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April 17, 2014

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4:04 PM | Alligator Snapping Turtles, the Dinosaurs of the Turtle World, Are Actually 3 at-Risk Species
Alligator snapping turtles look pretty intimidating. These massive, prehistoric-looking reptiles can reach more than 66 centimeters in length and weigh more than 100 kilograms. Add in their unusual... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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3:04 PM | Willingness to Pay for Green Space
By Marguerite Huber Have you ever taken an economics course? If so, you probably studied the concept of “willingness to pay,” or WTP. A person’s willingness to pay for something is the dollar value they have attached to it. For most of us, it’s easy to decide how much we are willing to pay for […]
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2:49 PM | Sandia to Design Hydrogen-Powered Forklifts
Zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell systems soon could be powering the forklifts used in warehouses and other industrial settings at lower costs and with faster refueling times than ever before, courtesy of a partnership between Sandia National Laboratories and Hawaii Hydrogen Carriers (HHC). Read more »
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2:37 PM | Whooping Cranes Make Whoopie, Muck-Eating Mushrooms, Stop with the Rat Poison Already!
By Jason Bittel Goldilocks and the three judges: The Environmental Protection Agency has a rule known as MATS that allows it to set pollution limits for mercury and air toxics emitted from power plants and assess threats to human health. States, utilities, and industry groups have argued for years that the rule is too hard on industry by imposing unfair costs on power producers. Meanwhile, some environmentalists argue that MATS is too soft on polluters and […]
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1:36 PM | Tipping Points Annual Report 2013-14
IHRR’s Tipping Points project has now published its fourth annual report. It provides recent updates on the multiple strands of its research that combines different fields in the physical and social sciences, and arts and humanities. The project has generated a tremendous amount of academic research investigating the many different kinds of tipping points in […]
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1:22 PM | U.S. Army to Develop Largest Solar Array on a Military Installation
The U.S. Army announced this week plans to start development of a solar array that will provide about 25% of the annual installation electricity requirement of Fort Huachuca. Read more »
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12:06 PM | Coconut: Nose to Tail
Coconut: Nose to Tail from The Perennial Plate on Vimeo. In Sri Lanka, the coconut is, in a sense, a source of life. Not only it is the main ingredient in most Sri Lankan dishes, but it also plays a major role in many non-culinary parts of every day life. Without the coconut, things in Sri Lanka would be very different. Filmmakers spent the day with a family of 8 on their modest coconut plantation outside of Negombo, to see what the coconut has to offer.  This blog posting is © […]
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9:31 AM | Mitigating climate change – The IPCC WGIII report
What is the IPCC WG III? On 14th April 2014 the IPCC Working Group III (WG III) published their latest report (link) on climate change mitigation. This is the third of three reports from the IPCC, and follows on from their previous publications: WG I ‘The Physical Science Basis’, published in September 2013; and WG II ‘Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability’, published in March 2014.  Their latest report draws together over four years of work by over 230 scientists, […]
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2:11 AM | Pulse flow slows
The Colorado River pulse flow, three weeks in: Related posts:Updated Pulse Flow Map pulse flow progress Following the flow

April 16, 2014

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6:52 PM | Satellites to Help Determine Best Locations for Hydropower Turbines
University of Leicester works with High Efficiency Heating UK Ltd using satellites to pinpoint optimum locations for hydropower turbines. Read more »
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6:04 PM | Hydrological niche segregation
Mountain FynbosFynbos is a natural shrubland or heathland vegetation occurring in a small belt of the Western Cape of South Africa, mainly in areas with a Mediterranean climate. Fynbos is known for its exceptional degree of biodiversity and endemism. As this floral community has the capacity to regenerate after fire it provides an opportunity to study the genesis of a variety of ecological phenomena such as hydrological niche segregation.Species in plant communities normally separate […]
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5:28 PM | Smart Grid Project Completed in New York
The Energy Department yesterday recognized the completion of New York Independent System Operator’s (NYISO) smart grid and control center project in Rensselaer, New York. Read more »
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4:23 PM | NASA, DRL to Test Alternative Aviation Fuels
The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) has entered into an agreement with NASA to conduct a series of joint research flights aimed at testing alternative aviation fuels. Read more »
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3:19 PM | A Risk Analyst Explains Why Climate Change Risk Misperception Doesn’t Necessarily Matter
A longtime analyst of risk misperception says leaders can't wait for the public to "get" global warming.
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3:14 PM | Startup Invents a ‘Homemade’ Solar Lamp for Developing Countries
The Tokamak Complex basemat will be poured in fifteen segments. Pour days are scheduled this month and next to complete the Tritium Building basemat (at the far end of the Seismic Pit); ...
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2:30 PM | Ranchers Behaving Badly, Hippie Hockey Players, 'Fartpacks' for Cows—Wait, What?!
By Jason Bittel Tasing saddles: In exchange for a fee, ranchers in Nevada are allowed to graze their cattle on public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management. But one rancher, Cliven Bundy, stopped paying that fee 21 years ago, saying he doesn’t recognize the federal government as even existing. And because Bundy refuses to pay the more than $1 million buckaroos he owes the BLM, the government confiscated the cows on its land. In reply Bundy […]
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2:04 PM | BMW Explains Its Laser Headlight Technology
BMW Laserlights laser headlight technology will be celebrating its world premiere as of autumn 2014. This efficient light source is arriving on the roads in a production car for the first time to provide the high beam in the BMW i8 headlight. Read more »
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12:00 PM | Could golf courses actually boost conservation?
Many think that golf courses negatively impact local ecology. New research casts doubt on that assumption and argues that sometimes they might even help.
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10:13 AM | Tiger sharks: Each to their own diving depth
Despite some broad similarities, the diving behaviour of tiger sharks appears to vary greatly amongst individuals.  Tiger sharks (Galeocerdo cuvier) are one of the top predators in tropical and subtropical waters throughout the world. These large sharks are known to occupy both coastal and open seas, and can travel over both short and long distances. […]

Vaudo, J., Wetherbee, B., Harvey, G., Nemeth, R., Aming, C., Burnie, N., Howey-Jordan, L. & Shivji, M. (2014). Intraspecific variation in vertical habitat use by tiger sharks (Galeocerdo cuvier) in the western North Atlantic, Ecology and Evolution, DOI:

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2:56 AM | Postel on watching a river’s return
Sandra Postel on the experience of watching water return to the Colorado’s sandy delta bed, again and again: For me, some of the most powerful experiences have come from visiting the same location twice – before the river got there, and then again after its arrival. One morning, we visited a dry, sun-baked, sand-filled channel ...Continue reading ‘Postel on watching a river’s return’ » Related posts:A pickup, stuck in the Colorado River sand The Colorado […]
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12:10 AM | California Trails Texas in Wind Power, Says New Report
Despite some of the strongest renewable energy incentives in the country, California produces less than half the wind energy generated in the Lone Star State.

April 15, 2014

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8:11 PM | A Green Group Sees Hope in ‘The End of China’s Coal Boom’
Greenpeace sees growing signs that China is heading toward peak coal, putting climate targets within sight.
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7:50 PM | Cheap, Abundant, Low-Toxic Photocatalyst Discovered
A research group at Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) led by the principal researcher Hideki Abe and the senior researcher Naoto Umezawa at the NIMS’s Environmental Remediation Materials Unit discovered a new photocatalyst, Sn3O4, that uses sunlight to produce hydrogen from water. Read more »

Manikandan, M., Tanabe, T., Li, P., Ueda, S., Ramesh, G., Kodiyath, R., Wang, J., Hara, T., Dakshanamoorthy, A., Ishihara, S. & Ariga, K. (2014). Photocatalytic Water Splitting under Visible Light by Mixed-Valence Sn O , ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 6 (6) 3790-3793. DOI:

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7:37 PM | The Fine Print
By Sarah Tory Sometimes solving environmental problems is a lot of work. But every once and a while, a solution comes along that seems as simple as, say, changing a font. So easy, in fact, that a sixth-grader could figure it out. That’s what happened when 14-year-old Suvir Mirchandani, concerned about the heavy paper and ink use at his Pittsburgh-area middle school, began thinking about ways to slow down consumption and cut costs. (Well, that and he […]
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7:10 PM | Bat-Killing Fungus Now Found in 25 U.S. States
The news for bats in the U.S. keeps getting worse. Last week conservation officials announced that the bat-killing white-nose syndrome (WNS) has been found in Michigan and Wisconsin. The disease,... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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6:43 PM | RWE to Supply Natural Gas to Naftogaz of Ukraine
Germany’s RWE began deliveries of natural gas to Ukraine on Tuesday as a diplomatic crisis between Kyiv and Moscow raises the risk of Russia cutting off gas supplies to Ukraine. Read more »
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6:28 PM | While Rest of Globe Basked, U.S. Mostly Shivered in March
The globe overall might have been quite warm in March, but here in the United States the picture was quite different. Following yesterday’s release by NASA of data showing that this past March was the fourth warmest globally in 134 years of record-keeping, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration today announced that the United States […]The post While Rest of Globe Basked, U.S. Mostly Shivered in March appeared first on ImaGeo.
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5:32 PM | Quantum Dots Could Be Used to Make Efficient Solar Windows
A house window that doubles as a solar panel could be on the horizon, thanks to recent quantum-dot work by Los Alamos National Laboratory researchers in collaboration with scientists from University of Milano-Bicocca (UNIMIB), Italy. Read more »

Meinardi, F., Colombo, A., Velizhanin, K., Simonutti, R., Lorenzon, M., Beverina, L., Viswanatha, R., Klimov, V. & Brovelli, S. (2014). Large-area luminescent solar concentrators based on ‘Stokes-shift-engineered’ nanocrystals in a mass-polymerized PMMA matrix, Nature Photonics, DOI:

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5:23 PM | BioCoder
Regular readers of my blog might have noticed that I have a weak spot for the DIY movement especially in biology and biotechnology. I try to follow the news in this sector and secured them a spot in the DNA Barcoding Bulletin that we produce quarterly. That being said, I was surprised that I didn't find out about the BioCoder newsletter that is published by O’Reilly.O'Reilly is an american media company that mostly publishes books on computer technology topics. Their distinctive […]
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4:28 PM | Inspiring the Next Generation of Innovators: President Obama Honors the Nation’s Cutting-Edge Scientists and Engineers
A group of leading researchers—including EPA’s own Dr. Tom Purucker—we were honored today at the White House as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). The following is reposted from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. A group of leading researchers were honored today at the White […]
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