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Death Fungus and Ohia Trees

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May

2017

Death Fungus and Ohia Trees

A deadly fungus is attacking an ecologically and culturally important Hawaiian tree, the ohia lehua.

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Floods for a 21st Century Noah

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May

2017

Floods for a 21st Century Noah

Extreme rainfall could increase five-fold.

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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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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.

Explorer to present at The Conservation Alliance

Explorer to present at The Conservation Alliance 25 June 2015

Explorer to present at The Conservation Alliance

Eric Larsen will present his The Last North expedition to an outdoor/conservation audience in Utah..

Compassionate Turtles

Compassionate Turtles 24 June 2015

Compassionate Turtles

Behavior that would be considered compassionate in humans is also observed in animals.

New Theories, and Beautiful Pictures, of Saturn’s Rings

After all this time, we still don’t know what causes Saturn’s rings. But the spacecraft Cassini is giving us new ideas, pieced together into a stunning revelation by Michael Benson in his book “Planetfall.” Here’s a slideshow of some of Benson’s images. And here’s the great Robert Krulwich on a newish theory on what causes Saturn’s rings: a volcano on a moon circling Saturn shoots out water, and the water, training behind, causes Saturn’s rings. The rings are just a moon’s contrails. ...
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New Theories, and Beautiful Pictures, of Saturn’s Rings

After all this time, we still don’t know what causes Saturn’s rings. But the spacecraft Cassini is giving us new ideas, pieced together into a stunning revelation by Michael Benson in his book “Planetfall.” Here’s a slideshow of some of Benson’s images. And here’s the great Robert Krulwich on a newish theory on what causes Saturn’s rings: a volcano on a moon circling Saturn shoots out water, and the water, training behind, causes Saturn’s rings. The rings are just a moon’s contrails. ...
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Once Again, the Candidates on Global Warming

This is not a political blog. But, just in case you missed it, here are the parts of the two presidential candidates’ speeches that dealt with climate change. Mitt Romney: Edited by Climate Desk And Barack Obama: Edited by DNCConvention2012 - RC
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Once Again, the Candidates on Global Warming

This is not a political blog. But, just in case you missed it, here are the parts of the two presidential candidates’ speeches that dealt with climate change. Mitt Romney: Edited by Climate Desk And Barack Obama: Edited by DNCConvention2012 - RC
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New Theories, and Beautiful Pictures, of Saturn’s Rings

After all this time, we still don’t know what causes Saturn’s rings. But the spacecraft Cassini is giving us new ideas, pieced together into a stunning revelation by Michael Benson in his book “Planetfall.” Here’s a slideshow of some of Benson’s images. And here’s the great Robert Krulwich on a newish theory on what causes Saturn’s rings: a volcano on a moon circling Saturn shoots out water, and the water, training behind, causes Saturn’s rings. The rings are just a moon’s contrails. ...
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Once Again, the Candidates on Global Warming

This is not a political blog. But, just in case you missed it, here are the parts of the two presidential candidates’ speeches that dealt with climate change. Mitt Romney: Edited by Climate Desk And Barack Obama: Edited by DNCConvention2012 - RC
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Today’s Rebuttal to Climate Deniers

A simple, beautiful explanation of global warming, from NASA: From NASA, http://climate.nasa.gov/warmingworld/ - RC
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Today’s Rebuttal to Climate Deniers

A simple, beautiful explanation of global warming, from NASA: From NASA, http://climate.nasa.gov/warmingworld/ - RC
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A Potential Weather Report

Polls say people trust their weatherpersons above all other presenters in broadcast news. However, problems can arise when trying to present issues uncovered by climate scientists and then trying to translate their research into a weather report for the general public. As Reilly posted earlier, Forecast the Facts found one weatherlady who went a bit over-the-top with her weekend weather report. If only TV news took a more pro-active approach to the accumulating climate change data and ...
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A Potential Weather Report

Polls say people trust their weatherpersons above all other presenters in broadcast news. However, problems can arise when trying to present issues uncovered by climate scientists and then trying to translate their research into a weather report for the general public. As Reilly posted earlier, Forecast the Facts found one weatherlady who went a bit over-the-top with her weekend weather report. If only TV news took a more pro-active approach to the accumulating climate change data and ...
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Today’s Rebuttal to Climate Deniers

A simple, beautiful explanation of global warming, from NASA: From NASA, http://climate.nasa.gov/warmingworld/ - RC
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A Potential Weather Report

Polls say people trust their weatherpersons above all other presenters in broadcast news. However, problems can arise when trying to present issues uncovered by climate scientists and then trying to translate their research into a weather report for the general public. As Reilly posted earlier, Forecast the Facts found one weatherlady who went a bit over-the-top with her weekend weather report. If only TV news took a more pro-active approach to the accumulating climate change data and ...
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Mars Rover … or Wall-E? … or Something Deeper?

Some thoughts about seeing ourselves in robots … and in the cosmos By Reilly Capps Curiosity just took a self-portrait: …and it occurs to me that Disney has a patent infringement case on its hands: You know what this means. NASA spent billions of dollars over a decade to build, not a sophisticated rover, but a replica of Wall-E. It’s not their fault. Curiosity is just the latest in a long line. We keep building robots – whether real or fictitious – that look surprisingly similar ...
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Mars Rover … or Wall-E? … or Something Deeper?

Some thoughts about seeing ourselves in robots … and in the cosmos By Reilly Capps Curiosity just took a self-portrait: …and it occurs to me that Disney has a patent infringement case on its hands: You know what this means. NASA spent billions of dollars over a decade to build, not a sophisticated rover, but a replica of Wall-E. It’s not their fault. Curiosity is just the latest in a long line. We keep building robots – whether real or fictitious – that look surprisingly similar ...
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Mars Rover … or Wall-E? … or Something Deeper?

Some thoughts about seeing ourselves in robots … and in the cosmos By Reilly Capps Curiosity just took a self-portrait: …and it occurs to me that Disney has a patent infringement case on its hands: You know what this means. NASA spent billions of dollars over a decade to build, not a sophisticated rover, but a replica of Wall-E. It’s not their fault. Curiosity is just the latest in a long line. We keep building robots – whether real or fictitious – that look surprisingly similar ...
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Who Would be the Science-y-er President?

Both campaigns answered questionnaires about it from SciAm. According to Slate, Romney is not exactly a big believer in listening to the facts. Slate says Romney’s … … top priorities are reducing government and promoting business, and science is fine as long as it doesn’t interfere with those ends. For example, he’s sticking to the 90’s line on climate change that it’s best to wait until all the facts are in before anything is done. - RC
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Who Would be the Science-y-er President?

Both campaigns answered questionnaires about it from SciAm. According to Slate, Romney is not exactly a big believer in listening to the facts. Slate says Romney’s … … top priorities are reducing government and promoting business, and science is fine as long as it doesn’t interfere with those ends. For example, he’s sticking to the 90’s line on climate change that it’s best to wait until all the facts are in before anything is done. - RC
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Who Would be the Science-y-er President?

Both campaigns answered questionnaires about it from SciAm. According to Slate, Romney is not exactly a big believer in listening to the facts. Slate says Romney’s … … top priorities are reducing government and promoting business, and science is fine as long as it doesn’t interfere with those ends. For example, he’s sticking to the 90’s line on climate change that it’s best to wait until all the facts are in before anything is done. - RC
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Nature vs. Highway

For once, nature wins: Mama duck beats out the SUVs - RC
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Nature vs. Highway

For once, nature wins: Mama duck beats out the SUVs - RC
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Nature vs. Highway

For once, nature wins: Mama duck beats out the SUVs - RC
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Bill Nye Goes Off the Deep End

I used to hate the Science Guy. His voice was nasally enough to shatter glass. Then he works up the balls to suggest that telling lies to children is a bad idea. Then he goes on a hilarious Twitter run. Prediction: he’ll run for congress next. - RC
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Bill Nye Goes Off the Deep End

I used to hate the Science Guy. His voice was nasally enough to shatter glass. Then he works up the balls to suggest that telling lies to children is a bad idea. Then he goes on a hilarious Twitter run. Prediction: he’ll run for congress next. - RC
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Bill Nye Goes Off the Deep End

I used to hate the Science Guy. His voice was nasally enough to shatter glass. Then he works up the balls to suggest that telling lies to children is a bad idea. Then he goes on a hilarious Twitter run. Prediction: he’ll run for congress next. - RC
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Neil deGrasse Tyson Brings the Realness

Are we getting dumber? The great physicist says we’re celebrating it. “I’m worried about this idiocracy problem, he writes. “The problem isn’t just math. You know there’s something wrong out there when you read the label on a bottle of floor cleaner and it says, “DO NOT USE ON CONTACT LENSES.” That warning can be there only because someone tried it.” - RC
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Neil deGrasse Tyson Brings the Realness

Are we getting dumber? The great physicist says we’re celebrating it. “I’m worried about this idiocracy problem, he writes. “The problem isn’t just math. You know there’s something wrong out there when you read the label on a bottle of floor cleaner and it says, “DO NOT USE ON CONTACT LENSES.” That warning can be there only because someone tried it.” - RC
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