interesting, if partially nonsensical and disheartening?

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Monday, 17 July 2017

Just How Big Is The Larsen C Iceberg?

quote [ It's hard to imagine the Larsen C iceberg. These images help make it clear how massive it is...
With an area the size of Delaware and a volume of 277 cubic miles, its measurements boggle the mind. ]

That's a lot of ice cubes. I need a whisky.
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Sunday, 16 July 2017

Ravens ignore a treat in favor of a useful tool for the future

quote [ Two cognitive scientists at Lund University in Sweden, Can Kabadayi and Mathias Osvath, conducted a series of experiments with five captive, hand-raised ravens.

First, the ravens had to be given an experience they could plan for. They learned how to operate a puzzle box that opened to yield a reward, but the box could only be opened with a specific tool. The next day, they were shown the puzzle, loaded with food, but no tool. Only an hour later they were shown a tray of objects, including the tool, and given the opportunity to choose just one thing. Fifteen minutes later, the puzzle came back, and if the raven had chosen the right tool, they could open it. ]

I JOECAM THIS STUFF! /15 chars
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Saturday, 15 July 2017

Anti-poaching drive brings Siberia?s tigers back from brink

quote [ A WWF appeal aims to highlight the threat of habitat destruction and climate change on wild populations ]

Some good news now and then.
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Wednesday, 12 July 2017

The massive volcano that scientists can't find

quote [ It was the biggest eruption for 700 years but scientists still can't find the volcano responsible. ]

Ground she's movin' under me
Tidal waves out on the sea
[SFW] [environment & nature] [+4 Interesting]
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Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Norway to become the first country in the world to ban the the use of oil for heating

quote [ Vidar Helgesenlaid, the nation?s Environment Minister, laid out the plans in a statement, saying: ?Those using fossil oil for heating must find other options by 2020.?

The country advises its citizens to research alternatives to oil such as heat pumps, hydroelectricity, and even special stoves that burn wood chips. By some stage, the legislation could be widened to include restrictions on using natural gas to heat buildings.

The Ministry of Climate and Environment said the ban would apply to both new and old buildings and cover both private homes and the public space of businesses and state-owned facilities. ]

Norway shows leadership taking taking climate change and environment seriously, though they must be conflicted, oil being a main export.

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Monday, 26 June 2017

Texas Is Too Windy and Sunny for Old Energy Companies to Make Money

quote [ In a windsurfers? paradise, turbines capture gusts that pick up at exactly the right time - or the wrong time, if you're trying to sell natural gas. ]
[SFW] [environment & nature] [+1 Interesting]
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Sunday, 25 June 2017

Gangs of aggressive killer whales are shaking down Alaska fishing boats for their fish: report

quote [ The animals have learned to target individual boats, and are leading fishers on high-speed chases to get away.

?You?d see two of them show up, and that?s the end of the trip. Pretty soon all 40 of them would be around you,? he said.

A report this week in the Alaska Dispatch News outlined instances of aggressive orcas harassing boats relentlessly. ]

They want the fish vig due to the Orca mafia. "Nice boat you got there - be a shame if something happened to it."
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Reinventing the toilet

quote [ How one company?s vision for the humble loo is transforming lives, from Madagascar to UK music festivals. ]
[SFW] [environment & nature] [+2 Interesting]
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Thursday, 22 June 2017

John Oliver, a giant squirrel and a defamation lawsuit by a coal industry titan

quote [ Oliver knew he was inviting a legal battle when he used his show Sunday to lambaste one of the country?s largest coal mining companies and mock its chief executive. ]

Robert E Murray, CEO of Murray Energy Corporation, is the epitome of corporate evil. Sorry steele, now you're gonna get sued too.

[SFW] [environment & nature] [+4 Funny]
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Tuesday, 20 June 2017

The botanists? last stand: The daring work of saving the last samples of dying species

quote [ When Steve Perlman and Kenny Wood started working together 30 years ago, no one had tried to do what they were about to embark on. ]

TL;DR: The conservation effort needs funding.
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