Category Archives: Environment

Texas’ Decade-Long Megadrought Put on Hold While Texas Floods

Remember a couple of years ago when Texas was in such a deep, seemingly-irreversible drought that experts trumpeted it as the next great megadrought, the likes of which would cause Texas to poof into a pile of dust by the … Continue reading

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Fracking Activity Is Probably Causing Earthquakes in Texas

Fracking can’t catch a break from bad press recently: Some think it’s triggering earthquakes in Texas, a state usually lacking in seismic activity. Read more… via Gizmodo http://ift.tt/1FfJseM

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Dozens Of Dinosaur Eggs Unearthed By Chinese Road Workers

A construction crew working in Heyuan, China have stumbled upon a remarkable batch of fossilized dinosaur eggs. Of the 43 discovered, 19 remain completely intact. Read more… via io9 http://ift.tt/1yPd8MX

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Georgia wants EV owners to pay for saving the planet

Climate change is still a real, looming threat, so you’d think that getting people using electric cars would be a vital project to safeguard the future. Unfortunately, the state of Georgia is so broke that it’s not only pulling its … Continue reading

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Curiosity Has Found Nitrates Important for Life on Mars

Samples obtained by NASA’s Curiosity rover on Mars have been analyzed and shown to contain nitrogen compounds, that are a source of nutrients for living things. Read more… via Gizmodo http://ift.tt/1Ip54D9

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The Fukushima Cleanup Wasted Half a Billion Dollars on Bad Technology

The cleanup of Fukushima’s leaking nuclear plant has been long, expensive, and plagued with problems. Now, the AP reports a government audit has found that more than a third of the budget for cleanup was wasted—totaling hundreds of millions of … Continue reading

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Switching to electric cars would help cool down cities

Electric cars can do more for the environment than cut back on air pollution and fossil fuel use — they can make sweltering summers more bearable, too. Researchers have determined that EVs create a cooling effect in urban areas, since … Continue reading

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“Biodegradeable” Plastic Is Not So Biodegradeable After All

Biodegradeable plastic, now often found in plastic bags and bottles, contains additives that are supposed to get microbes to break down tough plastic faster. But a new study from Michigan State University finds that some of these additives may actually … Continue reading

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Saturn’s icy moon possibly has warm waters that could foster life

Enceladus used to be just another icy moon until the Cassini spacecraft spotted geysers on its surface, spewing water 125 miles into the sky back in 2005. Now, after years of research, scientists have published two studies suggesting that these … Continue reading

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Can this picture of a frog riding a beetle be real or is it fake?

Petapixel has republished a great article about fake nature photos written by a group of nature photographers who are denouncing the abuses of some of their colleagues. Here it is, reproduced in its entirety. It answers the question—can this picture … Continue reading

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Grand Central Station Is Radioactive

Behold, the miserable relic of a toxic era! Its denizens scurry through it, unaware or unable to avoid the poison it gives off. Seriously, though, Grand Central Station gives you a dose of radiation when you go through it, thanks … Continue reading

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Amazing video shows how dust moves from the Sahara Desert to Brazil

Here’s an awesome 3D visualization from NASA that shows how the Sahara Desert helps fertilize the Amazon rainforest even though they’re on two different continents that are separated by an entire ocean. The Saharan dust is carried over by wind … Continue reading

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The only way this guy could get closer to liquid lava is showering in it

I have seen some crazy closeup volcano photography before, but this is madness. Kawika Singson has gone closer to liquid lava than I have ever seen. Watch this footage of hot magma spilling right into the ocean while he’s on … Continue reading

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What High-Speed Cameras Can Tell Us About the Smell of Rain 

That lovely, earthy smell after the rain has a name: petrichor. Exactly what causes petrichor, however, is unknown. Armed with high-speed cameras, MIT scientists have found that the interface where raindrop hits earth is a little more complicated than you … Continue reading

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Why California’s High-Speed Rail Matters

Welcome to Reading List, a breakdown of some wonderfully constructed words, phrases, and sentences you should really be reading this week. Before you get too excited, take a second to take a peek over all our exhaustive (seriously I’m still … Continue reading

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A new study could explain why we often get sick when it’s cold outside.

A new study could explain why we often get sick when it’s cold outside. Researchers have learned that the virus for the common cold replicates more efficiently at cooler temperatures — especially inside our noses. The finding suggests we should … Continue reading

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The fine line that separates normality from disaster in one single photo

It seems that, every time the heavy rain season comes, some Austrians live in a permanent situation of impending disaster. Just look at these homes right next to a flood protection wall that seems about to burst and destroy everything. … Continue reading

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Clues About the End of Maya Civilization Come from this Blue Hole

Recent findings suggest the massive sinkhole off the coast of Belize known (quite logically) as the Great Blue Hole may hold the key to solving the mysterious end of the Maya civilization. Read more… via io9 http://ift.tt/1vC3bdH

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Climate change deal has 194 countries cutting emissions

Deals to reduce greenhouse gases (such as 1997’s Kyoto Protocol) have been in place for years. However, they’ve typically limited the reductions to richer nations — poorer countries have objected to previous attempts to broaden the scope due to requ… … Continue reading

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