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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 Biofuels
The U.S. Energy Department awarded about $22.5 million in grants to companies and researchers seeking to produce fuel from algae and other types of biomass. The funding, which also went to projects in California and New Mexico, is part of the Energy Department’s effort to break down technical barri...
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Posted by on in Ocean/Seas/Coastlines
It is estimated that coral reefs cover around 284,000 square kilometers providing a habitat for thousands of species to live. And unless you've snorkeled in some of these underwater habitats, or perhaps have seen a Planet Earth documentary, most of us have never experienced these natural wonders. B...
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Posted by on in Agriculture
Washington, DC--(ENEWSPF)--July 24, 2013. Gina McCarthy, a veteran environmental regulator and President Obama’s pick to run the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA),  finally had her appointment confirmed by the U.S. Senate after an almost five month delay imposed by Senate Republicans. ...
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Posted by on in Air Quality
High temperatures make air pollution worse. A new study has found that during heat waves, plants reduce their ozone absorption which lead to high levels of the gas remaining in the environment. Ozone is a gas that exists both at stratosphere and troposphere and can be beneficial or toxic depen...
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Posted by on in Sustainable Development
Far too many conferences are boring, repetitive and uninspiring. Frequently, we find ourselves preaching to the choir, perhaps just trying to impress each other. Then, every once in a while, an event manages to bring together the right “vibes” and that’s when ideas can coalesce and energize. I foun...
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Posted by on in Solar
SolarWorld's announcement this week that it'll lay off 100 workers at its Hillsboro operations relates to cost-cutting strategies that effectively began last February. Ben Santarris, a company spokesman, said the cuts will take place in the crystal growth and wafer cutting areas. The...
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Posted by on in Population
by Joanna Zelman The world population is expected to soon surpass seven billion. That is more than double the number of people living on Earth just 50 years ago. Monday is "World Population Day," a yearly event created by the United Nations to highlight the significance of population trends. But ju...
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Posted by on in Solar
  The ultimate goal of the Solar Impulse sun-powered plane is to fly around the globe powered by only the sun's rays. But before you can run, you have to crawl and then walk... So over the past few years, the Solar Impulse team has been reaching progressively more ambitious milestone...
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Posted by on in Air Quality
Long-term exposure to air pollution may be linked to heart attacks and strokes by speeding up atherosclerosis, or "hardening of the arteries", according to a University of Michigan public health researcher and colleagues from across the US. Sara Adar, the John Searle Assistant Professor of Epidemio...
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Posted by on in General Environment
  The first Earth Day, in 1970, was inspired by anger. The nation was a mess. Four million gallons of oil from a blown offshore well were smearing California beaches. Flames leapt from the surface of Ohio’s Cuyahoga River. Bald eagles, our national symbol, had been winnowed by huntin...
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Posted by on in Sustainable Development
The big rigs rattling past smokestacks sure don't make this Chicago roadway look like the greenest street in America. But their tires roll over smog-eating pavement, the streetlights run on solar and wind power, the sidewalks were made with recycled concrete, and shrub-filled "bioswales" keep storm...
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Posted by on in Food
  Humanity faces serious, highly interconnected environmental problems, including much-discussed challenges such as climate change, as well as the equally or more serious threat to the survival of organisms that support our lives by providing critical ecosystem services such as crop pollinatio...
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Posted by on in Fossil Fuels
US government report drew on analysis by oil consultants State Department's conclusion that controversial pipeline would not affect development of Canada's tar sands was based on work by companies with close ties to oil industry by Lisa Song The State Department's recent conclusion that the Keyst...
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Posted by on in Sustainable Development
As President Barack Obama prepares to take the oath of office for the second time, he has promised that climate change will be a priority in his second term. The chances that significant climate action will actually happen, however, remain slim, policy experts say. "I always have hope, but it is so...
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