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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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2017

A 'Medicane' Forms

A medicane heads toward Italy and Greece.

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The Conservation Alliance

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Intelligent Designers

Intelligent Designers

Portland is using 'intelligent designers' to replace an aging coal-fired power plant and other cities should follow their lead.

17 Apr 2015

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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.

Make it Rain (Garden)

"Golf courses and cemeteries, biggest wastes of prime real estate," said Rodney Dangerfield in "Caddyshack." There is one other waste: the front lawn. Nobody plays on them; they are too small for football, and kids aren't allowed that close to traffic anyway. So they sit there, chugging water, despite the fact that planting a grass lawn in thirsty Arizona makes as much sense as hanging a hammock in the Arctic circle. Thankfully, a few cities are coming to their senses. The Southern Nevada ...
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Make it Rain (Garden)

"Golf courses and cemeteries, biggest wastes of prime real estate," said Rodney Dangerfield in "Caddyshack." There is one other waste: the front lawn. Nobody plays on them; they are too small for football, and kids aren't allowed that close to traffic anyway. So they sit there, chugging water, despite the fact that planting a grass lawn in thirsty Arizona makes as much sense as hanging a hammock in the Arctic circle. Thankfully, a few cities are coming to their senses. The Southern Nevada ...
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River Notes

It has been said that  ‘a picture is worth 1000 words’  and the old adage is particularly true when trying to compare different landforms and the processes that created them. According to field studies in Utah, braided rivers once flowed during the Jurassic Era in what is now the San Rafael Swell near Hanksville, Utah. The rivers cut through bedrock, chiseled valleys, and deposited sand and gravel on their bottoms. The sandy deposits hardened into erosion-resistant sandstone caps, while ...
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Make it Rain (Garden)

"Golf courses and cemeteries, biggest wastes of prime real estate," said Rodney Dangerfield in "Caddyshack." There is one other waste: the front lawn. Nobody plays on them; they are too small for football, and kids aren't allowed that close to traffic anyway. So they sit there, chugging water, despite the fact that planting a grass lawn in thirsty Arizona makes as much sense as hanging a hammock in the Arctic circle. Thankfully, a few cities are coming to their senses. The Southern Nevada ...
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This Won’t End Well … Except as an Excellent History Lesson

Dubai is back on track, building object lessons and cautionary tales. By Reilly Capps News comes (via the BBC) that the oil-soaked city of Dubai is planning to build a replica of the Taj Mahal, four times bigger than the original. Right next to that will be replicas of the leaning tower of Pisa, the Eiffel Tower, the Pyramids and the Great Wall of China. The only thing bigger than these monuments will be the builders’ egos. Those won’t be far from the Palazzo Versace, which is reputed ...
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This Won’t End Well … Except as an Excellent History Lesson

Dubai is back on track, building object lessons and cautionary tales. By Reilly Capps News comes (via the BBC) that the oil-soaked city of Dubai is planning to build a replica of the Taj Mahal, four times bigger than the original. Right next to that will be replicas of the leaning tower of Pisa, the Eiffel Tower, the Pyramids and the Great Wall of China. The only thing bigger than these monuments will be the builders’ egos. Those won’t be far from the Palazzo Versace, which is reputed ...
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This Won’t End Well … Except as an Excellent History Lesson

Dubai is back on track, building object lessons and cautionary tales. By Reilly Capps News comes (via the BBC) that the oil-soaked city of Dubai is planning to build a replica of the Taj Mahal, four times bigger than the original. Right next to that will be replicas of the leaning tower of Pisa, the Eiffel Tower, the Pyramids and the Great Wall of China. The only thing bigger than these monuments will be the builders’ egos. Those won’t be far from the Palazzo Versace, which is reputed ...
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Global Warming Analogy of the Day: The Earth is a Garage

By Reilly Capps In the movie “Office Space,” remember Tom Smykowski? The fat guy who has no real reason to live? Remember when the job-killing consultants, “The Bobs,” asked him what he did? And Tom said: “I deal with the goddamn customers so the engineers don't have to!! I have people skills!! I am good at dealing with people!!! Can't you understand that?!? WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE?!!!!!”" Then he got in his car in his garage and ran the engine ‘til he ...
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Global Warming Analogy of the Day: The Earth is a Garage

By Reilly Capps In the movie “Office Space,” remember Tom Smykowski? The fat guy who has no real reason to live? Remember when the job-killing consultants, “The Bobs,” asked him what he did? And Tom said: “I deal with the goddamn customers so the engineers don't have to!! I have people skills!! I am good at dealing with people!!! Can't you understand that?!? WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE?!!!!!”" Then he got in his car in his garage and ran the engine ‘til he ...
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Rising Tides

This week, the UN convened another of the institution’s climate change gatherings in Doha, Qatar.  If past meetings are any guide, there will be considerable talk and negotiating but not much will actually be accomplished. Mother Jones provides a perspective on taking '”baby steps” at Doha here. However, new environmental data is always presented at these global climate events and worth attention. For two decades, NASA and the European Space Agency have tracked the rise of the world's ...
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Rising Tides

This week, the UN convened another of the institution’s climate change gatherings in Doha, Qatar.  If past meetings are any guide, there will be considerable talk and negotiating but not much will actually be accomplished. Mother Jones provides a perspective on taking '”baby steps” at Doha here. However, new environmental data is always presented at these global climate events and worth attention. For two decades, NASA and the European Space Agency have tracked the rise of the world's ...
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Global Warming Analogy of the Day: The Earth is a Garage

By Reilly Capps In the movie “Office Space,” remember Tom Smykowski? The fat guy who has no real reason to live? Remember when the job-killing consultants, “The Bobs,” asked him what he did? And Tom said: “I deal with the goddamn customers so the engineers don't have to!! I have people skills!! I am good at dealing with people!!! Can't you understand that?!? WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE?!!!!!”" Then he got in his car in his garage and ran the engine ‘til he ...
  • 2229

Rising Tides

This week, the UN convened another of the institution’s climate change gatherings in Doha, Qatar.  If past meetings are any guide, there will be considerable talk and negotiating but not much will actually be accomplished. Mother Jones provides a perspective on taking '”baby steps” at Doha here. However, new environmental data is always presented at these global climate events and worth attention. For two decades, NASA and the European Space Agency have tracked the rise of the world's ...
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