Category: Environmental Science

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: Thursday, December 5

Written by | 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)

The Green Buzz: Wednesday, December 4

Written by | 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)

The Green Buzz: Monday, December 2

Written by | 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)

The Green Buzz: Wednesday, November 27

Written by | 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)

The Green Buzz: Monday, November 25

Written by | 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)

The Green Buzz: Friday, November 22

Written by | 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)

The Green Buzz: Thursday, November 21

Written by | November 21st, 2013

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Today’s green news is all about how to save nature. Literally.

  1. Putting a value on nature may be the best way to save it. (BBC News)
  2. Which would be great for these 2,370 irreplaceable places. (MNN)
  3. The catastrophic Gulf oil spill will affect the deep layers of the ocean for years to come. (Mongabay)
  4. Splenda may be good for your coffee but it’s not good for the Earth. (Grist)
  5. How to stop the illegal wildlife trade from funding terrorist groups. (Scientific American)

The Green Buzz: Monday, November 18

Written by | November 18th, 2013

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There’s a lot of green news to report on today, so let’s get started.

  1. The U.S. crushed its stockpiles of ivory on Friday in a message to wildlife criminals: Stop. (National Geographic)
  2. Deforestation is still a major problem around the globe as these crushing satellite photos show. (Grist)
  3. The world’s oldest creature was born shortly after Columbus discovered America (and was killed by the scientists studying it). (The Telegraph)
  4. A top UN official says to keep coal in the ground if we want to stop global warming. (New York Times)
  5. An Iowa Rep’s amendment to the Farm Bill could be the end of humane farming standards. (Huffington Post)

The Green Buzz: Thursday, November 14

Written by | November 14th, 2013

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Urban deer, SeaWorld to the rescue and what chickens want in today’s green news.

  1. Remove natural predators, decrease their natural habitat and what do you have? More urban deer…which means more urban hunters. (NPR)
  2. This video shows the rescue and rehabilitation of a dolphin returned to the wild by SeaWorld. (Florida Today)
  3. Turns out that hens want a veranda as part of their living conditions when given the choice…which they rarely are. (Guardian)
  4. $1 million reward for information that will help dismantle one of Asia’s largest wildlife trafficking syndicates. (New York Times)
  5. The power of the Prius not doing it for you? How about an electric pickup truck? (TreeHugger)
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