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Human Impact

Life on earth has existed for billions of years.  Plant life emerged approximately 1.6 billion years ago, the first animal species 360 million years ago and the human species 1.5 million years ago.   29 more words

Planet

Could making the Ganges a 'person' save India's holiest river? (A Featured Article From BBC News)

As taken from http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-39488527

A court in India has declared the Ganges river a legal “person” in a fresh effort to save it from pollution. Research associate Shyam Krishnakumar explains how the ruling could help preserve the waterway upon which so many depend. 840 more words

HISTORY LESSONS

Golden Eagles: no tilting at windmills

Todd Katzner and several other scientists were puzzled by a vexing problem. They knew that the wind turbines at Altamont Pass Wind Resource Area (APWRA) were killing large numbers of Golden Eagles that flew into their spinning blades. 816 more words

Ecology

Scientists MARCH against MADNESS (in April)

Back in my formative college years, my friends and I would indulge in many spontaneous gatherings, in which the question of “What is reality” occupied the stage front and center. 798 more words

Ecology

Global Warming: Science or Hoax?

This debate is getting old, but the Trump presidency policies have compelled me to write this post. Yes, the debate is corrupted by competing special interests, but let’s focus on the science because the question of global warming is a question of science. 766 more words

Science

Relaxation, Recovery, and other forms of Procrastination

Relaxation, Recovery, and other forms of Procrastination

Let me set the scene for you, I’m lying in a hammock, it’s a little overcast so it’s not ridiculously hot, there are small local boats motoring by on the Mekong, who is herself lying languidly above the waterfalls in all her tremendous, murky glory, dotted throughout with mounds of green, that make up the “4000 islands”, there are hens quietly clucking behind me, there’s a bird chatting away somewhere overhead, and everything is generally beautifully peaceful.  737 more words