Archive for the ‘Environment’ Category

The Imperative Science and The Inconvenient Truth

by Mark Kneubuhl – (August 18, 2012)   In an October, 2007 Op-ed, columnist George Will essentially stated that global warming is no big deal, talking about the “gradual” difficulty it poses for some species, but also a greater... Read more

Life Finds a Way

By Carl Safina – (Editor’s note: With rising sea temperatures, acidification, pollution and other negative human impacts, marine scientists, in general, give our planet’s coral reefs little chance of survival. Some predict as little as 30 years. In a... Read more

Bringing The Heat

Source: New America Foundation – (July 31, 2012) It’s been nearly impossible to ignore the record-setting heat baking the U.S. this summer. Triple-digit temperatures have roasted residents across the country, and the severe drought that’s plaguing more than half... Read more

The First Stewards

Compiled by Newsbyrd – (July 27, 2012) The declaration was made in 1997 at the North American Indigenous People Summit on Biological Diversity and Ethics: “We wish to add our voices to ongoing global discussions regarding the protection of... Read more

Lethal Sounds

Posted 2008, NRDC Whales and other marine mammals rely on their hearing for life’s most basic functions, such as orientation and communication. Sound is how they find food, find friends, find a mate, and find their way through the... Read more

Are Nuclear Powered Space Heaters a Good Idea?

By Mark Kneubuhl From a practical standpoint, probably not. Although possible to build a rather bulky version with today’s technology, a prototype would cost millions, with the first off-the-line models costing tens of thousands. The plug-in garden variety space... Read more

Coral Bleaching, El Nino and the ICRS 2012

Compiled by Newsbyrd Staff – (July 11, 2012) This week about 2,000 scientists from 80 countries have gathered at the Cairns Convention Center in Australia to attend the 12th International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS 2012). The four-year event acts... Read more

Conservation: What is it and how does it impact rainforests?

By Marie Brown Conservation is one of the primary buzzwords in the environmental movement. However, what does conservation really mean in the sense of environmental protection? In short, conservation means the human inclination to defend any or all individual species, habitats,... Read more

American Samoan Reefs Lookin’ Pretty Good… For Now

By Mark Kneubuhl – (July 5, 2012)  Scientists don’t generally look at the bright side. For one thing, it’s not scientific. And even when prodding a scientist to offer the best case scenario, they’re usually leery to venture out... Read more

Chilean Sea Bass: Food For Thought

Compiled by Newsbyrd Staff – (The 4th of July, 2012)  The Patagonian toothfish is the most valuable fishery in Antarctic or sub Antarctic waters. Commercially and in restaurants it is sold as Chilean Sea Bass. Prices can exceed $US10... Read more