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Krakatoa Awakens

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Sep

2018

Krakatoa Awakens

Krakatoa is again active.

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Pollution from Hurricane Florence

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Sep

2018

Pollution from Hurricane Florence

Water pollution seen from space.

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The Conservation Alliance

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Bloody Falls, Dry Valleys, & Mars

Bloody Falls, Dry Valleys, & Mars

The Dry Valleys are one of the strangest environments on Earth.

7 Dec 2017

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Rewilding

Rewilding 4 September 2018

Rewilding

A 'silent spring' could become a 'wild summer' 

Conserving, the Mother Load

Conserving, the Mother Load 26 June 2018

Conserving, the Mother Load

Avoiding another Dust Bowl.

Environmental Art

Environmental Art 15 January 2018

Environmental Art

Creating paintings with natue connections.

Patagonia and Sustainability

Patagonia and Sustainability 31 December 2017

Patagonia and Sustainability

Patagonia shows how to apply sustainability in business practice.

Where Good Ideas Come From

Where Good Ideas Come From 22 December 2017

Where Good Ideas Come From

A clever storyteller suggests an answer.

Bottled Arctic Notes

Bottled Arctic Notes 15 December 2017

Bottled Arctic Notes

A bottled note tossed to the waves recovered years later.

Guessing Games

According to early reports, those crafty researchers at CalTech say that the Curiosity rover on Mars has found “something for the history books.” The data from the rover’s Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument is being confirmed.  Could it be water related? Some carbon based organic chemistry? Methane? Perhaps a fossil bug? They’re not saying. You will need to wait until the results are presented in early December at a San Francisco conference.  Mount Sharp Viewed from ...
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Guessing Games

According to early reports, those crafty researchers at CalTech say that the Curiosity rover on Mars has found “something for the history books.” The data from the rover’s Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument is being confirmed.  Could it be water related? Some carbon based organic chemistry? Methane? Perhaps a fossil bug? They’re not saying. You will need to wait until the results are presented in early December at a San Francisco conference.  Mount Sharp Viewed from ...
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Guessing Games

According to early reports, those crafty researchers at CalTech say that the Curiosity rover on Mars has found “something for the history books.” The data from the rover’s Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument is being confirmed.  Could it be water related? Some carbon based organic chemistry? Methane? Perhaps a fossil bug? They’re not saying. You will need to wait until the results are presented in early December at a San Francisco conference.  Mount Sharp Viewed from ...
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Strange Things Happening Every Day

In a 1944 gospel song, Sister Rosetta Tharp reminded us that strange things happen every day and that we should pay close attention. Well, if you haven’t noticed, some very strange things have been happening almost every day lately---particularly in Australia.  First, an unseasonably, severe thunderstorm battered New South Wales creating a roaring water-tornado that erupted from the sea a mile offshore at Bateman Bay on their East Coast. Images make the waterspout look almost like an atomic ...
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Strange Things Happening Every Day

In a 1944 gospel song, Sister Rosetta Tharp reminded us that strange things happen every day and that we should pay close attention. Well, if you haven’t noticed, some very strange things have been happening almost every day lately---particularly in Australia.  First, an unseasonably, severe thunderstorm battered New South Wales creating a roaring water-tornado that erupted from the sea a mile offshore at Bateman Bay on their East Coast. Images make the waterspout look almost like an atomic ...
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Reagan’s Tax Expert Says Carbon Tax “Makes a Lot of Sense”

Supply-side guru Arthur Laffer tells me that it’s better to tax carbon than almost anything else By Reilly Capps Did Sandy, which plunged Lower Manhattan, the world’s most powerful island, into the dark, change the climate – the political climate, the intellectual climate – of the discussion on global warming? Did it change it … as far away from the East Coast as Colorado Springs? That’s how it seemed over dinner at the Broadmoor, a ritzy old hotel that is to conservatives what the ...
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Reagan’s Tax Expert Says Carbon Tax “Makes a Lot of Sense”

Supply-side guru Arthur Laffer tells me that it’s better to tax carbon than almost anything else By Reilly Capps Did Sandy, which plunged Lower Manhattan, the world’s most powerful island, into the dark, change the climate – the political climate, the intellectual climate – of the discussion on global warming? Did it change it … as far away from the East Coast as Colorado Springs? That’s how it seemed over dinner at the Broadmoor, a ritzy old hotel that is to conservatives what the ...
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Strange Things Happening Every Day

In a 1944 gospel song, Sister Rosetta Tharp reminded us that strange things happen every day and that we should pay close attention. Well, if you haven’t noticed, some very strange things have been happening almost every day lately---particularly in Australia.  First, an unseasonably, severe thunderstorm battered New South Wales creating a roaring water-tornado that erupted from the sea a mile offshore at Bateman Bay on their East Coast. Images make the waterspout look almost like an atomic ...
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Reagan’s Tax Expert Says Carbon Tax “Makes a Lot of Sense”

Supply-side guru Arthur Laffer tells me that it’s better to tax carbon than almost anything else By Reilly Capps Did Sandy, which plunged Lower Manhattan, the world’s most powerful island, into the dark, change the climate – the political climate, the intellectual climate – of the discussion on global warming? Did it change it … as far away from the East Coast as Colorado Springs? That’s how it seemed over dinner at the Broadmoor, a ritzy old hotel that is to conservatives what the ...
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Aussie-clipse

Australia is a big place and the Outback seems to go on forever. The country and its landscapes have formed the basis for Aussie mythology since the earliest days of the aboriginal Dreamtime and Australian folk heroes like Ned Kelly. Last week, Australia was the place to be when another myth-making event took place---a total eclipse of the Sun. Three images from northern Queensland capture the rare spectacle near Port Douglas, Mulligan highway, and the outback town of Mount Carbine. ...
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Aussie-clipse

Australia is a big place and the Outback seems to go on forever. The country and its landscapes have formed the basis for Aussie mythology since the earliest days of the aboriginal Dreamtime and Australian folk heroes like Ned Kelly. Last week, Australia was the place to be when another myth-making event took place---a total eclipse of the Sun. Three images from northern Queensland capture the rare spectacle near Port Douglas, Mulligan highway, and the outback town of Mount Carbine. ...
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Aussie-clipse

Australia is a big place and the Outback seems to go on forever. The country and its landscapes have formed the basis for Aussie mythology since the earliest days of the aboriginal Dreamtime and Australian folk heroes like Ned Kelly. Last week, Australia was the place to be when another myth-making event took place---a total eclipse of the Sun. Three images from northern Queensland capture the rare spectacle near Port Douglas, Mulligan highway, and the outback town of Mount Carbine. ...
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The Dusts of Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro sits on the border between Tanzania and Kenya. It is one of the Seven Summits, the highest peak on each continent. At 19,341 feet, it is the highest mountain in Africa. First successfully climbing by the German geologist, Hans Meyer, and  Austrian mountaineer, Ludwig Purtscheller, with an elite climbing team including two local herders, nine porters, a cook, and a guide in 1889. According to Wikipedia: “in the late 1880s the summit of Kilimanjaro was completely covered by ...
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The Dusts of Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro sits on the border between Tanzania and Kenya. It is one of the Seven Summits, the highest peak on each continent. At 19,341 feet, it is the highest mountain in Africa. First successfully climbing by the German geologist, Hans Meyer, and  Austrian mountaineer, Ludwig Purtscheller, with an elite climbing team including two local herders, nine porters, a cook, and a guide in 1889. According to Wikipedia: “in the late 1880s the summit of Kilimanjaro was completely covered by ...
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The Dusts of Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro sits on the border between Tanzania and Kenya. It is one of the Seven Summits, the highest peak on each continent. At 19,341 feet, it is the highest mountain in Africa. First successfully climbing by the German geologist, Hans Meyer, and  Austrian mountaineer, Ludwig Purtscheller, with an elite climbing team including two local herders, nine porters, a cook, and a guide in 1889. According to Wikipedia: “in the late 1880s the summit of Kilimanjaro was completely covered by ...
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Living in a Material World

Everyone needs a certain amount of stuff to live in this material world. The trick is not letting the stuff run our lives. A clever animation from the Center for a New American Dream tries presenting a little balance:
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Living in a Material World

Everyone needs a certain amount of stuff to live in this material world. The trick is not letting the stuff run our lives. A clever animation from the Center for a New American Dream tries presenting a little balance:
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Living in a Material World

Everyone needs a certain amount of stuff to live in this material world. The trick is not letting the stuff run our lives. A clever animation from the Center for a New American Dream tries presenting a little balance:
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Earth’s One Minute Story

From the Big Bang to leaping into space, the ‘history of life’ on Earth in one minute. Check it out: Earth’s Story in 1 Minute (credit: NASA/YouTube) .
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Earth’s One Minute Story

From the Big Bang to leaping into space, the ‘history of life’ on Earth in one minute. Check it out: Earth’s Story in 1 Minute (credit: NASA/YouTube) .
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Earth’s One Minute Story

From the Big Bang to leaping into space, the ‘history of life’ on Earth in one minute. Check it out: Earth’s Story in 1 Minute (credit: NASA/YouTube) .
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Failed Tech Predictions

By Lucas Gardner In 1949, a writer for Popular Mechanics predicted that computers of the future would weigh 1.5 tons at the least! It’s fun to look back and have a laugh at some of the early predictions for the future of technology that turned out to be completely wrong. Here’s a list of some of my favorites: “No computer will every be powerful enough to run Skyrim.” - Walter Mulhouer, engineer at IBM, 1950 “Television if a passing fad. Like this penicillin thing… You guys hear about ...
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Failed Tech Predictions

By Lucas Gardner In 1949, a writer for Popular Mechanics predicted that computers of the future would weigh 1.5 tons at the least! It’s fun to look back and have a laugh at some of the early predictions for the future of technology that turned out to be completely wrong. Here’s a list of some of my favorites: “No computer will every be powerful enough to run Skyrim.” - Walter Mulhouer, engineer at IBM, 1950 “Television if a passing fad. Like this penicillin thing… You guys hear about ...
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Vanya on Walden Pond

In 1897, Anton Chekhov wrote Uncle Vanya.  Set in a dacha in the Russian countryside, the story concerns people with frustrated hopes about wasted lives. In their own ways, each character is unhappy, and each help to give the play a melancholic atmosphere. Widely preformed, appealing across cultures, the 1994 film of Vanya on 42nd Street staring the actor Wallace Shawn was perhaps one of the most creative interpretations.          Uncle Vanya Moscow Production, 1899      College Production ...
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Vanya on Walden Pond

In 1897, Anton Chekhov wrote Uncle Vanya.  Set in a dacha in the Russian countryside, the story concerns people with frustrated hopes about wasted lives. In their own ways, each character is unhappy, and each help to give the play a melancholic atmosphere. Widely preformed, appealing across cultures, the 1994 film of Vanya on 42nd Street staring the actor Wallace Shawn was perhaps one of the most creative interpretations.          Uncle Vanya Moscow Production, 1899      College Production ...
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Failed Tech Predictions

By Lucas Gardner In 1949, a writer for Popular Mechanics predicted that computers of the future would weigh 1.5 tons at the least! It’s fun to look back and have a laugh at some of the early predictions for the future of technology that turned out to be completely wrong. Here’s a list of some of my favorites: “No computer will every be powerful enough to run Skyrim.” - Walter Mulhouer, engineer at IBM, 1950 “Television if a passing fad. Like this penicillin thing… You guys hear about ...
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