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April 19, 2014

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3:03 AM | De-Extinction: Bay Area Researcher Hopes to Bring Back the Passenger Pigeon
Researchers are working to revive the passenger pigeon, once the most abundant bird in the world, and the woolly mammoth, which they say could slow down the melting of Arctic permafrost. It may be possible, but is it right to turn back the clock?

April 18, 2014

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9:28 PM | Holistic Conservation: Forget 20th Century Claims About People And Species Extinction
The USA alone has more wilderness than the entire continent of Africa does, but the natural world is not the same as it was 20, 50 or 100 years ago.  And the natural world than was far different than preceding generations.read more
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6:11 PM | Behind of the scenes of Showtime's blockbuster series on climate change
For years climate change activists and environmentalists have been clamoring for a high-profile, high-impact TV series about climate change to make Americans more aware of an issue that will affect billions of people around the globe in coming decades. This week they finally got it when Showtime released the first episode of Years of Living Dangerously, a big-budget TV series featuring a number of Hollywood's biggest stars as reporters and corespondents.
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5:26 PM | Two National Marine Sanctuaries May More Than Double in Size
Two national marine sanctuaries along the Northern California coast, renown for their rich animal life, may more than double in size if NOAA has its way.
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5:26 PM | Two National Marine Sanctuaries May More Than Double in Size
Two national marine sanctuaries along the Northern California coast, renown for their rich animal life, may more than double in size if NOAA has its way.
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5:26 PM | Two National Marine Sanctuaries May More Than Double in Size
Two national marine sanctuaries along the Northern California coast, renown for their rich animal life, may more than double in size if NOAA has its way.
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5:26 PM | Two National Marine Sanctuaries May More Than Double in Size
Two national marine sanctuaries along the Northern California coast, renown for their rich animal life, may more than double in size if NOAA has its way.
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4:58 PM | California Snowpack Melts With Breathtaking Speed as Drought Continues in Most of the Western United States
Severe drought continues in a large portion of the West, according to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor report, issued yesterday. In California, already particularly hard hit by drought, the situation is worsening. Temperatures there were 9 to 12 degrees above normal, which caused breathtakingly rapid melt of the California snowpack. Some areas of the Sierra […]The post California Snowpack Melts With Breathtaking Speed as Drought Continues in Most of the Western United States appeared […]
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4:11 PM | DNews: How To Start Your Own Compost
Want to help eliminate waste from landfills? Tara explains how you can make your own compost bin right in your backyard.
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2:04 PM | Next big idea in forest conservation? Maps for the masses
Mark Mulligan makes maps for the masses. In his work on tropical forests, Mulligan uses GIS, modeling, remote sensing, and lab experiments to turn research into datasets and policy support systems, which are available online for use in development, decision-making, and education.
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1:09 PM | Wilderness Cannot Be Restored Or Recreated. Only Destroyed.
“Wilderness cannot be restored or recreated. Only destroyed. We are just about to lose our last glimpses into prehistory that connect us to eternity and remember a time before modern man.” (Steve Boyes) Africa’s last-remaining wetland wilderness, Botswana’s Okavango Delta, depends on pristine floodwaters from the world’s largest undeveloped river catchment, the Kavango Basin, in Angola…
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1:09 PM | Wilderness Cannot Be Restored Or Recreated. Only Destroyed.
“Wilderness cannot be restored or recreated. Only destroyed. We are just about to lose our last glimpses into prehistory that connect us to eternity and remember a time before modern man.” (Steve Boyes) Africa’s last-remaining wetland wilderness, Botswana’s Okavango Delta, depends on pristine floodwaters from the world’s largest undeveloped river catchment, the Kavango Basin, in Angola…
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7:38 AM | Some Fish In Remote National Parks Show Elevated Levels Of Mercury
Mercury levels in excess of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency health thresholds for potential impacts to fish, birds, and humans have been detected in fish in some of the most remote national park lakes and streams in the western United States and Alaska. Mercury is harmful to human and wildlife health. It arises from natural sources, such as volcanic eruptions, and from human sources such as burning fossil fuels in power plants. Mercury is distributed at local or regional scales as a […]

April 17, 2014

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9:00 PM | Federal Appeals Court Upholds EPA Mercury Rule
A federal appeals court upheld the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) requiring power plants install technology to cut emissions of mercury and other air pollutants. MATS was challenged by industry and several states that argued the EPA should have considered costs when determining whether it was “appropriate and necessary” to go forward with the standards. The…
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9:00 PM | Federal Appeals Court Upholds EPA Mercury Rule
A federal appeals court upheld the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) requiring power plants install technology to cut emissions of mercury and other air pollutants. MATS was challenged by industry and several states that argued the EPA should have considered costs when determining whether it was “appropriate and necessary” to go forward with the standards. The…
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8:55 PM | Is Aru safe? Indonesia suspends plan to clear half the islands' forests
Aru, an area made up of about ninety-five low-lying islands in the Maluku province of eastern Indonesia, has suspended a plan to clear half of its total forest cover for sugar cane. However, the island paradise is still not safe from large-scale deforestation, according to a report from Mongabay-Indonesia.
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5:00 PM | Without Science Leadership, Food Shortages Could Be Critical World Issue By 2050
The world could be less than 40 years away from a food shortage that will have serious implications for people and governments, according to a senior science advisor at the U.S. Agency for International Development. It's not Paul Ehrlich/John Holdren Doomsday Prophet levels of gloom, but it's a sign we need to keep science advancing.read more
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4:08 PM | California Drought, Midwest Chill Tied to Climate Change?
Here we are in mid-April and the Midwest is experiencing yet another unusual wintry blast. No wonder there’s still quite a lot of ice in the Great Lakes, as you can see in the remarkable image above, captured under a full moon at night by the Suomi NPP satellite. Click on it to enlarge it. […]The post California Drought, Midwest Chill Tied to Climate Change? appeared first on ImaGeo.
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2:35 PM | Basel to host the Global Infrastructure Basel Summit and C40 Finance Network meeting
Basel to host the Global Infrastructure Basel Summit and C40 Finance Network meeting APRIL 17, 2014 Email Twitter Facebook A guest post by Basel Mayor Guy Morin The City of Basel is looking forward to hosting the annual Global Infrastructure Basel Summit on 21-22 May 2014, and, as co-chair of the C40 Sustainable Infrastructure Finance Network, a dedicated…
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2:35 PM | Basel to host the Global Infrastructure Basel Summit and C40 Finance Network meeting
Basel to host the Global Infrastructure Basel Summit and C40 Finance Network meeting APRIL 17, 2014 Email Twitter Facebook A guest post by Basel Mayor Guy Morin The City of Basel is looking forward to hosting the annual Global Infrastructure Basel Summit on 21-22 May 2014, and, as co-chair of the C40 Sustainable Infrastructure Finance Network, a dedicated…
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2:12 PM | Energy Connections: Shocking climate change vs. shocking solar power
One of the most important realizations of climate change research is exemplified in this graphic from Weather Uderground: The point is this. The PETM (Paleocene-Eocene thermal maximum, millions of years ago) was a period of high levels of CO2 in the atmosphere which caused significant warming. It is an example of both relatively rapid and…
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2:00 PM | Do Water Pollution Tests Lead to "Dead Zones"?
The problem with pee: a scientist blows the whistle on sewage-treatment plants, claiming they harm water quality even when meeting official pollution-control limits.
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8:00 AM | Udderly Ingenious
These Backpacks For Cows Collect Their Fart Gas And Store It For Energy Researchers put plastic backpacks on cows, then inserted tubes into their rumens (their biggest digestive tract). They extracted the methane–about 300 liters a day. That’s enough to run a car, or a fridge for 24 hours.

April 16, 2014

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7:42 PM | Episode 9: Is the world louder now than it used to be?
(image credit: flickr user hebedesign) After repeatedly failing to find a room on the campus of Carnegie Mellon that is silent enough to record our podcast in, we asked ourselves this question. Because every little sound messing up our pristine … Continue reading →
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2:16 PM | Funny Video Takes on Plastic Pollution
As scientists debate how the world’s ocean might be picked free of plastic trash (hint: no one knows), a European nonprofit is taking on the problem with humor. The group Seas at Risk has just released the video above to remind people that what we do on land can have an impact on the ocean. Seas…
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2:16 PM | Funny Video Takes on Plastic Pollution
As scientists debate how the world’s ocean might be picked free of plastic trash (hint: no one knows), a European nonprofit is taking on the problem with humor. The group Seas at Risk has just released the video above to remind people that what we do on land can have an impact on the ocean. Seas…
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2:00 PM | Picturing the Invisible: A Conversation with Artist Chris Jordan
In this video, photographic artist Chris Jordan talks with QUEST television host Simran Sethi about the passion, purpose, and creative process behind his eye-opening works of art that depict the collective impacts of human activities on our society and environment.
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2:00 PM | QUEST TV – Back to the Wild: Wolves, Seeds and Snapshots
Track wolves from their prey’s POV, explore seed diversity, and see the Great Plains from a new angle. Also, tag along with a scientist encouraging native bees to pollinate crops.
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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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April 15, 2014

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10:28 PM | Top 10 Photos of Adventure Science on the American Prairie
Landmark is the groundbreaking project that Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation has undertaken in conjunction with American Prairie Reserve (APR) to provide “boots on the ground” support for the conservation management team at APR. Landmark crews spend 1-3 month-long stints on the reserve participating in all aspects of wildlife conservation research on foot, ski and bike giving them a…
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