Tag: PLoS One

Message from the Mojave: Shaping the Desert Energy Boom

Written by | June 12th, 2012

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Wind and solar offer the promise of a clean energy future. But can these renewables be developed without threatening wildlife and native habitats?

Deforestation or Murder? Why Orangutans Are Going Extinct

Written by | November 29th, 2011

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Is tropical deforestation or killing by humans to blame for the orangutan’s demise? Peter Kareiva says a new study shows why it’s always important for conservation to continue testing its assumptions.

What a Waste: Why Human Sewage Is Laying Waste to Coral Reefs Globally

Written by | September 16th, 2011

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A new study says pathogens from human sewage are killing a coral species off Florida’s coast. But is people poop a worldwide issue for coral? Find out from Conservancy scientist Stephanie Wear.

Cool Green Morning: Friday, December 18

Written by | December 18th, 2009

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Five great green stories to distract you while you wait anxiously for the latest news from Copenhagen: Weird Solar Device of the Day goes to…this solar-powered, Joseph Cornell-like live insect theater box (Treehugger). Buy an electric car for less than $900? You can in Oklahoma through New Year’s Eve…although it tops out at 25 mph […]

Cool Green Morning: Wednesday, November 25

Written by | November 25th, 2009

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There’s a lot to be thankful this morning, readers. The majority of Americans believe that climate change is happening, and want to do something about it.  Someday, your cell phone’s waste heat could actually make its battery last longer.  There’s hope for a rise in e-recycling. Something else we’re thankful for? A well-deserved long weekend. […]

The Lessons I’ve Learned From ‘Energy Sprawl’

Written by | September 17th, 2009

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Scientists want their research to inspire serious discussion of critical issues. So I’ve been encouraged by all the discussion in the press about the recent PLoS One paper I wrote with colleagues entitled “Energy Sprawl or Energy Efficiency: Climate Policy Impacts on Natural Habitat for the United States of America.” Still, it’s unsettling sometimes to […]

New Energy Production and Nature: What Will the Impacts Be?

Written by | August 26th, 2009

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Renewable energy is poised to be the wave of the future, but what impact will it have on landscapes and wildlife? In the United States, at least 67 million acres will be developed for new energy projects by 2030. While these projects — including wind, solar and biofuels — will help reduce carbon emissions and […]

Cool Green Morning: Monday, July 27

Written by | July 27th, 2009

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Justin Timberlake, eco-golfer? Fore sure! That and more in this morning’s Goodness: Having gotten Nike to capitulate, Greenpeace UK continues its campaign to stop shoe companies from using leather from cattle grazed on former Amazon rainforest lands, reports Environmental Leader. Reebok, Adidas, Timberland and Clarks are among the targets. What are the Seven Wonders of […]

Energy Sprawl and U.S. Climate Policy

Written by | April 16th, 2009

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The fact that renewable energy takes more space than conventional energy isn’t an environmental paradox, just a trade-off society must face.

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