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'This Is A Significant Spill'

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TEXAS CITY, Texas (AP) — A barge that once carried some 900,000 gallons of heavy tar-like oil was cleared Sunday of its remaining contents, a day after the vessel collided with a ship in the busy Houston Ship Channel and leaked as much as a qua...
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A Farm For The Future (BBC Documentary)

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Conservation, business partnerships evolve - Charleston Post Courier

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Conservation, business partnerships evolve Charleston Post Courier Public or private conservation efforts have now protected more than three quarters of a million acres around Charleston - nearly one-third of the land mass of Charleston, Berkeley...

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CITIES: Louisville, fastest-warming city in U.S., reaches for the brakes -- Monday, August 18, 2014 -- www.eenews.net

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Two years ago, the home of the Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Fried Chicken and the Louisville Slugger received an unwelcome distinction: fastest-warming heat island in the United States.
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A Solar Plant Is Setting Birds On Fire

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A massive, billion-dollar solar plant in the Mojave Desert is setting birds on fire as they fly over the facility.

The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, which is located close to the California-Nevada border, has killed birds as they fly t...
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China's massive role in illegal logging

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China produces more wood and paper products than any nation on Earth. Sadly, much of it comes from illegal timber. Bound for China...


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New nursery sprayer could be ‘game changer’

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Capital Press The USDA and university researchers are testing a sprayer that dramatically cuts pesticide use and drift.


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The roads scholar

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An ecologist helps wildlife safely cross highways.
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China's air pollution scaring away expat executives

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Whitney Foard Small loved China and her job as a regional director of communications for a top automaker. But after air pollution led to several stays in hospital and finally ...

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Would you decline a great job offer abroad because of pollution ?

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Foreigners regularly check the air quality readings put out by the U.S. Embassy and consulates on their Twitter feeds when deciding whether to go out for a run or let their children play outside.

 

The pollution has become even more of a hot topic since January, when the readings in Beijing went off the scale and beyond what is considered hazardous by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

 

At the same time, China’s state media gave unprecedented coverage to the pollution following months of growing pressure from a Chinese middle class that has become more vocal about the quality of its air.

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wow, definitely worth considering!

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Deadly Algae Are Everywhere, Thanks to Agriculture

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Get used to algae blooms, they may be coming to a body of water near you
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Auckland Council hypocritical on wastewater dumping

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"Updated 8:22am: It's given the green-light to dumping waste in waterways, while asking the rest of us to "celebrate our streams".

Auckland Council has decided its contractors did nothing wrong, in repeatedly dumping wastewater in a Pukekohe stream last month."


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Foresters Now Monitoring Tree Populations from Space [Slide Show]

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Scientists know surprisingly little about what is growing in our forests. New techniques for analyzing satellite data are about to change that
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These techniques can determine not just the type of tree but also its size. “We get longer-wavelength images that scatter more on bigger or denser trees,” Parisa says. That is useful information to SilviaTerra’s main clients: companies that buy or invest in timber who want to know where the largest reserves may be. Currently such companies own forested lands worth as much as $90 billion. Based on interest in the market, analysts say these companies could soon double their landholdings.

 

Parisa and Nova are not the only ones approaching the forest data problem this way. Companies are doing similar work in Canada, Israel and Ireland as well as in other parts of the U.S. “Ten years from now there’s going to be amazing information available for forests anywhere you want to point your mouse on a computer or anywhere you want to walk,” Parisa remarks.

 

This new technology could be a blessing to forest landowners and managers who will soon be able to better track their land’s response to climate change or spot invasive species sooner.

 

Of course there will likely always be traditional foresters like Shane Hetzler who provide data from the field to complement data harvested from satellite images. Hetzler, who works for small landowners in coastal New England, prefers the conventional means of studying forests. He hasn’t completely forsaken new technology, however. Hetzler uses smartphone apps to log the height, width, location and species of the trees he encounters during his long treks through the woods. The old way was a “rite of passage” he says, logging data in the field with pen on paper, “hoping that it wasn’t going to rain.” But, he has to admit, the new data tools “are pretty great.”

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As Animals Mingle, a Baffling Genetic Barrier

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A puzzle of just 82 letters of DNA is challenging what it means to be a species. 

In new research published in June in the journal Science, Wolf’s team has found that a surprisingly small chunk of DNA may hold the answer. A comparison of the carrion and hooded-crow genomes showed that the sequences are almost identical. Differences in just 82 DNA letters, out of a total of about 1.2 billion, appear to separate the two groups. Almost all of them are clustered in a small part of one chromosome.  “Maybe just a few genes make a species what they are,” said Chris Jiggins, a biologist at the University of Cambridge in England, who was not involved in the study. “Maybe the rest of genome can flow, so species are much more fluid than we imagined before.”

The findings are striking because they suggest that just a few genes can keep two populations apart. Something within that segment of DNA stops black crows from mating with gray ones and vice versa, creating a tenuous mating barrier that could represent one of the earliest steps in the formation of new species. “They look very different and prefer to mate with their own kind, and all of that must be controlled by these narrow regions,” Jiggins said.


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The Game Theory of Life | Quanta Magazine

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"In what appears to be the first study of its kind, computer scientists report that an algorithm discovered more than 50 years ago in game theory and now widely used in machine learning is mathematically identical to the equations used to describe the distribution of genes within a population of organisms. Researchers may be able to use the algorithm, which is surprisingly simple and powerful, to better understand how natural selection works and how populations maintain their genetic diversity.

By viewing evolution as a repeated game, in which individual players, in this case genes, try to find a strategy that creates the fittest population, researchers found that evolution values both diversity and fitness.

Some biologists say that the findings are too new and theoretical to be of use; researchers don’t yet know how to test the ideas in living organisms. Others say the surprising connection, published Monday in the advance online version of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, may help scientists understand a puzzling feature of natural selection: The fittest organisms don’t always wipe out their weaker competition. Indeed, as evidenced by the menagerie of life on Earth, genetic diversity reigns."


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What is SafetyNet? - SafetyNet

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Deforestation ramping up in Yasuni as Ecuador sets to open up national park to drilling

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Yasuni National park has been in the conservation spotlight in recent years, with oil drilling threatening the forests and wildlife of this biodiversity hotspot. Recently, disturbance in the park may have ramped up, with satellite data showing a significant increase in deforestation alerts within Yasuni National Park since 2011.

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Back to nature: Last chunk of Elwha dams out in September - The Seattle Times

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Toledo Blade Back to nature: Last chunk of Elwha dams out in September The Seattle Times Already, terraced banks of the former lakes are burgeoning with alder and cottonwood, the gift of seeds carried by the lakes as they gradually were lowered...

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Newborns Commonly Are Exposed in Womb to Germ-Killing, Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals

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The antibacterial compound triclosan may be common in pregnant women and infants
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The real cost of ethanol

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The unexpected price of something that was supposed to save you money and be good for the environment
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Climate change reflected in altered Missouri River flow, USGS report says

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Montana farmer Rocky Norby has worked the land along the Missouri River for more than 20 years, coaxing sugar beets and malted barley out of the arid ground.
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Idaho’s sewer system is the Snake River

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As Big Ag flourishes, this massive waterway suffers.
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Artful, Aerial Views of Humanity's Impact

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Using aerial photographs that render imperiled landscapes almost abstract, Edward Burtynsky explores the consequences of human activity bearing down on the earth’s resources.

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These images may be very useful for teaching the DCI's under the Human Impact topic.

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Is this evidence of homgeniziation of landscapes?

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People change landscapes. This is a great resource available as an iPad App also Called Burtynsky Water. 

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Brave New Recycling Economy: Movement Turns Trash to Treasure - SPIEGEL ONLINE

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Every piece of garbage can be turned into raw material that can be used in future products. With his influential Cradle to Cradle movement, Germany's Michael Braungart espouses a form of eco-hedonism that puts smart production before conservation.
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Glass Eel Gold Rush Casts Maine Fishermen against Scientists

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Sky-high prices for juvenile American eels have created conflict in Maine between fishermen and fisheries biologists over the fate of the species
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Mass. To Make Big Food Wasters Lose The Landfill

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By October, the state will have the most ambitious commercial food waste ban in the U.S. Institutions that produce more than a ton of waste a week will have to find new uses for their scraps.
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Mysterious Craters Are Just the Beginning of Arctic Surprises

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Researchers are rethinking century-old observations as they witness the unexpected and peculiar perils that are emerging from thawing Arctic permafrost

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Saving seeds the right way can save the world's plants

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Exotic pests, shrinking ranges and a changing climate threaten some of the world's most rare and ecologically important plants, and so conservationists establish seed collections to save the seeds in banks or botanical gardens in hopes of preserving some genetic diversity. For decades, these seed collections have been guided by simple models that offer a one-size-fits-all approach for how many seeds to gather. A new study, however, has found that more careful tailoring of seed collections to specific species and situations is critical to preserving plant diversity.

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