It is a wise scholar who allows the natural rhythms of the subject being studied to inform the way in which research is conducted. So it is with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, which, as the ocean has apparently decided, should from now on simply be referred to as the Scripps Institution of.
A few weeks ago, an acquaintance of mine told me of a conversation she had with an “expert” she met while traveling. He had been studying the environmental impact of the BP oil spill that took place after the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico, she said. He [...]
One week ago, coal sludge surged into North Carolina riverways, filling the waters with deadly toxins. Yesterday, it happened again. West Virginia, which has already suffered massive water pollution at the hands of fossil fuel energy producers, witnessed the release of 100,000 gallons of coal sludge into what has become a six-mile long spill.
Even as you may be feeling chilly while waiting for the bus to arrive, the surface area of Arctic sea ice is actually at historically very low levels. As for 2013… [...]
Over at TreeHugger, they’ve published an article celebrating the 45th anniversary of Earthrise, a photograph of the Earth from the Moon that, the article claims, is “the iconic photo that created the modern environmental movement”.
Maybe I’m out of the loop of the modern environmental movement, but I’ve never thought of my environmentalism as motivated [...]
People who find it politically inconvenient to believe that global warming is real are taking glee at the suffering on board the MV Akademik Shokalskiy, a boat filled with climatologists that’s stuck in frozen waters near Antarctica. They’re writing articles suggesting that the existence of thick ice near Antarctica somehow suggests that global warming is [...]
Republican politics demands that its followers accept scientifically untenable ideas, and most Republicans are willing to give in to that demand. [...]
In a few hours, a very long winter break will begin, during which most people will surrender to the glum grey weather, taking long naps on couches and eating foods loaded with sugar and fat. It’s a biological instinct, and I’m getting sleepy just thinking about it. However, there is an alternative: Running out into [...]
We hear a great deal about how rising sea levels associated with global climate change threaten coastal cities, potentially washing into their subways and flooding their streets, but not much attention has been given to the way that rising sea levels affect non-human life. That deficit has been remedied by the Center for Biological Diversity, [...]
Republicans explain their support for big cuts to food stamps programs by saying that they want to reduce entitlement spending. Food, in their opinion, is a luxury that Americans shouldn’t be given unless they really need it. They worry that some Americans might be accepting food stamp assistance even when they retain a few thousand [...]
I checked the top 50 recent containing the word “manatee” published recently by journalists. Only 6 of those were actually about manatees. [...]