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August 06, 2014

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3:57 PM | Big birds as bushmeat
Historically, the hunting of wildlife species in tropical regions of Asia, Africa and South American has mainly been for subsistence consumption and local trade. Over centuries people relied on harvested wildlife products as a source of food and income. However, recently both local communities and foreign commercial interests are focusing on bushmeat and other products not only for food but also the development of medicinal products, both traditional and modern which led to massive overhunting […]
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3:56 PM | Algae: Friend or Foe?
By Brian Palmer Algae have a lot to offer. They feed the world’s marine life, thicken ice cream, and may provide the key to solving the world’s energy crisis. Algae hold your California roll together. But there’s an algal underworld, too, inhabited by murderous cyanobacteria and backstabbing Prymnesium. Many of these cloak-and-dagger species lurk in our streams and along our shorelines—as 500,000 Ohioans learned the hard way over the […]
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2:49 PM | The Arctic's Volcano of Garbage Erupts (and Keeps Burning)
By Jason Bittel A landfill in the Canadian town of Iqaluit has been smoldering since at least January “when thermal imaging revealed the then-four-story pile of trash had been burning deep inside like a dragon with indigestion.” Dubbed “Dumpcano,” the landfill has garnered international attention, inspired t-shirts, and of course, spawned its own snarky Twitter account. Dumpcano finally “erupted” on May 20 and has been […]
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2:36 PM | Costliest human-made disasters
Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience Blog - Making a difference to how we live with hazard and risk. Enough cannot be said about the number of disasters (including climate change) that are caused by human societies. Many of them are technological in nature or involve technology, especially when extracting resources such as oil as in the case of the [...] The post Costliest human-made disasters appeared first on Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience Blog.
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2:28 PM | Method Efficiently Converts Lignocellulosic Biomass Into Biofuel
Scientists at the University of California, Riverside have developed a new method to efficiently convert lignocellulosic biomass into biofuels and chemicals.
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1:00 PM | Air Sensors Citizen Science Toolbox
By Amanda Kaufman There is a growing interest by citizens to learn more about what’s going on in their community: What’s in the air I breathe? What does it mean for my health and the health of my family? How can I learn more about these things and even be involved in the process? Is […]
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12:10 PM | Vaquita Porpoise about to Go Extinct, Only 97 Remain
Millions of dollars and two decades of conservation efforts have failed to protect the Gulf of Mexico’s critically endangered vaquita porpoise (Phocoena sinus). Two years ago this species’s... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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12:00 PM | How safe is it to eat lionfish?
Ciguatera fish poisoning (CFP) is one of the most common marine poisons in the world. There are more than fifty thousand cases reported each year, though the true number of poisonings has been estimated to be closer to five hundred thousand. Seventy percent of those who live in the Pacific islands may have been poisoned
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6:21 AM | Giant Fire Clouds Over California
On Sunday, I posted satellite images of massive fire clouds billowing from wildfires raging along the California-Oregon border. On Tuesday, NASA’s Earth Observatory weighed in with more details, as well as spectacular photographs taken on the evening of July 31 by James Haseltine from an Oregon Air National Guard F-15C fighter jet — including the one above. And […]The post Giant Fire Clouds Over California appeared first on ImaGeo.
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4:54 AM | The Mt Polley mine disaster
At two am on the morning of 4 August, 2014, a tailings pond at Imperial Metals’ Mount Polley gold and copper mine broke through an earthen dam, sending 10 million cubic metres of tailings water and 4.5 cubic meters of tailings sediment pouring into Polley Lake and from there through Hazeltine Creek into Quesnel Lake.…
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2:02 AM | Quesnel Lake Toxic Spill Science Primer
It’s Begun, Dueling Boffin Banjos. Global News in Canada has rounded up a university boffin to profess on whether the 15 million cubic meter, 40... The post Quesnel Lake Toxic Spill Science Primer appeared first on Russ George.
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12:15 AM | #2: The Gang's All Here
It seems that everyone is migrating as they should. The research station is buzzing with activity- eight of us have been cleaning the office and house, organizing disentanglement gear, unpacking and testing research equipment, setting up computers and networks, and making sure the boat is fueled and ready to go. Monica takes inventory of our whale disentanglement kit, which accompanies us

August 05, 2014

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7:14 PM | July, 2014: This Month in Energy
Unconventional oil and natural gas extraction techniques are driving a revolution in the traditional energy sector, while solar and wind energy continue to gain market share. One report finds European countries to be the world’s most innovative and another report shows that California leads the U.S. in clean tech for the fifth consecutive year. We have collected all these stories and more of the most important energy news of the past month conveniently in one place for you to read.
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6:20 PM | Greens in Gaza
I’m not a politician. I’m not a diplomat. I’m not an expert on foreign policy. It’s hard to watch what’s happening in Gaza and the West Bank with any equanimity; over 1300 Palestinians have been killed so far, including 315 children and and 166 women. I believe that more unites us and divides us, and that’s certainly true of the people in Gaza. They are farmers, gardeners and foragers. In 2008, a team of ethnobotanists from Palestine published a […]
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6:02 PM | Trigeneration System Shows Potential for Off-Grid Applications
A novel trigeneration system fueled by raw plant oils shows significant potential for off-grid applications.
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4:54 PM | EU Energy Markets Are Yet to Reach Potential
According to the Joint Research Center (JRC), the EU in-house scientific service, both the general energy efficiency market and the energy service markets in the EU have not reached their potential yet.
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4:25 PM | The Water Intake Crib: A Primer
So Toledo and environs goes through a terrible water crisis when nutrient-rich water from farms, lawns, and other nonpoint sources flows into Lake Erie. This causes hideous algae blooms that turn... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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4:16 PM | After a 4-Billion-Mile Journey, the Rosetta Probe is Less than a Day Away from Historic Rendezvous With a Comet
The Rosetta spacecraft is poised to make history. If all continues to go well, it will complete its rendezvous with comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko at 8 GMT tomorrow, Aug. 6 (4 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time), and settle into orbit. This would be a first: No spacecraft has ever orbited a comet before. Rosetta is now closer to […]The post After a 4-Billion-Mile Journey, the Rosetta Probe is Less than a Day Away from Historic Rendezvous With a Comet appeared first on ImaGeo.
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3:55 PM | German, U.S. Home Energy Storage Incentives Offer Divergent Visions for the Smart Grid
Previously, I’ve written about the potential for a future smart grid, where homes with solar panels and batteries intelligently interconnect to form a cleaner, more-robust distributed power system.... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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3:39 PM | Artist Will Take a 13-Hour Watery Stand to Draw Attention to Rising Seas
A performance artist will stand in San Francisco Bay for a tidal cycle of thirteen hours to dramatize the challenge of rising seas. At high tide, she'll be covered up to her neck.
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3:25 PM | Discoveries of the week
Last Tuesday I started to list some selected descriptions of new species. It's Tuesday again and here is another list in an attempt to make this a recurring theme:Hibiscadelphus stellatusphoto by Oppenheimer et al.Hibiscadelphus stellatus H. Oppenheimer, Bustamente, & Perlman, sp. nov., a new, narrowly endemic species from West Maui, Hawaiian Islands is described, illustrated and its affinities and conservation status are discussed. It is currently known from three populations totaling 99 […]
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3:22 PM | Stuff I wrote elsewhere: “Different Channels to a Living River”
From this morning’s Albuquerque Journal: “You’ve got to deal with people, farmers, companies, everyone,” Sandra Postel told me last week when I asked about the work she’s doing trying to find environmentally sustainable solutions to western North America’s water problems. In other words, you’ve got to cooperate.  
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3:06 PM | EIA: Nonhydro Renewables Routinely Surpass Hydropower
April marked the eighth consecutive month that total monthly nonhydro renewable generation in the U.S. exceeded hydropower generation.
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2:02 PM | Another Royal Birth! (Cheetah-Style)
By Jason Bittel Only about 12,400 cheetahs remain in the wild, thanks to habitat loss, poaching, and a dwindling gene pool. The species' lack of genetic diversity may be contributing to a high mortality rate for cubs, which is why it’s great news that a cheetah named Meg recently gave birth to four healthy little ones at South Africa’s Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre. Double bonus: The quadruplets carry a recessive gene that could bring […]
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1:00 PM | Just how far will urban sprawl spread?
We have been hearing for a while now about the continued explosive growth of cities around the world. According to the World Health Organization, 40 percent of the global population lived in an urban area in 1990, we crossed the 50 percent threshold by 2010, and we’ll be at 60 percent by 2030 and 70
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6:38 AM | FISHPOCALYPSE NOW – Toxic Waste Spills Into Top Salmon River From Canadian Mine
The Fraser River that pours into the sea near Vancouver is the most productive salmon river in the world. Just now as the salmon have... The post FISHPOCALYPSE NOW – Toxic Waste Spills Into Top Salmon River From Canadian Mine appeared first on Russ George.
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6:38 AM | FISHPOCALYPSE NOW Toxic Waste Spills Into Top Salmon River From Canadian Mine
The Fraser River that pours into the sea near Vancouver is the most productive salmon river in the world. Just now as the salmon have... The post FISHPOCALYPSE NOW Toxic Waste Spills Into Top Salmon River From Canadian Mine appeared first on Russ George.
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5:26 AM | Double Trouble for Hawaii: Iselle and Julio
Heads up Hawaii: Double trouble is headed your way in the form of two tropical cyclones. The image above, acquired Monday (Aug. 4) by NASA’s Terra satellite, shows the situation: Hurricane Iselle to the left, and Tropical Storm Julio to the right. Both are expected to affect the Hawaiian Islands in the coming week. As […]The post Double Trouble for Hawaii: Iselle and Julio appeared first on ImaGeo.
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4:57 AM | Water in the desert
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August 04, 2014

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8:55 PM | The Reef: A Passionate History
By Osha Gray Davidson Does the world really need another book about the Great Barrier Reef? It already accounts for a small library’s worth of excellent volumes, from coffee table books to natural histories probing its unique ecology. With The Reef: A Passionate History, however, Iain McCalman has produced something important and utterly new: a detailed and engaging account of human interactions with the largest coral reef on the planet. Stretching […]
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