Category: Science

The Green Buzz: Wednesday, October 2

Written by | October 2nd, 2013

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Rhino poaching, dolphin deaths and tupperware in space (yes, you read that right) in today’s green news.

  1. The island that popped out of the ocean last week after an earthquake in Pakistan? Apparently happens all the time. (NPR)
  2. Rhino poaching has gone up 5000 percent since 2007. How can that be possible? (TreeHugger)
  3. Are humans behind the Atlantic coast dolphin deaths? (Scientific American)
  4. The plastic that makes up Tupperware has been found on Saturn’s moon. (The Register)
  5. The government shutdown is affecting animals, too. (MNN)

The Green Buzz: Thursday, September 26

Written by | September 26th, 2013

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It keeps happening, so we’re going to continue to talk poaching in today’s green news.

  1. More than 80 elephants were killed when poachers used cyanide to poison their water hole. (BBC News)
  2. Ancient fish fossil found in China shows the first face on an animal! (National Geographic)
  3. This poor gorilla was hand-raised by humans and has no gorilla friends. (MNN)
  4. More than 37,000 gallons of oil spilled in the wake of the Colorado floods, and there’s a scramble to clean it up. (NPR)
  5. There’s a real problem in the conservation community: a lack of diversity. (Grist)

The Green Buzz: Wednesday, September 25

Written by | September 25th, 2013

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On this Hump Day, we’ve got strange animal attacks and more in your green news.

  1. We don’t know what to think of this picture (and are glad the bat got away). (NBC News)
  2. The mystery of how a deer died is answered, thanks to this amazing photo. (National Post)
  3. Those 100-year climate disasters? Yeah, make them 100-day climate disasters, thanks to climate change. (Market Watch)
  4. The number of rhinos poached this year has already broken last year’s gruesome record. (MNN)
  5. The love affair we have with bananas has an unintended victim: Costa Rica’s crocodiles. (NPR)

The Green Buzz: Friday, September 20, 2013

Written by | September 20th, 2013

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Are you ready for some football in this morning’s green news?

  1. Siberian Tiger genomes have been sequenced by scientists and the results aren’t surprising. Pay wall alert! (Nat Geo)
  2. A wrinkle in temperature fluctuations, UN scientists are looking at temperature quirks in climate change. (BW)
  3. Shyer birds build better bonds with other bird friends than bolder birds. (BBC)
  4. Arctic fossils reveal ‘explosion’ of animal life on Earth 520 million years ago (Daily Telegraph)
  5. A group of Washingtonians are doing good this weekend, check it out! (The Olympian)

The Green Buzz: Tuesday, September 17

Written by | September 17th, 2013

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A story on pollution told by…ear wax? Read on, conservation-concerned, and learn more in today’s green news.

  1. Like star-gazing? There are four sky events this week, so grab that blanket and look up! (National Geographic)
  2. There’s a new world map in town, and it shows areas that are most susceptible to climate change. (International Business Times)
  3. How often do whales clean their ears? Well, never, which is why ear wax turns out to be a great indicator of contaminants in the ocean. (NPR)
  4. Woodpeckers are proving to be an admirable adversary to the invasive emerald ash borer. (MNN)
  5. Small animals perceive time as though it’s passing in slow motion, says a new study. (BBC News)

Celebrating 5 Years in Mongolia

Written by | September 16th, 2013

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Charles Bedford has been going to Mongolia for many years and we recently caught up with him after his most recent visit to attend the Mongolia Green Development Conference in UlaanBaatar, a conference held to mark the 5th anniversary of the Conservancy’s Mongolia program.

The Green Buzz: Monday, September 16

Written by | September 16th, 2013

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The Nature Conservancy offices reopened today in Boulder, Colorado after historic flooding caused evacuations and flooding along the Front Range of Colorado. We’re glad everyone is safe!

  1. Does food waste help or hinder the environment? Here’s one take on it…(Macomb Daily)
  2. What’s that buzzing? After 25 years the short haired bumblebee is making a comeback (Guardian)
  3. Case for climate change is overwhelming, say scientists (Guardian)
  4. In Germany, schools in different states are slowly starting to incorporate the subject of sustainability into their syllabus (DW)
  5. Scottish Wind Farms produce a more expensive form of electricity due to higher costs of production (Guardian)

 

 

The Green Buzz: Friday, September 13

Written by | September 13th, 2013

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Turns out no one really knows where the unlucky association for “Friday The 13th” came from but fingers crossed, just to be safe.

  1. Extensive flooding has made the Front Range area of Colorado treacherous. This story continues to develop…(Denver Post)
  2. Nasa’s Voyager 1 spacecraft launched during the disco era and has reached interstellar space & guess what? It’s windy. (Washington Post)
  3. Sir Francis Drake is rolling over in his grave! Consider what navigating the Arctic Sea would be like. (HuffPo)
  4. The color purple? UN Scientists introduce purple color to depict worsening climate risks. (HuffPo)
  5. Swimming from Cuba to the U.S.? Here are some things you should consider before making the trip! (NatGeo)

The Green Buzz: Thursday, September 12

Written by | September 12th, 2013

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Newly discovered fresh water, trip-planning orangutans and a deadly molasses spill, all in today’s green news.

  1. Trying to get your kids outside more? Maybe you need to turn back the tech clock like these parents did… (MNN)
  2. Huge supplies of fresh water were just discovered in a drought-plagued region of Kenya. (New York Times)
  3. Worried about your travel carbon footprint? Try choosing smaller airlines. (Grist)
  4. Smart monkeys: Orangutans plan their travel routes ahead of time. (LA Times)
  5. Huge molasses spill in Hawai’i kills fish, could attract sharks. (Fox News)

The Green Buzz: Wednesday, September 11

Written by | September 11th, 2013

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In today’s green news: it might be time to change your diet, what really happened to woolly mammoths, and how you can win $2 million.

  1. Exxon has been charged with illegally dumping 50,000 gallons of wastewater in Pennsylvania. (Bloomberg)
  2. FDA confirms arsenic in rice, but says don’t worry about it. (Grist)
  3. Could climate change have caused the demise of the woolly mammoth? (BBC News)
  4. This actor asked too many questions about illegal deforestation in Indonesia and was threatened with deportation. (Guardian)
  5. Can you figure out what is going on with ocean acidification? Then you could win $2 million. (MNN)
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