Tag: Evolution

The Green Buzz: Wednesday, November 13

Written by | November 13th, 2013

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Today’s green news is filled with mysteries.

  1. Who killed the big red wolves? They’re aiming to find out in North Carolina. (Washington Post)
  2. A mysterious disease is turning sea stars into goo. (Live Science)
  3. In the battle against invasive species, these five seem to have won. (MNN)
  4. Sally Jewel, the new secretary of the Department of Interior, is sized up. (Outside Magazine)
  5. The oldest big cat fossil has been found in Asia, supporting the theory that they did not evolve in Africa. (BBC News)

The Green Buzz: Tuesday, April 30

Written by | April 30th, 2013

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Never thought I’d say this, but today’s green news has me marveling at cicadas.

  1. NYC’s urban jungle and the real jungle aren’t so different when it comes to evolution. (TreeHugger)
  2. Yes, they’re annoying, but learning how a cicada keeps its wings clean is pretty rad. (Science World)
  3. This just in: plants could offset 1% of global warming worldwide. (Daily Mail)
  4. When words aren’t an option, fish use sign language to communicate. (National Geographic)
  5. Save the bees, ban pesticides, says the EU. (BBC Nature)

The Green Buzz: Tuesday, April 9

Written by | April 9th, 2013

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It’s a gorgeous spring day in Washington, DC — which begs the question, how long till the cicadas show up?

  1. Fasten your seat belt, airline travel will get bumpier due to climate change. (Grist)
  2. After a 17-year hiatus, billions of cicadas will soon be invading the East Coast. (Huffington Post Green)
  3. Gulp. Will climate change decimate the wine industry? (Washington Post)
  4. Blink and you might miss it: environmental changes lead to rapid evolution. (Wired)
  5. Air pollution can stunt growth of coral reefs. (RedOrbit)

Cool Green Morning: Tuesday, January 3

Written by | January 3rd, 2012

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Happy New Year, greenies!

  1. World’s first hybrid shark found in Australia’s waters. (Discovery News)
  2. Hehe. Scientists are tickling animals to learn how laughter has evolved. (BBC)
  3. China’s city dwellers will be breathing unhealthy air for at least another 20 years. (Guardian)
  4. African elephant ivory trade sadly rises in 2011. (Green)
  5. Ecuador makes a deal and raises $116 million to not drill in the Amazon. (Mongabay)

Cool Green Morning: Tuesday, December 27

Written by | December 27th, 2011

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Today we learn what to do with all that post-Christmas clutter.

  1. NRDC shares a few green ideas for putting holiday waste to good use. (NRDC)
  2. American youth have fallen out of love with automobiles. (Grist)
  3. If science looks to the past to understand the future, what happens when climate change gets in the way? (Time)
  4. Explore a coral reef Twilight Zone. (Green)
  5. China unveils a controversial 310-mph train. (Wall Street Journal)

Cool Green Morning: Tuesday, March 9

Written by | March 9th, 2010

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Crack open a bottle of organic wine (no, it’s not too early) and dig into the day’s top green stories. Cool Green Morning is best paired with a full-bodied red (yes, this writer doesn’t know a thing about wine):

  1. How clean is “clean” coal, really? (Grist)
  2. A team of researchers says that consumers just aren’t interested in eco-friendly wine. (Journal Watch Online)
  3. This fall, Kentucky will become home to the greenest elementary school in all the land. (EcoGeek)
  4. In the wake of “ClimateGate,” science works on its defensive strategy. (dotEarth)
  5. New research indicates that extinctions are outpacing evolution. Here’s hoping we don’t eventually run out of species… (Mongabay)

Is Conservation…Unnatural?

Written by | March 16th, 2009

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I wrote about the Church Bird of Borneo a few weeks ago, and asked the question how species could be evolutionary winners and conservation disasters at the same time. The issue is about exotic and invasive species that are ecologically much better adapted to their new environments than indigenous species, which are often fine-tuned with […]

Yikes! It’s a Giant Earthworm!

Written by | March 12th, 2009

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Erik receives a photo of a 5-foot earthworm from Borneo and goes on a quest to find out which species it is. Unaware of the complexity of earthworm taxonomy, he fails miserably, but enjoys the search anyway.

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