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April 03, 2015

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9:49 PM | On climate, a call for more social science
David Victor on the need for better inclusion of social science in the work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change: The IPCC must overhaul how it engages with the social sciences in particular…. Fields such as sociology, political science and anthropology are central to understanding how people and societies comprehend and respond to environmental changes, ...Continue reading ‘On climate, a call for more social science’ »
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9:07 PM | Spain Got 47 Percent Of Its Electricity From Renewables In March
Spain Got 47 Percent Of Its Electricity From Renewables In March: Spain is getting the vast majority of its electricity from carbon-free sources, the country’s grid operator reported on Tuesday.Wow! Loving these stories. First Costa Rica and now this!
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9:03 PM | NASA’s MESSENGER Spacecraft: Preparing Its Farewell Message From Mercury
NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft is soon to end its 10-year mission in a fiery touchdown on the surface of the planet Mercury--but not before giving us our most up-close look yet at this little understood and elusive world.
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8:46 PM | Scenes from a Sustainability Quest, from Leopard Skin Sales to Lionfish Sashimi
A sustainability quest that includes leopard skins, road salt and lionfish sashimi.
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6:55 PM | ultrafacts:William had a dream of bringing electricity and...
ultrafacts:William had a dream of bringing electricity and running water to his village. And he was not prepared to wait for politicians or aid groups to do it for him. The need for action was even greater in 2002 following one of Malawi’s worst droughts, which killed thousands of people and left his family on the brink of starvation.Unable to attend school, he kept up his education by using a local library. Fascinated by science, his life changed one day when he picked up a tattered […]
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6:49 PM | huffingtonpost:France Votes To Ban Models Under A Certain Body...
huffingtonpost:France Votes To Ban Models Under A Certain Body Mass Index Just a comment on the stage: Alternative energy; sexy as ever.(But also happy to read about the ban. Glad people are trying to address that issue.)
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6:07 PM | Ancestry Uses a Drop of Saliva to Find Your Relatives From Centuries Ago
This week Ancestry.com released a product that it claims can provide glimpses into the lives of your distant descendants.
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5:40 PM | This Week in EPA Science
By Kacey Fitzpatrick I think it’s safe to say that spring has finally sprung! The cherry blossoms are beginning to bloom here in Washington DC and all around the country baseball teams are gearing up for their season’s opener. But before you head out to enjoy the warmer weather, be sure to check out this […]
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5:38 PM | Book review: Steeped
Steeped, by Annalies Zijderveld I have been a tea drinker for as much of my life as I can remember, but for most of that time tea has been a part of the background of my life – ever present, but not something I took much notice of. In the last few months that has changed, and I have been exploring new blends and flavours of tea, and I am looking forward to growing some of my own tea plants in my new garden this summer. It may seem to be a logical next step to include tea in food […]
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3:48 PM | Working through a heart attack
The other morning I started feeling weird and not very good. I ignored it for several hours, but I kept feeling worse. I very recently started taking a new supplement for my migraines, and I realized that I hadn’t done … Continue reading →
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3:18 PM | Preliminary Rio Grande runoff: 33 percent through Central New Mexico
The preliminary Rio Grande forecast for April 1 is just 33 percent of the 1981-2000 average, a dramatic reduction since the March 1 forecast that shows just how abysmally warm and dry the month of March was here in New Mexico and the headwaters regions of Colorado to our north. The forecast point here is ...Continue reading ‘Preliminary Rio Grande runoff: 33 percent through Central New Mexico’ »
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3:13 PM | About that Controversial New Yorker Article on Climate Change by a Famous Novelist
If you follow climate and environmental discourse as closely as I do, then you know that the recent New Yorker piece by the acclaimed novelist Jonathan Franzen has triggered 1) applause, 2) denunciation, 3) head-scratching. The self-proclaimed eco-pragmatists at The Breakthrough Institute are cheering. One of the best essays on climate change and conservation I have ever read. Thank you Jonathan Franzen http://t.co/8Fux7Aq4kI — Ted Nordhaus (@TedNordhaus) March 30, 2015 This […]
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2:59 PM | Some difficulties in setting up water markets
Water markets – willing buyers and willing sellers, to get water moved from places with a lot to places that need it really bad – are a hot topic of conversation right now, what with California’s big drought and all. Brian Devine at the University of Colorado has a nice post up this week explaining ...Continue reading ‘Some difficulties in setting up water markets’ »
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2:30 PM | Is Chocolate Driving Monkeys into Extinction?
Ten years ago the forests of Ivory Coast were full of the hoots and howls of more than a dozen primate species. No more. Today the west African nation is much quieter. The forests are mostly gone and... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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12:00 PM | Are Poor Countries Destined To Struggle with Conservation?
Conservation is a human endeavor. It seems like an obvious statement, but too often it seems we forget that scientific pursuits are inextricably linked to the nuances of human behavior and cognition, whether conspicuous or veiled. Humans are biased creatures, and if we don’t pay attention to those biases we risk losing out on possible
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1:23 AM | Colorado River Basin forecast: where’d that 1.3 million acre feet go?
The April-July runoff forecast into Lake Powell, on the Arizona-Utah border, is just 52 percent of the long term mean, according to new numbers out today from the Colorado Basin River Forecast Center. That is roughly 1.3 million acre feet less water flowing into Lake Powell than the forecast of just a month ago, the ...Continue reading ‘Colorado River Basin forecast: where’d that 1.3 million acre feet go?’ »

April 02, 2015

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11:28 PM | mindblowingscience:Brain compass implant gives blind rats...
mindblowingscience:Brain compass implant gives blind rats psychic GPSWho needs sight to get around when you’ve got a digital compass in your head? A neuroprosthesis that feeds geomagnetic signals into the brains of blind rats has enabled them to navigate around a maze.The results demonstrate that the rats could rapidly learn to deploy a completely unnatural “sense”. It raises the possibility that humans could do the same, potentially opening up new ways to treat blindness, or […]
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10:33 PM | Wired: “The War Over Vaping’s Health Risks Is Getting Dirty“ -...
Wired: “The War Over Vaping’s Health Risks Is Getting Dirty“ - My Response to this Misleading ArticleI was really bothered by how misleading this article was, so I’m gonna break it down. Before I begin, a clarification: There are many issues regarding ecig or “vaporizer” usage, and on many of them, there’s no disagreement between anti-vapers and pro-vapers. For instance, both groups do not want children getting ecigs. However, many people - like in this […]
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6:01 PM | The Anthropocene: An Epoch Mistake?
The "Anthropocene," a geology-style name for the present human-dominated era of Earth history, has gotten lots of exposure. But geologists themselves have mixed feelings about actually using it.
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5:36 PM | California drought: Jerry Brown doesn’t have a knob to turn
Yesterday’s executive order from California Gov. Jerry Brown (pdf here) illustrates a crucial issue about water governance, the issue of the scale at which we manage our water. The headline news from Brown’s announcement – “First Ever Statewide Mandatory Water Reductions.” But what does “mandatory” mean here? Here’s the explanation from Craig Miller, who’s covering California ...Continue reading ‘California drought: Jerry Brown […]
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5:03 PM | futurescope: Drone Wars: South Korean Drones Prepare to Take...
futurescope: Drone Wars: South Korean Drones Prepare to Take Out North Korean Drones And so began history’s first autonomous all-robot war. IEEE has the story: With the news that North Korea has been flying camera-equipped spy drones, South Korea has begun to develop ways of countering that technology. Firing guns or missiles would be an option, of course, but another way of taking on enemy drones is with drones of your own. Funded by a South Korean defense research institute, […]
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4:30 PM | wwf:WWF #PicoftheWeek: Sumatran forest elephant bathing,...
wwf:WWF #PicoftheWeek: Sumatran forest elephant bathing, Indonesia Did you know… elephants can swim! They use their incredible trunk as a snorkel to breathe in deep water. Our mission is to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature. Find out more: http://bit.ly/13M70ou http://ift.tt/1Alo7Yv Great shot! Elephants are awesome. Fact.
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3:22 PM | Migraining with money
A few weeks ago, I forgot some of my meds on an overnight trip. Yikes! Luckily, the pharmacy I use has a store just a few blocks from where I was staying, so I had my prescription moved over. I … Continue reading →
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3:08 PM | The Vanishing Chocolate Trees
Cacao swollen-shoot virus (CSSV) is a plant virus that primarily infects cacao trees (Theobroma cacao) and has a major effect on crop yields. Within one year of infection yields decrease by 25%, and within two years by 50%. The trees are usually killed within 3 to 4 years. The virus is currently endemic in Togo, Ghana and Nigeria but it has claimed already over 200 million trees in this region that ranks among the top cacao producers in the world. Mealybugs (Pseudococcidae) are the key […]
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2:49 PM | Sweetfern Update: Nailing Down a Floor Plan
I’d like to talk about the process we’ve been going thr […]
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2:00 PM | Illegal Cocoa Farms Threaten Primates
When a team of researchers set out to count the endangered primates in Ivory Coast national parks and forest reserves, they expected to find monkeys. Instead they found that most of the protected areas had been deforested and turned into illegal cocoa farms. The team surveyed 23 protected areas in West Africa and found about […] The post Illegal Cocoa Farms Threaten Primates appeared first on EH Science.
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2:00 PM | Which Ounces of Prevention? Predictive Toxicology Using Organotypic Models
By Shane Hutson Everyone knows that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” but think about that saying’s application to environmental chemical exposure. There are tens of thousands of chemicals in common use. If we don’t prioritize that list, it quickly adds up to a few tons of prevention. There is no […]
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1:00 PM | Urbanization drives some ants to eat more fast food
Humans are passing down their bad eating habits to ants. According to a new study, some of the ants that scuttle around city streets are chowing down on more sugary, corn-based junk food. Every year, city-dwellers toss about 250 million tons of food into the trash. This waste is “a massive potential resource for urban
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1:00 PM | Complex and Useful, Green Is Infrastructure
A review of Green Infrastructure: A Landscape Approach by David C. Rouse and Ignacio F. Bunster-Ossa. 2013. 157 pages. ISBN: 978-1-611900-62-0. Report Number 571. Planning Advisory Service. American Planning Association. This PAS Report, in line with the current principles of sustainability, discusses green infrastructure (GI) as the visible expression of natural and human ecosystem processes … Continue reading Complex and Useful, Green Is Infrastructure →
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