Written by McKenzie Jones | January 15th, 2014
Climate change illustrated haiku, exponential tree growth, and disappearing sea cows–all in today’s green news.
- A scientist uses very creative means to communicate the main points of the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report. (Sightline Daily)
- A study in California finds that trees’ growth rates actually increase over their lifetime. What are the implications in terms of the techniques we use to capture carbon using forests? (The Guardian)
- The manatee–an animal with no natural predators–has virtually disappeared from Florida coasts. Scientists seek to solve this mystery. (Earth Island Journal)
Written by Adam Bloom | January 14th, 2014
Written by Trevor Martin | January 10th, 2014
Asian companies slowly going green, plus a new national park hits a snag in Maine in today’s #Greennews.
- America’s best idea, national parks, isn’t such a great idea in Maine or some may think so (NYTimes)
- Tiny bits of plastic collecting in the Great Lakes pose an environmental threat (NYTimes)
- The White House tackles the #polarvortex in Google+ Hangout (Guardian).
Written by Trevor Martin | January 9th, 2014
Dolphins getting high? Plus, fish light up the night and the upside to the #polarvortex all in today’s #Greennews
- Scientists have observed dolphins using puffer fish, who possess an extremely lethal toxin to humans, as a chew toy leading scientists to believe that there may be some recreational use being derived for dolphins (NBC)
- These fish are fancy (NatGeo)
- Scientists are heralding the polar vortex’s impact on invasive species in affected areas. (NYTimes)
Written by Adam Bloom | January 7th, 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 McKenzie Jones | December 27th, 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 23rd, 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)
Written by Trevor Martin | December 19th, 2013
Written by Trevor Martin | December 13th, 2013
It’s Friday the 13th but it’s the holidays, so we’re super confused right now…
- There’s water on Jupiter! Could there be life too? (CNN)
- Scientists uncover a new dinosaur that may have roamed the earth and it may have looked like a chicken. (DailyMail)
Written by Trevor Martin | December 9th, 2013