Plant Plastics

An Australian company named Zeoform has been in the news recently for its patented technology of producing a new kind of plastic that uses neither fossil fuels nor toxic chemicals in its production or materials. The input materials are water, and anything from landfill fiber-based material such as old newspapers or used clothing. The end…

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Turkey Rafter

The wild turkey is a conservationist success story. Almost extinct at the beginning of the 20th century due to hunting and habitat loss, the wild turkey is now present in most states of the United States. What saved the turkey was a combination of federal legislative intervention and cooperation between conservationists and hunters. The introduction…

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Inside and Out

Ocean acidification has been studied in relation to marine animals with calcium carbonate shells. Oysters, sea butterflies, shrimp – all are affected by acidification when their outer shells don’t develop properly. According to this article, ocean acidification has increased by 25-30% since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. A new study¬†published in Nature Climate Change…

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The Proverbial Drop

The recent Warsaw Climate Change Conference ended with a couple of modest successes, the main one being that the conversation will continue between nations as to what to do about man-made impact on the climate. An initiative to support efforts at slowing deforestation received funding to the tune of $280 million from three countries. Developed…

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A Larger Slice

The infographic above came out in The Guardian, and is an exploration of the role played by private companies, nation-states and state-run companies in the generation of greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. There are 90 companies listed – all but seven are companies that deal mainly in fossil fuels. The infographic below is an…

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First Slap

  Old Man Winter gave us a sharp flick of his icy finger this past week. We had the first real snow of the season at our elevation of 480 m (1570 ft) in the foothills of the Jura mountains. I decided that leaving the house is an overrated activity, put on another sweater and…

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Murmurations

A friend posted these images of ‘starlings’ in flight on his Facebook page, and I was intrigued by their beauty. So I followed the bread crumb trail of the photographer credit, and found out an unexpected fact about these images. Finally, I came upon the photographer himself, Alain Delorme, a French artist based in Paris.…

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Input and Loss

At the UNFCCC COP19 in Warsaw this week, a new programme was launched under the auspices of the World Bank: The BioCarbon Fund Initiative for Sustainable Forest Landscapes (ISFL). The initial funding amount is set at $280 million USD. Norway has pledged up to $135 million to the initiative, Britain $120 million and the United…

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Global Forest Map

A gorgeous new tool for assessing gain and loss in global forests was released this week by University of Maryland researchers, the result of a five year, broad-based collaborative project. The interactive map of Global Forest Change is powered by Google’s computing cloud will offer a means to establish forestry baselines around the world, with…

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Cross-species Collaboration

Over the past year, I’ve highlighted a few examples of land art by some wonderful artists. Land art is the integration of land, space, and natural elements as art. The works are often impermanent, or subject to slow alteration and deterioration, as part of the artist’s intent. Art that is written in the sand and…

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