Jordy Hicks

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Drain Lake Powell and tear down Glen Canyon Dam to promote conservation and water supply security

Two days ago a Denver Post front page story warned of water shortages and climate change facing the Colorado River which supplies water to much of …

Colorado River

Hog Farmers Scramble to Drain Waste Pools Ahead Of Hurricane Florence

Just inland from the North Carolina coast, right in the path of Hurricane Florence, there's an area where there are many more pigs than people. Each big hog farm has one or more open-air "lagoons" filled with manure, and some could be vulnerable to flooding if the hurricane brings as much rain as …

North Carolina

Cape Town Is an Omen

Climate change is going to revolutionize politics in cities across the world.<p>Rainfall in Cape Town is a dramatic affair. In the winter wet season, ominous clouds and strong winds rumble in from the northwest, carrying with them the life-saving moisture of the Atlantic Ocean and dumping it in cold …

Cape Town

Avoiding meat and dairy is ‘single biggest way’ to reduce your impact on Earth

Avoiding meat and dairy products is the single biggest way to reduce your environmental impact on the planet, according to the scientists behind the most comprehensive analysis to date of the damage farming does to the planet.<p>The new research shows that without meat and dairy consumption, global …

Agriculture

All the books Bill Gates has recommended over the last eight years

Bill Gates has become a powerful influence on publishing. An endorsement from the philanthropist and Microsoft cofounder can cause tangible sales spikes, reminiscent of the golden ticket that once came with being picked for Oprah’s book club.<p>So just what does Gates read? Quartz manually compiled …

How Your Shopping Habits Directly Impact Endangered Species, in One Overwhelming Chart

A new report published in <i>Nature Ecology & Evolution</i> attempts to map out how consumption of goods in one country threatens species in other countries. …

Biodiversity

U.S. Cities Are Losing 36 Million Trees a Year — NOVA Next | PBS

U.S. urban forests are in a crisis.<p>Cities in half the states in the country lost a significant amount of tree cover over a five year period, …

Forests

'Schools need to encourage students out of their comfort zone so they can adapt to university'

Recent reports indicating that secondary school students have not been prepared sufficiently to make the transition to higher education confirm the …

Education

Biology Will Be the Next Great Computing Platform

In some ways, Synthego looks like any other Silicon Valley startup. Inside its beige business park facilities, a five-minute drive from Facebook HQ, …

Light Bulbs That Help You Sleep

Sleep is a problem in Gail Conn’s household. Her teenage son studies late into the night and her 88-year-old mother, who suffers from dementia, gets agitated at night. To tackle the problems, Ms. Conn looked up — at her light bulbs.<p>In her family’s apartment on East 49th Street in Midtown Manhattan, …

Carbon in Atmosphere Is Rising, Even as Emissions Stabilize

CAPE GRIM, Tasmania — On the best days, the wind howling across this rugged promontory has not touched land for thousands of miles, and the arriving air seems as if it should be the cleanest in the world.<p>But on a cliff above the sea, inside a low-slung government building, a bank of sophisticated …

In the hunt for new antibiotics, scientists hit pay dirt

By Jenna Gallegos<p>Scientists have discovered a new kind of antibiotic — buried in dirt. Tests in animals show that it is effective against drug-resistant bacteria, and it could lead to desperately needed treatments for deadly antibiotic-resistant infections.<p>Almost our entire arsenal of antibiotics …

Atoms

Earth Is Not in the Midst of a Sixth Mass Extinction

“As scientists we have a responsibility to be accurate about such comparisons.”<p>At the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America, Smithsonian paleontologist Doug Erwin took the podium to address a ballroom full of geologists on the dynamics of mass extinctions and power grid …

Asia’s Illegal Wildlife Trade Makes Tigers a Farm-to-Table Meal

BOKEO PROVINCE, Laos — The tiger paced back and forth in its cage, groaning mournfully. A second big cat slept soundly in the corner, while a third stared blankly at the bars.<p>Next to this cage was another containing three more tigers, and after that three more cages: a line of small pens, each …

Those menacingly high sea levels may come sooner than we think

By Editorial Board<p>YOU’VE HEARD THIS one before: The Earth is complex and constantly changing, so how can scientists possibly know that burning fossil fuels will do so much harm to the planet? This argument has never been persuasive. It is no mystery that adding heat-trapping gases to the atmosphere …

This New App Wants to Be the Uber of Camping

According to a report by the Outdoor Foundation, Americans log 598 million nights a year under the stars. At an average of $40 in expenses and fees …

Is Global Warming Real?

Article<p>There is proof the earth is warming, but the debate continues.<p>In recent years, global warming has been the subject of a great deal of political controversy. As scientific knowledge has grown, this debate is moving away from whether humans are causing warming and toward questions of how best …

Column: Why geography matters for students now more than ever

<i>Editor’s note: As teens scroll through their news feeds, catching glimpses of conflict and atrocities taking place in Syria, South Sudan, or even</i> …

It’s Time to Let Certain Animals Go Extinct

The Hawaiian monk seal is a loveable creature. The 600-pound warm-water mammal spends most of its time flopping in the shore break, roughhousing with mates, and lazing about in the sun. Blogs like MonkSealMania are repositories of photos of the endangered animals sleeping in improbable positions. …

Why the Menace of Mosquitoes Will Only Get Worse

The outbreak began so slowly that no one in Dallas perceived it at first. In June 2012, a trickle of people began showing up in emergency rooms broiling with fever, complaining that their necks were stiff and that bright lights hurt their eyes. The numbers were initially small; but by the middle of …

Public Health

How a Warming Planet Drives Human Migration

Climate change is not equally felt across the globe, and neither are its longer term consequences. This map overlays human turmoil — represented here by United Nations data on nearly 64 million “persons of concern,” whose numbers have tripled since 2005 — with climate turmoil, represented by data …

The Planet Can’t Stand This Presidency

President Trump’s environmental onslaught will have immediate, dangerous effects. He has vowed to reopen coal mines and moved to keep the dirtiest power plants open for many years into the future. Dirty air, the kind you get around coal-fired power plants, kills people.<p>It’s much the same as his …

Welcome to Pleistocene Park

In Arctic Siberia, Russian scientists are trying to stave off catastrophic climate change—by resurrecting an Ice Age biome complete with lab-grown woolly mammoths.<p>Nikita Zimov’s nickname for the vehicle seemed odd at first. It didn’t look like a baby mammoth. It looked like a small tank, with …

Nature

The Environmental and Social Impacts of Natural Gas Fracking

<i>What has the impact been of utilizing fracking for extracting natural gas from shale? originally appeared on Quora:</i> <i>the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world</i>.<p><b>Answer by Ava Mohsenin, studies Economics & Environmental Studies at</b> …

This State Shows Us What A Future With A Hobbled EPA Could Look Like

Hint: Our water is almost certainly not going to get cleaner.<p>In rural Kewaunee County, Wisconsin, there are about five cows for every human resident. About half of those people rely on private wells for their drinking water.<p>Now it looks like the cows are polluting the water.<p>A 2015 analysis funded …