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City Rooftops: Paint Them White Or Plant Them With Green? — New Study

9/26/2009 // By Kevin Coyle

Cities are real climate hot spots and their rooftops, in particular, absorb heat and run up energy use. Jeff Salton at Gizmag.com reports: Previous studies have indicated that painting roofs white can be a low tech way to reduce global […] Read more >

Scientists: New Rating System Maps Immediacy Of Nine Threats to Environment

9/26/2009 // By Kevin Coyle

In a rating system compiled by a group of scientists, there is new meaning to immediate threats being off-the-charts. The top three threats? Biodiversity loss, nitrogen run-off and climate change. Susannah Locke at Popsci-com reports: “Publishing in the journal Nature, […] Read more >

Google Earth Maps Carbon In The Atmosphere

9/21/2009 // By Kevin Coyle

Google Earth has teamed up with science experts to help people better understand CO2 in the atmosphere through dynamic mapping. Physorg.com reports: “A better understanding of the carbon cycle has implications for energy and environmental policy and carbon management. In […] Read more >

Chimpanzee Archeology: Tool-Use Shows That Humans and Apes Closer Than Thought

8/14/2009 // By Kevin Coyle

When archeologists began to look at chimpanzees and their longstanding use of tools, some conventional thinking about the separation between man and beast got a little fuzzier.   Science Daily.com reports: “Julio Mercader, holder of the Canada Research Chair in Tropical […] Read more >

350 New Plant and Wildlife Species Discovered In The Himalayan Region

8/13/2009 // By Kevin Coyle

A decade of surveying in the Himalayas has brought some wonderful surprises to the wildlife and nature conservation world. Xinhuanet.com reports: “Over 350 new species, including the world’s smallest deer, a ‘flying frog’ and a 100-million-year old gecko have been […] Read more >

Some Good News For Ocean Fisheries

7/30/2009 // By Kevin Coyle

A new study finds some signs of recovery from overfishing in several areas around the globe. Physorg.com reports: Scientists have joined forces in a groundbreaking assessment on the status of marine fisheries and ecosystems. The two-year study, led by Boris […] Read more >

Week Two: A “Bugly” Scavenger Hunt

7/21/2009 // By Jennifer Ward

Bugs are everywhere in nature, regardless of whether you’re a city dweller or a country dweller. I encourage you to take a walk with your kids and see just what you can find as you embark on a Bugly Scavenger Hunt. Read more >

Humpback Whale Inspires New Wind Turbine Design

7/20/2009 // By Kevin Coyle

A new design for wind turbine blades was inspired by a whale and a work of art. T. Goodman at InventorSpot.com reports: “Frank Fish (yes, it’s his real name), whose field just happens to be biomechanics, actually came about his […] Read more >

(Second) Smallest salamander in U.S. discovered

7/8/2009 // By Kevin Coyle

A new and tiny species of amphibian has been discovered in Georgia. Physorg.com reports: The newly discovered salamander, which is the second-smallest salamander species in the U.S. and one of the smallest in the world at just two inches long, […] Read more >

Elephant Seals Use Robotics To Help Monitor Global Warming

7/8/2009 // By Kevin Coyle

They say that creatures often sense things happening to the environment before people. Here Elephant Seals are assisted by robotics — yup — ROBOTICS! CNN Technology Reports: “Elephant seals equipped with electronic tags and robotic mini submarines using sonar were […] Read more >