Tag: Climate Change

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 18

Written by | December 18th, 2013

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“Green chemistry” energy solutions and an Arctic ice increase?? in today’s green news.

  1. Those of you in the snowy U.S. and Middle East might be surprised to hear this, but global temperatures actually set a new high last month.  (CNN)
  2. The amount of Arctic ice is up this year compared to last, but, unfortunately, scientists don’t see this as a trend.  (The New Zealand Herald)
  3. Hydrogen extraction from stones could be a green energy solution!  This new chemical process is carbon-free.  (BBC News)

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: 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: 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, December 5

Written by | December 5th, 2013

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Think humans are apex predators? Think again.

  1. Despite what you may think, we aren’t apex predators like sharks and lions; but meat eating is on the rise worldwide. (Mongabay)
  2. A carbon tax isn’t here yet, but some surprising companies are already planning for it. (Huffington Post)
  3. As if they weren’t deadly enough, crocodiles use lures to catch their prey! (Science World Report)
  4. Trouble is arriving in New Jersey on six legs, and it doesn’t bode well for the state’s pine forests. (NPR)
  5. Update on the stranded whales: These pilot whales like to stick together, and that’s not good for the ones who are still alive, stranded. (NPR)

The Green Buzz: Wednesday, December 4

Written by | December 4th, 2013

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In today’s green news, whales, chimps and cows – oh my!

  1. A pod of pilot whales is stranded off the Everglades’ coast and marine experts are trying to figure out why. (CBS Miami)
  2. Should chimps have human rights? If that will free this one from a captive shed, then yes, says the Nonhuman Rights Project. (MNN)
  3. What do gassy cattle have to do with extracting natural gas?  Turns out, quite a bit. (Christian Science Monitor)
  4. Early warning systems are key to saving us from the nasty effects of climate change, says a new study. (Bloomberg)
  5. A new startup could making purchasing solar energy as easy as booking travel. (Huffington Post)

The Green Buzz: Wednesday, November 27

Written by | November 27th, 2013

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The green news today is chock full of stories that raised our eyebrows.

  1. Taking a stand: college campuses around the U.S. are divesting from fossil-fuel firms to combat climate change. (Washington Post)
  2. They may seem slow and awkward, but seahorses are super stealthy hunters. (BBC News)
  3. The headline says it all: China’s pet dogs may save wild tigers. (Scientific American)
  4. This U.S. island is so polluted by plastic that it may soon become a Superfund site. (MNN)
  5. When states run out of funding to fight wildfires, prison inmates to the rescue. (New York Times)

The Green Buzz: Tuesday, November 26

Written by | November 26th, 2013

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Big animal news in today’s Green Buzz.

  1. World Toilet Organization campaign seeks to turn Black Friday brown. (MNN)
  2. In the last six months alone, over 350 species added to the IUCN Red List’s threatened species list. (Mongabay)
  3. Judge rejects climate change refugee claim. (Huffington Post Green)
  4. You’ll never guess what vegetable powered up this Christmas tree. (TreeHugger)
  5. We blame the cows: U.S. methane emissions may be 50% more than previously thought. (USA Today)
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