Category: Environment

Cape Town Water Running Out

In less than 3 months, a major international city will likely run out of water A few days ago, city officials had said that day will come on April 22. This week, they moved up the date to April 12. Cape Town is South Africa’s second-largest city and a top international tourist draw. Now, residents […]

All-Electric in 2019

First Musk gives the technology away. Then Tesla announces its Model 3 for the masses starting this Friday. Now Volvo says it will be all electric from 2019 on. And the hovercars will be making their appearance — when???

What is the Paris Agreement

The Paris Agreement is based upon The United Nations Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol. It is the portion that needed to be ratified for the elements agreed upon to be put in place. This called for at least 147 parties of the 197 Parties attending the Convention to agree. The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change newsroom shows […]

The Paris Agreement Intro

I believe fully in Climate Change. I also believe that every nation must do its part and that the US will need to be a leader in this cause because of our prosperity, technological ability, and responsibility to the planet. So what is The Paris Agreement?

Nepal Earthquake How

Saturday’s terrible earthquake was the latest result of an ongoing collision of giant pieces of our planet, a slow-moving disaster that started about 50 million years ago. | Scientific American

Octopus Limbs

How do octopuses keep track of their 8 limbs? Researchers have discovered that secret behind an octopus’s dexterity comes from the radial symmetry of its legs. Check it out! | News from Science

So why isn’t our atmosphere sucked into space

When you think about it, Earth is a closed system. The water you’re drinking is part of the same water cycle as the water the dinosaur’s drank. The ground you’re walking on has been there for millennia. As rocks are worn away by weathering and soil erodes, the resulting materials make their way into the cycle […]

Biogeochemistry

Yes. You read that correctly. Bio – life; Geo – pertaining to the earth; Chemistry – structures, properties, and related changes. You also understood what biogeochemistry is about if it sounds like the term refers to bits of many things that are vital to life on our planet. Let’s take a closer look at the […]

400 Sumatran Tigers Left

There are only 400 Sumatran Tigers left in the world! Today you’ll see #SumatranTiger and #EndangeredSong rippling through social media. The reason for this is that “Portugal. The Man,” in conjunction with the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and National Zoo, has released a song to bring attention to this sorry news. To bring the plight […]

Q&A Penguins

I’ve just been reading a fantastic book about penguins. Smithsonian Q&A Penguins by Lloyd Spencer Davis has everything I’ve been wondering about. It’s written in accessible language. It’s also fun to read. I’ve read a lot about marine mammals, and I was wishing there was a similar volume that included penguins. The best I could […]

Crittercam

National Geographic has a terrific device known as the Crittercam. The penguin on the left is wearing one. He’s not the only animal that has. It’s been worn by a variety of animals, including humpback whales and a bear cub. The idea for the Crittercam came to marine biologist and filmmaker Greg Marshall in 1986. […]

Jellyfish Power!

This is the first post in a series on jellyfish. It explores the way jellyfish move through deep water. Sometimes it appears that jellyfish simply float and move with the water in the waves. Other times it seems that the wind blowing across the surface of the water is pushing the jellyfish along the surface.

Air Quality

When you see this image, you’ll know the post is about something related to Air Quality. The post may include an interview, a news item, a TED Talk, or a report on the latest research. Whichever it is, it will be worth your time. It will also include a link that you can use to […]

Species Survival

When you see this image, you’ll know the post is about something related to Species Survival. The post may include an interview, a news item, a TED Talk, or a report on the latest research. Whichever it is, it will be worth your time. It will also include a link that you can use to […]

Colony Collapse Due to Number of Factors

A new study by John Bryden of Royal Holloway University of London and his colleagues supports the current theory that colony collapse is likely a result of a number of stressors. Scientific American Climate Change & Environment briefings reports this month that Bryden modeled stresses on bees. “The model accurately predicted the fate of 16 experimental colonies […]