Category: Arctic

The Green Buzz: Monday, December 23

Written by | December 23rd, 2013

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Today’s green news comes straight from the Arctic:

  1. Scientists discovered an extensive aquifer that sits below the Greenland ice sheet all year round.  Whether this water will find its way to the ocean must be determined in order to make accurate sea level rise predictions.  (Mother Nature Network)
  2. Due to Russia’s post-Soviet economic downturn, Arctic fish in the region are much healthier than those off of North America and Europe, with far less mercury detected in their systems.  (Nature World News)
  3. Message in an Arctic bottle!  Note found from scientists left in 1959, who predicted glacial melt long before this phenomenon was believed to be happening.  (International Business Times)

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 6

Written by | November 6th, 2013

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Election results (and what they mean for the environment) in today’s green news.

  1. Could global warming 50 million years ago have caused mammal dwarfism? (Discovery News)
  2. Coal was dealt a blow on its own turf with the election of Virginia’s new governor. (Christian Science Monitor)
  3. What’s killing golden eagles in America? (BBC News)
  4. If we melt all the ice in the world, this is what Earth will look like. (TreeHugger)
  5. The United States is destroying its entire stockpile of ivory later this month. (New York Times)

The Green Buzz: Friday, October 25

Written by | October 25th, 2013

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A beautiful island loses its rats, chemical exposure may be making us fat.

  1. Arctic temperatures in the summer are now the highest in at least 44,000 years. (Live Science)
  2. There’s been an amazing transformation at a place that used to be called Rat Island. (Discovery News)
  3. Is DDT exposure from the 1950s making us, and many animals, fat today? (Grist)
  4. Dolphins are being illegally slaughtered and used for shark bait. (National Geographic)
  5. 60% of Britain’s most endangered species have declined in numbers over the past 40 years. (Telegraph)

The Green Buzz: Thursday, October 3

Written by | October 3rd, 2013

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Today’s green news is filled with weird climate change effects and, yes, zombies.

  1. The world’s oceans are declining much faster than anyone thought, thanks to climate change, overfishing and pollution. (BBC News)
  2. Turns out car exhaust is confusing honeybees to death. (The Atlantic Cities)
  3. More bad news for bees: these huge Asian hornets are stinging people to death and killing bees in Europe. Yikes! (Grist)
  4. What can zombies teach us about the spread of disease? A lot, apparently. (MNN)
  5. As sea ice shrinks, tens of thousands of walruses are gathering on land. (National Geographic)

The Green Buzz: Monday, September 30

Written by | September 30th, 2013

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We’re ending the month of September with some good reads on issues like coexisting with keystone species and sinkholes. Yikes.

  1. Here are five big takeaways from the IPCC’s big global warming report on Friday. (National Geographic)
  2. The Bayou Corne Sinkhole: growing bigger and dividing a town, in the process. (New York Times)
  3. Can Burmese pythons in the Everglades be lured into traps? Pretty much everyone hopes so… (Christian Science Monitor)
  4. A commercial freighter completed the first-ever voyage through the Northwest Passage this week. (NPR)
  5. Can ranchers coexist with coyotes? In California, an innovative method is showing it’s possible. (MNN)

The Green Buzz: Thursday, September 19

Written by | September 19th, 2013

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Are you ready for some football in this morning’s green news?

  1. Can we get an “O-H!” That’s right, you may not love their football, but the Buckeyes are calling a new play, and it’s decidedly green. (Washington Post)
  2. Those towering, somewhat fantastical baobab trees? They’re another casualty of climate change. (Scientific American)
  3. It doesn’t make headlines like elephants or rhinos do, but the pangolin is being poached to death. (Environment 360)
  4. The creation of a science laureate seemed like a good idea, you know, to help encourage future scientists. Until it was derailed by politics… (NPR)
  5. Russian Coast Guard fired on a Greenpeace ship and arrested four; the activists were trying to draw attention to Arctic drilling. (Environmental News Service)

The Green Buzz: Monday, July 29

Written by | July 29th, 2013

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Could Santa be flooded out? Did “Sharknado” get something right? It’s all in today’s green news.

  1. Apparently we paved paradise and put up unused parking lots all over the place. Awesome. (Grist)
  2. Where the North Pole was once frozen, now there is a lake. Is Santa flooded out? (MNN)
  3. Ok, “Sharknado,” sometimes aquatic animals do fall from the sky (just not sharks). (National Geographic)
  4. U.S. government has redirected over $31M dollars owed to USAID to form a conservation fund in the Phillipines. (Mongabay)
  5. Perhaps animals in captivity don’t need toys or treats, but quality time with friends. (The New York Times)

The Green Buzz: Friday, June 14

Written by | June 14th, 2013

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Near extinct Philippine Eagle found to be thriving elsewhere in the Philippines – queue the R. Kelly track, “I believe I can fly.”

  1. National bird of the Philippines found nesting in previously unknown region, leads to conservation effort (ABS-CBN)
  2. The joys of teaching conservation to kids while fishing. (Gannet)
  3. Conservation leads to job opportunities in Zambia (Times of Zambia)
  4. Cultivation of sea cucumbers leads to conservation efforts in Madagascar (National Geographic)
  5. VIDEO: Glacier collapses in Argentina (AP)

 

 

 

The Green Buzz: Thursday, May 16

Written by | May 16th, 2013

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We’ve got some interesting news on the climate change front this morning.

  1. America has its first climate change refugees. (Grist)
  2. The Farm Bill has been approved by the House. (Huffington Post)
  3. What’s blue, provides over 80 percent of U.S. fresh water, and is suffering? The Great Lakes. (MNN)
  4. They’re supposed to protect the rhinos, but the black market is creating poachers out of park rangers. (NPR)
  5. Looks like the bond between human and dog may be deeper than we thought. (National Geographic)
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