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The Green Buzz: Tuesday, January 7

Written by | January 7th, 2014

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Science gets to the bottom of mysteries like widely reported “earthquake lights” and the true age of the cockroach in today’s green news.

1. While people for millenia have reported seeing mysterious lights immediately before earthquakes, scientists think they’ve found the answer in a unique reaction by stressed rocks. (National Geographic)

2. Researchers in northwest Colorado recently discovered 49-million-year-old fossilized cockroaches, pushing back the bug’s known Earth record by a full 5 million years. (Live Science)

3. California’s lack of snowfall this winter hurts more than avid skiers; it means people and nature in the state will have a lot less freshwater at their disposal. (Grist)

4. Windpower in the UK generated a record 10% of the country’s electricity in December, enough for 5.7 million homes during one of the most energy-intensive times of the year. (TreeHugger)

The Green Buzz: January 6, 2014

Written by | January 6th, 2014

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Supervolcanos could explode without warning, a giant panda will debut, and changes in NYC streets captured on film in today’s green news.

  1. “Sleeping giant” supervolcanos, like the one in Yellowstone National Park, may not be as heavy of sleepers as we once thought.  (BBC)
  2. If you plan to be in the Washington, DC are on January 18th, be sure to stop by The Smithsonian’s National Zoo; their new giant panda cub, Bao Bao, will make her public debut that day.  (Huffington Post)
  3. See how New York City has worked to improve the walk- and bike-ability of its streets over the last decade.  (Grist)

The Green Buzz: Friday, December 27

Written by | December 27th, 2013

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Who wouldn’t enjoy more monarch butterflies? Learn about the key to their comeback, as well as a Snow Dragon in the Antarctic and smart dimming streetlamps in L.A. in today’s green news.

  1. The key to a monarch butterfly resurgence could be right in your backyard.  (New York Times)
  2. “Snow Dragon” seeks to rescue a Russian ship, which became trapped in ice during its polar expedition.  (Huffington Post)
  3. Los Angeles stands to curb energy use by 40% with the help of Tvilight.  (Grist)

The Green Buzz: Friday, November 22

Written by | November 22nd, 2013

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Ever wondered what it would be like to hug a lion? Then read today’s green news.

  1. The Lion Whisperer wants you to know that lions are in trouble, but we can’t get over the video of him hugging and snuggling with lions. (Huffington Post)
  2. Almost half of the Greenpeace activists being held in Russia are out on bail. (Environmental News Service)
  3. The U.S. and China are talking about climate change together, and that is a good thing. (New York Times)
  4. Especially for this country, which is about to be wiped out by climate change. (BusinessWeek)
  5. De-extinction technology is here, and a frog is its first project. (Guardian)

The Green Buzz: Thursday, November 21

Written by | November 21st, 2013

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Today’s green news is all about how to save nature. Literally.

  1. Putting a value on nature may be the best way to save it. (BBC News)
  2. Which would be great for these 2,370 irreplaceable places. (MNN)
  3. The catastrophic Gulf oil spill will affect the deep layers of the ocean for years to come. (Mongabay)
  4. Splenda may be good for your coffee but it’s not good for the Earth. (Grist)
  5. How to stop the illegal wildlife trade from funding terrorist groups. (Scientific American)

The Green Buzz: Tuesday, November 19

Written by | November 19th, 2013

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In today’s green news, we discover a volcano and smarter streetlights. Read on…

  1. It’s official: carbon emissions set to hit new record high in 2013. (Mongabay)
  2. What’s hiding beneath Antarctic ice? Hint, it’s active and could speed up ice loss. (National Geographic)
  3. Not to point fingers, but… these 4 countries might be the biggest disappointments at U.N. climate talks. (Grist)
  4. Natural disasters have cost the world a whopping $3.8 trillion since 1980. (Mother Jones)
  5. How streetlights could become hubs for power and information. (Mother Nature Network)

The Green Buzz: Monday, November 18

Written by | November 18th, 2013

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There’s a lot of green news to report on today, so let’s get started.

  1. The U.S. crushed its stockpiles of ivory on Friday in a message to wildlife criminals: Stop. (National Geographic)
  2. Deforestation is still a major problem around the globe as these crushing satellite photos show. (Grist)
  3. The world’s oldest creature was born shortly after Columbus discovered America (and was killed by the scientists studying it). (The Telegraph)
  4. A top UN official says to keep coal in the ground if we want to stop global warming. (New York Times)
  5. An Iowa Rep’s amendment to the Farm Bill could be the end of humane farming standards. (Huffington Post)

The Green Buzz: Thursday, November 7

Written by | November 7th, 2013

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Restored rivers, place-based beer, and “Blackfish” all in today’s green news.

  1. Mozambique’s former president is working to curb rhino poaching by eliminating extreme poverty. (Bloomberg)
  2. A huge restoration project has finally freed the Penobscot River for the first time in 200 years. (CBS News)
  3. Craft brewers say something is missing from craft beer: a connection with the landscape. (NPR)
  4. “Blackfish” has exposed the dark side of Sea World, whose stocks are taking a hit. (Market Watch)
  5. Voters in Colorado tell the fracking industry to back off. (Grist)

The Green Buzz: Tuesday, November 5

Written by | November 5th, 2013

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For Election Day today, we’re voting for more photos of this elusive wild cat.

  1. Power plants are using this low-tech item to cut carbon emissions. (NY Times)
  2. The world’s least-known (and least photographed) wild cat captured on remote camera traps. (Mongabay)
  3. Coming to a city near you: dengue and yellow fever. (Grist)
  4. Why more environmentalists should fly. Do you agree? (The Guardian)
  5. Breaking space news: 1 in 5 Sun-like stars could host habitable planets. (The Telegraph)

The Green Buzz: Monday, November 4

Written by | November 4th, 2013

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In today’s green news: Some say it’s time to go nuclear.

  1. Top environmental scientists say going nuclear is the only way to save us from climate change. (CNN)
  2. Stereotypes about “environmentalists” can hamper green progress. (Grist)
  3. An environmental superpower? We like the sound of that. (TreeHugger)
  4. This poor guy was stuck under an escalator at Chicago’s O’Hare. Wonder where he came from? (Huffington Post)
  5. They say elephants never forget, and here’s more proof to that fact. (BBC News)
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