Tag: wildfires

Does Snow Burn?

Written by | March 29th, 2013

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From the classroom to nature — college students battle a blizzard to learn about the restorative power of fire along Nebraska’s Niobrara River.

The Green Buzz: Wednesday, March 20

Written by | March 20th, 2013

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On our radar this morning: more bad news for elephants.

  1. 89 elephants have been slaughtered in Chad (and ivory passed $2000 a kilogram on Asia’s black market). (Aljazeera)
  2. John Kerry pushes for an Antarctic Ocean Reserve in what he calls a “living laboratory.” (National Geographic)
  3. Ethanol’s promise and production is fading in rural America. (The New York Times)
  4. Wildfires already? Colorado braces itself for an early start to the season. (Grist)
  5. Some like it hot — really hot. Especially this man who braved 2,000 degree lava flows to take some amazing photos. (Treehugger)

A Good Thing for Our Forests

Written by | October 10th, 2012

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When it comes to fire, there is good fire and bad fire. Good fire restores health to a dying forest, prevents megafires from consuming life and protects our water.

Cool Green Morning: Thursday, September 27

Written by | September 27th, 2012

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If you’ve ever been hankering to scuba dive a coral reef, now you can. Literally – right now!

  1. Google now offers virtual dives of the world’s coral reefs. (MNN)
  2. 20 governments agree that 100 million people will die by 2030 if the world doesn’t tackle climate change. (Scientific American)
  3. Windows that produce electricity? Laptops whose covers act as chargers? UCLA’s transparent solar film could make it possible. (LA Times)
  4. In New Mexico, we’re burning a forest to save it. (Green)
  5. Now is the moment to get children playing outside again. (Guardian)

Cool Green Morning: Thursday, August 23

Written by | August 23rd, 2012

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Climate change, West Nile, and the Smokey Bear Effect – oh my!

  1. I heart NYC: New York’s City Council added climate change panels to advise the city on threats of global warming. (Green)
  2. 40 percent of the food in the U.S. — that’s almost half — gets tossed in the trash. (Grist)
  3. West Nile Outbreak: is climate change (yet again) to blame? (Scientific American)
  4. Ever heard of the Smokey Bear Effect? That bear may be responsible for the new norm: raging wildfires. (NPR)
  5. Salmon enter Olympic National Park for the first time after a dam is removed. (National Geographic)

Cool Green Morning: Wednesday, August 22

Written by | August 22nd, 2012

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It’s nearing the end of summer, so let’s talk beaches. And sunbathing.

  1. At a Virginia beach, rising seas mean rising tempers over what comes first at Chincoteague: parking or preservation. (Scientific American)
  2. A city whose natural tidelands are 50 percent filled-in means that Boston, too, is planning for ‘near-term risk’ of rising tides. (NPR)
  3. Soaking up lots of rays may be bad for humans, but this bug is sunbathing for its health. (BBC Nature)
  4. Mutant Fish? Eyeless Shrimp? They’re not new species, they’re from the Gulf. (Treehugger)
  5. NASA has captured satellite images of the wildfires burning at night. Stunning! (Mongabay)

The Heat is On, and it’s Time to Prepare

Written by | August 20th, 2012

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Whether you look globally or locally, the last several months featured heat, heat and more heat. And with a renowned NASA scientist saying this is part of a new trend toward warmer summers, how can we prepare?

Cool Green Morning: Friday, June 29

Written by | June 29th, 2012

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This is your assigned summer reading list. Don’t worry it’s only 5 stories.

  1. The Colorado wildfires have been declared a disaster. Get answers to the 5 biggest questions about the fires. (Mother Jones)
  2. The Supreme Court made another big decision yesterday, this one about MPG standards. (TreeHugger)
  3. Why are tomatoes so tasteless these days? Geneticists have found a surprising answer. (New York Times)
  4. PHOTOS: 25 new reef fish have been discovered. See the candy striper, “tripod,” more. (National Geographic)
  5. Is this “living rock” the weirdest creature you’ve ever seen? (Grist)

Cool Green Morning: Thursday, June 14

Written by | June 14th, 2012

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From GM crops to alien mother ships (really!), we’ve got your green news.

  1. Lose power in your home? Have a plug-in Prius? Well, then, plug that baby in and power your home! (Gizmag)
  2. Can’t afford to outfit your home in solar panels? That’s what you think, says Solar Mosaic. (Grist)
  3. Could genetically modified crops actually be good for the environment? (Guardian)
  4. North American wildfires have been bad — and unfortunately a new study says to expect more. (Discovery News)
  5. Remember the tsunami dock that landed on a Oregon beach last week? It’s an alien mother ship of species. (National Geographic)

Was 2011 the Year of Mega-Fire?

Written by | December 28th, 2011

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If you lived in the American Southwest, 2011 indeed was the year of fire for you. Why? And more importantly, what can be done?

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