Written by Adam Bloom | January 14th, 2014
Written by McKenzie Jones | January 13th, 2014
Saving the radioactive cows, West Virginians soon to have clean water restored, and an attitude adjustment re: urban biodiversity in today’s green news.
- “Let the Cows of Hope Live!” is the call of a rancher seeking to save cows turned radioactive after the Fukushima power plant disaster. (NY Times)
- A West Virginia chemical spill, which left many residents without access to clean running water for five days, is thankfully nearing its end. (Huffington Post)
- Have US cities woken up to the value of urban wildlife? Some say the changes taking place look like the start of an urban biodiversity movement. (Yale Environment 360)
Written by McKenzie Jones | January 9th, 2014
A lake dries up overnight, British factory workers might start to work the night shift, and environmental standards are catching on in Asia in today’s green news.
- Patagonian glaciers are losing mass faster and for longer periods than glaciers in any other part of the world. So much so that Lake Cachet II literally dried up over night. (Huffington Post)
- The wind blows all night, so British factory workers will work all night. Want to understand that logic? (The Telegraph)
- Factories in Asia are starting to see the sense and savings in environmental standards. (The New York Times)
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 McKenzie Jones | December 18th, 2013
Written by McKenzie Jones | December 16th, 2013
Written by Trevor Martin | December 12th, 2013
The centuries old debate, “nature vs. nuture” finally has a winner…when it comes to fruit flies. Plus, aliens invade New York City!!
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
- Just like Men In Black, A newly seen species of cockroach invades New York City, Periplaneta japonica. (National Geographic)
- Did you know that chameleons change colors to communicate? (LabEquipment)
Written by Megan Sheehan | December 11th, 2013
Written by Megan Sheehan | December 10th, 2013
Written by Megan Sheehan | December 5th, 2013
Think humans are apex predators? Think again.
- Despite what you may think, we aren’t apex predators like sharks and lions; but meat eating is on the rise worldwide. (Mongabay)
- A carbon tax isn’t here yet, but some surprising companies are already planning for it. (Huffington Post)
- As if they weren’t deadly enough, crocodiles use lures to catch their prey! (Science World Report)
- Trouble is arriving in New Jersey on six legs, and it doesn’t bode well for the state’s pine forests. (NPR)
- 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)