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Something really cool should be happening on June 12 in Southern California/Baja. The Grunion should spawn that night at high tide. No guarantees but it's predicted that will be the night when these fish throw themselves on the beach to spawn. You can go watch them with a flashlight, or if you have a fishing license you can grab a couple with your bare hands. Either way should be a good reason to visit the beach in the middle of the night!

Posted by on in Air Quality
Though a burst of clear skies last Monday allowed Beijingers to marvel at a magnificent Mid-Autumn Festival moon, a blanket of smog choked the capital the next morning, reminding citizens of China’s grave air pollution woes. However, that same Tuesday, September 9th, the Legislative Affairs Office o...
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Posted by on in Food
Real men eat meat. They kill it and then they grill it. That's the stereotype, or cliche, that's about as old as time. At a recent barbecue in Brooklyn, N.Y., a half-dozen guys who resist that particular cultural stereotype gathered together. Many of them are muscled semi-professional athletes, in...
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Posted by on in Wildlife Conservation
Removal of river water for irrigation and habitat fragmentation by irrigation dams were shown to be the principal factors contributing to the decline of the Indus river dolphin, according to a study published July 16, 2014 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Gill Braulik from the Wildli...
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Posted by on in Agriculture
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is helping farmers and ranchers protect farmlands and wetlands through a new conservation program. Farmers and ranchers are keeping land in agriculture and in some cases creating new wetlands through the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program. Landowners agre...
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Posted by on in Sustainable Development
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, California — A rocket carrying a N                     NASA satellite lit up the pre-dawn skies Wednesday on a mission to track atmospheric carbon dioxide, the chief culprit behind global warming. The Delta 2 ro...
PHOTO: In this image released by NASA, members of the media are unable to capture the launch of the Delta 2 rocket with the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 satellite onboard due to heavy fog at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., Wednesday morning, July 2, 2014.  The goal of the $468 million mission, designed to last at least two years, is to study the processes behind how the environment absorbs carbon dioxide.  (AP Photo/NASA, Bill Ingalls) MANDATORY CREDIT
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Posted by on in Ocean/Seas/Coastlines
For the first time in the history of human exploration, scientists have found litter is now arriving before man himself.A 10-year large-scale seafloor survey off the European coast has found the widespread presence of bottles, plastic bags, fishing nets and other types of human litter at all sa...
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Posted by on in Water Conservation
The end of the rainy season is nearly here, and California faces a long, dry summer with a Sierra snowpack that is only 33% of normal. There is no significant precipitation in the forecast for California through April 25, but the state still has another shot at a decent round of heavy precipitation ...
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Posted by on in Environmental Heroes
World famous primatologist Jane Goodall turns 80 on April 3rd and there’s no better time than now to reflect on Lady Jane’s incredible contributions not only to science, but to spreading her gentle goodwill around the world. She champions hope, peace, poverty alleviation and showing compassion for a...
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Posted by on in Fishing
Back in 2002, Thomas Kraft, managing director of Norpac Fisheries Export, came up with the idea to electronically track each fish the company captures and sells. Soon after Norpac's electronic monitoring system was up and running two years later, Kraft realized that the technology was not only an ef...
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Posted by on in Climate Change
Somewhere around two hundred thousand years ago, a new primate emerges on Earth. "The members of the species are not particularly swift or strong or fertile," the New Yorker's Elizabeth Kolbert writes in her new book, "The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History." "They are, however, singularly reso...
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Posted by on in Lakes/Rivers/Wetlands
Hundreds of tundra swans suddenly rose off of a marsh, the strokes of their powerful wings making a whistling sound as they flew. They landed a short distance away at another marsh, where other tundra swans were gliding over the water like a flotilla of toy sailboats. Mike Schlepp doesn't know wha...
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Posted by on in Forestry
Recovering from natural disasters usually means rebuilding infrastructure and reassembling human lives. Yet ecologically sensitive areas need to heal, too, and scientists are pioneering new methods to assess nature's recovery and guide human intervention. The epicenter of China's devastating We...
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Posted by on in Environmental Heroes
Last week, former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg announced his plan to spend $53 million on restoring the number of fish in the sea. It’s one of the largest single contributions ever made for such work. More than three quarters of the world's fisheries are in a "state of collapse," ...
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Posted by on in Climate Change
Gov. Deval Patrick took the wraps off a $50 million plan Tuesday that he says will help prepare Massachusetts for the challenges posed by climate change on public health, energy, transportation and basic infrastructure.The initiatives, unveiled by the governor at the New England Aquarium, include a ...
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Posted by on in Earth Violators
The world's biggest slaughterhouse for endangered whale sharks has been uncovered in southeast China, writes Sophie Morlin-Yron. It's products are being traded across the world in health and cosmetic products. The largest slaughtering facility for Whale sharks ever seen has been uncovered in southe...
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Posted by on in Climate Change
Only six of the previous Winter Olympics host cities will be cold enough to reliably host the Games by the end of this century if global warming projections prove accurate, a new Waterloo study has found. Even with conservative climate projections, only 11 of the previous 19 sites could host the Ga...
Climate change affects ski conditions
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Posted by on in Climate Change
Here's your starter for ten. Who is about to issue a report concluding that “climate change has had a visible and direct impact on the Arctic region?” and that dramatic reductions in its sea ice are on the way. The much maligned Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change? The Green Party? Yet another...
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Posted by on in Sustainable Development
This is the time of the year when you see endless summaries of 2013. The ones about sustainability can usually be characterized as a bag of mixed news, filled with both good and bad news from the past year. And it can be quite depressing, right? After all, mixed news means that at best we...
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Posted by on in General Environment
I'm guessing Christmas shopping has already started for many and I know of some people who have put up trees already. Christmas is a nice season: it wraps up the end of the year, gives us time to contemplate, spend time with families, shop and eat. Who doesn't like all of that? Modern Christmas is a...
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Posted by on in Climate Change
The Obama administration’s executive order on global warming ignores strong scientific evidence that the earth has not warmed in the last 15 years. Increasingly, media outlets have been reporting that global warming has been on hiatus since about 1998, causing climate scientists to scramble for an ...
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