting mountains around the world. Focusing his attention on five famous mountain ...
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Changing Mountains

While most mountaineering attention is directed towards Mount Everest and climbing attempts being made to commemorate the 1963 American first ascent, other eyes are following the impact of climate change on mountains everywhere. In a new post to the Energy Collective on Five Iconic Mountains Threatened by Climate Change, Joseph Romm notes that glacial melt, invasive species, mudslides, and erosion are all impacting mountains around the world. Focusing his attention on five famous mountain ...
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Changing Mountains

While most mountaineering attention is directed towards Mount Everest and climbing attempts being made to commemorate the 1963 American first ascent, other eyes are following the impact of climate change on mountains everywhere. In a new post to the Energy Collective on Five Iconic Mountains Threatened by Climate Change, Joseph Romm notes that glacial melt, invasive species, mudslides, and erosion are all impacting mountains around the world. Focusing his attention on five famous mountain ...
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