Tag: National Geographic

The Green Buzz: Wednesday, January 22

Written by | January 22nd, 2014

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Astronaut gardeners in space and the flying V mystery explained in today’s green news.

  1. Learn five reasons why greenhouses would be helpful in space.  (National Geographic)
  2. It’s sure fun to say Polar Vortex, but sometimes cold just means winter.  (Mother Nature Network)
  3. Scientist discover the explanation for birds flying in V formations.  (BBC News)

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: 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, December 11

Written by | December 11th, 2013

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Baby, it’s cold outside.  But not as cold as the coldest place on Earth.

  1. Newly discovered and unregulated chemical is a greenhouse gas 7,000 times more powerful than CO2. (Guardian)
  2. Antarctica just recorded the coldest temperature ever on Earth. (USA Today)
  3. Looks like organic milk does a body good, at least in terms of Omega-3s. (NPR)
  4. Half of the soaps, lotions and drugs we use escape sewage treatment plants and end up in our water. (The Daily Green)
  5. Yet another climate change effect: bats’ ability to communicate with ultrasonic signals. (National Geographic)

The Green Buzz: Wednesday, November 20

Written by | November 20th, 2013

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We’re blogging about nature’s heroes, promiscuous mice and controversial hunting in today’s green news.

  1. Bioluminescent bay in Puerto Rico goes dark: what happened? (Christian Science Monitor)
  2. Hawaii’s Big Island bans GMO crops. (Huffington Post Green)
  3. Mangroves are the heroes in protecting this Southeast Asian town from typhoon Haiyan. (Bloomberg)
  4. Big game hunter Melissa Bachman sparks controversy with this lion photo. (National Geographic)
  5. This headline is too funny not to share: promiscuous mice bear sexier smelling sons. (BBC)

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: Friday, November 15

Written by | November 15th, 2013

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Today we’re getting a new perspective on deforestation. Find out why in today’s Green Buzz.

  1. Google Earth reveals an incredible (yet heart breaking) high-resolution deforestation map. (TreeHugger)
  2. Coming soon: forecasting wildfires like the weather. (Discovery News)
  3. Japan, the world’s fifth largest producer of CO2, waters down it emissions goal. (Bloomberg)
  4. See six of the world’s most irreplaceable places. (National Geographic)
  5. Rare Asian unicorn caught on camera for the first time in 15 years. (CNN)

The Green Buzz: Friday, November 1

Written by | November 1st, 2013

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Today’s news headlines reveal Antarctica is not having a very good day…

  1. Plans to protect Antarctica’s pristine wilderness have failed. (The Huffington Post)
  2. 2013 has been the deadliest year on record for manatees. (TreeHugger)
  3. The data doesn’t lie: to save Malayan tiger, you must save its prey. (Mongabay)
  4. The Pacific Ocean is warming at its fattest rate in… wait for it… 10,000 years. (Science World Report)
  5. New Mexico’s “kid cages” — necessary for protection against wolves or just a publicity stunt? (National Geographic)

The Green Buzz: Thursday, October 31

Written by | October 31st, 2013

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Happy Halloween! The green news is especially scary today.

  1. Something in your Halloween treats could be fueling rainforest destruction. (Guardian)
  2. A tiny, plastic threat is invading the Great Lakes. (Huffington Post)
  3. Scary chemicals that mess up your hormones can be avoided with these tips. (The Daily Green)
  4. Our brains have a special corner just to help deal with the fear of these creatures. (NPR)
  5. Halloween green news wouldn’t be complete without the walking dead of the animal kingdom. (National Geographic)
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