Category Archives: Environment

Costs of switching to renewable energy

Interesting article in NYT.

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A Chinese project bigger than Three Gorges!

The Chinese governement is planning a project called the South-North Water Diversion Project. It would divert at least six trillion gallons of water each year hundreds of miles from the Yangtze, to the north China plain. Its $62 billion price … Continue reading

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Project Phylo: Conservationists Should Heed Pokemon

What is this phylo thing? (Some interesting but relatively specific FAQs here) Well, it’s an online initiative aimed at creating a Pokemon card type resource but with real creatures on display in full “artistic” wonder. Not only that – but … Continue reading

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Woolly Mammoth Hunters Causing Climate Change?

Ancient hunters who stalked the world’s last woolly mammoths likely helped warm the Earth’s far northern latitudes thousands of years before humans began burning fossil fuels, according to a study of prehistoric climate change. The demise of the leaf-chomping woolly … Continue reading

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Oil spills part of life (or the lack of it) here.

From the NYT again: BODO, Nigeria — Big oil spills are no longer news in this vast, tropical land. The Niger Delta, where the wealth underground is out of all proportion with the poverty on the surface, has endured the … Continue reading

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The Spill, The Scandal and the President

Fierce and very informative reporting from Tim Dickinson in the Rolling Stone. It’s an eye-opening article about the corrupt, irresponsible and grossly unregulated political and corporate climate that led to the BP oil spill. Long, but well worth it.

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Mushrooms break down oil and plastic in bioremediation

Thanks to Patricia.. The real magic of mushrooms and their mycelial networks are quickly being discovered. Mycologist Paul Stamets has been driving the field to new discoveries in bioremediation and antibiotics. The ability of mycelium to produce enzymes that break … Continue reading

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Our favorite naturalist… must be pretty cold…

Turning 84 this May, David Attenborough has just shown up on the North Pole. He’s filming for Frozen Planet, to be released in 2011. Image from here David Attenborough Reaches North Pole for First Time … Speaking from the Svalbard … Continue reading

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Mortal melting pots

India is fast becoming the waste dump of the world. The hazardous stuff is only the start of it. Around two decades ago, Lawrence Summers, then World Bank chief economist, outraged many when he argued in an internal memo that … Continue reading

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