Category: Insects

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: Friday, December 27

Written by | December 27th, 2013

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Who wouldn’t enjoy more monarch butterflies? Learn about the key to their comeback, as well as a Snow Dragon in the Antarctic and smart dimming streetlamps in L.A. in today’s green news.

  1. The key to a monarch butterfly resurgence could be right in your backyard.  (New York Times)
  2. “Snow Dragon” seeks to rescue a Russian ship, which became trapped in ice during its polar expedition.  (Huffington Post)
  3. Los Angeles stands to curb energy use by 40% with the help of Tvilight.  (Grist)

The Green Buzz: Tuesday, December 10

Written by | December 10th, 2013

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Cockroaches and takeout containers together again in today’s green news.

  1. Snowy owls (Hedwig!) were shot at JFK’s airport to protect planes from engine failure. (MNN)
  2. There’s a new Asian cockroach in town, and researchers say it loves the cold. Eww. (Live Science)
  3. Can used takeout containers be recycled? That’s the question at the heart of a proposal to ban them in NYC. (New York Times)
  4. Are you in Florida? Help scientists find the missing pilot whales. (CNN)
  5. Local cities to Washington: If you’re not going to take lead on climate change, move out of the way. (Huffington Post)

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)

The Green Buzz: Tuesday, September 17

Written by | September 17th, 2013

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A story on pollution told by…ear wax? Read on, conservation-concerned, and learn more in today’s green news.

  1. Like star-gazing? There are four sky events this week, so grab that blanket and look up! (National Geographic)
  2. There’s a new world map in town, and it shows areas that are most susceptible to climate change. (International Business Times)
  3. How often do whales clean their ears? Well, never, which is why ear wax turns out to be a great indicator of contaminants in the ocean. (NPR)
  4. Woodpeckers are proving to be an admirable adversary to the invasive emerald ash borer. (MNN)
  5. Small animals perceive time as though it’s passing in slow motion, says a new study. (BBC News)

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: Wednesday, August 14

Written by | August 14th, 2013

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Has climate change finally had a positive effect on something? We’re buzzing about it in today’s green news.

  1. Kudzu vs. goats. Goats win! Invasive plants have met their match in Washington, DC. (Grist)
  2. This toothy fish has male skinny-dippers in Scandinavia on edge. (CNN)
  3. Climate change triggers growth spurt in two of California’s iconic trees. (LA Times)
  4. Bone-eating worms thrive in the Antarctic. (Nature)
  5. They may be small, but they’re mighty. Stowaway ants on the loose. (BBC Nature)

Operation Osprey Banding

Written by | August 12th, 2013

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Don your hip waders and join our New Jersey staff as they navigate thick marsh and even thicker swarms of flies into raptor territory for an incredible osprey banding experience.

The Green Buzz: Monday, August 12

Written by | August 12th, 2013

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We’ve got a guide for watching the Perseids meteor shower in today’s green news!

  1. More than 100,000 people want a one-way trip to Mars. (CNN)
  2. Here’s a guide to watching the spectacular Perseids meteor shower. (National Geographic)
  3. The invasive emerald ash borer in Detroit has brought a surge in woodpeckers. Go get ‘em, guys. (Detroit Free Press)
  4. One of North America’s rarest birds is enjoying a comeback, thanks to the US Navy. (Daily Mail)
  5. How to engage the public on depressing news updates on the environment? How about cartoons. (Mongabay)

Nature Photo of the Week: Bejeweled Spider Web

Written by | August 8th, 2013

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Whether you like spiders or have an aversion to all things creepy crawly, you have to admit, their webs? Pretty cool. Especially when they are bejeweled like this one! Great capture by Flickr photographer Charles Larry1.

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