Taking time to teach about tornadoes

Taking time to teach about tornadoes

My home state of Oklahoma has had quite a busy few weeks as far as weather goes. We have dealt with hail, rain deluges, floods, earthquakes, and tornadoes. When one weather event ends, another picks up, and each one brings with it issues and dangers. Of these, though, tornadoes often pose the most problems. First, they are difficult to predict. Second, they bring much damage and destruction. Third, other weather events often come with...

Fight climate change by eating less meat?

Fight climate change by eating less meat?

The government's effort to combat climate change is moving toward Americans' dinner table. A federal advisory committee this week urged that the government's next generation of dietary guidelines for the first time take into account environmental factors, specifically recommending more fruits and vegetables and less meats. "Consistent evidence indicates that, in general, a dietary pattern that… (more…)

Climate change poised to make infectious disease outbreaks more frequent

Climate change poised to make infectious disease outbreaks more frequent

Two zoologists warn that humans should be ready for more outbreaks as the world warms. Image Credit: Baz Ratner/Reuters As the Ebola outbreak showed the world recently, the modern age of global air travel has made it far easier for disease to spread. But climate change, which is shuffling habitable zones for pathogen-carrying animals, is poised to make future outbreaks of infectious diseases such as Ebola, H1N1 and TB worse, and more frequent. In an…...

Yes, it’s cold, but the cloud tops are colder

Yes, it’s cold, but the cloud tops are colder

If you live in the eastern two-thirds of the U.S., it might be advisable to stay indoors and wrap up warm tonight, as Valentine’s Day has delivered the gift of some of the coldest air felt all winter. The delightfully named “Arctic air mass” moved frigid temperatures into the area on Friday and Saturday, with wind… (more…)

Governor Cuomo Bans Fracking In New York

Governor Cuomo Bans Fracking In New York

After years of back and forth between environmental groups, industry groups, and state officials, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration announced Wednesday it would ban hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” statewide. The administration said it would ban the controversial method of natural gas extraction based on health concerns. Studies have shown fracking can contaminate water sources and… (more…)

Questions Remain Over Future Of Colorado Rivers

Questions Remain Over Future Of Colorado Rivers

PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) - Anyone who attended meetings about the state water plan during the past year knows that the need to protect the environment and wildlife habitat were frequently discussed topics. But there appears to be a rainbow of opinions among conservation groups about how those comments will be interpreted in the draft water plan… (more…)

Why It's So Cold And Snowy In November

Why It’s So Cold And Snowy In November

The first major Northeastern snowstorm of the season dumped five feet of snow in some areas of upstate New York and record low Nov. 19 temperatures were shattered in many states Tuesday, kicking off what many forecasters say will be a tough winter for much of the country. Shifting weather patterns caused in large part by… (more…)

Dead Of Winter About To Emerge

Dead Of Winter About To Emerge

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The Top 100 “Geosites” In The British Isles

The Top 100 “Geosites” In The British Isles

In spite of its diminutive size, Great Britain boasts a wonderful variety of landscapes and habitats. In fact, the relatively small distances involved make it a great place to explore. In celebration of that rich diversity, the Geological Society of London has just named its top 100 geological sites as part of the annual Earth Science Week. From the far northwest of Scotland with its ancient mountains, half as old as the Earth itself,...

National Public Lands Day 2014

National Public Lands Day 2014

September 27, 2014 is National Public Lands Day (NPLD). The theme this year is "Helping Hands for America's Lands," sponsored by Toyota, Northrup Grumman and many others. This year is the 20th anniversary of the event. NPLD is the nation's largest single-day volunteer effort for America's public lands. Over 600 million acres around the country are designated for public use, and volunteers are needed to help restore parks, green space and community gardens. But that's...