Category: South America

EcoRiddle: What’s This Habitat?

Written by | May 18th, 2011

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What looks like a desert, but is full of water — enough to slake the thirst of a really big city? And that’s now threatened by climate change? Watch this Nature Brains EcoRiddle video and find out!

Cool Green Morning: Tuesday, May 10

Written by | May 10th, 2011

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You’ll find helpful beavers, sustainable tuna and more in today’s 5 cool green news links:

  1. Sea-level rise is finally catching up to the Golden State. (Green)
  2. How are beavers helping reduce the recent massive oil spill in Canada? (Mongabay)
  3. A 2-month ocean expedition hopes to find ways to catch tuna without harming other species. (BBC)
  4. Are you a budding botanist? A new iPhone app helps you identify trees from a photo of a leaf. (Wired)
  5. Despite opposition, a new dam is planned for Chile’s Patagonia region. (Huffington Post Green)

Cool Green Morning: Thursday, May 5

Written by | May 5th, 2011

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Happy Cinco de Mayo! Celebrate in green style:

  1. San Francisco teenagers are suing the government for failure to protect the Earth for future generations. (NY Times)
  2. Speaking of which: the latest predictions for world population growth could amount to serious environmental challenges. (Green)
  3. Forest protection takes one step forward in Indonesia, two steps back in Brazil. (EarthWatch)
  4. Take your lawn to a whole new level this year: go organic! (The Daily Green)
  5. Electronic medical records could cut 1.7 million tons of carbon emissions. (EcoGeek)

Cool Green Morning: Monday, April 4

Written by | April 4th, 2011

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Start your week with a big old helping of green news:

  1. A new aquatic beetle was discovered in Texas, and it’s got a pretty cool name– Ereboporus naturaconservatus. (The Guardian)
  2. Scientists find 2,000-year-old coral near the site of the BP oil spill. (Christian Science Monitor)
  3. Is this Whole Foods the greenest grocery store in the world? (ClimateBiz)
  4. A new study of the glaciers and ice fields in Patagonia indicates that climate change might be happening faster than we thought. (Green)
  5. When bats disappear, it costs the agricultural industry billions. (Mongabay)

Nature Photo of the Week: Lake View

Written by | April 1st, 2011

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A perfect spot to stop, sit back and contemplate the beauty of nature! Thanks to Flickr user Sara Salamander for capturing this lovely photo of Peru’s Lake Lagunillas and sharing it through The Nature Conservancy’s Flickr group. See all of The Nature Conservancy’s featured daily nature images—submitted to the Conservancy’s Flickr group by people like you—at my.nature.org. And […]

Cool Green Morning: Thursday, March 10

Written by | March 10th, 2011

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The top 5 green stories you must read–TODAY:

  1. Last year’s intense heat wave in Russia wasn’t caused by climate change. (Green)
  2. On the other hand, damaged coffee crops in Colombia are a victim of warming temps. (The New York Times)
  3. The fine art of sharing could help you to never buy anything again. (Grist)
  4. Here’s a tip: if you’re in Delhi, or traveling there soon, don’t eat the vegetables. (BBC)
  5. Two big players in the tuna market are cleaning up their practices. (Mongabay)

Cool Green Morning: Tuesday, February 15

Written by | February 15th, 2011

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Got the post-Valentine’s Day blues? These 5 cool links will put you back in the green!

  1. Obama’s just-released budget focuses on alternative energy. (NY Times)
  2. Climate change is re-drawing the map of bird life in Africa. (Conservation Journal Watch)
  3. In India, vulture “restaurants” serve up fresh carcass in order to save these endangered birds. (Extinction Countdown)
  4. It’s a guilty verdict for Chevron for polluting the Amazon. (Mongabay)
  5. Landfills–once the scourge of the planet, now a source of green energy. (CleanTechnica)

Cool Green Morning: Friday, January 28

Written by | January 28th, 2011

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We know there’s fresh powder out there, but be sure to read all 5 before you hit the slopes:

  1. Students, parents are protesting planned solar panels at a California middle school. (LA Times)
  2. Primitive tools suggest humans left Africa earlier, and in a different direction. (NPR)
  3. See amazing pictures of the damage invasive boas inflict on native birds in Aruba. (Dot Earth)
  4. A controversial Brazilian mega-dam on the Amazon clears another major hurdle. (Green)
  5. Your ski and snowboard wax could be seriously harmful to you and wildlife. (Treehugger)

Cool Green Morning: Monday, January 24

Written by | January 24th, 2011

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Monday morning’s coolest and greenest:

  1. It’s the question that’s plagued humanity for generations: What’s eco-friendlier, pleather or leather? (Mother Jones)
  2. Couldn’t make it to Alabama this past weekend? Get a firsthand look at our oyster restoration project. (Yahoo News)
  3. A Russian company is using giant snails to monitor air pollution. (Huffington Post Green)
  4. Cocaine, which is terrible for a plethora of reasons, is also associated with forest destruction in Colombia. (Mongabay)
  5. Some states aren’t waiting for Congress to tackle climate change– they’re slashing emissions on their own. (Green House)

Cool Green Morning: Friday, January 21

Written by | January 21st, 2011

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These cool green links have gone to the birds, and lions:

  1. Birds are sending messages to each other by using plastic in their nests. (BBC)
  2. A newly found pterosaur fossil shows a mother with a preserved egg. (National Geographic)
  3. Thailand is closing some diving sites to protect corals. (Green)
  4. Here’s a gallery of 8 beautiful bioluminescent creatures from the sea. (Wired)
  5. 25 ex-circus lions are being airlifted from Bolivia to Colorado. (Treehugger)
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