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September 15, 2014

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10:59 PM | Natural value: Pricing ecosystems, and its implications for conservation policy
You don’t have to look far to find stories of species or ecosystems under threat. Whether it’s the critically endangered black rhinoceros in Africa, or the local wetlands under threat from urban sprawl, our collective failure to protect the world’s natural heritage can seem exasperating. But in a world where resources to put toward protection […]
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9:41 PM | September 14, 2014: Wiring an African Wilderness, Starting a Garbage-Fueled Country and More
This week on National Geographic Weekend radio, join host Boyd Matson and his guests as they discover a well-dressed Italian mummy, proclaim a nation devoted to garbage, find the perfect island, find new ways to survive cancer, explore the Okavango Delta for science, relate to a solitary blue whale, celebrate the Wilderness Act, and create a canine soup.
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6:20 PM | Rare Black-Footed Ferret Babies
Christin Jones joins in on a late-night black-footed ferret tour to ascertain their numbers. In the fight against extinction, every individual counts.
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4:33 PM | 117 Million Lakes Found in Latest World Count
Using satellite photos and computerized mapping technologies, an international research team counted all of the lakes on Earth. They found about 117 million lakes, covering almost four percent of the world’s land surface, not counting the glaciers on Greenland and Antarctica, according to a new study. It is the first time the world’s lakes have been…
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3:09 PM | Plastics Scorecard v1.0 - I can't wait for v2.0
Being that I've spent my whole career working with plastics, I've had more than my fill of anti-plastic nonsense. But most of it is "harmless" statements about how bad plastic is. Statements such as "every piece of plastic ever made is still in existence" or any of a number of inane statements about "floating island of plastic in the ocean" or statements made by people thinking they are living a plastic-free life. When such statements are made by unprofessional individuals, I seldom get worked […]
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12:44 PM | River woes as mystery spills pollute water
A giant wave of foam overtakes the River Lea in London while unidentified brown “gunk” affects an Ohio river making locals nervous. A wall of suds appeared on the River Lea. Authorities have not been able to figure out how it developed. Huge mass of foam floats down River Lea in north-east London – News… Source: Doubtful News
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12:22 PM | Hōkūle’a: Enjoying a Day Off
Getting days off is a rarity on the Worldwide Voyage. When we get the opportunity to plan an excursion, we try to make the most of it! This was how some crew members spent our day off after the UN Conference in Samoa.
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7:01 AM | Why More Trees in the Sierra Mean Less Water for California
California water districts are eyeing a potential new source of water: trees. After a century of fire suppression, Sierra Nevada forests are more dense than ever before. And those pine trees are taking up a lot of water that might otherwise run off into California rivers.
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12:03 AM | Environmental Earth Science News Roundup #1
Anne is teaching Environmental Earth Science this fall. Because environmental earth science is pervasive in our lives, it’s also a frequent topic of news coverage. In order to encourage students to pay attention to where environmental earth science pops up … Continue reading →

September 14, 2014

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9:45 PM | The oceans are full of our plastic – here’s what we can do about it
By Britta Denise Hardesty, CSIRO and Chris Wilcox, CSIRO By 2050, 95% of seabirds will have plastic in their gut. That is just one finding from our national marine debris research project, the largest sample of marine debris data ever collected anywhere in the world. The statistic is just one prediction of what’s in store […]
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6:13 PM | Potato-Ravaging Pests: Science Can Fix That
Around 3,000 farmers work 6,000 hectares in Veracruz, the west coast of Mexico, to grow potatoes (Solanum tuberosum). In recent decades, the fields of the Cofre de Perote area were affected by the presence of the golden nematode of potatoes (Globodera rostochiensis), also known as the yellow potato cyst nematode, a devastating plant pathogen, which reduced crop yields by more than 40 percent, leading to loss of income, loss of food and greater environmental strain due to making up the […]
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8:49 AM | Groundwater tied to human evolution
Our ancient ancestors’ ability to move around and find new sources of groundwater during extremely dry periods in Africa millions of years ago may have been key to their survival and the evolution of the human species, a new study shows. The research — published in the journal PLOS ONE — combines geological evidence from … Continue reading →
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8:41 AM | Drivers of rich bird biodiversity in Neotropics identified
New research challenges a commonly held view that explains how so many species of birds came to inhabit the Neotropics, an area rich in rain forest that extends from Mexico to the southernmost tip of South America. The study suggests that tropical bird speciation is not directly linked to geological and climate changes, as traditionally … Continue reading →

September 13, 2014

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8:00 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 12/09/2014
Every day we provide you with Six Incredible Things Before Breakfast to nibble away at. Here you can fill your brain with the most intellectually stimulating “amuse bouches” from the past week – a veritable smorgasbord for the cranium. They’re all here for you to load up your plate – this week’s “Morsels for the mind”. Enjoy! If you do nothing else, make sure to check out the “Reads / views / listens of the week”. **** Feather, fur […]
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8:00 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 12/09/2014
Every day we provide you with Six Incredible Things Before Breakfast to nibble away at. Here you can fill your brain with the most intellectually stimulating “amuse bouches” from the past week – a veritable smorgasbord for the cranium. They’re all here for you to load up your plate – this week’s “Morsels for the mind”. Enjoy! If you do nothing else, make sure to check out the “Reads / views / listens of the week”. **** Feather, fur […]
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3:00 PM | Evolving Galaxies in Evolving Environments
The programme of the conference will cover the following topics: Evolving environments: clusters, groups, density field, clustering, dark matter environment, and how they depend globally on redshift) Central galaxies: links between accretion, bulge growth, star formation & AGN feedback, including BCGs. Multiphase gas and environment: observations and simulations of gas budget vs halo mass, hot […]
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2:03 PM | Political and Weather Climates are Changing, But at What Speed?
The weather in Washington, D.C. finally turned hot in September, just in time for Congress to resume. We enjoyed an unusually moderate summer this year, with many days topping out in the high seventies or low eighties. Plenty of sun. San Diego weather, you might say. Before September, we were missing about two full weeks…
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12:00 PM | “Extinct” Snail Found Alive—But for How Long?
"So I was wrong," scientist says about extinction—but cautions the purple-and-pink mollusk is still perilously close to dying out.

September 12, 2014

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9:46 PM | Losing Ground ProPublica has an incredible investigation up now...
Losing Ground ProPublica has an incredible investigation up now on the shrinking state of Louisiana. Over the past 80 years, nearly 2,000 square miles of its coastal landscape have been lost to the ocean. The state is shrinking, and this interactive combines amazing data, great reporting and beautiful design. Don’t miss all the tiny details too. » Rose
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8:28 PM | With 38% of Global Shale Gas Located in Regions of Water Stress, More Oversight of Fracking is Urgently Needed
As more data emerge, shale gas increasingly appears to be in the cross-hairs of the water-energy nexus, and far too little is being done to defuse impending conflicts. While hydraulic fracturing (or “fracking”), the process used to unleash natural gas from shale deposits, has raised serious concerns about groundwater contamination, less attention has been given…
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7:14 PM | Palau Expedition: The Good Side of Bad Weather
Expedition member Manu San Felix captures a dynamic photo that illustrates the chaotic beauty of the ocean world.
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2:00 PM | Coastal Cleanup 2014: Taming Beach Trash
Plastics provide convenience but litter our oceans and waterways. Find out about efforts to clean up our coast and inland waterways at this year's annual Coastal Cleanup and how the "bag ban" may help keep trash out of our environment.
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1:44 PM | New Species for the IUCN Red List
The biodiversity of life on Earth is disappearing faster than at any time in human history. Among the many people sounding the alarm of our disappearing natural history the IUCN Red List is the instrument that is used to measure biodiversity loss and the species that are most at risk of extinction. People like Elizabeth…
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11:08 AM | A dark future sprouting from sealed soil
Every year in Europe, soils covering an area larger than the city of Berlin are lost to urban sprawl and transport infrastructure. This unsustainable trend threatens the availability of fertile soils and groundwater reservoirs for future generations. A new report made public today by the European Commission recommends a three-tiered approach focused on limiting the […]
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9:00 AM | So...it's not genetic after all! (but who's listening?)
Is it time to predict the gradual out-cycling of a focus on genetic causation and a return of environmental causation, in our mainstream scientific dialog (and funding-pot)?  Such a recycling is bound to happen--even if, say, genetics' claims were correct.  Why?  Because the new generation has to have something to show they're smarter than their elders, and because the abuse of genetic determinism by society is a nearly inevitable consequence of the fervid love-affair we're now […]
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3:55 AM | Wyland Paints Mural With Hōkūleʻa Voyagers in American Samoa
Robert Wyland, Polynesian Voyaging Society crewmember and renowned marine artist, was inspired to paint a mural at the Ocean Center in Pago Pago, American Samoa.
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2:06 AM | Less is more with the Water Use Efficiency Initiative
Australia is not what you’d call over-burdened with water, and yet we grow vast amounts of wheat and other grains. To continue to do so, we need to use the water we have as efficiently as possible. To do more with less. Together with the Grains Research and Development Corporation, we started a multi-pronged project […]
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1:30 AM | Shark Cull Dead In The Water
Shark Cull Dead In The Water:   "In an announcement this afternoon, Environmental Protection...
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1:30 AM | Shark Cull Dead In The Water
Shark Cull Dead In The Water:   "In an announcement this afternoon, Environmental Protection...

September 11, 2014

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10:30 PM | Our Recovering Ozone Layer Shows Politics Can Make A Difference
Finally, some good news about our troubled atmosphere: A UN study shows that the ozone layer is displaying early signs of thickening after years of depletion. It's on the road to recovery — an achievement that scientists say is due to political will.Read more...
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