Environment

Genetically Engineered American Chestnut Will Help Restore The Decimated, Iconic Tree

American chestnut trees were once among the most majestic hardwood trees in the eastern deciduous forests, many reaching 80 to 120 feet in height and eight feet or more in diameter.    The “then boundless chestnut woods” Thoreau wrote about in Walden once ...

Article - The Conversation - Jun 17 2019 - 12:57pm

Acceleration Of Himalayan Glacier Loss Is Due To Warming- Billion Need Climate Resilience On Rivers Like Yangte, Ganges & Indus

This has lead to some clickbait headlines such as “Glacier melting doubled since 2000, spy satellites show”. However, that’ not what is new about this study; its figures just confirmed earlier results. Increased glacier loss is one of the more robust pred ...

Article - Robert Walker - Aug 3 2019 - 2:26am

Oceans Raised 0.5 Mm By July From Near Record Greenland Ice Melt- But Last Year It Gained Ice- What Is Long Term Prospect?

Short summary: This is another climate change story hitting the news which is not the scary thing it seems to be. Yes it is likely to be due to global warming and yes it adds to sea level rise. Yes, the early melt this summer is likely to mean a significa ...

Article - Robert Walker - Aug 3 2019 - 10:08am

Food Is Too Sweet, Finds Big Data Analysis Of 400,000 Reviews

Throughout human history, humans have artificially selected food. The sweeter, the better. When agriculture came into being, such genetic engineering became commonplace. A banana we eat today has nothing in common with one of a few hundred years ago. At on ...

Article - News Staff - Jun 25 2019 - 6:00am

Yes, With Climate Change, Our Children Can Grow Up In A World Of Nature, Wonder- And Prosperity

It's so sad when people think they can't have children because of climate change. Two years ago most of these parents weren't despairing; they didn’t even give it thought. Climate change was not an election issue in the US elections in 2016 ...

Article - Robert Walker - Jun 30 2019 - 1:46pm

Paris Climate Goals Mean Many Chinese & Indian Fossil Fuel Power Plants Retire Early Or Run Slow- CAN STILL ACHIEVE 1.5°C

This paper in Nature shows that if the world including China and India gradually ramp up their commitments to become 1.5°C compatible, then the new coal fired power plants they built recently or are building right now will need to be used at low capacity ...

Article - Robert Walker - Jul 4 2019 - 7:43am

Check My City's Climate For 2050: Example, London Like Barcelona (at 2°C)- Using Someone Else's Climate To Help City Planning

This is being reported in a way that scares some people But this is not new climate research, and changes nothing about the 2018 IPCC report. It is just a public education paper, helping people to understand the consequences of climate change, and evaluat ...

Article - Robert Walker - Jul 12 2019 - 4:01pm

Cigarette Butt Litter Hurts Plant Growth

The most disgusting thing about cigarette smoking for most isn't the smoke, nor is it the prospect of toxic carcinogens causing cancer in smokers the rest of us will end up subsidizing, it is that smokers often throw their garbage on the ground afterw ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Jul 19 2019 - 9:43am

Common Birds Like Great Tits Do NOT Risk Climate Change Extinction- Of 'Least Concern'- What Nature Paper Really Said

This article is being shared in the media widely as a report that even common birds like blue tits and great tits risk extinction. But that can’t be what is meant. What did it really say? ...

Article - Robert Walker - Jul 25 2019 - 2:28am

Apples With Organic Fertilizer And Pesticides Contain More Bacteria Than Conventional

The most popular organic fertilizer is feces while the most popular pesticide is copper sulfate. Both of those don't sound great to ingest but a new study says that extra dung leads to more bacteria- and that may be a good thing, if you believe a lot ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Jul 26 2019 - 10:31am