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High School chemistry & biology

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Some parts of climate change science and the consequences of increased CO2 in the atmosphere are  explained with high school textbooks.

23 Feb 2015

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The Conservation Alliance

 

Are GMOs like DDT?

Arguing that Rachel Carson, the great environmentalist, would have accepted genetically modified foods: While many of Carson’s followers mischaracterize her book as a wholesale rejection of pesticides, and say she would have rejected GM crops, her writings suggest that she understood that solving world hunger rested on developing a range of science-based solutions, including the deployment of crop biotechnology. This is all part of the discussion over California’s effort to label ...
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Are GMOs like DDT?

Arguing that Rachel Carson, the great environmentalist, would have accepted genetically modified foods: While many of Carson’s followers mischaracterize her book as a wholesale rejection of pesticides, and say she would have rejected GM crops, her writings suggest that she understood that solving world hunger rested on developing a range of science-based solutions, including the deployment of crop biotechnology. This is all part of the discussion over California’s effort to label ...
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Are Democrats the Party of Science?

Real Clear Politics asks, if the Dems are the science party, then why do they ignore science so often? Why do California Democrats, for example, oppose genetically modified foods, which aren’t dangerous? RCP wrote: California Democrats have de facto allied themselves with some of the biggest anti-science quacks in America. Why does Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., push a vaccine-autism link that doesn’t exist? Even Obama flirted with endorsing the incredibly well-refuted vaccine-autism ...
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Are Democrats the Party of Science?

Real Clear Politics asks, if the Dems are the science party, then why do they ignore science so often? Why do California Democrats, for example, oppose genetically modified foods, which aren’t dangerous? RCP wrote: California Democrats have de facto allied themselves with some of the biggest anti-science quacks in America. Why does Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., push a vaccine-autism link that doesn’t exist? Even Obama flirted with endorsing the incredibly well-refuted vaccine-autism ...
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Little Green Men … Us

This plan to make men into Martians is apparently real. A flow chart from Rockwell International, an old space company, dug up by Make Magazine, shows how humans can colonize the solar system. Made in the ‘80s, a more ambitious time, the chart progresses quickly from “Shuttle Program” to “Initiate Martian Terraforming Operations.” Looks easy enough. Let’s roll. But. Sigh. Those were the days when NASA was holding conferences on “Why Mars?”, and places like Rockwell were pumping out ...
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Little Green Men … Us

This plan to make men into Martians is apparently real. A flow chart from Rockwell International, an old space company, dug up by Make Magazine, shows how humans can colonize the solar system. Made in the ‘80s, a more ambitious time, the chart progresses quickly from “Shuttle Program” to “Initiate Martian Terraforming Operations.” Looks easy enough. Let’s roll. But. Sigh. Those were the days when NASA was holding conferences on “Why Mars?”, and places like Rockwell were pumping out ...
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Are Democrats the Party of Science?

Real Clear Politics asks, if the Dems are the science party, then why do they ignore science so often? Why do California Democrats, for example, oppose genetically modified foods, which aren’t dangerous? RCP wrote: California Democrats have de facto allied themselves with some of the biggest anti-science quacks in America. Why does Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., push a vaccine-autism link that doesn’t exist? Even Obama flirted with endorsing the incredibly well-refuted vaccine-autism ...
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Little Green Men … Us

This plan to make men into Martians is apparently real. A flow chart from Rockwell International, an old space company, dug up by Make Magazine, shows how humans can colonize the solar system. Made in the ‘80s, a more ambitious time, the chart progresses quickly from “Shuttle Program” to “Initiate Martian Terraforming Operations.” Looks easy enough. Let’s roll. But. Sigh. Those were the days when NASA was holding conferences on “Why Mars?”, and places like Rockwell were pumping out ...
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Mars Rover Misses Home

And here’s the Onion on what Curiosity has already discovered, including: Planet’s 24-hour-40-minute day provides perfect amount of extra time for light afternoon nap and crossword … After journey of hundreds of millions of miles and painstaking analysis of rocks and soil, found that the very best planet was at home all along It’s going to die out here alone on this cold red rock, isn’t it? - Reilly Capps
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Mars Rover Misses Home

And here’s the Onion on what Curiosity has already discovered, including: Planet’s 24-hour-40-minute day provides perfect amount of extra time for light afternoon nap and crossword … After journey of hundreds of millions of miles and painstaking analysis of rocks and soil, found that the very best planet was at home all along It’s going to die out here alone on this cold red rock, isn’t it? - Reilly Capps
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Climate Similarities

A great post from Climate Desk about what looking at the Martian atmosphere can tell us about our own Climate Change. They write: “You learn about how to understand an atmosphere by seeing different atmospheres,” said Mark Lemmon, a planetary scientist from Texas A&M University who is part of Curiosity‘s climate team. “And the more we know about Mars’ atmosphere, the better we can really understand our own.” It continues: Paul Niles … is a planetary geologist and analytical ...
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Climate Similarities

A great post from Climate Desk about what looking at the Martian atmosphere can tell us about our own Climate Change. They write: “You learn about how to understand an atmosphere by seeing different atmospheres,” said Mark Lemmon, a planetary scientist from Texas A&M University who is part of Curiosity‘s climate team. “And the more we know about Mars’ atmosphere, the better we can really understand our own.” It continues: Paul Niles … is a planetary geologist and analytical ...
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A River Runs Through It---again?

In his famous novel, A River Runs Through It, author Norman Maclean used a free-flowing Montana river as a life metaphor. Maclean concluded his beautiful and poignant story with the classic line: “I am haunted by waters”.  Some People are taking his environmental admonition very seriously nowadays to make watery amends. A federal court in New Zealand has just designated the Whanganui, the nation’s third-longest river, as an “entity” where a clan of native people and the national government ...
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A River Runs Through It---again?

In his famous novel, A River Runs Through It, author Norman Maclean used a free-flowing Montana river as a life metaphor. Maclean concluded his beautiful and poignant story with the classic line: “I am haunted by waters”.  Some People are taking his environmental admonition very seriously nowadays to make watery amends. A federal court in New Zealand has just designated the Whanganui, the nation’s third-longest river, as an “entity” where a clan of native people and the national government ...
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Mars Rover Misses Home

And here’s the Onion on what Curiosity has already discovered, including: Planet’s 24-hour-40-minute day provides perfect amount of extra time for light afternoon nap and crossword … After journey of hundreds of millions of miles and painstaking analysis of rocks and soil, found that the very best planet was at home all along It’s going to die out here alone on this cold red rock, isn’t it? - Reilly Capps
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Climate Similarities

A great post from Climate Desk about what looking at the Martian atmosphere can tell us about our own Climate Change. They write: “You learn about how to understand an atmosphere by seeing different atmospheres,” said Mark Lemmon, a planetary scientist from Texas A&M University who is part of Curiosity‘s climate team. “And the more we know about Mars’ atmosphere, the better we can really understand our own.” It continues: Paul Niles … is a planetary geologist and analytical ...
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A River Runs Through It---again?

In his famous novel, A River Runs Through It, author Norman Maclean used a free-flowing Montana river as a life metaphor. Maclean concluded his beautiful and poignant story with the classic line: “I am haunted by waters”.  Some People are taking his environmental admonition very seriously nowadays to make watery amends. A federal court in New Zealand has just designated the Whanganui, the nation’s third-longest river, as an “entity” where a clan of native people and the national government ...
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We Just Can’t Get Enough of the Mars Rover Landing

Relive the Mars landing one more time. It could not have been cooler. Like throwing a soda can across Nebraska and having it land in a wastebasket in Iowa. Actually, much harder. Watch this computer simulation, cut with video of the engineers. From JPLnews Ok, relive it one more time. Here’s actual video from the actual Curiosity rover, also cut with audio from the Jet Propulsion Lab. From JPLnews And, ok, one more time, this time narrated by James Tiberius Kirk: From NASA Television ...
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We Just Can’t Get Enough of the Mars Rover Landing

Relive the Mars landing one more time. It could not have been cooler. Like throwing a soda can across Nebraska and having it land in a wastebasket in Iowa. Actually, much harder. Watch this computer simulation, cut with video of the engineers. From JPLnews Ok, relive it one more time. Here’s actual video from the actual Curiosity rover, also cut with audio from the Jet Propulsion Lab. From JPLnews And, ok, one more time, this time narrated by James Tiberius Kirk: From NASA Television ...
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We Just Can’t Get Enough of the Mars Rover Landing

Relive the Mars landing one more time. It could not have been cooler. Like throwing a soda can across Nebraska and having it land in a wastebasket in Iowa. Actually, much harder. Watch this computer simulation, cut with video of the engineers. From JPLnews Ok, relive it one more time. Here’s actual video from the actual Curiosity rover, also cut with audio from the Jet Propulsion Lab. From JPLnews And, ok, one more time, this time narrated by James Tiberius Kirk: From NASA Television ...
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Taku Summer, 2012

Round River is a conservation organization dedicated to strategies that preserve and restore wild places and to develop and support traditions that sustain wildness. The name is derived from the writings of Aldo Leopold, one of the founders of conservation biology. Round River runs study abroad programs for small groups of students to join field research efforts and work alongside biologists and local community partners. With projects in Canada, Namibia, Chile, and the USA, Round River’s ...
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Taku Summer, 2012

Round River is a conservation organization dedicated to strategies that preserve and restore wild places and to develop and support traditions that sustain wildness. The name is derived from the writings of Aldo Leopold, one of the founders of conservation biology. Round River runs study abroad programs for small groups of students to join field research efforts and work alongside biologists and local community partners. With projects in Canada, Namibia, Chile, and the USA, Round River’s ...
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Hungry, Wild Animals Make Runs at Humans – and Human Food

The record heat wave this summer has had at least one under-reported consequence: wild animals who can’t get enough to eat in the wild are ambushing homes, business, and even bars, trying to get the food they can’t find in the wild. My buddy Jack Healy at the New York Times has the story here. Healy and I used to live in a little mountain town called Telluride, Colorado, and he tells a great story about how the bears are so hungry there that they’re trying to crash the same bar we used to ...
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Hungry, Wild Animals Make Runs at Humans – and Human Food

The record heat wave this summer has had at least one under-reported consequence: wild animals who can’t get enough to eat in the wild are ambushing homes, business, and even bars, trying to get the food they can’t find in the wild. My buddy Jack Healy at the New York Times has the story here. Healy and I used to live in a little mountain town called Telluride, Colorado, and he tells a great story about how the bears are so hungry there that they’re trying to crash the same bar we used to ...
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Taku Summer, 2012

Round River is a conservation organization dedicated to strategies that preserve and restore wild places and to develop and support traditions that sustain wildness. The name is derived from the writings of Aldo Leopold, one of the founders of conservation biology. Round River runs study abroad programs for small groups of students to join field research efforts and work alongside biologists and local community partners. With projects in Canada, Namibia, Chile, and the USA, Round River’s ...
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Hungry, Wild Animals Make Runs at Humans – and Human Food

The record heat wave this summer has had at least one under-reported consequence: wild animals who can’t get enough to eat in the wild are ambushing homes, business, and even bars, trying to get the food they can’t find in the wild. My buddy Jack Healy at the New York Times has the story here. Healy and I used to live in a little mountain town called Telluride, Colorado, and he tells a great story about how the bears are so hungry there that they’re trying to crash the same bar we used to ...
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