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Nuclear Fusion Redux: How Realistic Are Scientists' Plans to Build Mini-Stars on Earth?

Mon, 16 Feb 2009 13:00:00 -0500

(image) I know what you're thinking: This, again? Or: Why are scientists still wasting precious time and money futilely pursuing such pie-in-the-sky schemes? Having read my fair share of nuclear fusion hyperbole, I can certainly sympathize with

Tales of Vanishing Tritium Exit Signs Prompt Health Concerns

Mon, 09 Feb 2009 07:00:00 -0500

(image) When thousands of exit signs in Wal-Mart stores nationwide mysteriously began to disappear, few initially took notice. That is, until the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), the government agency tasked with the oversight of nuclear safety, stepped in.

Can a Credit Card-Sized Chip Helps Scientists Determine What's Ailing Coral Reefs?

Mon, 02 Feb 2009 23:30:00 -0500

(image) The advent of microarrays and advanced genomic technologies is making it easier for scientists to take a (much) closer look at some of the world's most confounding problems. Marine biologists have long wondered which

Obama Administration Will Let States Set Auto Emissions Standards

Mon, 26 Jan 2009 00:00:00 -0500

(image) In a marked break from his predecessor, President Barack Obama will today direct the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to approve requests made by California and 13 other states to establish strict new auto emission and

Epic Fail: Efforts to Fight Invasive Species Could Cause 'Ecosystem Meltdown'

Mon, 19 Jan 2009 07:00:00 -0500

(image) Chalk up another one for human "ingenuity." Efforts to reverse the proliferation of invasive species on Macquarie Island, a 50-square mile piece of land located approximately halfway between Australia and Antarctica, have taken

Busting Crime (And Climate Mysteries) with Algae

Mon, 12 Jan 2009 23:20:00 -0500

(image) Crime-fighting doesn't typically fall within a botanist's job description but, then again, Peter Siver is hardly your typical botanist, as Julie Wernau makes clear in her nice profile. Siver has spent his entire career studying

Could Large-Scale Oxygen Pumps Fix the Baltic Sea's Dead Zones?

Sun, 21 Dec 2008 17:00:00 -0500

(image) It seemed like just yesterday geo-engineering was one of those taboo subjects you couldn't touch with a ten foot pole. Now, though still far from being widely embraced, it has been recognized by many governments and reputable research

UN Supported African Enterprise to Set Up Major Geothermal Facility in East Africa's Rift Valley

Sat, 20 Dec 2008 23:00:00 -0500

(image) 2009 may be the year when geothermal energy finally comes into its own in developing countries in Asia and Africa. After meeting with some initial success in Kenya, where, over the past 3 years, sites have been drilled to identify

New Study Finds Half a Million Sharks Are Finned Every Year in Ecuador

Fri, 19 Dec 2008 23:50:00 -0500

(image) Over at Shifting Baselines, Jennifer Jacquet, a PhD student at the University of British Columbia (UBC) Fisheries Centre (who is working with the renowned Dr. Daniel Pauly), writes about a new study on which she was the

PBS Airs Must-See Episode about Climate Change and Kiribati: 'Paradise Lost'

Wed, 17 Dec 2008 23:50:00 -0500

(image) It's easy to dismiss climate change as a threat when you live in a country that hasn't been affected much or that, at most, has only seen slight alterations. But what if you lived on one of the many South Pacific Islands? Climate

NSF Reports on Jellyfish Gone Wild

Sun, 14 Dec 2008 22:30:00 -0500

(image) If you have any interest whatsoever in jellyfish—and, really, who doesn't?—then you should head on over to the National Science Foundation (NSF) website and read their special report on the environmental

Cheetahs on the Brink of Extinction, UN Report Finds

Sat, 13 Dec 2008 23:50:00 -0500

(image) Cheetahs are fast, but can they outrun extinction? According to a new report released by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), the speedy feline, which can reach speeds of up to 120 kilometers per hour, or 75 mph

Ozone Depletion Contributes to Ocean Acidification in the Southern Ocean

Fri, 12 Dec 2008 23:50:00 -0500

(image) Forty percent: That is the share of annual oceanic carbon dioxide uptake accounted for by the Southern Ocean. Given that oceans comprise Earth's largest carbon sink, that is not an insignificant figure;

NASA Satellites Help Track Natural Oil Slicks as Potential GHG Sources

Wed, 10 Dec 2008 23:55:59 -0500

(image) It may seem unusually high, but almost half of the oil that makes its way into the ocean derives from natural sources. To find these oil slicks, scientists have long made use of satellite radar instruments. Upon reaching the surface,

First Arctic Ice-Free Summer Could be in 2015

Sun, 07 Dec 2008 11:00:00 -0500

(image) It's hard sometimes to make heads or tail of all these gloomy predictions -- what with the projected year always changing (just scan through our previous posts on the subject to see what I mean) -- but, for what it's worth, some

Scotland Crafts Own World-Beating Climate Bill

Sat, 06 Dec 2008 21:30:00 -0500

(image) If you liked Obama's proposed climate agenda, then you'll love Scotland's. Not only would it require an 80 percent cut in carbon dioxide emissions below 1990 levels by mid-century, it would also require equivalent reductions

EPA Ignores Own Scientists' Advice, Makes a Gift to Coal Mining Interests

Fri, 05 Dec 2008 23:55:00 -0500

(image) In what's become a depressingly predictable trend, the EPA's higher-ups have once again chosen to consciously ignore the better advice of their scientists and reverse a long-standing rule banning the dumping of coal mining debris

British Scientists Launch Climate Change Monitoring Robot Gliders in Atlantic Ocean

Wed, 03 Dec 2008 22:50:04 -0500

(image) Meet Ammonite, Bellamite and Coprolite. You've probably never heard of them before (and may not hear much about them thereafter), but these three robots, part of a growing fleet of so-called Autonomous Underwater

Richard Branson Backs Legal Bid to Protect Virgin Island Mangroves

Sun, 30 Nov 2008 10:00:00 -0500

(image) The outcome of a case pitting an environmental charity organization against the British Virgin Islands (BVI) government and several developers could determine the future of the Caribbean environment and set the groundwork for the creation of an

San Francisco Considers Taking the Plunge on Congestion Pricing

Sat, 29 Nov 2008 12:55:00 -0500

(image) Will San Francisco succeed where New York City and others have failed? The San Francisco Chronicle's Michael Cabanatuan reports that the City by the Sea is weighing a congestion pricing proposal that would require motorists to

Will Safety Concerns Delay the Completion of the Expo Line in Los Angeles?

Fri, 28 Nov 2008 21:15:00 -0500

(image) Every time I feel as though L.A. is finally on the cusp on improving its (woefully) underfunded public transit system, something comes along to scuttle my excitement. The latest controversy surrounds the Expo Line, an $862 million light rail project that

How Do Icebergs Form? Scientists Explain in New Study

Fri, 28 Nov 2008 15:25:15 -0500

(image) It's not quite rocket science, but, as it turns out, it does involve a healthy dose of math and physics. The new "law" coined by Richard Alley, a glaciologist at Pennsylvania State University, and a team of other U.S.-based

Greenlanders See Independence and Natural Riches as the Upside of Climate Change

Wed, 26 Nov 2008 23:50:00 -0500

(image) Where many see a bleak future in climate change, characterized by melting ice caps, water shortages, acidic oceans and mass extinctions, others see an opportunity. Or, to be more precise, lots of dollar signs. Nature's Nicola Jones

Emissions from Soil Organic Carbon Not as Bad as Previously Thought

Sun, 23 Nov 2008 16:10:00 -0500

(image) As I've argued many times in the past, climate models may not be foolproof but, with the right data and assumptions, they can serve an invaluable function in helping scientists and policymakers devise effective mitigation strategies.

Olympic Success Converts Millions of British to Cycling

Sat, 22 Nov 2008 23:00:00 -0500

(image) It's amazing what an Olympic victory can do for a country's cycling fervor. Yes, as noted by The Times' transport correspondent, Ben Webster, the British are in the midst of a cycling revival of sorts -- fueled as much by the

Geoengineering Redux: Fertilizing Trees with Nitrogen to Fight Climate Change

Fri, 21 Nov 2008 23:51:44 -0500

(image) It's not quite ocean iron fertilization, but I have a feeling this new geoengineering proposed will still raise quite a few hackles. The idea, which originated with Federico Magnani of Italy's University of Bologna, is, as

Ocean's 'Poop Machines' Could Help Fight Climate Change

Wed, 19 Nov 2008 23:55:17 -0500

(image) Believe it or not, there actually has been a good deal of research done on whether salps, a group of tubular, free-floating tunicates (which one of my former professor affectionately to as nature's "poop machines"), could help slow

Tropical Dead Zones Set to Expand by 50 Percent Under Climate Change

Mon, 17 Nov 2008 12:32:00 -0500

(image) Dead zones are certainly no stranger to these pages. As Matthew quipped in a recent post, stories about the Gulf of Mexico's (in)famous dead

Eating the Sun: Oliver Morton's Sweeping Take on Photosynthesis, Plant Evolution and Renewable Energy

Mon, 17 Nov 2008 10:00:00 -0500

(image) Those of you who, as I do, have long felt that photosynthesis was the unsung hero of the energy debate will find much to like about Oliver Morton's "Eating the Sun." Though ostensibly about the history of photosynthesis, this epic volume is so much more:

KQED Visits Yosemite's Shrinking Dana Glacier to See the Effects of Climate Change First-Hand

Sat, 15 Nov 2008 19:00:00 -0500

(image) Despite having written at length (some might say excessively) about the sorry fate of Yosemite's dwindling glaciers and the Sierra snowpack, I've always felt as though my posts were missing something -- a certain audio/visual oomph, you might say.