Environment

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Category archives for Environment

The potential for various geo-engineering proposals to offset the effects of climate change is often not factored in to near- and long-term climate scenarios. In a study conducted by NOAA, released this week, the authors predicted “irreversible changes,” but noted, “we do not consider geo-engineering measures that might be able to remove gases already in…

On Tuesday, President Bush garnered favor with marine conservationists in a last-minute move to protect over 195,000 square miles of the Pacific Ocean—more than any president in history. The new marine reserve, which includes parts of the Mariana Trench in addition to several coral reefs and atolls, will be protected from mining, fishing, oil exploration…

Despite An Inconvenient Truth‘s Oscar win and Al Gore’s Nobel, public opinion of global warming has changed little since the film’s release in 2006. As Matt Nisbet recently pointed out: “Conventional wisdom pegged Gore’s film and media campaign as changing the nature of the debate in the public’s mind, but unfortunately this interpretation doesn’t hold…

(This guest post was written by Chris Rowan) It is always a pleasure to welcome a new Scibling into the fold, but I am particularly pleased to celebrate the addition of a fellow rock-hound to the Collective. Maria Brumm of Green Gabbro has used the move as an opportunity to throw off her cloak of…

Biosphere 2, that famous research boondoggle, has entered a new stage in its lifecycle: condo and ranchette proliferation.

Aaaah, wilderness. Fresh air, the smell of pines, the sounds of songbirds chirping…quelling the urge to throw an elbow in Central Park on a sunny Sunday morning. Intuition tells us that time spent outside is good for our mental health, and myriad studies affirm it. Schools that incorporate a nature-based curriculum have higher test scores…

Summer is nearly here, and beef is in the air: or at least in the mainstream media. A cursory search of Google news earlier this week turned up eighteen different stories about beef posted within a twenty-four hour period, among them: South Korea Opens to US Beef Imports, Pampered Beef Cattle Generate a Niche Profit,…

A new Google Earth overlay allows you to track the progress of HMS Endurance. Sure, it lacks the glamour of Shackelton’s initial voyage–but armchair explorers don’t have to eat seals.

The Earth isn’t the only thing that’s hotter than ever. Rob Reiner’s famously clueless rock-and-roll trio is reuniting for an unexpected reason: to save the world from global warming.

IPCC Confirms: Sky IS Falling.

2050: Warming temperatures melt the glaciers off Kilimanjaro (and other equatorial mountains). 2100: Climate change drives a quarter of all plant and animal species to extinction. 2200: Melting ice changes the distribution of Earth’s mass enough to actually speed the rotation of the Earth.