Written by McKenzie Jones | January 9, 2014
A lake dries up overnight, British factory workers might start to work the night shift, and environmental standards are catching on in Asia in today’s green news.
- Patagonian glaciers are losing mass faster and for longer periods than glaciers in any other part of the world. So much so that Lake Cachet II literally dried up over night. (Huffington Post)
- The wind blows all night, so British factory workers will work all night. Want to understand that logic? (The Telegraph)
- Factories in Asia are starting to see the sense and savings in environmental standards. (The New York Times)
Written by Adam Bloom | January 7, 2014
Science gets to the bottom of mysteries like widely reported “earthquake lights” and the true age of the cockroach in today’s green news.
1. While people for millenia have reported seeing mysterious lights immediately before earthquakes, scientists think they’ve found the answer in a unique reaction by stressed rocks. (National Geographic)
2. Researchers in northwest Colorado recently discovered 49-million-year-old fossilized cockroaches, pushing back the bug’s known Earth record by a full 5 million years. (Live Science)
3. California’s lack of snowfall this winter hurts more than avid skiers; it means people and nature in the state will have a lot less freshwater at their disposal. (Grist)
4. Windpower in the UK generated a record 10% of the country’s electricity in December, enough for 5.7 million homes during one of the most energy-intensive times of the year. (TreeHugger)
Written by Mark Tercek | January 6, 2014
President of the Rockefeller Foundation Judith Rodin talks with Mark Tercek about the next big innovations in the environmental world.
Written by McKenzie Jones | January 6, 2014
Supervolcanos could explode without warning, a giant panda will debut, and changes in NYC streets captured on film in today’s green news.
- “Sleeping giant” supervolcanos, like the one in Yellowstone National Park, may not be as heavy of sleepers as we once thought. (BBC)
- If you plan to be in the Washington, DC are on January 18th, be sure to stop by The Smithsonian’s National Zoo; their new giant panda cub, Bao Bao, will make her public debut that day. (Huffington Post)
- See how New York City has worked to improve the walk- and bike-ability of its streets over the last decade. (Grist)
Written by Trevor Martin | January 3, 2014
Where do all those Christmas trees go after the holidays? Plus, US Secretary of State, John Kerry, talks about climate change in the Mekong Delta.
- Where do all those Christmas Trees go after the holidays (Guardian)?
- US Secretary of State, John Kerry, touches on the future of the Mekong Delta (NYTimes).
- Forest found by using Google Earth declared protected because of the abundance of unique species (Guardian).
Written by Trevor Martin | January 2, 2014
Happy New Year! 2014 is sure to be a memorable one for environmental news. Let’s check out some of the latest stories…
- Under the sea even creatures in the deepest oceans will not escape climate change (Guardian).
- What does “Waldeinsamkeit” mean? Turns out it’s German for “the feeling of being alone in the woods” (BN).
- Two test events were cancelled last year in Sochi ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympic games, will there be enough snow (SI)?
Written by Trevor Martin | December 30, 2013
Written by McKenzie Jones | December 27, 2013
Who wouldn’t enjoy more monarch butterflies? Learn about the key to their comeback, as well as a Snow Dragon in the Antarctic and smart dimming streetlamps in L.A. in today’s green news.
- The key to a monarch butterfly resurgence could be right in your backyard. (New York Times)
- “Snow Dragon” seeks to rescue a Russian ship, which became trapped in ice during its polar expedition. (Huffington Post)
- Los Angeles stands to curb energy use by 40% with the help of Tvilight. (Grist)
Written by McKenzie Jones | December 26, 2013
Written by McKenzie Jones | December 23, 2013
Today’s green news comes straight from the Arctic:
- Scientists discovered an extensive aquifer that sits below the Greenland ice sheet all year round. Whether this water will find its way to the ocean must be determined in order to make accurate sea level rise predictions. (Mother Nature Network)
- Due to Russia’s post-Soviet economic downturn, Arctic fish in the region are much healthier than those off of North America and Europe, with far less mercury detected in their systems. (Nature World News)
- Message in an Arctic bottle! Note found from scientists left in 1959, who predicted glacial melt long before this phenomenon was believed to be happening. (International Business Times)