Tag: New York City

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: Monday, December 16

Written by | December 16th, 2013

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We all know that energy demands are only increasing globally.  In today’s Green Buzz, learn about innovators that are helping to meet those demands in a sustainable way.

  1. In Hong Kong, they’re figuring out how to recycle your used shower water to create electricity.  (The New York Times)
  2. Meet New York City’s current leading environmental heroes.  (CBS New York)
  3. Nominees for the 2014 Green Car Technology Award were announced today at the Washington Auto Show.  (Reuters)
  4. Students compete for Sustainability Innovation Student Challenge Award with proposed solutions for the U.S.’s rising energy needs.  (USA Today)
  5. Falling demand for coal in China could make coal mining uneconomical.  (The Guardian)

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: 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: Friday, August 30

Written by | August 30th, 2013

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Stock up on the latest green news before the long Labor Day weekend.

  1. The lowly dung beetle may be the secret weapon in fighting climate change. (Grist)
  2. No need to fear them anymore: NYC to remove Hurricane Sandy “zombie trees.” (The Daily News)
  3. Heading to the beach this weekend? We pack the sunscreen, but what do whales do for sunburns? (Nat Geo)
  4. Discovered: massive canyon found beneath Greenland ice. (BBC)
  5. Wait, is global warming really slowing down? Get the facts. (Mother Jones)

The Green Buzz: Tuesday, June 18

Written by | June 18th, 2013

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In today’s green news, we learn two more reasons why clean air is so incredibly important.

  1. This just in: autism and air pollution linked. (Bloomberg Businessweek)
  2. Is mandatory food composting coming soon to NYC? (NY Times)
  3. Singapore pollution hits 16-year high and all signs point to forest fires. (Huffington Post Green)
  4. Students motivate Crayola to color the world a little greener with new recycling program. (TreeHugger)
  5. North America and Europe to become besties and join together — literally — in 220 million years. (RedOrbit)

The Green Buzz: Wednesday, June 12

Written by | June 12th, 2013

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There’s happy news for chimps in today’s green news.

  1. Lab testing on chimps may be ending in the U.S. (Treehugger)
  2. Bloomberg unveiled a massive plan to protect the Big Apple from future effects of climate change. (Huffington Post)
  3. But we’re sure it would help to have the world get on track with its climate goals. Here’s how one study says it can. (Grist)
  4. Those bird apps that mimic birdsong? They’re harming birds. (BBC News)
  5. Proposed housing development + existing (and massive) bat cave = major debate. (NPR)

Global Cities Need Natural Defenses

Written by | May 30th, 2013

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In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, we are reminded that nature can and should play an important role alongside engineered solutions in building (and rebuilding) the cities of tomorrow.

The Green Buzz: Tuesday, April 30

Written by | April 30th, 2013

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Never thought I’d say this, but today’s green news has me marveling at cicadas.

  1. NYC’s urban jungle and the real jungle aren’t so different when it comes to evolution. (TreeHugger)
  2. Yes, they’re annoying, but learning how a cicada keeps its wings clean is pretty rad. (Science World)
  3. This just in: plants could offset 1% of global warming worldwide. (Daily Mail)
  4. When words aren’t an option, fish use sign language to communicate. (National Geographic)
  5. Save the bees, ban pesticides, says the EU. (BBC Nature)

The Green Buzz: Thursday, April 25

Written by | April 25th, 2013

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When you see the word “Amazon,” what comes to mind?

  1. The giant internet retailer put in a bid for “.amazon” cyberspace, and neither Brazil nor Peru is pleased. (Guardian)
  2. Why is Hurricane Sandy debris removal in NYC nearly twice the national average? (The New York Times)
  3. Big agriculture is fighting to keep prying eyes out of slaughterhouses and factory farms. (Grist)
  4. EPA says tar sands oil pipelines need to be held to higher standards because that stuff is really hard to clean up. (NPR)
  5. Coyotes on trains? Goats on school buses? Check out these 5 animals caught “commuting.” (National Geographic)
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