Tag: endangered species

Q&A with Elizabeth Kolbert: Dialogues on the Environment

Written by | February 25th, 2014

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What’s Elizabeth Kolbert’s favorite endangered species? Read her interview with Mark Tercek about her book The Sixth Extinction.

The Green Buzz: Wednesday, January 15

Written by | January 15th, 2014

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Climate change illustrated haiku, exponential tree growth, and disappearing sea cows–all in today’s green news.

  1. A scientist uses very creative means to communicate the main points of the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report.  (Sightline Daily)
  2. 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)
  3. The manatee–an animal with no natural predators–has virtually disappeared from Florida coasts.  Scientists seek to solve this mystery.  (Earth Island Journal)

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: 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: Friday, October 25

Written by | October 25th, 2013

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A beautiful island loses its rats, chemical exposure may be making us fat.

  1. Arctic temperatures in the summer are now the highest in at least 44,000 years. (Live Science)
  2. There’s been an amazing transformation at a place that used to be called Rat Island. (Discovery News)
  3. Is DDT exposure from the 1950s making us, and many animals, fat today? (Grist)
  4. Dolphins are being illegally slaughtered and used for shark bait. (National Geographic)
  5. 60% of Britain’s most endangered species have declined in numbers over the past 40 years. (Telegraph)

The Green Buzz: Thursday, October 10

Written by | October 10th, 2013

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There are lots of climate change updates in today’s green news.

  1. Humans are living longer these days, and guess what that means for endangered species? (UC Davis)
  2. Nearly one year after Hurricane Sandy hit, New Jersey residents want their politicians to do something about climate change. (Bloomberg)
  3. Love fish for dinner? Here are some things you should know about your restaurant/grocery store choices. (NPR)
  4. Unprecedented changes in climate are coming very soon for the tropics, and for Washington, D.C. by 2047. (Washington Post)
  5. A legally binding treaty to help curb worldwide mercury pollution is being signed. (BBC News)

The Green Buzz: Thursday, August 29

Written by | August 29th, 2013

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In today’s green news, why the environmental movement owes a debt to Martin Luther King, Jr.

  1. They’re causing much excitement, but can captive baby pandas change the future of this endangered species? (BBC News)
  2. Early environmentalists took a page out of MLK Jr.’s playbook to help advocate for some of our most important environmental regulations. (MNN)
  3. Google maps is proving to be a very useful tool in tracking the Yosemite Rim Fire. (Huffington Post)
  4. One reason why we can’t get international climate change agreements? People just don’t fear it enough. (Bloomberg)
  5. Life without water would be awkward. These videos prove it. (National Geographic)

The Last Tree for Orangutans

Written by | August 16th, 2013

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Orangutans are in trouble because their habitat is diminishing at an unsustainable rate. This World Orangutan Day, we take a look at their plight.

The Green Buzz: Thursday, August 15

Written by | August 15th, 2013

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We’re buzzing over water wars, vegetarian fish and the greenest colleges in today’s green news.

  1. How do you save populations of “feed” fish from overfishing? Turn the carnivorous farmed fish who eat them into vegetarians, of course. (Washington Post)
  2. When you think of the military, do you think “environmentally friendly?” If not, you may want to think again. (MNN)
  3. Florida is suing Georgia over water. Let the water wars begin. (Bloomberg)
  4. Oldest petroglyphs in North America found in a dessicated Nevada lake. (National Geographic)
  5. The greenest colleges in the U.S. have been ranked – check them out! (Huffington Post)

The Green Buzz: Tuesday, June 25

Written by | June 25th, 2013

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In today’s green news: are plants smarter than humans?

  1. The case of the missing red panda: closed. Phew! (USA Today)
  2. Plants flex their math skills at night to control their food supplies. (Discovery News)
  3. Superstorms bring power outages — and another reason to design better insulated buildings. (TreeHugger)
  4. 61 years of searching and hoping, researcher photographs an endangered right whale in Canada. (LiveScience)
  5. See Sunday’s Supermoon in a series of super images. (National Geographic)
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