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The Green Buzz: Thursday, December 26

Written by | December 26th, 2013

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Science communicated through stunning photography in today’s green news.

  1. A digital photographer captures entire sunsets in single images — Claude Monet would have approved.  (Huffington Post)
  2. A 1 billion pixel digital camera will be sent into space on the next Gaia telescope.  Scientists hope to capture the best photos of the galaxy yet, and Virgin Galactic hopes to begin to map some of its future tours.  (CNN)
  3. Check out the most awesome science photos of the year.  (Buzzfeed)

The Green Buzz: Tuesday, December 17

Written by | December 17th, 2013

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The mystery of zebra stripes is explained, plus a threat to bananas in today’s green news.

  1. Perhaps it’s time to put out a salt lick for these ibexes in Italy… (NPR)
  2. It appears as though black and white zebra stripes create an optical illusion and confuse predators. (BBC Nature)
  3. How do we decide which species to save? When 20,000 animals are on the brink, is it time to rethink our methods? (National Geographic)
  4. A banana fungus is threatening the world’s supply of the fruit; it may be time to satiate your appetite now. (Huffington Post)
  5. Whoa. The supervolcano below Yellowstone is 2.5 times bigger than previously thought. (The Independent)

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: Friday, December 6

Written by | December 6th, 2013

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Porpoises in the Thames?! The British would say, “Were they here for bickies and tea?”

  1. Thinking about gifts for mom this holiday season? Impress her by going green. (Examiner)
  2. They found it! More fresh water sources under the sea…giving hopes to the Atlantis theorists (ENS)
  3. A pop of Porpoises were spotted in the river Thames in London! A sign the river’s health is improving. (Guardian)
  4. Take cover! Air pollution sends school children running for cover in Shanghai. (Guardian)
  5. Older countries care more about the environment? (Slate)

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: 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)

The Green Buzz: Wednesday, October 30

Written by | October 30th, 2013

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The two washed-up oarfish have secrets to tell in today’s green news.

  1. Holy new species, boffins! This previously unknown dolphin has been swimming off Australia’s coast. (The Register)
  2. A necropsy reveals that those mysterious, washed-up oarfish also had some mysterious creatures inside. (CNET)
  3. Bad news on global warming just keeps coming: These countries are the most vulnerable to climate change. (Huffington Post)
  4. The animal industry is basically ignoring pleas to reform their environmental and health standards. (NPR)
  5. Need to reconnect with nature? Here are 10 ways to do just that this autumn. (BBC News)

Nature’s Place on the Global Stage

Written by | September 25th, 2013

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The issues our planet faces can seem daunting, but as we listened to leaders at the UN talk about investing in nature to safeguard our future, solutions seem a lot more possible.

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)
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