Category: Climate Change

The Green Buzz: Monday, December 23

Written by | December 23rd, 2013

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Today’s green news comes straight from the Arctic:

  1. 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)
  2. 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)
  3. 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)

New report will help advance health and water conservation in Sub-Saharan Africa

Written by | December 20th, 2013

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Last week, TNC joined with USAID and the Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group (ABCG) to launch Freshwater Conservation and Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) Integration Guidelines: A Framework for Implementation in sub-Saharan Africa.

The Green Buzz: Friday, December 20

Written by | December 20th, 2013

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More top ten lists of top environmental stories of 2013.

  1. Top ten happy environmental stories of 2013! (Mongabay)
  2. The Ten most important Environmental Stories of 2013! (EarthIslandJournal)
  3. Top 13 “In the News” stories for 2013. (Tennessee Today)

The Green Buzz: Thursday, December 19

Written by | December 19th, 2013

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Everyone loves a good list, here are some of the top environmental news stories for 2013!

  1. Top ten environmental news from Canada in 2013. What a year it has been! (GlobalNews.ca)
  2. Is climate and the economy linked? Some say so! (Guardian)
  3. Everyone’s talking about what the fox says but what we really wanna know is what the leopard seal says! (Guardian)

The Green Buzz: Wednesday, December 18

Written by | December 18th, 2013

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“Green chemistry” energy solutions and an Arctic ice increase?? in today’s green news.

  1. Those of you in the snowy U.S. and Middle East might be surprised to hear this, but global temperatures actually set a new high last month.  (CNN)
  2. The amount of Arctic ice is up this year compared to last, but, unfortunately, scientists don’t see this as a trend.  (The New Zealand Herald)
  3. Hydrogen extraction from stones could be a green energy solution!  This new chemical process is carbon-free.  (BBC News)

The Green Buzz: Monday, December 16

Written by | December 16th, 2013

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We all know that energy demands are only increasing globally.  In today’s Green Buzz, learn about innovators that are helping to meet those demands in a sustainable way.

  1. In Hong Kong, they’re figuring out how to recycle your used shower water to create electricity.  (The New York Times)
  2. Meet New York City’s current leading environmental heroes.  (CBS New York)
  3. Nominees for the 2014 Green Car Technology Award were announced today at the Washington Auto Show.  (Reuters)
  4. Students compete for Sustainability Innovation Student Challenge Award with proposed solutions for the U.S.’s rising energy needs.  (USA Today)
  5. Falling demand for coal in China could make coal mining uneconomical.  (The Guardian)

The Green Buzz: Friday, December 13

Written by | December 13th, 2013

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It’s Friday the 13th but it’s the holidays, so we’re super confused right now…

  1. Ozone will not fully recover for another 50 years scientists say. (Austrian Tribune)
  2. There’s water on Jupiter! Could there be life too? (CNN)
  3. Scientists uncover a new dinosaur that may have roamed the earth and it may have looked like a chicken. (DailyMail)

The Green Buzz: Thursday, December 12

Written by | December 12th, 2013

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The centuries old debate, “nature vs. nuture” finally has a winner…when it comes to fruit flies. Plus, aliens invade New York City!!

  1. Researchers with the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute at Virginia Tech studying fruit flies that live on opposite slopes of a unique natural environment known as “Evolution Canyon” show that even with migration, cross-breeding, and sometimes the obliteration of the populations, the driving force in the gene pool is largely the environment. (PHYS.org)
  2. Just like Men In Black, A newly seen species of cockroach invades New York City, Periplaneta japonica. (National Geographic)
  3. Did you know that chameleons change colors to communicate? (LabEquipment)

The Green Buzz: Wednesday, December 11

Written by | 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)

The Green Buzz: Tuesday, December 10

Written by | 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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