Climate Change, Featured, Protect

Poles Melt as 2016 is Hottest Year

Posted on 11 February 2017

It does not wait for the White House. Global warming continues all around the world but especially at the North and South poles. 2016 will go down in the record books as the hottest year on record per the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. This is the third consecutive year of progressively record temperatures. An […] Continue Reading

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Will We Use an Agreement to Save the Bees?

Posted on 23 August 2016

Scientists report good news about the closing of the ozone hole at the South Pole. Fortunately the human species banned chlorofluorocarbons with the Montreal Protocol that was signed September 16, 1987, almost 30 years ago by 25 nations. Over 165 nations are now a party to the agreement. A couple of recent articles in this […] Continue Reading

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Featured, Nuclear Weapons, Protect

Will We Poison Ocean Fish With Fukushima Water?

Posted on 17 July 2016

Each day some 300 tons of water is used to cool the broken nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Nuclear Power facility. This becomes a part of the stored water in the over 10 meter tall steel tanks which hold over 750,000 tons of water stored at the plant (see first link below to see picture). […] Continue Reading

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Featured, Ozone Depletion, Protect

U.S. and India to Reduce Use of Hydrofluorocarbons

Posted on 06 July 2016

The United States and India reached a far ranging agreement. President Modi of India and President Obama of the U.S. met at the White House in Washington D.C. on Tuesday June 7, 2016. Continuing the world’s progress on replenishing the planet’s ozone, the two countries agreed to modify the Montreal Protocol for India to have […] Continue Reading

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Climate Change, Featured, Protect

Two Carbon Capture & Storage Developments

Posted on 03 July 2016

It looks as if baking soda is a key breakthrough in carbon capture and storage. Most countries were assuming a technology breakthrough that would allow them to take carbon out of the atmosphere. We should remember that if there is excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and it contributes to global warming then a key […] Continue Reading

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Featured, Human Intervention, Intervene

We Pollute Everything With The Plastic We Make

Posted on 17 June 2016

The number of people has grown around the world. The estimate is the world’s people created 275 million metric tons of plastic waste in 2010. Of this, some eight million metric tons of plastic waste found its way into the ocean from costal countries in 2010. Fortunately this plastic degrades. Unfortunately UV radiation, chemical degradation […] Continue Reading

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Bright Ideas, Enhance, Featured

What does SeaWorld do with its Orcas?

Posted on 27 May 2016

SeaWorld gave up after years of fighting with liberals, resisting pressure from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) amongst others, and reacting to the blow-back from public reaction to the movie “Blackfish” which criticized its handling of the Orcas in its care. SeaWorld Entertainment announced it would end its Orca performances in San […] Continue Reading

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Evolution in Action, Evolve, Featured

Consolation, Trust and Empathy in Animals

Posted on 23 April 2016

Recent research points to shared capabilities among all mammals for consolation, trust, and empathy. It appears from the various studies that animals from prairie voles, highly monogamous zebra finches that mimic the stress state of their partner, and chimps all make friends, trust, and empathize with others. A research study reviewed in the Science magazine, […] Continue Reading

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Featured, Protect, Synthetic Biology

Synthetic Biology Creates Smallest Bacteria

Posted on 12 April 2016

Craig Venter, a longtime leader in synthetic biology if not a founder, has continued to pursue creation of a life form with the smallest number of genes that can act as a living envelop for a created synthetic organism. Venter’s team has now announced a bacterial cell that Venter calls the “most simple of all […] Continue Reading

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Featured, Genetic Engineering, Protect

GM Mosquitoes May Piggyback the Zika Virus

Posted on 09 April 2016

Genetic modification of a male mosquito whose offspring die before they mature and mate can be used to kill a certain kind of mosquito (Aedes aegypti) that carries dengue fever, chikungunya, yellow fever and now Zika virus.  Oxitec, a company out of the United Kingdom, produces this mosquito, with an engineered “self destruct” gene. This […] Continue Reading

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