Megan Sheehan

Megan SheehanMegan Sheehan is a web writer and content producer for nature.org and Conservancy Talk. She lives in the Midwest with her husband, two boys and two dogs, and dreams of the east coast.


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Your Smartphone Can Connect You To — And Help Save — Nature

April 14th, 2014
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Want to learn about, support and protect nature? There's an app that can help. Blogger Megan Sheehan shares some of the latest apps that connect you to nature. More

The Green Buzz: Tuesday, December 17

December 17th, 2013
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The mystery of zebra stripes is explained, plus a threat to bananas in today's green news.

  1. Perhaps it's time to put out a salt lick for these ibexes in Italy... (NPR)
  2. It appears as though black and white zebra stripes create an optical illusion and confuse predators. (BBC Nature)
  3. How do we decide which species to save? When 20,000 animals are on the brink, is it time to rethink our methods? (National Geographic)
  4. A banana fungus is threatening the world's supply of the fruit; it may be time to satiate your appetite now. (Huffington Post)
  5. Whoa. The supervolcano below Yellowstone is 2.5 times bigger than previously thought. (The Independent)
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The Green Buzz: Wednesday, December 11

December 11th, 2013
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Baby, it's cold outside.  But not as cold as the coldest place on Earth.

  1. Newly discovered and unregulated chemical is a greenhouse gas 7,000 times more powerful than CO2. (Guardian)
  2. Antarctica just recorded the coldest temperature ever on Earth. (USA Today)
  3. Looks like organic milk does a body good, at least in terms of Omega-3s. (NPR)
  4. Half of the soaps, lotions and drugs we use escape sewage treatment plants and end up in our water. (The Daily Green)
  5. Yet another climate change effect: bats' ability to communicate with ultrasonic signals. (National Geographic)
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The Green Buzz: Tuesday, December 10

December 10th, 2013
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Cockroaches and takeout containers together again in today's green news.

  1. Snowy owls (Hedwig!) were shot at JFK's airport to protect planes from engine failure. (MNN)
  2. There's a new Asian cockroach in town, and researchers say it loves the cold. Eww. (Live Science)
  3. Can used takeout containers be recycled? That's the question at the heart of a proposal to ban them in NYC. (New York Times)
  4. Are you in Florida? Help scientists find the missing pilot whales. (CNN)
  5. Local cities to Washington: If you're not going to take lead on climate change, move out of the way. (Huffington Post)
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The Green Buzz: Thursday, December 5

December 5th, 2013
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Think humans are apex predators? Think again.

  1. Despite what you may think, we aren't apex predators like sharks and lions; but meat eating is on the rise worldwide. (Mongabay)
  2. A carbon tax isn't here yet, but some surprising companies are already planning for it. (Huffington Post)
  3. As if they weren't deadly enough, crocodiles use lures to catch their prey! (Science World Report)
  4. Trouble is arriving in New Jersey on six legs, and it doesn't bode well for the state's pine forests. (NPR)
  5. Update on the stranded whales: These pilot whales like to stick together, and that's not good for the ones who are still alive, stranded. (NPR)
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The Green Buzz: Wednesday, December 4

December 4th, 2013
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In today's green news, whales, chimps and cows - oh my!

  1. A pod of pilot whales is stranded off the Everglades' coast and marine experts are trying to figure out why. (CBS Miami)
  2. Should chimps have human rights? If that will free this one from a captive shed, then yes, says the Nonhuman Rights Project. (MNN)
  3. What do gassy cattle have to do with extracting natural gas?  Turns out, quite a bit. (Christian Science Monitor)
  4. Early warning systems are key to saving us from the nasty effects of climate change, says a new study. (Bloomberg)
  5. A new startup could making purchasing solar energy as easy as booking travel. (Huffington Post)
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The Green Buzz: Monday, December 2

December 2nd, 2013
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A threat to Christmas trees, cube-friendly plants and protecting NYC from storms all in today's green news.

  1. There's something lurking in the soil, and it's creating a "national problem" for the Christmas tree market. (NBC News)
  2. An urban school alliance is using its purchasing power to get suppliers to create and sell healthier and more sustainable products. (The New York Times)
  3. A surefire way to combat the winter blues? One of these 10 plants will brighten your day and clean the air around you! (MNN)
  4. The NZ government announced a plant to protect the world's rarest dolphin, but conservationists say it's not nearly enough. (BBC News)
  5. There's a new plan to protect the Bronx and Howard Beach from storm surge -- much of which will include natural infrastructure. (LongIsland.com)
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The Green Buzz: Wednesday, November 27

November 27th, 2013
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The green news today is chock full of stories that raised our eyebrows.

  1. Taking a stand: college campuses around the U.S. are divesting from fossil-fuel firms to combat climate change. (Washington Post)
  2. They may seem slow and awkward, but seahorses are super stealthy hunters. (BBC News)
  3. The headline says it all: China's pet dogs may save wild tigers. (Scientific American)
  4. This U.S. island is so polluted by plastic that it may soon become a Superfund site. (MNN)
  5. When states run out of funding to fight wildfires, prison inmates to the rescue. (New York Times)
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The Green Buzz: Monday, November 25

November 25th, 2013
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Tyrannosaurus Rex's worst nightmare is in today's green news.

  1. T-Rex was relegated to the shadows when this newly-discovered giant came thudding by. (Salt Lake Tribune)
  2. A U.S. power company has pled guilty to the wind farm-related deaths of golden eagles in Wyoming. (Christian Science Monitor)
  3. Sharks rejoice! Indonesia's national airline has banned the transport of fins from their flights. (Mongabay)
  4. The U.S. is losing coastal wetlands at a rate of seven football fields per hour. (NPR)
  5. How to feed a growing number of mouths? Here are six sustainable ways to feed 11 billion people. (MNN)
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The Green Buzz: Friday, November 22

November 22nd, 2013
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Ever wondered what it would be like to hug a lion? Then read today's green news.

  1. The Lion Whisperer wants you to know that lions are in trouble, but we can't get over the video of him hugging and snuggling with lions. (Huffington Post)
  2. Almost half of the Greenpeace activists being held in Russia are out on bail. (Environmental News Service)
  3. The U.S. and China are talking about climate change together, and that is a good thing. (New York Times)
  4. Especially for this country, which is about to be wiped out by climate change. (BusinessWeek)
  5. De-extinction technology is here, and a frog is its first project. (Guardian)
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