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Stories to Change 'Apocalypse Fatigue' into Action

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2017

Stories to Change 'Apocalypse Fatigue' into Action

Moving away from cliamte fatigue into action.

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Trees Before Rain

17

Nov

2017

Trees Before Rain

Which came first: trees or rain?

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Super Coral...a Super Hero?

Super Coral...a Super Hero?

Heat-tolerant corals may help reef restoration.

26 May 2017

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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.

'Carbon tax' works in Glitter Gulch

When America really gets serious about climate change, you can bet some kind of tax on carbon emissions will become a hot topic, if not a key policy tool. Already, readers of this blog have heard well-known conservatives including economist Arthur Laffer express support for a carbon tax. If policy-makers wake up and smell the smokestack-infused coffee, they’ll have a carbon-tax model to follow in, of all places, Aspen, Colo. Yes, the elite ski town first enacted a carbon tax (of sorts) in ...
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Qatar: ‘Don’t Look at Us’

The U.N.’s climate conference is going on in Doha, Qatar, where the government has done virtually nothing to curb its own carbon output. Former Qatari oil minister Abdullah Bin Hamad al-Attiyah opened the conference Monday, saying: "We should not concentrate on the per capita (emissions). We should concentrate on the amount from each country.” Nice dodge, dude. Welcome to the world of U.N. climate conferences. You’ll fit in perfectly. - Reilly Capps
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New Yorker Nails It

The cartoons in the New Yorker are normally either bang-your-forehead-on-a-wall boring or else scratch-your-head incomprehensible, but they served up this gem this week: Of course, as E.O. Wilson, Thomas Friedman and others point out, it will ultimately be more profitable, make us far richer, if we go green. Value and wealth will come from solar panels and wind farms and sustainable farming and ranching. Otherwise, yeah: it’s back to caveman days. - Reilly Capps
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New Yorker Nails It

The cartoons in the New Yorker are normally either bang-your-forehead-on-a-wall boring or else scratch-your-head incomprehensible, but they served up this gem this week: Of course, as E.O. Wilson, Thomas Friedman and others point out, it will ultimately be more profitable, make us far richer, if we go green. Value and wealth will come from solar panels and wind farms and sustainable farming and ranching. Otherwise, yeah: it’s back to caveman days. - Reilly Capps
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New Yorker Nails It

The cartoons in the New Yorker are normally either bang-your-forehead-on-a-wall boring or else scratch-your-head incomprehensible, but they served up this gem this week: Of course, as E.O. Wilson, Thomas Friedman and others point out, it will ultimately be more profitable, make us far richer, if we go green. Value and wealth will come from solar panels and wind farms and sustainable farming and ranching. Otherwise, yeah: it’s back to caveman days. - Reilly Capps
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The Deep Insight You Can Gain from Broccoli

By Reilly Capps Great photographs are able to illuminate a larger point, to show you something amazing that you might not have grasped if someone had merely told you about it. This is often true of photographs of big things, such as James Balog’s photos of the shrink arctic ice. But photos of small, ordinary things can do that, too. Consider broccoli. This isn’t just dinner. This is an example of a fractal, something that has the same structure, the same pattern, at a large scale and ...
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The Deep Insight You Can Gain from Broccoli

By Reilly Capps Great photographs are able to illuminate a larger point, to show you something amazing that you might not have grasped if someone had merely told you about it. This is often true of photographs of big things, such as James Balog’s photos of the shrink arctic ice. But photos of small, ordinary things can do that, too. Consider broccoli. This isn’t just dinner. This is an example of a fractal, something that has the same structure, the same pattern, at a large scale and ...
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The Deep Insight You Can Gain from Broccoli

By Reilly Capps Great photographs are able to illuminate a larger point, to show you something amazing that you might not have grasped if someone had merely told you about it. This is often true of photographs of big things, such as James Balog’s photos of the shrink arctic ice. But photos of small, ordinary things can do that, too. Consider broccoli. This isn’t just dinner. This is an example of a fractal, something that has the same structure, the same pattern, at a large scale and ...
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Tiny Snails---Super Important

Pteropods are tiny snails. They are known as sea butterflies and live in the oceans surrounding Antarctica. The British Antarctic Survey has just reported the First evidence of ocean acidification affecting live marine creatures in the Southern Ocean in a study being published in Nature Geoscience. This is super-bad news since the tiny snails are at the base for the ocean’s entire food chain. The shells of the sea butterflies are being dissolved by acidification caused by increasing ocean ...
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Tiny Snails---Super Important

Pteropods are tiny snails. They are known as sea butterflies and live in the oceans surrounding Antarctica. The British Antarctic Survey has just reported the First evidence of ocean acidification affecting live marine creatures in the Southern Ocean in a study being published in Nature Geoscience. This is super-bad news since the tiny snails are at the base for the ocean’s entire food chain. The shells of the sea butterflies are being dissolved by acidification caused by increasing ocean ...
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Tiny Snails---Super Important

Pteropods are tiny snails. They are known as sea butterflies and live in the oceans surrounding Antarctica. The British Antarctic Survey has just reported the First evidence of ocean acidification affecting live marine creatures in the Southern Ocean in a study being published in Nature Geoscience. This is super-bad news since the tiny snails are at the base for the ocean’s entire food chain. The shells of the sea butterflies are being dissolved by acidification caused by increasing ocean ...
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Dust, Dust Everywhere

Dust happens. Sometimes naturally but often now from land abuses combined with a changing climate. Gigantic dust storms can be seen from space affecting large areas on Earth including mountains, deserts, and cities. They have also been observed covering vast desert regions of Mars.              Colorado/Kansas Dust Storm on Border      Regional Dust Storm on Mars                    Dust Storm, Taklimakan Desert, China (credit: Earth Observatory)                           (credit: Mars ...
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Dust, Dust Everywhere

Dust happens. Sometimes naturally but often now from land abuses combined with a changing climate. Gigantic dust storms can be seen from space affecting large areas on Earth including mountains, deserts, and cities. They have also been observed covering vast desert regions of Mars.              Colorado/Kansas Dust Storm on Border      Regional Dust Storm on Mars                    Dust Storm, Taklimakan Desert, China (credit: Earth Observatory)                           (credit: Mars ...
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Dust, Dust Everywhere

Dust happens. Sometimes naturally but often now from land abuses combined with a changing climate. Gigantic dust storms can be seen from space affecting large areas on Earth including mountains, deserts, and cities. They have also been observed covering vast desert regions of Mars.              Colorado/Kansas Dust Storm on Border      Regional Dust Storm on Mars                    Dust Storm, Taklimakan Desert, China (credit: Earth Observatory)                           (credit: Mars ...
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Are You Capable of Feeling Wonder?

If you aren’t, this exercise won’t do anything for you. If you are capable of feeling wonder, at least as far as you can feel wonder while starting at a computer screen, you will stare at this simulation of the size of the universe and feel amazed and vaguely stoned. Like staring at a mountain or the sea, it will help orient you and put you in your proper place, size-wise, and make you wonder at the size of the universe. - Reilly Capps
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Are You Capable of Feeling Wonder?

If you aren’t, this exercise won’t do anything for you. If you are capable of feeling wonder, at least as far as you can feel wonder while starting at a computer screen, you will stare at this simulation of the size of the universe and feel amazed and vaguely stoned. Like staring at a mountain or the sea, it will help orient you and put you in your proper place, size-wise, and make you wonder at the size of the universe. - Reilly Capps
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Are You Capable of Feeling Wonder?

If you aren’t, this exercise won’t do anything for you. If you are capable of feeling wonder, at least as far as you can feel wonder while starting at a computer screen, you will stare at this simulation of the size of the universe and feel amazed and vaguely stoned. Like staring at a mountain or the sea, it will help orient you and put you in your proper place, size-wise, and make you wonder at the size of the universe. - Reilly Capps
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TED: Natural Wonders

With holiday shopping engaging the conscientiousness of many folks, two TED presenters show us that nature’s beauty can be easily overlooked in all the shuffle for consumer goodies. Their talks should remind us to pay more attention. The first video involves the time-lapse photography of Louie Schwartzberg accompanied by words from the Benedictine monk Brother David Steindl-Rast. The visual and verbal reflections serve as a meditation on being grateful for every day. The second presentation ...
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TED: Natural Wonders

With holiday shopping engaging the conscientiousness of many folks, two TED presenters show us that nature’s beauty can be easily overlooked in all the shuffle for consumer goodies. Their talks should remind us to pay more attention. The first video involves the time-lapse photography of Louie Schwartzberg accompanied by words from the Benedictine monk Brother David Steindl-Rast. The visual and verbal reflections serve as a meditation on being grateful for every day. The second presentation ...
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TED: Natural Wonders

With holiday shopping engaging the conscientiousness of many folks, two TED presenters show us that nature’s beauty can be easily overlooked in all the shuffle for consumer goodies. Their talks should remind us to pay more attention. The first video involves the time-lapse photography of Louie Schwartzberg accompanied by words from the Benedictine monk Brother David Steindl-Rast. The visual and verbal reflections serve as a meditation on being grateful for every day. The second presentation ...
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How Ugly is Oil Shale? So Ugly.

By Reilly Capps The Denver Post comes out against oil shale, the dirty, water-intensive energy source that oil companies have been dreaming about for decades. The came out against it not because the Post is a bunch of liberal-hippie enviro-lefties. But because it makes as much sense as an eject button a submarine. The Post says: “While there were some predictable complaints about job-killing and energy security, the reality on the ground in Colorado is that large-scale shale ...
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How Ugly is Oil Shale? So Ugly.

By Reilly Capps The Denver Post comes out against oil shale, the dirty, water-intensive energy source that oil companies have been dreaming about for decades. The came out against it not because the Post is a bunch of liberal-hippie enviro-lefties. But because it makes as much sense as an eject button a submarine. The Post says: “While there were some predictable complaints about job-killing and energy security, the reality on the ground in Colorado is that large-scale shale ...
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How Ugly is Oil Shale? So Ugly.

By Reilly Capps The Denver Post comes out against oil shale, the dirty, water-intensive energy source that oil companies have been dreaming about for decades. The came out against it not because the Post is a bunch of liberal-hippie enviro-lefties. But because it makes as much sense as an eject button a submarine. The Post says: “While there were some predictable complaints about job-killing and energy security, the reality on the ground in Colorado is that large-scale shale ...
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“Chasing Ice” Doc Spreading Across the Country

Balog’s pictures are changing the world. Photos can do that. By Reilly Capps Friend of the site James Balog is getting tons of attention for his new documentary, “Chasing Ice,” which documents the crumbling Arctic ice shelf. “Chasing Ice” is “catching fire,” said the Boulder Daily Camera, metaphor-mixing. After a strong opening weekend in New York, 35 theaters contacted the distributors, looking to play it, the Camera says. I had a chance to see it last year. It’s stroke of genius, a ...
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“Chasing Ice” Doc Spreading Across the Country

Balog’s pictures are changing the world. Photos can do that. By Reilly Capps Friend of the site James Balog is getting tons of attention for his new documentary, “Chasing Ice,” which documents the crumbling Arctic ice shelf. “Chasing Ice” is “catching fire,” said the Boulder Daily Camera, metaphor-mixing. After a strong opening weekend in New York, 35 theaters contacted the distributors, looking to play it, the Camera says. I had a chance to see it last year. It’s stroke of genius, a ...
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“Chasing Ice” Doc Spreading Across the Country

Balog’s pictures are changing the world. Photos can do that. By Reilly Capps Friend of the site James Balog is getting tons of attention for his new documentary, “Chasing Ice,” which documents the crumbling Arctic ice shelf. “Chasing Ice” is “catching fire,” said the Boulder Daily Camera, metaphor-mixing. After a strong opening weekend in New York, 35 theaters contacted the distributors, looking to play it, the Camera says. I had a chance to see it last year. It’s stroke of genius, a ...
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