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Study: Rising Sea Levels Made Sandy Flooding Worse in NYC

Monday, August 05, 2013

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A new study finds rising sea levels have increased the damage on New York City wrought by hurricanes and storms like Sandy.

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Ecologists Turn To Planned Grazing To Revive Grassland Soil

Monday, August 05, 2013

The world's soil is in trouble. Ecologists say without dramatic changes to how we manage land, vast swathes of grassland are at risk of turning into hard-packed desert. To make sure that doesn't happen, researchers are testing out innovative ways to keep moisture in the soil.

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How Can We Defend Earth From Asteroids?

Friday, August 02, 2013

What's six miles wide and can end civilization in an instant? An asteroid — and there are lots of them out there. Blogger Phil Plait explains all the ways asteroids can cause great destruction, and what we must do to avoid them.

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Are We Alone In The Universe?

Friday, August 02, 2013

Astronomer Jill Tarter wants to know if we're alone in the universe. She's spent her career hunting for signs of sentient beings elsewhere in space. In this talk, she explains why searching for cosmic company is important to the entire human race.

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Our Once And Future Oceans: Taking Lessons From Earth's Past

Friday, August 02, 2013

Paleontologists have been spending a lot of time studying the Earth of 50 million years ago, which was much hotter than it is today. They're hoping a glimpse into the planet's geologic past will show them how the planet will respond to all the carbon dioxide we're now putting into the air.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

A Beach for Lower Manhattan: Good Idea?

Thursday, August 01, 2013

On Monday, Mother Jones reporter Kate Sheppard was on The Leonard Lopate Show to talk about how coastal communities along the East Coast – including New York City - are adapting to rising sea levels and the ongoing threat of repeated floods. In her article “Under Water,” Sheppard wrote that, although Hurricane Sandy might have been a “100-year flood,” city officials have been repeatedly warned that global warming and rising water levels leave New York increasingly susceptible to major amounts of flooding.

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Sold! First Parcels Auctioned For Future Offshore Wind Farms

Thursday, August 01, 2013

The federal government held its first ever auction for the right to build offshore wind farms on Wednesday. After 11 rounds, a Rhode Island company was the highest bidder, at $3.8 million.

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Canadian Regulators Investigate Mysterious Tar Sands Spills

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Oil developers in the Canadian Tar Sands are trying to understand some odd oil eruptions around several drilling platforms where oil is coming up through the ground rather than through the wells they drilled. The latest of these events tarred about 50 acres of forest.

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Solar Roof Cluster in Brooklyn?

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The benefits of home solar technology aren't news, but very few homeowners and businesses have it installed. A new group, Solarize Brooklyn, is helping people get over the hump of paperwork, bureaucracy, and subsidies, to make their own electricity. 

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Legal Battles Over Land Rights, Pipelines Are On The Rise

Monday, July 29, 2013

The industry estimates that the U.S. will need to add 2,000 miles of pipeline per year, and that's just natural gas. Oil will need its own infrastructure. That means there will be a lot of pipeline going through a lot of private land — along with sometimes long, drawn-out legal fights with landowners.

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Once Resilient, Trees In The West Now More Vulnerable To Fires

Monday, July 29, 2013

Many forests in the American West have evolved with fire, and actually benefit from the occasional wildfire. But researchers are finding that trees that once would survive and thrive with small fires are now losing their ability to do so.

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Hawaii Starts Feeling Effects Of Tropical Storm Flossie

Monday, July 29, 2013

Flossie could become the first tropical cyclone in recorded history to hit the Big Island head on. It is the first to make landfall on the islands since 1992.

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Massive Solar Plant A Stepping Stone For Future Projects

Monday, July 29, 2013

The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in California's Mojave Desert will power about 140,000 homes and be a boon to the state's renewable energy goals. But it was no slam dunk. Now, California is trying to bring conservationists and energy companies together to create a smoother path for future projects.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Beaches, Floods, and the Government

Monday, July 29, 2013

Mother Jones reporter Kate Sheppard looks at how coastal communities from Miami to Martha’s Vineyard are adapting to rising sea levels and the ongoing threat of repeated floods. Her article “Under Water,” in the July/August issue of Mother Jones, examines existing laws on flood insurance, flood maps, and looks at how the federal and state governments are meeting these challenges.

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Conservationists Call For Quiet: The Ocean Is Too Loud!

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Man-made noises are making it difficult for creatures to hear each other in the ocean. Michael Jasny, in charge of marine mammal protection the Natural Resource Defense Council, says we have to quiet down. His and other conservation groups are making their case, seeking ways to turn down the volume.

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The Rise Of Bloodsucking Insects You Can't Just Swat Away

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Bugs and summertime go hand-in-hand, but we are increasingly coming into contact with once-rare, disease-carrying insects. Buzzing in our ears, these pests have lots to say about globalization and the creep of invasive species.

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The 'Uncool' Passion of Jonathan Franzen

Friday, July 26, 2013

Best-selling novelist Jonathan Franzen has fallen in love...with birds. Writing for the July issue of National Geographic magazine, Franzen describes how migrating songbirds are being hunted in high numbers in Egypt, Albania, and other places along the Mediterranean. Franzen tells SciFri about the songbirds' plight and how his passion for birds has evolved.

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To The Edge

Friday, July 26, 2013

Some people might only dream of adventure, but for others, there's no option but to explore the most extreme places on Earth. What drives adventurers to constantly push to the brink of human endurance? In this hour, TED speakers share their experiences of going to the edge of our world.

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'Moth-ers' Shine a Light on Nighttime Beauties

Friday, July 26, 2013

Think moths are nothing more than drab, little brown fliers stalking your wool sweaters? The folks behind National Moth Week, happening now, want to change that perception. Rutgers University moth expert Elena Tartaglia describes the diversity of moths and the role that they play in nature, and gives some tips on how to become a "moth-er."

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Tips for a Pollution-Free Kitchen

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Dr. Brett Singer, Staff Scientist and Principal Investigator in the Environmental Energy Technologies Division of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, was recently on the Leonard Lopate Show to talk about indoor air pollution caused by cooking. According to the Berkeley Lab's study, the long term health effects of indoor pollutants is on par with that of car accidents and infectious disease, and the pollution we create in our kitchens can be a large part of that problem. Dr. Singer shared a few tips about cooking safely.

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