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Anthropocene: The Age of Man

When viewed from the standpoint of geologic time, what is humanity’s ultimate contribution to the planet? As destructive and game-changing as the cataclysmic events separating whole epochs, have we ushered in an Age of Man with our agriculture, industrialism and

There Was a Limited Nuclear War so We Got a Snow Day

I’ve blogged before about the whole nuclear winter versus global warming issue and it’s still something that always comes across as a relevant comparison of two man-made atmospheric changes or the bland witticism from the type of person who doesn’t

Peruvian Potatoes Uproot, Try Their Luck in the Arctic

Today’s a big day in potato preservationist circles. Yes, there is such a thing. It marks the beginning of a massive collaborative effort to safeguard one of the world’s most important crops: the potato, of course. South American potato farmers

Are we to blame for beached whales and dolphins?

In my last post, I talked about the two varieties of whale stranding and Dr. Gregory D. Bossart ‘s Science on Tap lecture on the topic at the Georgia Aquarium. This time around, I’m going to run through some of

The Laws of Science (and Faith)

Devout environmentalism is now tantamount to religious conviction — in British law at least. No, the UK hasn’t made a mass return to its Druidical past, enshrining the cycles of the moon in law or worshipping sun gods with parabolic

Fear in a Handful of Dust

Whether you’re a struggling sub-Saharan farmer or just a hippie dosed to the gills at Burning Man, the sight of an advancing wall of abrasive darkness is never a good thing. Also known as sandstorms, dust storms have served as

Thailand: Sinking Cities and Fading Deltas

Thailand’s enormous capital is crisscrossed with canals and bisected by the snaking path of the Chao Phraya River. As such, some travel writers have dubbed Bangkok the “Venice of the East,” and as with its Italian cousin, there’s also more

Warmer Winters Shrink Sheep

While scanning the news for today’s topic, I ran into a New York Times article that seemed like the perfect addition to my dossier of sheep- and goat-centric blog posts. I like stories focusing on the family Bovidae — they

"Global Warming" Gets a PR Makeover

How much does unappealing language hold back messages about global warming, um, I mean the “deteriorating atmosphere?” That’s what the nonprofit PR firm ecoAmerica set out to study. Its findings suggested that no, people don’t want to hear about “global

Nice Place You Got Here…How Do You Keep the Water Out?

The Dutch are famous for their water management. And considering 55 percent of their country is below sea level, they’d be a marshy remnant of history if they weren’t so good at it. Louisiana, faced with its own water woes,

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